Monday, October 3, 2016

Peppermint Patty in the Pumpkin Patch

It's been awhile. I like that we're in October already because I always feel more inspired and stoked when cooler weather hits. It has been mild but not HUMID so there's that. I have lots to show you.

First, on the advice of my friend, I am doing light therapy. For 30 minutes each morning I sit in front of a daylight bulb and read or knit. I am pretty sure that I am feeling the effects after only 3 days, but anything is better than not being able to wake up, and not being cognizant for an hour afterward. Not sure if I actually suffer from SAD, but I am here to tell you it is real, and it happens. I'm not much of a sun person at the best of times, so I probably am deficient in Vitamin D. I'll let you know more in a few weeks time.

Alexander's Filey Gansey is coming along. I picked this up again last week and have given myself the rest of October to finish it. Doable, I hope.
I finished my pillow Boo & Baa-bie. 
I will add some bells to the bottom and ribbon and hang it up..somewhere....
I also sewed a few project bags for gifts. FC found this fabric when we went to Michigan. Isn't it great?

I had an idea a while back to make my own Sheep ornaments. I ordered some plywood sheep cutouts on Etsy (love Etsy) and FC drilled a hole in the top. I have some Shetland roving and I am going to paint the sheep, and put some roving around the body. Then I can needlefelt the markings, add a bell and a hanger and we're done. Shetland sheep come in many colours and markings so this should be interesting.
While we're on the subject of Etsy, I have been intrigued by this seller .
 I ordered some of her Halloween self-striping sock yarn, and look at her presentation. These should be fun to do.

The handspun sweater is blocked and drying, and I will sew on the buttons and put it on the dummy. Also, a new Fair Isle is modeled and written up, as well as a new free sock pattern. I think I have gotten more done in the last couple of weeks than since May.

If you're looking for some new reading material, Janine, The Feral Knitter has published her book on Fair Isle and it looks intriguing. I've always admired her design ethic.  Vogue Knitting has some articles on Shetland as well.

As well, there are cats......

Who sometimes get along. Here are the "Earl Greys".



Gale Bulkley said...

Well you have been busy. I too am glad for the relief from the heat and the advent of cooler weather, even if it is only a bit.

Bridget said...

Wow, Lorraine, you have been getting a lot done!

I can't wait to see how your ornaments turn out, they should be perfect.

Those kitties!

Laura said...

Awww, those ornaments are going to be so cute...

Let's hang them high up on the tree this year so Tino doesn't munch on them. Bad cat.

Chris said...

I like shade the cats are giving you in that photo!

Such fun looking sock yarn!

Definitely share the results of your light therapy. Very curious about that. Glad it seems to be helping! :)

Unknown said...

You're such an enabler! I'm now heading to Etsy!!!

I like those sheep ornaments :)

Those grey kitties are so sweet.

Nicole said...

Oooh, love the yarn! Etsy is a wonderful place (unless you speak to my bank account, and then it's horrid).

I hope the daylight bulb has continued helping! That's one thing I love about where I live - it's a lot harder to get SAD here in sunny California. Of course, we don't get real seasons here, and very little time to wear handknits, so there are definite trade-offs...