. Decking the Halls

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Decking the Halls

Category: october

It’s cold, it’s dark, there’s rain glossing over the fallen leaves on the sidewalk, and it is perfect. Now that Fall is here, I can finally be comfortable and dress in my full, layered regalia– and by that, I mean tights and close-toed shoes. Gone for now are the days of making loud, obnoxious “flip-flop” sounds when I’m trying to slink silently and unseen through the night. What I’m most excited about, however, is being able to decorate my own house for the seasons.

Now, while I adore the looks of all the Halloween decorations you can find out there, I must be honest with myself. Plastic really doesn’t suit my style, and what’s worse is that after the holiday is over and gone for another year, these things will only remain in tact for about a week and end up cluttering the basement for the next tenants to remove and complain about.

“So what will I do now?!” I asked myself. Pumpkin carving is an option, but it’s terribly messy, frustrating, and takes so much work for something that will just end up rotting away in the end. No, pumpkin carving wasn’t really an option, but pumpkin felting was and is.

Using this adorable pattern as a starting point for the pumpkins, I’ve been knitting with Quince&Co’s Lark and Osprey, then stuff them to the brim with Bartlett roving before they’re wet felted (by hand, because Quince yarns felt like a dream). This way when they’re done, the inside will be a solid, felted mass.

I plan on making many more and needle felting designs (and possibly faces) on them once they’re fully dry. At the moment they’re still a bit damp and lack stems, but that’ll be remedied in time for the holidays.

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Halloween photoshoot, anyone?

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Hallkatla the mandrake says hello!

Fall is in the Air

Category: october

I’m being teased with the cool weather today. I yearn for crisp Autumn days turning into dark, snowy Winter nights. I detest Summer, I really do, which is why I’m trying to get as much of a head start on Fall as I can by knitting themed garments.

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Right now I am currently working on a free pattern for a scarf called October is for Spinners, and I am beyond excited to wear the end product.  Rather than using 4 strands of lace weight together, however, I’ve decided to go with 4 strands of fingering weight to make it a little larger– Ultra Alpaca Fine, to be specific.

I’m so excited. Maybe I’ll actually have it done by Halloween if I’m diligent.

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© Sharon Emery