We had quite a weekend here as one child after the other succumbed to what we think is our local version of the flu. Needless to say, we didn't go anywhere this weekend. That was the one good thing about everyone being sick, we had a chance to take a break from our schedule.
It rained all day on Saturday so we made a cozy fire. Our dog Wexley enjoyed it the most, I think. This is where he was all day.
When everyone had had enough of "resting", there was a friendly poker tournament, complete with m&m snacks.
I managed to finish the big block I was working on.
I like it by itself, but the children liked it as a backdrop for some of our Halloween decorations.
I also managed to knit two scarves. Unfortunately, they fell under the category of dreadfully unsuccessful and this is all I have to show for my hours...
"If at first you don't succeed, knit, knit, again." I'm not knitting with that yarn just yet. I'm still feeling the sting. I think I might go back to a project I might have some luck with, some pumpkin inspired felted bowls. Hope everyone out there is feeling well.
More pumpkins, more sparkle. I'm just trying things out. I feel like the fear of making "bad" art keeps me from trying new things and actually putting ideas on the canvas, or in this case, wood. So, I'm trying to let go a little. These are not my favorite, but the kids like them, good enough.
I also started a bigger block with the intention of making a spider web.
Turns out it's something altogether different. I like it when that happens. I'm still intending to make a spider web, maybe tomorrow. Right now I'm making dinner.
I wanted to start out writing about how crazy this week has been, but then I realized that I've been saying that a lot lately. So, maybe crazy is the new normal? I don't want to believe it. I always thought when the kids were little, that was going to be the crazy part. If I could just get through the potty training and toddler hood, the rest would be smooth sailing. Anyone who has children who are grown are probably laughing at me or shaking their heads, with a look of pity in their eyes. You see, it turns out middle childhood is no smooth ride. Yes, I rarely have to haul the children out of the grocery store anymore but now I'm constantly shuffling papers, checking homework, signing up for activities, forgetting to sign up for activities, looking like a crazy person, and making enumerable trips back and forth to town. I am not a naturally organized person, especially when it comes to things I don't really want to do, like paperwork, so things are slipping through the cracks people and the cracks are getting bigger. I tried a "No activity, No friends" policy but the little buggers are ignoring me.
So instead of being a grown up, I make things. This week was all about red! I finally finished A1's Christmas sweater from last year, but it turns out, she shrunk. Luckily, I shrunk too. Right into the sweater. I love this pattern and this yarn. (see previous post) I think this sweater would look good on anyone.
I had two and half skeins leftover so I thought I would whip up a scarf, get a jump on the holidays. I wanted to do a Keyhole ruffle scarf but was too lazy to try and find a pattern, (there are many out there) so, I made one up.
There are a few things I would change but I'm generally pleased. A3 did the modeling, so the scarf will fit slightly more snug on an adult. My only problem now is I want to knit dozens of them! This might be the gift of the season. Don't get too attached, those of you who receive holiday presents from me, I'm a fickle, fickle crafter.
I also found these papers for another holiday project. Can't wait to try them out.
And these are A3's new boots.
I had nothing to do with making them, but they fit in the color story for this week and they are so cute. Unfortunately, we are in need of cosy boots around here, it snowed yesterday morning. Now, I'm off to avoid the pile of paperwork with more knitting. I hope everyone is having a great weekend!
We have been on fire around here this weekend. My dad has been doing all the projects that we never seem to get around to doing, like; mowing the lawn in a timely manner, stacking the firewood, weed whacking and now he's working on our holiday signature piece, the shooting star. They won't be back before Christmas so he needs to get it done. They also, very kindly, drove A1 to NH for a friends 16th birthday party. Of course we needed to make her something. We decided on an up-cycled sundries bag, lined with the leftovers from our fall napkins, a pattern AMK loved when she was here in August.
While I was out picking up the zipper, I found two great "books" that I couldn't resist. Everything about them made me want to take them home, so I did. They are Reprodepot's pattern books, Flora and Folk. They are full of the most lovely patterned paper with a CD of the same designs. I'm hoping to update the blog with some of the designs and to use them for a myriad of other projects. For right now I'm content to just leaf through and look at all the vintage inspired goodness. I also found some more glitter, Pumpkin patch, like I could resist that.
My parents stopped at the Vermont Country Store on the way back and brought me the best porcelain stain cleaner (it's the little things in life that make me happy) and a Kit-Cat clock. This clock makes me happy every time I look at it. It would be great to have an original, but since I have children that seem to break things, "I don't know what happened", it's probably better that I have the plastic version.
G has been baking, pumpkin bread (no photo, eaten too quickly), ginger snaps, and this morning he woke up at 4:00am to make his famous homemade cinnamon rolls.
While he was baking, I was making soaps, over and over, trying to get the pumpkins right. I finally have something I'm happy with. The pumpkins have pumpkin spice in them and smell delicious, the leaves are scented apple, just because I like it.
I also made skull and cross bone soaps, and a batch of Lego inspired building brick soaps. Pictures to come.
My kids love these soaps, so fun. Between soap making projects, I finished the body portion of the February Lady Sweater, and then promptly put it away. The weather has turned cold and I picked up another sweater that just needs arms. It's knit in Debbie Bliss' Cashmerino Aran, a luscious red, color 610. The pattern is Ingenue from Custom Knits. Such a fickle knitter. I hope everyone is having a lovely long weekend, back to pumpkins. Maybe I should change the blogs' name to Pumpkin Blog, all pumpkins, all the time. That might work until after Thanksgiving.
G and I had a chance to get away to Boston this weekend, for shopping, food and a little history. The hotel we stayed at was located near ye olde cemeteries in Boston and ye olde churches.
We found Sam Adams.
He's the beer guy, right? (just kidding) It made me want to bring the kids back and explore some American history with them. A1 is about to read The Scarlet Letter.
By the time we returned, I was more than ready to finish the Halloween blocks. You know when you have a plan for a project and you are interrupted, it just sits there, taking up space in your head until you can finish it? Unfortunately, I have about a hundred things taking up space in my head. Maybe that's why I often find myself in a room and I can't remember what I'm doing there. Well, the "Five little pumpkins sitting on a gate..." block is done,
and the "Spooky" blocks are done.
Two less things to think about. I already have a sketch for another pumpkin themed set. So, is that only one down? Do you see my issue?
I also finished another seasonal favorite around here, the pumpkin bowl.
This one is for my mom, for her birthday.
Well, I'm on to more pumpkins and all things autumn. I'm just going to paint them, make them, carve them and eat them until they are out of my system. I think it's the only way.
(It seems like, with the help of Typepad and my personal IT guy, I'm all good.)
The first day of October, you have got to be kidding me! I'm not really sure where September went. It was cold this morning, cold enough to turn on the heat, but we resisted. The leaves are really starting to change and I am inspired. My palette is changing too and this morning I started working, in earnest, on another set of (a)rt blocks. I use a little "a" because I feel like these are "art" for everyday, "art" to move around and play with,"art" that isn't so precious.
These are Halloween blocks. The only problem is, I'm getting more and more attached to the outcome. I'm starting to get nervous about "messing" it up. I guess if I mess it up I'll just try it again. There might be more of these in the future. Hopefully, I will have pictures by tomorrow. Happy first day of October!