Thursday, October 31, 2013

All Hallows Eve

The Fort hosted a pumpkin walk and spooky trick-or-treating at the historic buildings. There were over 400 jack-o-lanterns there! Kesten loves pumpkins and had the time of his life, running from one pumpkin to another.
 What a spooky location, full of history.
 There were witches brewing up potions and handing out candy.
 Bonfires sparked and flickered in the wild wind. Last year for Halloween we had a foot of snow and   -10c. This year? No snow and significantly warmer. Perfect!
 Spooky spooky!

 You have to be brave to get any candy.
It was a perfect Halloween night.

Monday, October 28, 2013

The Rest of October

October has flown by with hardly a blog post by me. What a month it has been. We've had beautiful weather with some nice warm days and no snow. The best October weather since we have moved here! But the snow is looming and this morning it was nearly -10c. We had a few days of thick fog which chilled the air and made us feel claustrophobic. But the sun and blue sky are back, even if it is chilly.

We have been battling the cold season here. As soon as we get better from one cold, we're on to the next one. To pass the time in between we have been taking walks.
 This log at the lake really holds Kesten's interest. We've made several trips here and Kesten stays completely absorbed in the log, pulling apart the rotting wood and poking it with sticks and climbing on top of it.
 This morning we pulled out his new snowsuit to try on, after seeing snow in the forecast for this week. I'm pretty sure he has no memory of snow. I wonder what he will think of it this year?
 Poor runny nose. We like to call it "elevens."
 He got the balloon at the Children's Festival yesterday in town. He had so much fun there and the highlight was the bouncy castle. He kept begging to go on, but they wouldn't let him on because he was too little and the older kids would flatten him. Finally he got to go on with a few other little toddlers and the grin on his face was priceless.
Earlier this month we travelled down south to see our family for Thanksgiving. Kesten and Parker were little monkeys and had a lot of fun together (I think!).  It is nice that they are so close in age. In a few years that 6 month gap will seem like nothing!
 And at Thanksgiving dinner, Kesten confirmed his love for olives, demanding more every time his tray was empty. This kid has unusual tastes for a little one.
And that's about it. I have had no energy or inspiration for doing any crafts lately, but I am hoping that will come back with the snow. And it is just a few more days until Halloween, one of our favourite holidays! Pumpkin carving and decorating will take place this week, along with candy guzzling! Have a good one.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Knitting! Woodland Stag/Deer Baby Hat

Halloween is coming in a month and it is time for another knitting pattern. This year my little guy is going to be a stag for Halloween and I designed this cute little hat for his costume. I now have two hat sizes available, but if either hat size doesn't work for your needs, you could always use a different hat pattern and just add the ears and antlers for your hat.

Woodland Stag/ Baby Deer Hat

Main colour (mc): Bernat Softee Chunky in Soft Taupe
Contrast Colour 1 (cc1): Patons Shetland Chunky in White

5mm double pointed needles (dpn's)

Gauge: 6 stitches and 8 rows = 2inches

Small: circumference 16-18 inches 
Medium: circumference 19 inches [all medium instructions will follow the small instructions in brackets ( ) ].
cc1-contrast colour 1
dpn's-double pointed needles
k2tog-knit two together
m1-make one stitch
mc-main colour
p2tog-purl two together
ssk-slip slip knit

 Hat Pattern:
With main colour, cast on 48 st (56st) on dpn's. Join in the round, being careful not to twist stitches.
row 1: k1, p1 around
Continue for 3 (5) more rows.
Next row: k around and repeat until hat measures 3.5inches (4.5inches) from the start.
next row: k6, k2tog, repeat around circle
next row: k around
next row:k5, k2tog, repeat around circle
next row: k around
next row: k4, k2tog, repeat around circle
next row: k around
next row: k3, k2tog, repeat around circle
(Medium size only: k around)
next row: k2, k2tog, repeat around circle
next row: k1, k2tog, repeat around circle
next row: k2tog, repeat around circle
last row: k2tog, repeat around circle (k one). Cut yarn, weave through remaining stitches, pull tight, bind off and weave in ends.

Outer Ear Pattern:
With main colour, cast on 4 st on 5mm needles
row 1: k
row 2: p
row 3 :k1, m1, k2,  m1, k1
row 4: p
row 5: k1, m1, k4, m1, k1
row 6: p
row 7: k
row 8: p
row 9: k1, k2tog, k2, ssk, k1
row 10: p
row 11: k1, k2tog, ssk, k1
row 12: p
row 13: k2tog, ssk
row 14: p
row 15, k2, bind off, weave in top end, but leave a long tail at the bottom (to sew the ear onto the hat). 
Repeat for the second ear.

Inner Ear Pattern:
In cc1, cast on 3 st on 5mm needles
row 1: k
row 2: p
row 3: k1, m1, k1, m1, k1
row 4: p
row 5: k1, m1, k3, m1, k1
row 6: p
row 7: k1, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1
row 8: p
row 9: k2tog, k1, ssk
row 10: p
row 11: k2tog, ssk
row 12: p2tog
Bind off. Weave in one end and use the other end to sew inner ear centred onto outer ear.

Antler Pattern:
In cc1, cast on 9 st evenly on 3, 5mm dpns.
Knit in the round until it measures 1.5 inches from beginning. Place 3 st on one needle and set aside. Cast on 2 st on a fourth needle and continue knitting in the round (8 st on needles). After 3/4", k2, k2tog, k to end of the round.
Next row: k4, k2tog, k1
next row: k
next row: k2tog, k to end of row (5st left)
next row: k
next row: k1, k2tog, k2 (4st left)
next row: k
next row: k2, k2tog (3st left)
next row: k, moving 2 st onto 1 needle, 1 on the other.
next row: k2tog, k1, bind off.
Rejoin yarn where the 3 st are set aside. Cast on 2 st (5 st total) and knit in round for 1/2". k2tog, k3, k2tog, k3, k2tog, k1. Bind off.
Sew up hole where new stitches are joined on. Pull bound off ends to the inside of the antler. If desired, add stuffing to the base of the antler and then sew onto the top of the hat. 
Repeat for second antler.

And that's it! Please let me know if you find any errors in the pattern and if you have any suggestions. I also love to hear from people who made the pattern and enjoyed it. Please check out my other patterns on my blog and add me on raverly :honeynutbrown.

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