Every morning heralds the approach of November with a grey, gloomy sky and a chill that keeps me huddled under the flannel sheets and extra quilt for as long as possible (not long with two small children clamoring for the day to start).
This is the weather to make things quickly.
Things like sheepy hats with high wool content and giant Baa-bles.
And wee baby mittens in delicious shades of autumn morning grey (though the pattern is called (delightfully) Bleak Midwinter).
And of course, little cowls that look like bandanas. I used the same pattern and the same modifications as when I made this in red for Silas.
There have also been a couple of dishcloths. With all this winter knitting I have made the executive decision to leap from the dishcloth bandwagon (unless Knit Picks puts out a pattern that I can't resist), so these may be the last couple this year.
Pumpking Dishcloth by Teresa Gregorio
Knit Picks Cotlin DK, Clementine and Peapod
I'm a sucker for all things pumpkin. If it says pumpkin spice on it, you already have my money.
Campfire, by Marjorie Dussaud
Peaches & Creme, Rosemary
This was the first Dussaud dishcloth that I have enjoyed in a while. It was fast, fun, easy to memorize, and the drape is delicious.
I'd like to be the kind of person who makes my kids' Halloween costumes, but not yet. I have always been the kind of person with really good luck at thrift stores, however.
Ezra is sporting a dragon coat and a sparkly jumpsuit found at the bargain shoppe. Silas wore it for his two first Halloweens.
This year Silas is Thomas the Tank Engine, courtesy of Once Upon a Child. This should fit him for many Halloweens if he's agreeable, because it's completely open-sided, which also means that he can wear it no matter the weather - even a bulky winter coat will fit under it without disrupting the effect of the costume. This year wasn't too bad, he's just wearing his Thomas rain slicker (and his new rain boots, which he was one hundred times more excited about than the costume, and which he is still wearing).
Ryan reprised last year's cowboy costume.
Everything out of his own wardrobe, basically. I'm a fan of men owning cowboy hats - it makes for very easy costumes for Pioneer Day when you're in school if you can just raid your dad's closet.
I should have gotten a picture of my entire outfit, but you'll get the gist. I went for fall spirit/Mother Nature/wood Elf, etc.
Sparkly green dress courtesy of Goodwill, 2006. Fall garland courtesy of Wal-Mart clearance sale, 2014. I was going to wear this last year, but it turns out that dresses you could wear when you were 19 will not fit you when you are 9 months pregnant, no matter how forgiving you think that A-line is.
Here's a pic from 2013, the second time Silas wore the dragon costume, where you can see a bit more of the dress (generic princess that year):
Now just imagine it with 12 feet of fall foliage draped around it, and you'll get the idea.