Outside Inspiration

Sometimes when I’m at the dye-pot, I can’t hardly move fast enough because of all of the colorway ideas I’m bouncing around.  But other times…I need a little bit of help.  I’m sure many of you out there are just as obsessed with Pinterest as I am.  (Be honest.  No judgement.)  While a lot of time is wasted around the world on this most addictive website, Pinterest is actually a pretty useful tool sometimes.  When dyeing, I use Pinterest quite a bit to get ideas about what colors might go together well, colors I might not have thought of, and general inspiration for new colorways.  Here is an example of what I mean:

 

 

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1. This gentle mix of light blue, white, orchid, dark pink, and green would make a beautiful spring colorway.

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2. From this photo, I’m picturing a rich, vibrant tonal of blues: pale, almost white all the way to deep navy, with just the slightest hint of aqua green.

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3. A summer color — light & dark aqua/teal with bits of pale sky blue and white.  Gorgeous.

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4. A little less typical than paintings or photos, but anything can be color inspiration!  In this I see a color of bright yellow & teal (obviously), with possibly some white and even a light brown.

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5. This one is a little bit more unexpected, but would make for a wonderful, bright sunset colorway.  I see pink, purple, yellow, orange, blue, green, and black.  Perhaps a striping colorway?

Finding external inspiration is actually something I’ve struggled with as I’ve become a more prolific creator.  Can I really say I’m creative if I got the idea for a colorway from a photo or piece of art?  Obviously, the answer is unequivocally yes.  Being creative doesn’t mean that everything you make has to come directly from your brain.  Creative people constantly look for bits of inspiration around them to feed their creative process.  Anything you make is a product of your creativity…regardless of what or who gave you the idea.

Yarn dyeing is such a unique process, yet definitely a creative one.  Sometimes the colorway inspiration comes first, and sometimes I just let my creativity go wild and figure out what the color resembles later.  Both ways are correct.  All that matters is that I’m making.

Where do you get your creative inspiration?

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Author’s Note: All photos from Pinterest.com.  I was not compensated for this post — Pinterest is simply a tool used to assist my creative process.

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Creative Overload…and a Trip to the Pumpkin Patch!

Well…it looks like the creative fire I’ve been burning for the past few weeks is down to a mere smolder.  As you all have seen a hint of, I’ve been pretty much *killing it* creatively over the past few weeks.  But it looks like I’ve reached my limit and crashed…hard.  *think roller coaster racing to the top of large hill, running out of track, and plummeting toward the ground*  (Okay, that might be a liiiiiittle bit extreme…but does this creative burn-out ever happen to you?  It’s a bummer.)

Anyway, on that front, I’m taking a bit of a break from any hard-core “making” endeavors in order to let my creative brain re-charge.  But goodness knows I can’t let a day of this lovely fall season go to waste, so I’m striving to indulge in the autumn weather in other ways…like a trip to the pumpkin patch!  🙂

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*Pumpkins as far as the eye can see….bliss.*

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Crappy iPhone shot of me & my favorite pumpkin…ha!

Have I mentioned I love fall??  🙂

What’s your favorite fall activity?

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Colorful Quilting

Well hello again!  We’re at another Wednesday!  Halfway through the week and to our first “official” fall weekend!  I hope you all have hay rides, corn mazes, and apple picking fun planned for this weekend.  I know I do.  🙂

I did take a little bit of a blogging break this week…  I meant to post on Monday after I got back from Orlando, but — other than a few hours at my day job — I pretty much slept the whole day.  Man, I don’t know how you all do it!  One full day at Disney had me wiped, let alone multiple days in a row!  Plus, whew, I forgot how hot it is there…I’m not cut out for high-intensity Disney vacationing.  Ha!  I did have a great time, though.  Like I mentioned, as a former Cast Member, Disney World will always have a special place in my heart.  Just maybe next time I’ll visit in the winter…  😉

So, I do have a very exciting sort-of, kind-of FO to share with you today.  The almost chilly weather we’ve been getting here in Kentucky has got me in hyperdrive thinking about all of the things I need to prepare for what is bound to be a cold, snowy winter.  (We’ve already had the mitten discussion…)

A couple of weeks ago — on a whim — I bought fabric to make a Halloween quilt, thanks to the enabling of my fellow crafty Instagrammers.  I chose a super easy non-pattern to ensure that I would actually have this done in time for Halloween.  (You’ll never believe this, but sometimes I procrastinate…  *gasp*)  And wouldn’t you know, my sewing mojo kicked in full force, and I made this quilt top start-to-finish in about 3 days.  (It’s only a throw size, though…so this is probably only impressive speed to me.)

Have a look-see:

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It’s a pretty simple 8-piece rectangle pattern, with no real rhyme or reason to the patch placement.  Let’s just say I let my creative juices decide the layout.  As you can see, it’s just the quilt top as of now.  I don’t have the skill or equipment to quilt it myself currently, so I’m going to take it to the local fabric store for quilting.  I’m really excited about how it turned out!  It’s random, fun, colorful, and spooky.  Can’t wait to cuddle up in it this fall!  🙂

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Had a little sneaky friend trying to spy on my photo shoot.  Cutie.  😛

Lastly, I want to send out a big thank you to the wonderful Danie and Susie of the Prairie Girls Knit & Spin Podcast for their lovely compliments about my yarn on their most recent episode!  It’s always such a treat to hear that people truly enjoy what I make.  🙂  Also, if you’re a listener of their podcast, you can be on the look-out for a skein of my ‘Police Box’ Glitter Sock yarn as a prize in their Legend-Prairie Contest soon!  (PS, Legend-Prairie…how cute is that?!)

How is your week going?

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Things I’m Loving This Week

Weekends are a great time for mindless Internet browsing, don’t you think?  For me, it’s the one time of the week where I can just veg in front of the computer, not doing anything productive, and not caring.  (Not that I don’t do this at other times of the week, but at least I don’t feel as guilty on weekends.)

Currently, I’m likely out lounging by the pool at my Disney resort…..and browsing Pinterest or Etsy on my phone.  (This is a scheduled post and I can’t tell the future [yet]…but that’s probably what’s happening).  But, hey, it’s Saturday, and Saturdays are not meant to be heavy thinking days.  So go ahead and give your brain a rest too, and take this opportunity to browse through some of the newest pretty wonders of the Internet with me.  🙂

Here’s some of the things I’m loving this week:

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We’ve talked before about my love for Hocus Pocus…so obviously I’m obsessed with this Sarah Sanderson quote pillow.  It’d be perfect for use, mmmm…all year round.  😛  Now how can I make this for myself…..

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I just can‘t wait to try out this Candy Corn Cheesecake Mousse!  A combination of my favorite stuff: cheesecake, halloween, and cute things.  AND IT LOOKS SO EASY.  Nom.

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I don’t knit nearly enough mittens…this becomes a severe problem every winter, and though I always vow to make more “next year”, I never do…  I guess I just don’t find knitting mittens “fun” enough.  But I’m just smitten with these Police Box Mitts — (surprise, surprise…) — so maybe mittens will actually happen this year.  (Though, being honest…probably not.  Ha!)

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I am just fascinated by this unique, dressy way of wearing flannel in the fall.  Flannel is one of my favorite fall go-tos, but it always seems way to casual for anything except the grocery store…  But this look is classic, comfy, and chic enough to wear even to work.  Bliss.  🙂

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This time of year always makes me crave a good read about the Salem Witch Trials.  This book — The Heretic’s Daughter by Kathleen Kent — is a definite must-read for the season.  Based on a true story (and written by a descendant), this tale is about a young girl and her mother fighting for their lives at the beginning of one of the most fascinating, devastating times in American history.

What are you loving this week?

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Sometimes You Get it Wrong…

Remember when I said that dyeing is an art form you almost can’t mess up?  Yeah, that ‘almost’ kicked me right in the pants this week…..

I really like experimenting with dyeing.  Trying interesting combinations often comes out with beautiful, interesting results.  But experimenting is not without risks…  Case in point:

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This yarn was dyed with the leftover bits from yesterday’s dyeing session.  It’s made up of various jewel tones, mixed with black and pops of white, and is dyed on my Glitter Sock base.  (I won’t even tell you what I was going for…you’d laugh.  Ha!)  It’s definitely very interesting, and part of me kinda likes it.  But, let’s be honest…it ain’t cute.  I’m calling this my ‘Oops’ color way.  😛  (Thankfully, the other seven skeins I dyed yesterday turned out beautifully, with some *new* color-ways in the mix!)

Weird as it sounds, I’m kind of glad for this result.  Hey, if you aren’t making mistakes, you aren’t learning…right?  This will be a great lesson in over-dyeing and expanding my “color vision.”  I’m gonna toss this one back in the pot today and over-dye with black.  With the sparkle of the yarn, I actually have high hopes for the ultimate result.  We’ll see!


So, now that we’ve discussed my newest “oops”, let’s talk about some things I’m loving this week.

What I’m stalking/buying…

  • Really enjoying seeing all of the posts on the Commuter Knitter TLMYC Giveaway thread on Ravelry!  It’s very informative to see the opinions of my (potential) buyers.  [If you’re a CK listener and haven’t entered the giveaway yet, make sure to get your entry in before October 7!]
  • Drooling over Bethany’s new Lopapeysa cardigan!  (Bethany blogs over at prettylittlefiberco and always has the most amazing photos of her FOs.)  I have anxiety just thinking about steeking, though, so a sweater like this will not be happening in my life anytime soon….
  • Itching to cast on with my newest sock stash acquisition: It’s a Dead Man’s Party.  (Yes, I have a separate stash for sock yarn…what of it?)  Halloween, come to me.
  • Thanks to the enabling of Ashley of NomadicYarns (ashiepoo22 on Instagram), this awesome Hocus Pocus t-shirt is now making its way to my house!

What I’m watching:

  • CRIMINAL MINDS!  How did I not know about this show before?!  I’m hooked.  Thank you, Netflix!  (9 seasons streaming now!)
  • Doctor Who — who else is SUPER terrified/excited for tonight’s episode?!
  • Outlander…’nough said.

What I’m reading:

  • Switching Time by Richard Baer.  This is the thrilling, touching story of a woman who was abused so terribly as a child that she created 17 different personalities in order to cope.  It’s entirely fascinating and I can’t put it down…

What have you been loving this week?

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WIP Wednesday

So, for a knitting blog, it’s kinda been a while since I’ve really talked about knitting…  Let’s fix that.  

But before we get into what I’ve got on the needles, I want to say a quick thank you to Jen of the Commuter Knitter Podcast!  A couple of weeks ago, I sent Jen some of my Wanderer Sock yarn in my Exploding TARDIS color-way for her to try out, and she has given me a lovely review on her newest episode!

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 If you’re a knitter and podcast listener and haven’t listened to Commuter Knitter yet, I HIGHLY suggest that you do.  It’s one of my most favorites.  I especially suggest you listen to Episode 78 though…there may be a giveaway and TLMYC coupon code as well!  🙂


 

Now let’s get into knitting…

Last I updated you on my own personal knitting, I had just finished my Imagine When shawl.  But what have I been working on since then?  Not surprisingly…too many things…  

Project #1:  My main project right now, which I’ve mentioned only briefly, is the Essential Cardigan by Hannah Fettig.  Having such a quantity of luscious alpaca yarn from my trip to Peru, (highlighted in this post), I knew I had to get a sweater on the needles.

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Even though I’ve been a serious knitter for about 5 years, this is actually my first adult sweater project.  (Eek!!)  I’ve always felt that sweaters were too big of a commitment…  “What if I mess up?  What if it doesn’t fit??  Plus, buying that much yarn at one time is super expensive…  No thanks, I’ll stick to socks.”  However, I’ve taken the plunge…and as anxious as I had been about the process, it seems to be going pretty well.  Not really much more complex than any other project…  (All of you seasoned sweater knitters say it together: DUH!  :P)

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At this point, I’m past the raglan increases and dividing for the sleeves, and now I’m just knitting down the body with minimal waist shaping.  Easy peasy.  I can’t wait for this to be finished so I can cuddle in it!

Project #2: For those of you who are already Outlander fans, this is not news…  (For those that aren’t (yet) fans of the series…get on that.)  Currently, to celebrate the premiere of the Outlander TV series on Starz, several podcasters have gotten together to host an Outlander KAL (aka #kiltmenowKAL).  Being a huge Jamie Fraser fan myself, I knew I had to participate in this one…so, I cast on another Outlander Cowl by Andee Fagan.

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Outlander Cowl project in its cozy Halloweenie bag.  (PS: it’s twin is listed in my Etsy shop!)

I’ve made this cowl once before a few months ago but this pattern is so potato-chippy, that as soon as I cast off the first one, I wanted to cast on another.  (THIS NEVER HAPPENS TO ME.)  Though I didn’t cast another one of these cozy cowls on immediately, I jumped at this KAL as a reason to make another.

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As you can see, I’m not very far into it yet…I pretty much only work on it when I watch Outlander.  But I definitely like how it’s turning out.  This one is being made from one skein of KnitPicks Stroll Fingering in the color way Inkwell Tonal, (but I call it Wicked Stepmother).

Project #3 & #4: Lastly in the rotation are these two pairs of socks, which I’m knitting out of two different colors of my own hand-dyed yarn.

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Top: Hermione’s Everyday Socks in SweetTreat (Wanderer Sock)

Bottom: Vanilla socks in Police Box (Essential Sock)

Both of these yarns are currently available in my Etsy shop as well, if you’re interested…but I wanted to see for myself how they knit up.  So far, I’m a fan.  🙂

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Close up of Sweet Treat, Wanderer Sock (available on Etsy here)

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Close up of Police Box, Essential Sock (available on Etsy here — PS: only one left in stock!!)

These photos actually portray SweetTreat as a little too “orange-ish”…it’s really a lighter blend of yellow, orange, and white.  Very Halloween-y.  🙂  These are going slowly right now, actually, because I’ve misplaced my circular sock needles…  But there are more on the way, so hopefully I can get these going again soon.

FO:  Last, but not least, I have a finished object to share!  Not knitting — but knitting related.

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If you’re a fellow Disney maniac, you may just recognize these patterns….  

Welcome Foolish Mortals to the Haunted Mansion!  Mwahahaha!

For four months following my graduation from undergrad, before I headed off to grad school, I participated in the Disney College Program, and got the incredible honor of working at one of Walt Disney’s most classic attractions: The Haunted Mansion.  When I came across these Haunted Mansion fabrics on Spoonflower, I knew they must be mine.

So far, these have been sitting in my fabric stash waiting for the perfect project for over a year…but I finally decided it was time to make something.  So, what did I make?  A project bag, of course!  (Can’t have too many, amiright?)

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This spooky bag utilizes fabric matching the “bats” wallpaper from the Haunted Mansion ride, and the green/black fabric of the Mansion Cast Member’s costumes.  Safe to say, I’m in love.

This one will not be listed in my Etsy shop, as I only had enough fabric for one…  But there are lots of others in my shop if this sparks your Halloween spirit!


 

Well, that’s all the projects I have to share today.  If I’m being honest…that’s not all the WIPs I have.  But I won’t bore you with the snoozer projects, and there may be a couple of design ideas going that I need to keep secret.  😉  

What are your current WIPs?

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Easy Canned Dill Pickles

 

 

 

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Growing up in the rural South, I’ve become used to a few more “old time-y” traditions present here that are often hard to find in other places.  One of these is canning.  (Included in photo: black raspberry jelly, mixed berry jam, apple butter, & pickles)

Way back when, before mass production, advanced refrigeration systems, and Super Walmart, canning was a normal, everyday way of life.  You had to have food…food doesn’t usually grow in the winter…thus, you must can food in advance to eat in the winter months.  That’s just how it was.  Now, however, it’s generally much easier to just pop down to the grocery store for some jam or green beans than to go through all of the work to do it yourself.

Now, I know there are some stereotypes about rural Kentucky, and I’m not meaning in any way to imply that we don’t have refrigerators or grocery stores — but due to our maintained “country-fied” way of life here, retired tasks like canning have stayed around.

If you’ve never tried canning your own food, I’ll admit, it’s a time consuming, somewhat difficult process…but if you give it a shot, it’s one of the best, most delicious ways of making your own food.

Recently, in addition to all of my other crafting adventures, I’ve been canning like crazy…  So far I’ve made: apple butter (made from apples picked from my family’s tree), apple pie filling (made from apples picked from my family’s tree), mixed berry jam, black raspberry jelly (using raspberries from my family’s garden), salsa (using tomatoes from my family’s garden), and dill pickles (using dill from my garden and fresh cucumber’s from my grandmother).  It’s been a whirlwind, but when the polar vortex comes back again this year, (sources say likely), I’ll be ready.

So far, I’ve really enjoyed everything that I’ve canned, but the one thing I had the most fun with was dill pickles.  Using (mostly) cucumbers and fresh dill from personal gardens, I canned over 4 quarts of pickles to eat over the next year.  Though I’m sure there are loads of recipes on Pinterest, I used an old family recipe passed down from my 82 year old grandmother.  Though it’s not knitting related, it’s definitely creative, so thought I’d share it with you all!


 

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What you’ll need:

  • approx. 5 one quart mason jars/10 one pint jars (get extras just in case)
  • as many cucumbers as you think you’ll want (plus 1 or 2 — you’ll likely need more than you think)
  • 1 pint of canning salt**
  • 1 quart of apple cider vinegar
  • 4 quarts of water
  • fresh dill

(**This recipe makes very salty pickles.  If you’d prefer less salty pickles, use 1/2 – 3/4 pint of salt instead.)

Note: This recipe makes a loooooooot of pickles…  What I generally do is get a few more cucumbers than I think I actually want, and just use as much of the “juice” as I need.  The rest will keep in the refrigerator for use later.

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1: First off, you must sanitize your jars.  In order to do this, bring a large pot of water to boil on the stove.  Place jars in one at a time, (using tongs or other tool so as not to burn yourself) and leave them in the boiling water for 3-5 minutes.  

Pull them out very carefully and place them mouth down on a towel.  Do this until all of your jars are sanitized.

Step 2: Next, you must sanitize your lids.  

(Please note — lids cannot be reused!  You MUST use fresh lids for canning or cans will not seal and your food will not be preserved!  You can buy packs of lids in the canning section of your grocery store.)  

Place all of the lids you’ll need, in the boiling water for 3-5 minutes.  After time is up, turn off water and move pot from burner, but do not remove lids from water!  (This will keep them hot and make them seal more easily.)

Step 3: Next, wash your cucumbers and cut into the size/shape that you want them, (slices, spears, etc.) — you should leave peeling on in order to get that nice *crunch* from your finished pickles.

Step 4: Now dry off your jars and fill with cucumbers.  (Try to fill up as much of the empty space as possible.)  Make sure to add a few sprigs of dill to your jars as well — I suggest one sprig in the middle and one at the top.

Step 5: Mix the water and vinegar in a large pot on the stove.  Add salt and stir until dissolved.  Bring to a soft boil and remove from burner.  Also, remove jar lids from water and dry.

Step 6: Slowly, pour vinegar & salt mixture into your jars one at a time, stopping when the liquid is 1/2″-1″ under the rim of the jar.  Place a lid on tip of the jar and tighten the ring only until you feel resistance.  (Do not make these fully tight until they seal!)  Do this for each of your jars.

Once your jars have “juice” and lids, let them sit in a cool place for 1-2 hours, or until they seal.  (You will likely hear a loud *pop* — this means the lids have sealed properly.)  Once they’ve sealed, (i.e., the “bump” in the middle of the lid is gone), you can store these in a cool place for up to a year.

If any of your jars did not seal — remove the lid & vinegar mixture and repeat the heating and sealing process.  

Et Voila!!  Hope you enjoy your homemade canned “country” pickles!  Let me know how they turned out!  🙂

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My grandmother’s original hand-written dill pickle recipe.

Have you ever tried canning before?

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Autumn Knits

Hello!  Happy September!  I strayed from my normal posting schedule and took a Labor Day blogging break this week, so it feels like it’s been a while since I posted!  I hope everyone had a great weekend.  🙂

Here in the US, this past Monday was our Labor Day holiday, giving us a wonderful 3-day weekend, (…we’ve discussed my feelings about 3-day weekends already).  Though the “official” change of seasons isn’t until the 21st of this month, Labor Day tends to signify the end of summer and the move into fall.  I’ve been over summer for a while now, (not a hot weather person), but now I can freely express my autumn love without being rebuked for not enjoying the nice, warm weather.  (Blegh…)

Living is such a beautiful place as Kentucky, fall is already my favorite season.  The autumn scenery is stunning here, there’s festivals abound, and — most importantly — autumn is horse racing season in Lexington.  

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Fall horse racing at Keeneland Race Track in Lexington, KY (Source: Keeneland.com)

But, being a knitter, I have even more reason to love fall.  Cold weather is coming (*cough* Winter is Coming for all you GoT fans…  😛 ) and there’s no more perfect time to cuddle up with some lovely wool.  (Plus, we’ll be needing those knitted items soon enough…especially if we get another Polar Vortex this year…)

Moving slowly into this beautiful season, I’m chomping at the bit to get some autumn-flavored knits on the needles.  Here are some of my favorites so far:

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  1. Shawl Collared Cowl by Alana Dakos — My biggest winter pet peeve is a chilly neck.  Too small scarves and cowls often cover the back of the neck, but do not extend down into my coat far enough to keep me nice and toasty.  With this cozy bulky cowl, there would be no question of a chilly neck.  And a cowl with a collar to turn up against the wind and snow?  It’s a yes from me.
  2. Levenwick Cardigan by Gudrun Johnston — As ashamed as I am to say it, I have never knit anything designed by Gudrun Johnston…  After finding the Levenwick Cardigan, however, this may have to change.  I’m just completely in love with this beautiful button band.  The perfect blend of stylish and comfy.
  3. Autumn Vines Beret by Alana Dakos — A second choice from Alana of Never Not Knitting, this cabled leaf hat is the most perfect for chilly autumn mornings.  Just enough to keep the top of your head warm, but not completely engulf your head.
  4. Oak Grove by Alana Dakos — (Well, clearly I’m a huge Alana Dakos fan…but she does such a great job with autumn knits, doesn’t she?)  Another NNK design, the beautiful leaf motif on these mitts is just to die for.  I’m such a sucker for detailed designs.
  5. Spice and Clove Pumpkins by Hannah Maier — Knitting + pumpkins = autumn perfection. I will have to whip up a few of these to add to my autumn decorations.  Plus, this free pattern is written for knitting and crochet!
  6. Stockholm Scarf by KnittedBliss — Again solving the chilly neck problem, this lacy neck scarf is just gorgeous.  And it’s a free pattern?  From KnittedBliss?!  Casting this on ASAP!
  7. Larch Cardigan by Amy Christoffers —  Another beautiful autumn sweater — this cozy cardigan almost has the look of a blazer, but much more comfortable.  Perfect for work or leisure.
  8. Nutkin by Beth LaPensee — Can’t go an autumn season without at least one new pair of knitted socks, amiright?  This quick and easy free pattern would be perfect to highlight that perfect autumn sock yarn you’ve been hiding in your stash.
  9. Acorn Ornament by Carmen Rigby-Willson — To go with the knitted pumpkins, of course!  Now we just need a knitted squirrel…

((Disclosure: None of these pictures are mine — they were all borrowed from the original pattern pages on Ravelry.))

Maybe autumn makes your heart sing (like me), and maybe you’re a little sad to be letting go of summer, but hopefully these autumn selections have gotten you inspired for the lovely knitty season that is to come.  Personally, I can’t wait to get started.  🙂

Lastly — unrelated to autumn knitting — I want to send a quick thank you to the lovely Andi of the My Sister’s Knitter blog for her wonderful comments on my Imagine When shawl in her most recent post!  Such a compliment to inspire someone who has previously been such an inspiration to me.  🙂

What are your picks for autumn knitting?

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Crafting Dangerously

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Allow me to make a quick introduction.  These skeins right here?  This is my new favorite color way of all time.  Oh, and did I mention, I DYED THEM.  I’m ridiculously proud of myself right now.  : P  These I created on a whim.  I was trying out some new dye colors I had just received, using a new dyeing technique, on a new yarn base.  And wouldn’t you know, it turned out like this.

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Seriously, I’m in love.  You can probably tell by now that one of my favorite TV shows is the BBC’s Doctor Who.  (Did you see the Season 8 premiere??  YAY!)  If you watch the show, you will hopefully appreciate this color way as well.  This yarn is dyed to mimic Van Gogh’s “Exploding TARDIS” painting from Season 5.  (see below)

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What do you think?  Currently, there are two of these listed in my Etsy shop, and more on the way!  Possibly in a sparkle base…  (spoilers!  😉 )  Also,  listeners of the Commuter Knitter Podcast keep a lookout — I just sent a skein of this to Jen for a podcast giveaway soon!

As excited as I am for these new skeins, this is only a portion of the crafting I’ve been doing over the past week.  For the past few days, I’ve been working away at — of all things — sewing!  I’ve always had a mild interest with sewing, but since I got back from Peru, I’ve been completely obsessed.  I’m at my sewing machine so much, my back is hurting from hunching over…I’m even dreaming about it!  I’m a woman inspired.

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These preppy little bags are made from printed duck that I got at Hobby Lobby.  If you’re not a sewer, duck is thicker than regular fabric, and is good for more durable projects.  There’s also a small lining of fleece interfacing to give these some additional structure.  As you can see, I’ve made three sizes so far — sweater, shawl, and sock.  And they’re all currently in use.  🙂

Not only have I been working on “regular” everyday project bags, but I’ve churned out a few little seasonal projects as well…

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I’ve heard before of the fabled enabling powers of Instagram, and now I am a believer!  After seeing other crafter’s posts of adorable Halloween projects bags and quilts, I could not rest until I made some for myself.  This bag is the first of the many Halloween projects I have made/hope to make over the next couple of weeks. ( I’ve also got a Halloween quilt in the works as well!)

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Now that I’ve got some patterns and skills under my belt, I’m planning on adding some of these adorable project bags to my Etsy shop soon!  Keep an eye out if you’re interested!  🙂

Well, (thankfully) it doesn’t seem like my recent bout of creative inspiration is going anywhere anytime soon — and a new shipment of undyed yarn just came in!– soooooo back to the dye-pot and sewing machine I go!

What are you crafting on this week?

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