Tuesday, October 30, 2012

October Obsessions

FranKen Stein carved by Brett
Wow, I don't know about you but I think October was quite the action packed month.  The month was so busy that it kind of went by in a blur.  Aside from the Munchkin officially starting preschool and speech therapy sessions, I've been spending a lot of time driving to and from...well, everywhere!  A lot of knitting took place, and (excitedly) so did a fair amount of sewing (yay!!).  I'm just going to put it out there that October will probably seem like an easy and slow month compared to the madness that will be the next few months (um, can you say Christmas?).  I just got to remember to take a moment every now and then to sit and take a breather.  Maybe sit long enough to enjoy a cup of tea...and then continue on with the craziness that is the preparation for the winter holidays.

Since this is the second to last day of October, I think I'm going to go make a pot of tea, settle down with my knitting and enjoy the day...even though it's dark and rainy outside.  In the meantime, here are five things that I've been obsessed with this month:

1. Hats

Winter Woollies

I've had hat knitting on the brain all month and I'm pretty sure that it'll carry on through to November.  And I'm not just thinking about knitting hats for myself, no, I keep telling myself that the Munchkin needs a new hat (all the ones he wore last year are now too small) and so does Brett.  Unfortunately Brett is being über picky about what he likes.  I think I've shown him everything that's in the Ravelry database and get this, he only likes THREE patterns.  From the whole site.  Three.  Then there's the Munchkin.  There's tons of cute hats for kids and I was kind of hoping that I had at least another 2 years or so left of being able to dress my kidlet in whatever I wanted before he developed his own sense of style.  Yeah, no such luck.  Oh well, the Munchkin's head isn't that big so I'm sure taking a day to knit him a hat won't kill me...even if he doesn't end up wearing it.  I figure if I keep offering hand knits to him, then maybe one day he'll surprise me and wear it.

I'm not really a hat person, even though I want to be.  I just don't think hats look good on me or that I have the right shaped head for them.  Regardless of all that, I have been going through my queue for hats for myself too.  Yes, I know that I had knit 2 hats for myself last winter and that I have a few from previous years too, but hey...hats are accessories and you can never have too many accessories.  Right?  It's like handbags, shoes, and project bags.  You can't have just one.  Gosh, I can't even wrap my head around having only one of any of those things!

2. Knit City

Knit City Flyer

Knit City was how many weeks ago and I'm still raving about it!  That's got to say a lot about an event if you're still thinking and talking about it weeks after the fact.  I'm pretty sure I don't have to go into much detail about it again, since I already did a recap post here voicing my thoughts and experience with this event.  Even though dates haven't been set yet, I'm SO excited and can't wait for next year's Knit City to the point where I've already got it penciled in  in my day planner!

3. Sweater Quantities of Yarn

Sweater Quantities

Maybe it's the time of year, maybe it's the cold, maybe it's the rain, maybe it's the need to wrap oneself in warm cuddly sweaters...whatever it is all I want to do is cast on a million cozy cardigans and comfy pullovers.  All of which is making me toss the stash to see what I have in sweater quantities and what wants to become my next favourite "must wear with everything" garment.  I'll admit that this is probably one of the only times where my short stature and petite features come in handy, as most of my cardigans don't require too much yarn...just 2 or 3 skeins of fingering weight or a mere 1100 yards of DK or worsted.  Yay for my petiteness finally being an advantage!  Boo for making yarn buying that much more difficult...as in it makes me want to buy a few more skeins "just in case".  


4. All Things Peppermint

For some reason I just can't seem to get enough of peppermint.  Whether it's in tea form (mmm...Santa's Secret!), lip balm (Peppermint Hot Cocoa, anyone?), soap, lotion, or gum...peppermint is the current flavour of the month!  Maybe I'm subconsciously getting prepared for the tastes of Christmas?

5. The Walking Dead

Halloween 2011 - Melting Face Pumpkin
Ok, so this isn't a Walking Dead/zombie photo...but it's still somewhat scary, right?

Yup.  It's that time of year where all I want to do is settle in with my knitting, a good cup of tea, and some zombie action!  I'll admit that I'm a little disappointed that this year no good zombie or even horror movies have been playing (although, with that said, I'm loving the fact that a lot of channels are showing AVP, sooo not scary but the Predator fan in me can't get enough of it!).  So I'm über glad that this season of The Walking Dead is good.  Real good.  As in it's making up for last season good.  I'll be one sad mama when this series ends!

What has been on your mind all October?  To all my friends, and fellow bloggers, knitters, and crafters on the East Coast...I hope you're all staying safe and warm.  My thoughts are with you all. ♥


  1. your husband blows my mind every year with the amazing pumpkin creations he makes. I wish I had that kind of skill!

    1. Me too!! I think I'm set for life for never having to carve a pumpkin ever again. How can I compete with his pumpkins??

  2. you didn't like season 2 of the walking dead? what a strange person!! i thought it had the best storyline ever! the season 3 ones are a little too much machete in the head and too little human emotion for my taste..we get the new episodes one week behind though so don't go spoiling anything!

    1. I won't spoil a thing!! Lips zipped!!

      I liked season 2, don't get me wrong....I just thought it was kind of slow in the zombie killing area. I think now that it's been what, more than a year of being on the run from zombies? Things are going to get desperate and not so easy going as it was at the farm. It's going to get juicy!! :D


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