Goodbye August

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And where DID the time go? The end of summer already.

I can feel the changes in the air – the daytime temps have still been warm, but the nights are cooler and damper. The sun is lower in the sky and the nights are drawing in. Love that “on the cusp” feeling, actually.

I have picked up the Habitat cardigan again, and am in the middle of adding the collar.

The rows are pretty long, running as they do from the bottom of one side, up and around and down to the bottom of the other side. It’s an easy stitch – half double crochet in the third loop – but the collar is a wide one so I have a lot of rows still to go.

This morning I made a pumpkin. For some reason, pumpkins are the only seasonal things I tend to make. I didn’t get a photo as I did it just before work and took it with me. It was just a circle of orange fabric, cinched up with a running stitch around the edge, stuffed, and then I added shape using embroidery floss and a button on top. I may have to make more of those!

Other things I have made this week:

Crochet hook roll

This crochet hook roll was something I wanted to make to house my new KnitPro Waves hooks. I had this cute cat and mouse fabric in the stash so used the pawprint fabric for the outside, the mice to create the secondary row of pockets, and the cat fabric for the inside. I didn’t use a tutorial directly but it was inspired by an Erica Arndt video and a Melanie Ham one. I combined features from them both.

These gnomes were made for display at work. The materials for the taller blue one were provided by the store, but I couldn’t resist making a second one. The blue one has a styrofoam cone inside, but it’s very light and tippy, whereas the red one’s base is an old sock filled with wheat so it’s much more stable. I couldn’t believe how much hot glue I used, though!

Summer Face Mask – Keiko Olssen

Then there were these masks, which were really quick and easy. What I like about this style is that the fabric design runs uninterrupted across the front. No seams or odd shapes to cut. And they have since been thoroughly tested and found to be very comfortable.

Ring pincushion – SewVeryEasy

And I spent an evening before a staff meeting sewing up 22 of these little cuties. They are teeny pincushions which fit on your finger. Everyone seemed to enjoy being able to take one home. I didn’t get a photo of the mason jar pincushion which I also made at the last minute. I put a bunch of pins inside the jar and the person who guessed closest to the right number won the jar (and the pins).

As you can see, it’s been a creative week. And I’m sure there will be lots more crafty stuff going on later this week as I have the long weekend booked off (four days in a row for Labour Day).

See you in September!

5 responses »

  1. Hi Nicola,

    I am replying like this as I don’t think ? I have a password for WordPress.

    The sweater looks great. Is it roomy? Have my wool but have not started yet. Should be okay once I get going. Need to refresh my memory on where I saved the pattern I purchased. oh dear!

    What fun for the work ladies – little ideas like that go a long way to create a little happiness.

    Thanks for sending. …rayne💕

  2. I have been enjoying making stuff. But to be honest, I could have made more, but I have had my head stuck in a couple of long novels too, which has taken up a lot of my attention! 😀

  3. Just be aware that replies on my blog are public and open to all to read. (I had an old and dear friend who died this year and she made me smile because she’d comment on my blog posts as if it were private – and I had to remind her not to name names etc.) The cardigan is going to be oversized, though probably not as big as the modelled photo on Make & Do Crew’s blog/pattern. I used a thinner yarn. It feels lovely and soft though, and I think will be very comfortable. If you bought her paid pdf, hopefully you can find it on your computer, but if not the pattern is still free on her blog, just with a whole ton of extraneous stuff around it. xx

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