Tuesday, October 30, 2012

The Eve of Hallowe'en

Tomorrow is Halloween, one of my favourite holidays! It will be a bit different this year with a foot of snow on the ground instead of leaf-scattered streets. The kids will have to wear their snowsuits under their costumes. We are all stocked up on candy, which I am hoping I don't eat all of it before tomorrow night. It is so hard to have self-control. 

We carved the pumpkins tonight and Kesten was so enthralled when we lit them up in the dark. He just stared and stared. It was fun to watch.

All's ready for tomorrow! I can hardly wait!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Oh, the Weather Outside...

... Is Frightful! We have had non-stop snow for a few days and over a foot of accumulation. This is bizarre and kind of fun too. The colourful fall pallet has been replaced with shades of white and grey. I don't think this snowfall will melt until next April!
 In other news, we had an earthquake here on Saturday off of our coast. It measured 7.7, which is huge! We felt it all the way over here, although it wasn't too strong. I started feeling dizzy and then felt the floor shaking and saw the pictures and lights swinging. I was skyping with my sister when it happened and she saw the screen shake a bit. It certainly brought back scary memories of the big one I was in in Colima, Mexico almost 10 years ago. Sadly, many people were killed in that earthquake and so many buildings were damaged and destroyed, right around us as the ground shook. We were right in the middle of the area where the most damage and deaths occurred (Via de Alvarez). In an earthquake, you desperately want to get to a place where the ground is stable, but that doesn't exist. It is hard to stand upright. You always think of the ground as such a stable place, but you realize that is not true in an earthquake.
Luckily with this recent earthquake no one was injured and there was very little damage, if any at all. Phew.

Sunday, October 28, 2012

The Winner of the Giveaway!

Drum roll please......
The winner of the giveaway is....
Alison B! Congratulations! Email me your address at kristennutbrown@gmail.com and I will mail you the wristers right away.

Comments Not Working

I've heard from some people that they have tried to leave me a comment on the giveaway and it is not working. So sorry, I'm not sure what is wrong. Try to leave me a comment here, or email me kristennutbrown@gmail.com and I will enter you for the draw tonight!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

My First Giveaway!

This colder weather means it is time to keep those hands warm! I am giving away a pair of wristers that I made (from my pattern here). To enter the draw, leave a comment on this post and tell me a bit about yourself, what your hobbies are, etc. and I will randomly draw a name on Sunday, October 28 at 6pm (Pacific Standard Time). This is open to residents in Canada and the U.S.  This contest is now open to everyone.
Good luck!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

New On The Blog

To make things a little easier for people coming to my blog to look for knitting patterns, I have added a tab at the top of the page that will link you to all my patterns. I will update it as I add new ones. I have also added a search box at the top right of the home page, to help you look for anything from past blog posts.


I got a book called Doodle Stitching: The Motif Collection by Aimee Ray this Summer. I have never been too inspired to do embroidery, but seeing this book and the cute designs inside really changed my mind. Now I usually have a fun embroidery project on the go, and I like to add embroidery embellishments to other projects, like Kesten's stocking.
I also made this picture, which I had hoped to use as a banner for my blog, but for some reason blogger won't let me upload it without paying. Poop!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Looks Like Fall...

...But it feels like Winter! Yesterday we went on a walk to the lake and had to bundle up in multiple layers and snuggle our baby up in loads of blankets. Brrrrr. 

This morning we woke up to -16c, but still no snow. Does that count as Winter?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Nutbrown Gnome Hat

Last night I knit Kesten a little hat using my pattern here. Instead of a Forest Pixie Hat, I'll call it a Nutbrown Gnome Hat. Instead of knitting a chin strap, I knit two cords to tie under the chin. Pretty Cute!

Saturday, October 20, 2012

The Dwindling Autumn

Whooo! Sorry, I've been absent for awhile! We have had a whirlwind of visits and travelling and it has all been so much fun and so busy that I've barely had time to write here. But I think things are settling down now, and we plan to hunker down for the Winter with no more trips planned until Spring.

Speaking of Winter, it sure is getting close to that season. Our Autumn felt longer this year than in the past, and we've had such a beautiful Summer, that I don't dread the first snowfall. It was awfully cold here this morning and I saw a couple flakes come down in the afternoon, but we have yet to wake up to that first blanket of snow. The light seems to be different on those mornings, you can tell something is has changed. Tip-toeing across the chill bedroom floor with sleepy eyes to pull back the curtains revealing a transformed landscape, Winter arrives in that instant.
But not yet. For now, we will enjoy the fallen leaves and the frosty mornings, and the smell of woodsmoke in the air. And Halloween is fast approaching! But I am finding it hard not to start planning Christmas! This is the first year that I will be alone with my new little family for Christmas and I am looking forward to establishing some new traditions. I've already snuck in a Christmas craft, making a stocking for my little son.
I quilted the stocking and made a burlap cuff.
 I embroidered his name with red thread.
My mother made us beautiful stockings when we were kids that she sewed and embroidered herself. Those stockings are so special and I wanted my son to have something special as well. What sorts of things did you get in your stockings? My husband always got a jar of olives, which he would promptly eat. He loves olives! I always got a mandarin orange in the toe of my stocking. I never liked oranges and one year I forgot and left mine in the stocking. The next year when we pulled out the Christmas decorations, we discovered a dried and preserved orange! Hahaha.
Well, that is all for now! Enjoy your Autumn and embrace the coming Winter (I try very hard to do this, especially since we have snow for 6 months of the year!).

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

Knitting! A Northern Autumn Hat

This hat is a quick knit and is perfect for beginners and those who are too intimidated to knit in the round. It is knit on straight needles and can be embellished in any number of ways to express your unique personality.

Northern Autumn Hat

Yarn: Lion Brand WoolEase Thick&Quick in Barley (chunky sized wool)
Needles: 6mm Straight needles
Measurements: This hat has a circumference of 22 inches
Gauge: 5st and 8 rows = 2inches in stockinette stitch

Notions: a large button and a pom pom (both optional)

k2tog-knit two together
p2tog-purl two together

Cast on 56st on your 6mm straight needles.

First row: k1, p1, repeat to end
second row: k1, p1, repeat to end

Repeat these two rows 7 more times, ending on a wrong side row.
Next row: Begin to knit in stockinette stitch. Continue in stockinette stitch until hat measures 8 inches from the beginning.
First row: k6, k2tog, repeat to end
Second row: purl
Third row: k5, k2tog, repeat to end
Fourth row: purl
Fifth row: k4, k2tog, repeat to end
Sixth row: purl
Seventh row: k3, k2tog, repeat to end
Eight row: purl
Ninth row: k2, k2tog, repeat to end
Tenth row: p2tog, p1, repeat to end
Eleventh row: k2tog, repeat to end
Twelfth row: p2tog, p2tog, p2tog, p1

Cut yarn leaving a 6 inch tail. Weave end of yarn through the remaining four loops on your needle, pull  loops off needle, pulling them tightly together and secure the end of your yarn. Sew up the sides of the hat, making sure that the first 2 inches or so of the ribbing is sewn with the right sides together, so that any seam will be hidden when the ribbing is folded over. Add a button and/or pom pom if desired. And have fun wearing this cozy hat!

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