Little Pumpkin

Recently, I got an email from my longtime friend, Summer.  Referring to her unborn (at the time) baby, she wrote, “I wanted to knit the baby a little pumpkin sack and hat. I ordered one instead, and it is neon orange in person and I don’t like it. Anyway, here is what I want you to do for me because you are such a good friend and I am 7 days overdue:

-find me a pattern to knit something like this (sack and hat)
-find me good yarn to do it with
OR
-do it for me and mail it to me:)

I called Summer right away to give yarn and pattern suggestions, because she needed to get to work! I explained all the reasons why I couldn’t possibly knit a last-minute pumpkin hat, as much as I truly, from the bottom of my heart, wanted to. I explained that I was knitting on deadline for Beatrix. I told her that if she wants something that badly, I need more notice. I mean, when you’re a week overdue, there’s no pretending that you’ve only just realized you are having an October baby. 🙂  I told her, “You’re just going to be sitting around with a newborn! You knit it!”
By the close of our conversation, I had promised a hat (but no knitted sack). I’m a sucker, through and through. (And I love Summer.)

Having recently bought a stack of undyed playsilks, I figured I might as well dye one to match the hat, in lieu of a knitted sack, or cocoon. The tickseed sunflowers are almost finished blooming, but I pulled my car over in a few different spots to pick the last roadside blossoms.

Little Stella Francis arrived on Monday, last week. I got the playsilk and the hat in the mail on Wednesday, in plenty of time to arrive before Halloween.

I’m still waiting for a photo. Evidently, Frankie isn’t cooperating. That’s okay, I can wait. I’m kind of busy knitting Beatrix’s sweater anyway. Thank goodness, that knitting is my only responsibility in life. Knit, knit, knit. Make your request! I’ve got all the time in the world. 😉

Love you, Summer!

p.s. I improvised the hat pattern. I’ll try to get it written down at some point, because there are only about three dozen or so pumpkin hat patterns out there, and I want to do my part.

p.p.s. I am updating my shop on Thursday, November 3rd at 2 p.m. EST. I have an appt. that morning, so if for some reason it’s not up at 2, I’m just running late, so keep checking. There will be a handful of naturally dyed playsilks and Jonny’s cutting boards in addition to yarn, and a few other things!

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Knitting Leaves (not sweaters)

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I have orders to complete an orange sweater for Beatrix by the end of this month.  The pressure had me furiously knitting… leaves, all weekend.  Rather than suggest to me that I need to focus on her sweater, Beatrix proclaimed that she’d like an autumnal knitted leaf garland for her November birthday in addition to the orange sweater.  At the rate that I’m knitting the sweater, it may end up being a birthday gift as well.

(Super quick and fun oak leaf pattern here.  Ovate leaves here, and here.  My Ravelry notes here.)