Happy Halloween!

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This little cat?

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…LOVES trick-or-treating ๐Ÿ™‚

Happy Halloween, all!

Of painting and carving pumpkins

Seeing as Lily is way too little to wield a knife (hell, we clearly weren’t skilled enough either and broke both of our pumpkin carvers), we finally introduced her to paint and a brush. It was a hit, to say the least!

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Art and I carved ours, though there might have been a bit more details had we not broken the aforementioned knives.

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It didn’t matter to Lily though. She was fascinated with them one we lit the candles. It certainly doesn’t hurt that she’s fascinated by candles and thinks they’re all “happy birthday to you” and wants to blow them out ๐Ÿ˜›

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Wiener Roast 2010

My grandpa and his family had a tradition of going to the same spot in the same woods every fall and roasting hot dogs on an open fire. The laws of fire pits in forest preserves have long since changed, and my grandpa has also since passed away, but my mom’s side of the family continues this tradition every year, and I am so thankful for it. We grill the hot dogs now, but we still take the same challenging hike through the woods around the lake–me even with 21 lbs of Lily strapped to my back. I honestly loved every minute of it, and Lily had such a wonderful time. The weather was weirdly perfect too, even though it looked like it might rain it never did, and we’re still getting unseasonably warm temperatures.

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Dane Shawl

You know that proud feeling I had over the acorn hat? Multiply it by about a million for this project! I think it’s my favorite to date ๐Ÿ™‚

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(Search Ravelry for “Dane Shawl” for the wonderful pattern!)

Acorn hat!

It could surely be better, but I’m darn proud!

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Here’s the basics of what I did with bulky yarn on size 9 needles using magic-loop. It fits my 19 month old–I’ll say it’s a 1 – 2 year old size…

Cast on 60

Do a 1×1 rib (k1, p1) for 5 rows

Knit all stitches (stockinette) for 12 rows

Begin a sort-of moss stitch: k2, p2 for two rows, then p2, k2 for another two (looks like checkerboard squares) – knit 10 rows like this, so 5 “squares”

Begin the smaller sort-of modified moss stitch (you can tell I’m professionally taught, no?): k1, p1 for two rows, then p1, k1 for two rows

Time to start the decreases! k3tog, k1, p1, k1, p1 and repeat across for one row

k1, p1 across

Do another decrease row by p3tog, p1, k1, p1, k1, repeat

p1, k1 across

Decrease again by k3tog, p1, k1, p1, repeat

k1, p1 across

Decrease by p3tog, k1, p1, k1, repeat

Final decrease by k3tog, p1, repeat

I had 6 stitches left at this point, but YMMV because I’m not professional pattern writer. k all stitches left to make a little nub of an i-cord, bind off, and enjoy on little heads!

Wool acorns

When playing at the park with a friend a few weeks ago, she mentioned coming across this adorable little idea somewhere. I haven’t been able to get it out of my head since. So, when I crunched through some leaves yesterday and nearly twisted my ankle when I started sliding around on some perfectly round acorns, I stole some of their caps and needle-felted up these cute suckers.

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I’m undecided on how to fix the caps to the bodies, so they’re just resting there for now. Maybe I’ll make some fabric version too since I have a ton more caps waiting.

I’m also feeling further inspired to knit an acorn hat for Lily. Off to see what yarns the stash holds…