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Pumpkin!




Pumpkin!

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YAY! This must be a record. After a friend bought the kit for needle felted pumpkins from Decadent Fibers at Rhinebeck, I was excited, but doubted I’d get it done in time for Halloween and fall decor. I was wrong! We both made pumpkins and they came out SO darling. It wasn’t hard, once I got the hang of it. I love the shading and dimension to it. They sell prefelted pumpkins on their site, but the kit is great for DIY types. There’s enough orange roving left for a couple of mini pumpkins, once I get more roving to form the base. All in all, I am so pleased with how this came out. It’s my first needle felting project, and I am addicted! I wish I had bought some gorgeous teal roving that I saw at Rhinebeck. I have visions of brilliantly colored pillows…

Rhinebeck Purchases




Rhinebeck Purchases

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I can’t believe another Rhinebeck has come and gone! It was windy, but a lovely day on Saturday. I came away with a few special yarns for certain projects I can’t wait to start on. Luckily, nothing is wound into balls yet, so it will help motivate me to finish what I was already working on before diving into this new stuff. I only made one purchase I wasn’t thrilled with – that’s the alpaca in the far left. I bought it, then turned around an saw a color I liked a lot better for a couple dollars less. Oh well, I’m happy anyway. Just thrilled with the sock yarn especially now that fall is finally here. First up, I have to finished my Woodland Hoodlet (did I mention that I’m going to run out of yarn on it? Not sure what I will do) and my Aeolian shawl. And a couple other things that are so close to finished. At least I only have two pairs of size 0 DPNs, so that maxes out the number of socks I can have going at any given time.

It was crowded, but not so much as two years ago, the first time I was there. Again, I brought lunch to avoid time in lines and give myself a chance to rest at the car. Most people were lovely, and I really enjoyed seeing all of the fantastic knitwear on display. Fall is definitely here!




February Lady Sweater

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I was making an order from WEBS and decided to pick up a few skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca to make a (hopefully) quick February Lady Sweater. This popular pattern has so many variations. I chose the purple to match the plaid I just bought for a fall skirt.

The Woodland Hoodlet is proceeding as planned, but I have a bad feeling I will be short on yarn and it’s already out of stock. I might take my chances with a different dye lot.




Woodland Capelet to be

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Yes, one week before Rhinebeck, I caved and ordered yarn online. This is going to be my very own Red Riding Hood. It will be a Woodland Hoodlet. My husband is so funny – I asked him what he thought of the pattern, and he said he didn’t really get what it was, and has never seen me wear anything like it. It is definitely a stretch for me – it’s whimsical and fun and a bit edgy, which are all aspects of my personality and fashion choices that I feel like I lost when I left California nearly two years ago. I am thrilled, just thrilled with the color. Sour Cherry. It’s perfect! I’m also testing out this yarn which is an acrylic blend. I nearly always prefer natural fibers, but in my experience, wool spun to a super chunky weight just does not wear well and this is supposed to be an outerwear garment.

It is a gorgeous fall day here, and we are off to pick more apples and get some pumpkins. I tried Ashley’s cardamom apple butter recipe a couple weeks ago and was just thrilled with the results, so now I need more apples! We also have guests coming in this week from California and I am hoping to impress them with how tasty NJ apples are.

Apple Picking




Apple Picking

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As much as I protest the changing of the seasons, this post from Design Sponge reminded me of one of my favorite things about fall (besides my birthday!!)… apples! I eat a plain apple every single morning. Gala, Honeycrisp, Jona Gold – the perfect sweetness, the crispness, it’s like taking a drink of the best water there is. I vastly prefer organic apples – I can’t deal with wax being sprayed on the apple skin that I eat.

Even though on Monday night after two late nights in a row, I swore off canning for the season (8 cups of nectarine cherry jam and 6 pints of southwest salsa), I am now looking up new apple butter recipes. The last time I made it, it just didn’t thicken up the way I wanted it to, even after hours of cooking and two different methods. I’m willing to try again though – anyone have a favorite recipe to point me too?

My other favorite way of preserving apples is baking them into a sweet German apple cake. I bake the cake in loaf pans or cupcake molds and freeze accordingly. It’s great for fall parties where I don’t have time to bake something fresh. I take the cake out the night before and defrost it in the fridge. Perfect!

I took this photo apple picking two years ago – has it been that long already? I went to Riamede Orchards. I am also starting to think about pumpkins and fall decor… I’ve never made pumpkin butter, but maybe this year? I’ll save the rest of my fall ideas for another post. Enjoy the beautiful weekend!

Napkin Fabric




Napkin Fabric

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This summer has been super busy! I’m working on a top secret project that I hope to share in a few weeks. But here’s a little stash of fabrics that I picked up several weeks ago at my beloved Stone Mountain & Daughter Fabrics in Berkeley, California. They are going to become a set of six napkins, double-sided. The plaid will be the main fabric, and two napkins each with the different contrast fabrics. I’m super excited! I haven’t made myself new napkins in a long time. I’ve been using thrift store ones, with a special handsewn set I got in a swap for fancy occasions.

I’m still canning, and have plans this week for salsa and nectarine jam. My mother-in-law just won blue ribbons at her county fair this past weekend for her canned and baked goods – it’s very inspiring! Next year, I have to enter my county fair. I have a guest post at Tiny Choices about canning basics. If you are at all interested in canning, take a peek, maybe you’ll be inspired!




graduate hemlock ring

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This is my second run through the Hemlock Ring pattern, a vintage pattern, updated in blanket form by Jared Flood. It came out really well. No mistakes in this one, unlike my first attempt. It also came together much more quickly this time, and also wound up blocking a bit larger. I didn’t block it strenuously enough to get the looped edge to lay flat, but I did get the lace to open up.

It’s a gift for my sister as she graduated from law school this past May. I hope she gets many years of use out of it.

Pattern: Hemlock Ring
Yarn: KnitPicks Swish Worsted (7.65 skeins)
Color: Dublin
Needles: 9 & 10
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