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New knits

I’ve been knitting a lot over the past weeks. My first finished objects were two pumpkin hats (Garnstudio drops pattern). The plan was to make one for a friend’s baby, but the first hat turned out so large that it fitted me. Never mind, I like to wear a pumpkin hat myself as well! Then I made a second hat in the right size for the baby.

baby pumpkin hat

This one is the baby’s hat.
I cut the washng instructions from the yarn label and attached it to the hat so that the parents would know how to treat it.

Label

The one below is my own hat. I wore it a couple of times and got the impression that people were watching it in the street!

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The second finished object I can show is a lace shawl. The pattern is called Arroyo and can be found for free here. I really liked it as a first-attempt lace shawl, because the lace chart is not too complicated, the shawl is relatively small, and the lace itself is only a strip.
As mentioned before, I used Rowan fine art for this, a sock yarn. I made two small mods to the pattern by knitting the plain part in stockinette instead of garter stitch, and repeating pattern rows 32-35 along the upper edge of the shawl. I think I will give it to my sister in law for Christmas.

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Although I like the summer season, I’m always happy when autumn is in the air again. We live near the woods and I just love the the sight of yellow and brown trees, the scent of fallen leaves. This weekend a friend came visiting and we went out to go look for mushrooms.

Soon we saw this little fellow:

A few hours and three different kinds of mushroom later, we went home and gave them a total make-over:

They were delicious!

That morning I already made a pumpkin cake following a wonderful recipe; I think it was the best cake I ever made (which is not that difficult as I do not make cakes that often, but still). How can it go wrong with pumpkin, chocolate and pecans in one cake, iced with lemon butter cream?

I’ll first show what my kitchen looked liked after I made the butter cream, that unfortunately included one explosion of powdered sugar:

But it was all worth it:

So far with all the cooking. I did some crafty things too!
Already three years ago now, I made a small cross stitch Quaker alphabet:
(the free pattern can be found here)

Over the past days, I made a narrow patchwork border for it to make a small wall hanging. But there is still one side left to be finished with binding, so the FO pics will have to wait for next post.

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