it's no holidaysweatshop (i'm sure that's on its way) but we are definitely in the midst of a halloween craft frenzy in these parts.
i think i've employed almost every crafty skill i possess this week: sewing, embroidery, knitting, not to mention general problem solving skills. (what does one use to be a diaper cover for a baby doll pretending to be a monkey?)
lily also has a birthday party to attend this weekend, so i quick made up another little birthday bag.
back in may kathy over at work in progress had a giveaway to celebrate her birthday. all we had to do for a chance to win some gorgeous green koigu was tell her a little something about ourselves. i went all out with my favorite piece of trivia from my past: i was a teenage mime.
yep, that's me there on the right. it's okay if you laugh, i'm used to it.
lucky for me my confession was not in vain as i won the giveaway and scored two skeins of gorgeous koigu in the colorway frog legs.
i knew i wanted it to become something scarfy/wrappy/shawly to wear around my neck, and last week when i needed a new easy go-to project i decided on the lacy baktus patern (rav link or pattern) by terhi montonen.
i am completely in love with this project and feel it was totally worth confessing my dorky high school activities in order to get my hands on the koigu! (thank you again kathy!)
i sent her some handmade dishcloths and she sent me homemade jam!
she was only supposed to send me two but claims that she just couldn't decide what to send so she sent *four* jars of jam! my mouth is watering just looking at this picture - there's peach, plum, strawberry balsamic black pepper (!!) and (the one i'm over-the-moon excited about) pear butter!
i called this the best swap ever because we both kept saying how we felt like we got the better end of the deal. and i still feel like i waaaaay got the better end of the deal! rachel, thank you so much for all the jam! i can't wait to eat it right up!
with the temps turning cooler i decided it was time to use up the odds and ends in my stash and make some sleep sacks for bundles of joy. the pattern i used is snug as a bug by robyn devine (rav link). it was super fast to knit up and the big section of stockinette stitch gave me lots of space to play with stripes, helping to eat up smaller bits of yarn.
this one used up leftovers of vanna's choice from the red scarf i just finished and a couplesweaters i knit for bundles of joy earlier this year.
i am making an effort to use up the yarn i already own before buying any more. i don't have a large stash by most standards, but i do have enough yarn to keep me busy for quite some time. i'm not calling this a hard and fast "yarn diet" i'm just trying to remember to use what i have before i get more. this is a value i'm trying to instill in general to my lifestyle, so i think it only fair to apply it to my yarn as well.
over the past couple of weeks i've been working on a scarf for the orphan federation of america's red scarf project. the pattern i knit is also a dishcloth pattern (which is totally why i chose it), the double bump scarf by missy angus (rav link). it's a great pattern - it produces a textured non-rolly scarf and is super easy to memorize, making it a very portable project.
i took this project practically everywhere with me - carpool line, soccer lessons, swimming lessons, and it also came camping with me the other weekend.
but now it is finished and i will have to find a new project to tag along around town with me.
if you haven't heard of it before, the red scarf project is a wonderful program sending care packages to foster kids who are now in college so they are out of the foster care system. i remember getting care packages from home when i was away at college, it always made my day, and i am happy to know that this scarf will go in a package that will help to make someone else's day just a little more special.
i had the extreme pleasure of hosting melinda, aka the quirky granola girl, and her completely adorable son henry in mankato this weekend.
we spent some time out of doors enjoying the fall minnesota weather but, as you might suspect, we spent the majority of our time being crafty together. there was of course, some knitting but there was also a lot of sewing. melinda has recentlystartedquilting again (and she is amazing) and brought her sewing machine and a bunch of fabrics so we could play.
here she is being a total supermom seamstress! i'm going to save the project we worked on together for it's own blog post because it is so awesome. (i still have to finish it though, so it could be a little while. trust me when i say it will be worth the wait.) but melinda didn't hoard her sewing fun up just for me - she also helped lily make a number of little projects.
here they are being adorable and team sewing - lily is in charge of the foot pedal while melinda does the steering.
ta da! they made a pin cushion!
most of the rest of my pictures are of henry, because seriously he is so cute i couldn't stop taking his picture.
thank you so much for coming to visit me melinda! i had a fabulous time and i hope we can do it again soon!
1 & 2. putting on corduroys and a sweater and walking through the leaves. 3. fall beer. bring on the octoberfest! i love the darker beers that appear with fall's cooler temps. 4. pumpkin carving - my absolute favorite thing about halloween. 5. fall light - the shadows grow longer, the light takes on an other-worldly hue, it makes you appreciate every moment of the dwindling daylight that much more. 6. thanksgiving. it's my absolute favorite holiday. i love it so much that i apparently never take any pictures of it. so here's the fabulous ms. martha with her thanksgiving bird.
1. Cool weather. I absolutely love the break from the heat that fall brings. It hasn't been in the 90's for days! 2. Everything pumpkin Pumpkin risotto, pumpkin latte, pumpkin carving, I can't get enough pumpkin. 3. The food I love soups and stews, shepherds pie, chicken pot pie, all the hearty foods that just seem right in the fall. 4. The clothes sweaters, corduroy pants, tights. 5. Energy Each fall I get a boost of energy. I want to play outside at all times.
on lily's first day of school i thought it would be a nice touch to put a homemade cookie in her lunch. after realizing how quick and easy it is to bake up a batch lil has been getting a cookie in her lunch sack each day.
i thought i'd share the recipe because aside from being quick and easy, they're really tasty little cookies.
best cookies ever!
1 stick of butter (softened)
1T cold water
1 1/2t baking powder
cream butter and sugar together. stir in eggs, vanilla, and water. then add flour, baking powder, and salt. spoon onto baking sheets and bake at 350 deg for 12-15 minutes.
sweet little poof-cookies, the perfect way to send a little home-baked love along with your kiddo when they're off at school.