Wednesday, October 29, 2008


Hi Knitters,
Indulge me a bit, if you can. I have a few more fall pictures. I love it when I pick up my camera and there are pictures on it that my son took. He took the first few shots I am posting. Here is one of our pumpkins waiting to be carved. Tomorrow is the day for that. My kids don't have school on Thursday and Friday of this week. I always look forward to the October break.
Our neighbor sets up a graveyard and scattered creepy characters in his front yard. The Collector has made some new friends apparently. Oh I have to tell you about the brown hoodie with the sherpa. I rarely shop for clothes, not for me or the kids. The Collector wears a ton of hand-me-downs from my generous sister who does like to shop. She gets the cutest stuff from my sister's girls. She does a way better job than I would anyway.

Anyway, new clothes were really needed around here for everyone. Those legs are growing. I have been busy with work stuff so I had a catalog that came from Mini-Boden. I ordered a few items for The Collector that we picked out together and everything is a big success. I recommend this company, all of the clothes are fantastic, cute, fun and high quality. Most importantly, The Collector loves them. I will be a repeat customer. Check it out if you are looking for easy, successful shopping for your kids.
Pumpkin carving and raking are in order over the next couple of days. We have lots of big trees in our yard and it is a ton of work in the fall. The kids love raking and jumping in the piles.

Oh, I have so much to share I can't even remember it all. I made this applesauce (it is excellent) and I am making these pumpkin seeds after we carve. Now I just saw Betz's new book is up for pre-order. Wow, what a cover, I am so excited for this one. What a fun surprise for the day.
Now on to some pattern indulgence. I have to order this pattern and make these right away. I have a thing for two separates that become one. I think it is clever every time. The flower mittens are in the Webs' catalog and are designed by Kirsten Hipsky. Good work, Kirsten. You can get the pattern here.  The mittens use bulky yarn and 10.5 dpns. I'm definitely knitting these mittens when I get a break from work. The Plum Blossom Mittens would make a perfect and fast gift.
How cute is this pin cushion? I think it is so sweet. Talk about a perfect gift, nothing is better than a pear pin cushion in my book. You can get the pattern here. I can't wait to whip some of these up. The pattern includes a pear, a tomato, an apple and a strawberry. I love them all but the pear is my favorite.
My fall Knitscene has been permanently creased and opened to this page. What a great sweater. It is called the Nubby Cardigan and is designed by Deborah Newton.  The sample is knit in Nashua Handknits Natural Ecologie Wool. Gorgeous and snuggly and I want to knit one. I wouldn't knit it in yellow but I have nothing better in mind yet.

I have plans, people. My lists are growing fast. I know I am dreaming.
Here is another one I have to make and another one you might have to make.
Have a good Wednesday, Knitters.
best, susie


Betz White said...

you're so sweet, thanks for the mention! Boden has always been a favorite of mine...have you seen the womens clothing? I love it!

I might have to make those mittens, too cute.

Veronica Tingvall said...

Those are really beautiful pumpkins and your daughter is so adorable. Thanks for the pumpkin seed recipe. I´m planning a pumpkin-party this weekend so it was perfect. Now I´m serving pumpkin soup, pumpkin pie, and those pumpkin seeds:-) (And probably something without pumkins)

Pumpkins are not that common in Sweden so I´m trying to do the best I can to spread the pumpkin goodness.... It must be the most beautiful vegetable in the world. usually I grow my own but this year we had so much rain that nothing turned out good in the garden:-(

Well, I guess I should stop going on about the pumpins now:-)
Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures and have a lovely week.

Sue said...

my daughter is just a little too big now for Boden stuff, which makes me so sad. I love their clothes.
The pincusion is adorable!

Daniela said...

All the things you're suggesting are wonderful! And I am so sad to have not enough time to do all the things: knit, cook, etc...
Really great ideas.

paws said...

Love those mittens! Great gift idea.

peaknits said...

Wow - so many great links!! I favorited the sweet red hat - how cozy! And I urfed over to Heather Bailey - her bright colors are like a siren for me!:) Love and have to have that pear pattern! I wish I knew more crafters.

Kate M. said...

Mini Boden is fantastic - you should definitely check out the women's clothing, too - I've bought a few things and love the company and their fun clothes.

daisy mae said...

I absolutely love Boden! They just sent me a $20 gift certificate too. They are pricey, but well worth it.

Katelyn said...

WOW! Thanks for all the suggestions. I especially love the mind reels with the possiblities.

Jessica said...

Hi there.

I don't know your email, so I thought I would post and ask. I tried the white hat with the wreath of flowers that go around it from the Itty Bitty Hats Book and used the measurements of the largest size listed. The size said 2 and up (88 cast on stitches). I am half way through knitting the hat and it looks way to small for my three year old's head (she is just three).

Has this been a problem for others?

Inspired Tokens said...

I adore your fall photo's ...especially the one where the 'collector' is kicking up the fall leaves. Lovin' it! I'm so with you when it comes to the 'to do' list getting longer and longer. I think I'm dreaming, then I wake up and no's still there! Happy Fall ...Happy Halloween!

Susan said...

Hi Jessica,
Well, I haven't heard that from anyone before. Heads are funny things because some are really small and some are larger for the same age. It can be tricky sometimes.

The best thing I can say is to measure your daughter's head, check your gauge and if the hat is too small start again and add on some stitches to your cast on.

If you add on stitches just make sure your stitch number is divisible by 8 before you start the decrease rounds.

Good luck and I hope that helps.

Jessica said...

Thanks for your response to my hat question. I will measure and check. It was probably best to do that first. Oh well, live and learn.

Have you made a scarf to match this hat? If so, what colors, yarn and pattern did you use?


Susan said...

Hi Jessica,
No, sorry I haven't made a scarf to match that hat: )

That would be a fun project, though.


Jessica said...

Hi again.

I checked my yarn and gauge...the yarn is the correct size...washable wool 50 grams.

My gauge is 6 stitches per inch.

My daughter's head measures 19 inches around.

Where am I going wrong?


P.S. I have never knitted something that has had to fit to a body before, so I am just learning. Thanks for your patience.

Susan said...

Hi Jessica,
The gauge is 5 stitches per inch. You need to go up a needle size or two needle sizes and then you should be okay.

88 stitches should make a hat that would fit a 19 inch head a little stretch. It makes an almost 18 inch hat, which would fit perfectly with a little stretch.

Good luck,

Jessica said...

Hi again...

I forgot to mention that I am using 16" circular needles, size 8 (I went up a size knowing that I knit tight).


Susan Larson said...

I'm making that Knitscene sweater right now and it is a really fun knit. I'm doing it out of Brown Sheep Co. - color Kiwi.