It’s the season of all things….pumpkin!

And I’m determined my toes are not left out, lol! And my toes, like the revered pumpkin spice latte, may not have any real pumpkin in it, but it’s awesome none the less!

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How do you like them apples pumpkins! Or rather, pumpkin since I have fallen prey to second sock syndrome and have since moved on to my pencil socks, oups!

And to make matters worse, I was so eager to move on to my pencil socks that I….cast off only half the sock before cutting my wool. of all the brainless things I’ve done…

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So send me some cast-on vibes, would ya? Otherwise at this rate I’ll be wearing one pencil sock with one pumpkin socks because…

omg rainbows

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(Those were custom to have extra wide rainbow stripes. My stock rainbow toes have stripes 2/3 that size so the rainbow is only on the toes/increase section)

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Come and get me winter!

I’m ready! As of September 8th, I am ready to rock the white stuff! My hat…done!
You remember Loch, right?

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Beautiful loch, how you make my heart flutter. ‘Lovh’ is my Tin Can Knits, and I used the OOAK skein of surf from tanis fiber arts. It’s got cashmere ‘yo. And silk. That’s a yarngasm in a skein if I ever heard of one!

Nothing would do but to make a matching cowl with the remaining bit of skein, so I cast on one repeat of ‘loch’ lace pattern and a whole wack load of stitches. I’d like to say I was totally scientific about it and figured out my stitches per inch, times the size of my head, divided by….but I didnt, lol! I just kinda guessed and got it about right! Reward for laziness, I’ll never learn 😉

So I knit and knit until my tanis ran out. Then I though, hey, how awesome would this be double sided?! Super awesome! After some stash diving, though, it became apparent I had nothing suitable. how the….?! so I got to visit my LYS where I snagged a delicious charcoal skein of tosh merino DK. Perfection. So then I knit a mile of stockinette (not even much of an exaggeration), thanks to some binge watching of west wing on netflix.

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And then, my dears, it came time to graft.

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226 stitches. Sewing needles. strong liquor strong tea.

Of course, a helpful friend also pointed out a new way to Kitchener graft, by knitting it. knitting it. WHA….! But let’s not get into that because I’d already started and you need to suffer with me. Knit off, purl on. Purl off, knit on. 226 times.

It’s perfect

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bring it winter!

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And in case you’re looking for a pencil to fill in all those back to school forms, I’ve got you covered 😉

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year!

Do you hear that? The sounds of bickering, crashing, otherwise delightful children affecting that most annoying of cadence whining ‘I’m booooooored’?

No?

Me neither! Cause they are back to school!! Good bye kids, have a great day, learn lots, have fun, make some new friends…..you’re outta here!!

Ahhh. A stay-at-home momma’s favourite time of year.

I don’t yet hate getting up to an alarm (ok, maybe a little), or packing lunches (ok, maybe more than a little), or dealing with the mountain of paperwork everyday (definitely more than a little) but I know those days are coming, so I’m going to sit with my hot slightly warm tea and enjoy having only one kid under my feet and in my lap. Ahhh. This is the life!

Along with all this new time on my hands, I’ve been elbow deep in dyeing and building this wonderful new business adventure I’m on! Learning the paperwork side, navigating the intricacies of international postage and printing business cards is just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve been studying chemistry (chemical bonds, acid charts) and artsy stuff like colour wheels and reading everything I can get my hands on about dyeing wool. I’m fascinated and maybe a bit obsessed. But that’s ok. It’s how I roll!

My knitting time has been taken up by knitting samples of my sock wool because that’s my little reward, lol. I get to be the first to knit up a whole new colourway and that makes me giddy! I’ve knit 3 pairs of socks in 3 weeks, that’s gotta be some kind of record. And both those socks won ribbons at the country fair!

Watermelon 1st place

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And strawberry third place

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I also entered my strawberry shawl, my malabrigo cowl and a cascade crochet beanie and they all ribboned! I’m very proud.

So now I’m off to dye some more today. I’ve sold all my original batch of wool (thank you thank you!) and the next batch is arriving just in the nick of time today. Until then, I’m putting in some time doing paperwork. oh joy.

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I’ll be back Wednesday with a new WIP post and have more to show you for FO Friday! Winter is coming…which means knitting and blogging!