Knitted Decoration Pumpkins

For my next knitted project I wanted to try following a pattern. I found this simple pattern, and finally had time to add the finishing touches!

You can find the free pattern here: Craftsy.com – Halloween Pumpkin
The only changes that I made were to use brown for the stem, instead of green, add the brown happy smile, and use 12mm Black Doll Eyes.

My Halloween Costume – Part 2 – Peaked Pixie Hat


A day or two after I decided to do hair falls for my Fruit Fairy costume for halloween, I came across this hat pattern, to buy from etsy, and I fell in love!! I really wanted to buy it: Mittenmade Etsy Shop – Hobbit Hat Pattern

But being extra short on expendable income at the moment, I decided to see what I could do with yarn that was on hand, and whatever pattern I could find for free. I found these patterns that could work…

Stich A Yarntastic Life – Hood for tots
Just A Few Nuts – Little Pixie Hat
Ms. Crafty Galore – Pointy Ribbed Pixie Helmet Hat
Etsy Blog – Stella Pixie Hat
Fuzzy Galore – Pixie Ribbed Hat
but none of them were perfect, until I saw this hat! Womanpuli – Woodland Hat, and then realized that even though it was not a pattern, just a hat for sale, that with the beginner knitting that I just learned, I could do something very similar! That hat on the bear is my finished creation, not too shabby for my second knitting project, if I do say so myself!

After reviewing some of the above patterns, this is the pattern I concocted as I blithely stumbled along:
Cast on 90, Knit one row, Pearl one row, repeat for about 20 inches.
About 12 or 15 rows in I threw in a few messy decrease stiches, first time trying them. And then about two inches before the hat was done, I did a few increase stiches. Trying to make sure that it would peak in the back.
(Pic below shows what it will look like at this stage, just a big piece.)
Slip stich up the back on the inside with a crochet hook.
(Note on yarn, I LOVE the aqua yarn my sister sent me, and could not bear to let it all be used on dishcloths. So with the remaining Sugar N’ Cream aqua colored yarn I started the hat, and when I ran out, I switched to some white Sugar N’ Cream yarn that I’ve carried around since my teen years. I love how the soft medium thick yarn turned out with this make shift pattern! ♥ )

For the hanging ties:
Ch 50, tie off. (make 4), knot two chains together for the “ties” that hang down on each side, attach to hat.

for the little crocheted star/flower, I freehanded that, then counted stiches:
leave a long-ish tail, ch 3, join to form loop
*ch 3, slip st in 2nd chain and 3rd chain from loop, slip st in loop*
repeat from * to * 4 times
tie off in front of star, then use the hook to pull the knot through the center, to the back. Use the loose strings to tie to the hat.

Hope that all makes sense!

Just days after finishing the hat, I happened on this pattern, at A Crafter xD blog, that is perfect! I’ll definitely have to try making this hat sometime also!

Finally Learning Knitting

A few months ago, I started to learn to knit, using a book my mom gave me, and a library book, and YouTube. I finally figured it out well enough to make a couple square dishcloths, then took a break to work on other projects… and forgot everything I’d learned so far. Frustrating to say the least! This is something I’ve always wanted to learn, so last week I tried again, knowing that if it’s anything like crochet I need to gain muscle memory. So, using some aqua colored Sugar’n Cream yarn my sister gifted to me, I knitted about eight dishcloths, using the “practice patterns” K1. P1. & K2. P2. from my mom’s book. I think I’ve got the rhythm stuck in my head now, I just need another simple project to keep my momentum going! In the meantime, here are my dishcloths and patterns…

What I ended up knitting using the simple “practice patterns” K1. P1. & K2. P2:

Dishcloth #1:
Cast on 25 or so
K one row. P one row.
Repeat.
(made 3 of them)

Dishcloth #2:
Cast on 25 or so
Rows 1-4: K one row. P one row.
Rows 5-8: K1. P1. Repeat.
Repeat rows 1-8 until the square is complete
(made 2 of them)

Dishcloth #3:
Cast on 25 or so
Rows 1-4: K one row. P one row.
Rows 5-8: K2. P2. Repeat.
Repeat rows 1-8 until the square is complete
(made 3 of them)

Gerbil Bonding

My gerbil, Kate, is adorable. The only gerbil I’ve seen with siamese-like coloring, her nose and ears and tail are darker than the rest of her, and she is super sweet. I adopted her with another gerbil who was very wild and escaped while we were outside, biting my daughter, I’ve never had a gerbil who bites, so we were not sad to see her go. However, Kate is old enough that I’m told she will not adapt to another gerbil, and yet gerbils don’t do well alone, they are social creatures. So we’ve been careful to spend extra time with Kate, she is curious and likes to explore, but is also calm and loves to be with me as I check out the garden or do crafts at the table. She’ll even sit on my shoulder as I walk around the house or outdoors.

I do get worried about her falling off my shoulder so I looked into bonding bags for small animals. There are lots on etsy, and the easiest is just a simple sling, similar to what I carried my babies in when they were infants. I repurposed an old knitted scarf that I got for free with some yarn, roughly crocheting the ends of the scarf together to form the sling. It’s working so far, Kate can burrow into the sling to feel safe, or poke her nose out to sniff and look around! Yay!