Monday, November 2, 2009

Autumn Joy

What started out as a lazy Sunday morning of coffee, music and newspapers turned into a day of outdoor fun. Our backyard was a sea of golden maple leaves in dire need of raking so we decided to end our lazy morning at second breakfast instead of cruising our way through elevenses in our pajamas. While Adrian hauled our first load of leaves to the composting site near our house, I took advantage of the nice weather and took some pictures. This past month I took a break from the sweater that I'm knitting to whip up a patch of knitted and felted pumpkins. They are from a pattern by Marie Mayhew, a local knitter who has some of the cutest knitting/felting patterns ever. The pumpkins range in size from about 7 to 3 inches. They're knit with worsted weight wool yarn and felted in the washing machine. I tweaked around with the pattern a bit to get the different sizes and shapes. I used several different brands of yarn and they all worked great. The brands of yarn all felt up a bit differently which also made for a wide variety of sizes.
My crocheted acorns are an ongoing project that I still work on when the mood strikes. They are as addicting as potato chips and I've made handfuls of them. This fall I've collected a pile of acorn caps for the future because it's kind of hard to scout for acorn caps in the dead of winter with a foot of snow on the ground. The yarn is mostly odd bits of sock yarn lovingly donated to me by my favorite knitting sister Brenda, who has a really excellent knitting podcast called Cast On. You should listen to it, it's terrific. It never ceases to amaze me that the delightful person on the podcast is the same bossy older sister who used to tickle me as a child until I peed my pants.After a long day of raking leaves, Adrian and I treated ourselves to a lovely little bonfire. We settled into our log swing, sipped on Apfelcorn and relaxed in the golden light of the late afternoon sun.

8 comments:

Alex said...

That sounds like so much fun! :)

Plays with Needles said...

adorable! Love the acorns in the variegated yarns....too cool!

Brenda said...

What a great Sunday!

Amy said...

I love the acorns, I have been looking for a new ornament project for this year. Last year I made felted balls and egg shapes and then decorated with wool, embroidery and beads.

Linda B said...

I just stumbled upon your blog and I must say, you are awsome!!! I will be following. Hope you can drop by for a visit.

Sue Thomas said...

These look so good out in your yard, Pam!!! Love the new banner as well!

Dees said...

Wow, what a beautifull pictures and lovely pumpkins and acorns... Makes me want to pick up my knitting needles and crocheting hook again. Maybe I will, just to have something small to make at hand. Thanks for sharing!

Marty S said...

The pumpkins are just too cute!
Marty S
Crackpot Beader