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A few of my favorite things: October

Friday, 5 October, 2012

October used to be my favorite month. Now it’s when I start daydreaming about crisp fall days, pumpkin pie, the smell of woodsmoke, apple orchards with cider doughnuts, colorful leaves, and the return of sweater weather. Then I remember I’m in Texas, where it’s still in the high 80s. We don’t get a fall here, which makes me sad. Y’all need to enjoy it for me!


I know this is a kids sweater, but I want a Pigwidgeon for me! The owls are so cute. I think it would work equally well for a boy or a girl.

As I put the batch of no bake cookies into the fridge to cool, Charlie swore up and down that he wouldn’t eat them. No way, not a chance. Not happening. For, you see, they contain oatmeal, which is well-known to be made of pure evil. When they were ready, I ate one. The Scientist ate one. And Charlie agreed to try one. Given this is on a list of favorite things, I bet you can figure out how my story ends.

Simple Sprinkle is such a fun project for leftover bits of worsted weight yarn. A garter stitch cowl might otherwise be boring, but all the color changes and the short rows make it much more interesting.

I love these bags by Wooly Bison. Waxed canvas with recycled wool and fabric accents.

Amy Christoffers is one of those designers that seemed to come out of nowhere, and suddenly was putting out amazing pattern after amazing pattern. The Stonecutters Cardigan is one of my favorite designs she’s ever done. A slightly oversized fit, pockets, and gorgeous texture – I swear this is the perfect fall sweater.

Mustache earrings. Do I really need to say anything here?

Soft, squishy cables. In the past I’ve sort of stayed away from cables. I usually like my knitting simple and unfussy, and cables require just enough extra thought that I’m not able to zone out and knit on autopilot. But I had to do some cabling for the big project I’m working on, and found I really enjoyed it. Maybe the cozy Cowl Diamonds pattern would be fun!

Coexist, the new album by The xx came out a few weeks ago, and it’s so lovely. I’ve been listening to it almost non-stop. This is Chained, one of my favorite songs off the album.

The other day on Twitter I said to a friend that all yarn hopes it grows up to become a Jared Flood pattern. Sempervivum is another in a long line of his timeless lace shawls. It’s part of the new BT Fall 12 collection, which is full of gorgeous patterns.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. Jessie permalink
    Friday, 5 October, 2012 9:15 am

    The Stonecutters Cardigan is on my list of things to knit asap! I am trying to decide what yarn I want to use…

  2. Cassandra permalink
    Friday, 5 October, 2012 9:16 am

    Your no-bake cookie recipe would be on my list of favorite things too. Glad Charlie came to his senses!

  3. Saturday, 6 October, 2012 6:32 am

    The yarn in the Stonecutter cardi looks the same color as a brown fleece I’m working on at present. Think I’ll wash and comb a kilo of it and spin it Aran weight and aim to make that card – perhaps by January next !
    Love autumn too – today is a good one here in midlands Ireland.

  4. Monday, 8 October, 2012 2:01 pm

    I think you were right about yarn wanting to grow up to be used in a BT pattern. I always enjoy when the collections come out! Cables are so fun to knit; glad you agree now! Love these posts!

  5. Monday, 12 November, 2012 11:11 am

    Love that cowl!

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