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A few of my favorite things: September

Tuesday, 4 September, 2012

This month’s post was hard for me. There have been so many amazing new patterns out in the last month and paring it down to a small handful wasn’t easy. Fall is always an exciting time – not only do our queues seem to swell, but there’s always more book, film, and music releases. So much to look forward to in the next few months!


Within two minutes of seeing the Amethiste pattern I had bought it. For days afterward it was my main knitting fantasy. I went back and forth on what color and which yarn, and now I have it all planned out, using yarn from my stash. Now to finish my current project so I can cast on!

It’s funny that I always seem to include expensive (to me) accessories in these posts, since most days the only non-knitted fanciness I have going on is my plain gold wedding band. It’s really hard to justify non-necessities on a limited budget, you know? But I do seem to have a soft spot for pretty necklaces, including this one, the American West necklace. Love the new use for old coins.

As soon as fall is near my knitting thoughts turn towards hats. I love knitting hats. I love wearing hats. Bristol is a new addition to my hat queue. I love slouchy hats with simple, easy to memorize patterns. And even better – it’s knit out of fingering weight yarn. Perfect for knitting down the sock yarn stash.

Pinecones from the Okefenokee Swamp. A rock The Scientist and I found while hiking in the Santa Fe National Forest. Seashells from the beach in Galveston. These are what decorate our house – natural reminders of the adventures we’ve had together. We won’t be living in Houston forever, and I think making a seaside pendant with some of the small shells in our collection would be a lovely way to remember of one of my favorite parts of the Houston area.

Three words: chevron striped cowl. And if this sort of thing floats your boat, you can buy Plucky Knitter kits for it. I’m a sucker for making up color combinations, and the Camptown Races cowl makes my mind race. Choosing two colors is hard enough. But three? It’s enough to keep me thinking for weeks.

Mustaches? An all-over geometrical pattern? Snakes and sea creatures? There are so many fun options for this cross stitch lamp. The Scientist would probably rather not live in my granny square/cross stitched/knitted home decoration fantasy, but certainly one little lamp wouldn’t be too objectionable?

Banach is my favorite pattern from the new Twist Collective. I don’t like wearing mittens so I’ll never actually knit these, but I still wanted to include them because they are so gorgeous. I love the bright colors mixed with the grey, and the textured stitch is really lovely.

You know what was awesome? The 1970s, when kitchy mushrooms were en vogue. These knitted pincushions (the pattern is called Toadstool) are more contemporary cute than retro, but I still love them. Never mind that I don’t sew, I don’t have a pincushion and I think one of these would look fabulous on my desk in my little craft corner.

I love this new pattern by Amy Herzog. She describes Trimmings as eight sweaters in one – there are instructions for different sleeve lengths, hem heights, and necklines. It’s a great project for a special yarn you don’t have enough of for an entire project.

Painting my nails is so much fun, but I don’t have the time or the *ahem* skills to get very fancy. That’s why I love this spikey nail look from the French blog PShiiit. It’s easy but creates an awesome look. Must try soon!

I love this! The Way from Brighton is like those lightweight, overpriced scarves every clothing store seems to sell but in asymmetrical shawl form. My wardrobe could use several of these in different colors!

I’ve mentioned on the blog before my interest in astronomy and space exploration. Not surprisingly, the Apollo era is the golden age for a space nerd like me. From the Earth to the Moon is a HBO miniseries about the Apollo missions, and it’s a who’s who of every character actor from the last 20 years. We’re not finished with it yet, but every episode we’ve watched has been fantastic.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. Tuesday, 4 September, 2012 1:29 pm

    Great. Now my queue is even longer. Haha!

  2. Tuesday, 4 September, 2012 1:47 pm

    You got me – Amethiste and Trimmings are now in my queue. Thanks for the great finds!

  3. KraftyKwai permalink
    Tuesday, 4 September, 2012 2:49 pm

    What beautiful projects to work on. My knitting queue has more on it now also. Thanks for the share.

  4. Tuesday, 4 September, 2012 5:59 pm

    So many good things! I love the Bristol hat. And I love that cross-stitch lampshade!

  5. Wednesday, 5 September, 2012 7:43 am

    Wow, I’m honored to be included in a list of such wonderful things! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  6. Wednesday, 5 September, 2012 8:48 am

    Love the pincushions!


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