Are you guys as excited about Fall as I am!? I know, technically it's still August but i'm over that. I'm ready for spiced cider and pretty leaves and flannel everything!
In the spirit of September and all things orange and festive, I've been making cute, little Pumpkins! And you can too!
Fall is on it's way! At least it is in my head. Outside it's still in the mid 80's temperature wise, and not weather for busting out my casserole dish and making comfort food. In the meantime I'll have to keep making cold Summer food. Speaking of, this recipe is one of my favorites, I tried a bunch of Potato Salad recipes this Summer and combined my favorite aspects of each into this magical creation.
Today I wanted to share with you this adorable tweed cardigan that I knitted for my amazing boyfriend Alex. He picked out everything; the pattern, yarn and buttons. There's always a better chance of sweater approval if the recipient is on the design committee.
Today I want to share with you guys a simple, wonderful rug pattern. I created this pattern by adapting Leigh Radfords "Bath Mat" from her book Oneskein. I wanted the same plushy texture but I needed it much bigger!
This little guy is so cute! And totally necessary.
I'm ready for Fall! Bring on the Spiced Cider and Pumpkins and Pot Pies and cozy Flannel! I know! It's the beginning of August! I'm not gonna let that get me down.
In preparation for the coziest Season of all, I decided Alex (my wonderful bf) could use a pair of Tweed Socks to go with the magical Tweed Sweater I knitted him in March.
I think they turned out just adorable.
This top took me over a year to finish! Not because it's super complicated, but because I got sidetracked by knitting a bunch of Christmas gifts. I started working on it last year as a quick Summer gift to myself and got around to finishing it this Summer. Just in time for this nasty heat wave!
A lot of the reviews for the pattern suggest sizing down due to the drape of the lace, or even knitting the entire back panel in stockinette. I think I might try both of those suggestions if I end up using this pattern again.
The pattern is titled Lavina, by Cecily Glowik MacDonald. It is a beautiful, well written pattern and I would definitely recommend it. It is knitted in the round from the bottom up, then splits into two panels for the front and back with sleeve shaping on the sides.
For the life of me I could not memorize the lace repeat so I had to refer to the pattern constantly. I also ended up making it a size too large which is unfortunate but entirely my fault. I did have a little trouble with the sleeve shaping and had to take them out and re-do them a couple times but I think they turned out pretty solid.
Today I'm going to teach you how to make a cute, little clay Dino monster. These little dudes are always a popular on my Etsy and they're easy as pie to make! You can pop them on keychains and necklaces or leave them hardware free and put them in your terrarium.
Let's get started!
First you'll need to round up your supplies;
Screw hook eyes
Clay tools (optional, but I like to use a small plastic knife)
Sculpey or Fimo
I like to use 5 colors, body, spots and spikes, little pink tongue and just a teeny bit of black and white for the eyes.
First, you'll want to lob off a chunk of your main body color, then knead it a bit until soft and roll it into a ball.
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