This past week I went to a baby shower for a co-worker who is expecting a little girl in October.  When I think of October babies I think of knitting either a pumpkin or an owl hat for them.  I set off to make a pink owl hat & as I was finishing the ears I realized that they didn't look very 'owl-ish' to me... they looked more like the ears of a cat.  So, a cat hat it became.  Still very cute & I hope it fits her little head.

Currently on my needles is something for me.  I realized that it had been quiet a while since I knitted myself something and now that the fall weather is here, I decided on a bulky pullover tunic with a cowl neck.  I bought 6 skeins of Berroco Peruvia Quick and I am just loving the loftiness of this yarn!  It is going to be perfect to throw on over a long sleeve & head out the door to pick up Lillian from school.  I am following the Big MontanaTunic pattern by Cecily Glowik MacDonald.  I should have this made up in no time seeing how I am using size 13 needles!


patterns added to the store & a thumbs up for Spud & Chloe!

I stayed up way passed my bedtime last night so that I could add my Pumpkin Hat & Honeycomb Hat patterns to the pattern store here on my blog & on Ravelry.  If you are not familiar with Ravelry, it is a free website for knitters & crocheters.  It is an amazing resource for pattern information, downloads, yarns, designers and much much more.  To gain access, you have to become a member, but again, it's free!

I'd like to give a big thumbs up to Spud & Chloe for their yarn support that made my Pumpkin Hat possible.  I was on the look-out for a pumpkin colored yarn that would have great stitch definition.  Their line of worsted weight yarn called sweater gave me the gauge I was looking for, the perfect fiber blend (55% superwash wool / 45% organic cotton) and a great pumpkin color (cider: #7515).  For the green stem I used color #7502 (grass).

This yarn would also work perfect for any garment that will be worn against a child's skin, as the superwash/cotton blend passes my kids' "it's not itchy" test!


catching up...

It has been a busy time wrapping up the last of summer, getting the kiddo's ready for school & now adjusting to our new routine.  One child is in school full time, one is going two mornings per week, a soccer practice & a soccer game each week... and don't forget about gymnastics!  Then there is the house work, 2 dogs, the work that you actually get paid for, knitting classes, friends, family & birthday parties!  It's called life, and I am loving every bit of it.
So when do I squeeze in time to knit? Let me re-think the day: at the kitchen table while the girls color or work on spelling, during cartoon time, in the truck waiting to pick up from school, after dinner while I watch the girls goof around and lastly, after they have been tucked in.
My blue beret is finished.  The instructions had me block it over a dinner plate, which I had never done before, but it worked amazing!  Just the perfect size & perfect stretch for a hat like that.