Saturday, 1 November 2008

Happy Halloween

I love this time of year..the colours, the smells, the crispy leaves, and this week we even had snow, a lot of snow....and it SETTLED!!! It never settles in Stratford!
We were over at Touchwood in Solihull, and at about 3pm DH said to look outside..it was real cinema snow, you know the stuff that looks completely unreal, it was like the last scene in Bridget Jones Diary. I am just so glad that I was off work to see it properly, there is nothing worse than being caged in when it is snowing outside......we called into the Yew Tree Farm Shops but it was too cold to look properly, we got out of the car long enough to decide it was too cold, grab the keys and run back to the car. DH managed to score some hot mince pies though straight out of the oven, so we sat and ate them in the car, in the snow....SNOW!!

Onto Halloweeny things:

this is DDs pumpkin.....

And again from another angle.....showing off my Halloween tea towels to perfection.....

Here it is in the dark - fab design and very happy.....

And here it is with the flash on showing off the sign we got in Florida in 2000....

Then we have DHs pumpkin....

This took a lot of research on t'internet, sketches were done, ideas sought...he spent ages getting his design just right, and it looked really good. I did show him the lace ones on Martha Stewarts website, but he felt they were a little too elaborate......worth a click to see them....

Onto all things knitterly..I have just turned out a pair of socks in 6 days...A WHOLE PAIR.....IN 6 DAYS
The pattern is Monos Locos on Knitting Sutras blog
The yarn is Lornas Laces Shepherd Fandango. I didn't get a photo of the yarn before I knitted it, it was very pretty, but I am slightly disappointed with the finished effect.....I think it is because the striping is so rapid (I know, it I had thought about it I would have realised) anyway, they are nice socks - a great pattern which I will definitely knit again.
I love the pattern, it is toe up and best of all it taught me a heel flap with "no pick-up gusset", so no finishing up, no sewing together, no picking up of stitches..... a nice easy pattern that was also a very quick knit.
I knitted them one at a time on my harmony DPNs....next time I might just try 2 at a time.

Finishing off, we popped over to Web of Wool in Leamington today, and I got me some of this to crochet a blanket/throw thing. No I don't crochet, but I was browsing this book (which is on my Christmas List) and am inspired to have a go...

this really hasn't photo'd well at all, we have just switched to some enery saving light bulbs and everything has gone yellow - ew!

Oh, and a few bits for the trick or treaters...we had over 20 so did really well, only a couple of older ones, age 12 max, and they were dressed up too.


3 comments:

Nell said...

Great pumpkins!

Bezzie said...

Chunky really flipped for your husband's pumpkin. But I personally like your daughter's pumpkin's dimples!

Jo said...

I love the happy face on your pumpkin!