Pumpkin Faces

I’m pretty sure I haven’t carved a pumpkin in about twenty years. But, now that we are in a house and have a lovely little boy, I figured it was time to give it a try. So, a couple of days before Halloween we gave it a try!

Two little pumpkins sitting on a counter.

Two little pumpkins sitting on a counter.

We decided to start big, getting two lovely pumpkins to turn into masterpieces.

Back in the day, we carved pumpkins with kitchen knives. Now, you can buy these cool kits that come with patterns. No more jaggy faces, I guess. The little man picked out two, and I picked out the final one.

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Little man carving the little pumpkin.

We craved a face designed by the little man onto the first pumpkin, and used a pumpkin stencil on the larger one.

Two carved pumpkins

Two carved pumpkins

I think they turned out okay, all things considered. Most importantly, we had lots of fun!

Did you carve pumpkins for Halloween? Do you have any tips for us to help next year go a little more smoothly? I’d love to hear from you!

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Two-Coloured Socks

A few weeks ago I whinged about how annoyed I was at myself for not being able to match the dye lot for a pair of socks that I’ve been working on since March. Well, I bit the bullet and finished them up a little while ago.

Diamond Shreddies Socks

Diamond Shreddies Socks

There is very definitely a line where the dye lot changes, but I don’t think it is too awful. If it is, please don’t tell me! I’d prefer to live in ignorance. ;)

Two-colour toes

Two-colour toes

The pattern is Diamond Shreddies by Carrie Van Kessel, and it is available for sale through Ravelry. The yarn is two different dye lots of Berroco Comfort Sock in colourway 1713 Dusk. The pattern is very clearly written, and the resulting sock is just lovely. The cables look very complicated, but are easy to knit if you take your time, and the ribbing that flows down the sock makes for a great fit.

I’ve got two other pairs of socks on the needles right now, plus a super cute pair of tiny socks that are part of a class from the Creativ Festival. Hopefully I will have more socky finishes to share shortly.

2015 SAL – I’ll be announcing the plans for the 2015 SAL by Friday. Stay tuned!

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Smalls SAL – October Check-In

The final Wednesday of October has arrived, and that means it is time for the Smalls SAL check-in. Currious about what the Smalls SAL is? Check out all the details here. There is still time to join in, and for every month that you complete a small and leave you link on the check-in post you get an entry into the end of the year draw. What’s the prize? It’s a surprise!

SmallsSAL2014I’ve had a busy month, as evidenced by my lack of posts and, unfortunately, I wasn’t able to completely finish my chosen design. I was doing pretty good at the beginning of the month, before things got hectic, but I didn’t have two colours that I needed and, so, I wasn’t able to finish.

Dragon Rampant, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

Dragon Rampant, designed by Teresa Wentzler (WIP)

This month’s design is a nearly-finishes Dragon Rampant from Teresa Wentzler. It is available as a freebie on her website. I stitched it as per the design, but left off the side borders. I intend to personalize it for my son’s room when I get the chance and find an alphabet that I like.

So, what did you stitch this month? Please leave a link to your blog post in the form below. And, if you have the time, leave a comment here too and visit a few other participants. We all  love to have visitors!

November Check-in: The penultimate check-in for the 2014 SAL will be on November 26th.

What about 2015? I’m still finalizing plans for the 2015 SAL. I’ve been running a poll for the past several weeks, and the results are pretty clear. However, the poll will remain open until October 31st. If you have voted for your preference yet, please do so. I will announce the results and the plans for 2015 in early November.

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I did it again, ladies. I disappeared for far too long. I’m back though! It has been a busy two weeks, with Thanksgiving, family things, the Creativ Festival and more. Over the next little while I’ll be share what I did at the Creativ Festival. But, for now, here are a few pictures I took.

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I had a great time even though Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams was not there this year. I hope she comes back in 2015, beacuse the festival wasn’t the same without her.

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In other news, Wednesday is the next check-in for the Smalls SAL. My piece is almost done. I was short a floss colour or two, but my floss boxes have finally made their way to the new house and I should be able to find what I need.

And, lastly, don’t forget to vote in the poll for next year’s SAL. 2014 is quickly coming to an end and it is time to plan your stitching for next year! I see the way the poll is going, and I think I know what I will work on next year. I’ll reveal all the details in earlier November. Be sure to vote before Halloween!

What would you like to do for a SAL in 2015?

  • Let's keep stitching smalls! I have so many more to do. (52%, 27 Votes)
  • Let's do a finishing SAL. I've got lots of things that need to be finish finished. (29%, 15 Votes)
  • Let's go back to ornaments. Christmas, Easter, Halloween, and more! (15%, 8 Votes)
  • I think I'll just sit next year out, thanks. (4%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 52

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends! (And happy Monday to the rest of you!)

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Reading Designs

I’m guessing most of you have already seen this year’s Just Cross Stitch ornament issue. And, like I say most years, I’m a bit disappointed. I think I just need to accept the fact that the kind of designs I enjoy doing really aren’t in style right now. But, as always, there are some designs in it I really love. Country Cottage Needleworks’ Give Joy is pretty, as is Tempting Tangles Christmas Stockings 2014. And, of course, I think the ornament from Dragon Dreams is very cute, even if it isn’t very Christmas-y.

The Best Gift of All, designed by Dragon Dreams (from the Just Cross Stitch ornament issue, 2014)

The Best Gift of All, designed by Dragon Dreams (from the Just Cross Stitch ornament issue, 2014)

Seeing this design put me in mind of a class I took from Jennifer Aikman-Smith at the Creativ Festival in 2012. And, since I have most (but not all) of my craft supplies back, I dug out You Add Magic and got to stitching.

You Add Magic, designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams (WIP)

You Add Magic, designed by Jennifer Aikman-Smith of Dragon Dreams (WIP)

I haven’t made too much progress, but it is already starting to shape up nicely. It is a fairly small design, so it should go quickly. Once it is done, I will hang it in my son’s bedroom, near his bookshelf, as a reminder of our shared love of books.

As for the ornament from this year’s ornament issue. If I get my chests of floss back in time (yep, they are still MIA), I think I will stitch it up for his teacher.

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Dye Lot Socks

We all know dye lots are important. Sure, DMC has stayed fairly consistent throughout the years (for most colours, anyway), but fancy threads like Gloriana or even Crescent Colours (aka Classic Colorworks) can change drastically between dyelots. And, the same is true in yarn. Which brings me to these socks.

Diamond Shreddies - no foot

Diamond Shreddies – no foot

You may remember that I finished one of them and then ran out of yarn partway down the foot on the second. No problem, since I was sure I had a second ball of the same dye lot packed away. Well, my yarn has returned and there is no second ball. In fact, I traded away that second ball 4 years ago. Yeah…

On the bright side, this yarn, On Your Toes Bamboo, is still made and the colourway, Dusk, is still available. Yay! So, I found a shop with a good price (and a free shipping coupon!) and ordered another skein.

I have to admit that when I was opening the package I was hoping the dyelots would match. I mean, it had only been 4 years, and the shop I ordered from, loveknitting.com, didn’t even exist back then. But, you know, hope springs eternal. No go, though.

Two shades of grey

Two shades of grey

Still, I’m hoping the yarn is close enough. The new ball is darker for sure, but I think that the join point of the two yarns will be high enough on my foot that it will be mostly covered by my jeans.

Now I just need to convince myself to finish the socks since I am so worried they are going to look awful.

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