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Staying Warm

Every year, about the time we rake up the first fallen leaves, I have a minor crafting freak-out. Winter is coming, people! And it's going to be cold and dark and last a really long time. Did I mention it's going to be cold? Really, really cold? Any in-progress project gets set aside for a frantic crafting of warm things. This years freak-out tally- two hats and a quilt.

These don't belong to anyone in particular. I made them to toss into the communal box of warm, wooly things. Thanks to stretchiness, pretty much anyone in the family can wear either of them. Sam has taken to wearing the polka-dot one to bed. Guess I need to make another one in a less girly colorway.

Pattern- Polka Knot Hat. A quick and fun knit. I did cause myself some grief by choosing a cheap mystery yarn from the bottom of my stash that had absolutely no stretch at all. It made those knots pretty hard to do. Also, I want a pompom maker, desperately.

Pattern- Buck's Hat. Great pattern. Unfortunately, yet another cheap, mostly acrylic mystery yarn from the bottom of the stash. Sigh. But, mid-freakout there's no time to wait for shipping on an order of good yarn since there is no where to buy good yarn anywhere close to me. Sounds like I need to do some wooly stash building! I want to make this hat again with a yarn that will give me some nice crisp stitch definition for all that fancy cablework. And I need to pay more attention during the setup rows.

I was also supposed to be making a Halloween wall-hanging this year. But, wall-hangings don't keep you warm. So, it became a quilt.

It was actually done two weeks before Halloween. But, today was the first time my tall quilt holder, not nasty weather and a camera with a charged battery were all together. 

I love putting together quilts like this. It's essentially just basic patchwork, but with an ordered pattern and a bit of excitement from putting everything on point.

I had a lot of fun putting together every fun Halloween novelty print I could find. I was planning on putting it away right after Halloween but I've been ordered not to. It's the quilt everyone fights over every evening- me included.

Now that we're all a little warmer, I can move onto my next traditional freak-out. Because, Christmas is coming, people! It's going to be jolly and merry and bright but only if I get my list of crafty presents made. Time to get busy!


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