Passion-knit.

I’ve knitting like a crazy person the past few days. I made Lizzie a cabled scarf with sequined “Dewdrop” yarn by Loops & Threads. I wish it was available at stores other than Michael’s because there isn’t one too close to here. I love the yarn so much, I bought 3 skeins for myself in red. I’m working on an oversized scarf/wrap for myself. The Lizzie-scarf was supposed to be a Christmas gift, but she was just too excited for it so I gave it to her when I finished. I’m going to have to keep whatever I knit her for Christmas a secret so I don’t give in to her adorable 9-year-old-ness.

I also started a cowl scarf. I’m using a pale gray yarn, Lion Brand Cotton Ease. I guess Cotton isn’t really a traditional choice for neckwear, but I just LOVE Cotton Easy. It’s just so soft! And I thought if it wasn’t too warm of a fabric, the cowl would be a nice “indoor accessory” with a brooch gathering the cowl along with a simple black shirt and skinny jeans. Chic!

On row 23… and realized the stitches were twisted when I joined in the round. Classic. I spent an afternoon unwittingly knitting a mobius strip. You know what? I’m gonna keep going with it. With the help of Google, I learned that mobius cowls are a real thing that people make intentionally.

Kathy (boyfriend’s mom) has commissioned me to make her 10 knit pumpkins. I will be BUSY over the next week or so. I’m up to the challenge though! I’ll get started tonight while Chris and I watch Iron Man 2, which just came out today.

I want to order some Cascade 220 wool yarn. Everyone raves about it and I want to see what all the fuss is about.

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October

Walking Charlie this morning, I noticed a lot of the neighbors have already put out Halloween decorations. It’s not even October yet… seems early to me. I’m not complaining though… I’m really excited for Halloween this year. Chris and I are throwing a Halloween party. I’m having so much fun planning it. Halloween leaves a lot more room for creativity than New Years. Our New Years Eve party decor consisted of a “Happy New Year” banner. How original. I’m sure Martha could have come up with something better. Let’s check… yup.

Anyway, I want the vibe for this party to be elegantly spooky. No cheesy Halloween decorations. I’m challenging myself to be more creative than that! With the help of Martha, I think I can handle it. I have some great ideas already. I’ll be sure to post pictures of what I come up with as the party gets closer. So far, we only have 5 definites on the Facebook event… including Chris and myself. I’m not too concerned though… it’s still over a month off. Besides, we only had 7 RSVP yes to our New Year’s party and ended up having a huge turnout.

I made a playlist for the party already. (Can you tell I’m a little over-excited?) I put some obvious choices on it such as “Thriller” and “The Monster Mash” …
and of course “Werewolf Bar Mitzvah” by Tracy Jordan from 30Rock. I also put some more subtle]
choices on there as well….
1. Zombie – The Cranberries
2. Of Moons, Birds & Monsters – MGMT
3. White Demon Love Song – The Killers
4. Don’t Fear the Reaper – Blue Oyster Cult
5. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones
6. Disturbia – Rhianna
7. Witchy Woman – The Eagles
8. Psycho Killer – The Talking Heads
9. Shadowplay – The Killers
10. Bad Moon Rising – Creedence Clearwater Revival

I threw in some funs ones like the themes from Ghostbusters and The Addams Family, as well as classical themes from Halloween, The Twighlight Zone, The X Files, etc. We might also put some horrow movies on low volume in the background. Possibly some Halloween episodes from 30Rock, The Office, It’s Always Sunny…, and such.

I found a cute knitting pattern on ravelry for little knit pumpkins. I started a few last night. They are filled with beans instead of batting, so I’ll need to swing by Shoprite before I can close them up. They knit up really quickly and use hardly any yarn. I’m planning to make a bunch by Halloween to scatter around the condo as decor.

All done! Charlie managed to run off with one while I was making the I-cord stems… he chewed a hole through the side of the pumpkin spilling lentils all over the rug. *sigh*
I sewed up the hole… I’m not redoing a seasonal decoration for my own personal use. So not worth it.

Wrap-around sweater for baby Kata!

Chris bought me Greetings from Knit Cafe for my birthday. This book is amazing!

As soon as I saw the pattern for this baby sweater, I knew I had to make if for Annamaria since she is expecting a baby girl in December.
It took me a week to make. A couple bumps in the road with the sleeve bind off, but otherwise smooth sailing. It turned out so cute!
I used Cotton Ease yarn in Seaspray blue. I thought pink or purple would be too cliche for a baby girl and wanted to go a different route. I’m also planning on making Mary Jane baby booties to match. We’ll see how they turn out….



I love how the sweater is reversible… you can tie it either in the front or the back.
It was knit flat as well, then the sleeves were picked up and knit. The sleeve seam is along the top of the arm instead of the underarm to make it more comfortable for the baby to wear. The sleeve was closed off with 3 Needle Bind-off so there was no sewing involved (yay!).

I’m glad I managed to finish this in a week. With the exception of socks, this is the first clothing item I’ve made! For humans, anyway.