Happy Halloween!

Today I am reminded how grateful I am for the fact that the local malls host trick or treating. The weather is absolutely dreadful right now and going door to door would be a wet and miserable experience – for me, if not for the children! So, they set off this morning in their costumes (one made by me, one purchased – moderation in all things, I say!) and will be having a day filled with fun, candy and not much school work. We’ll have a quick run around the mall, admire all the creativity, then head to Grandma’s house, where she will have decorated for our own private party. She loves to put on a spooky spread, dress up and transform the living room. We love her enthusiasm!

Halloween costumes, Professor Trelawney and a vampire

Professor Trelawney and vampire

My favourite part of Halloween is probably carving pumpkins. I wish my artistic abilities were up to the task of freehand-drawing my own designs, but alas, no! I use patterns and a carving kit – much easier and safer than a kitchen knife.

Pumpkins 2012

Pumpkins 2012

Of course, Halloween is not the only thing that has been going on around here. I’ve been working on custom orders for handbags and project bags, and knitting a couple of hats to be sent off to our niece in England. I’ve also just started on a test knit for Lynette Meek, which will become the next knit-along on Ravelry. I always know that I will learn something new from Lynette’s patterns and this is no exception. It is going to be stunning. How can it not be, with camel/silk yarn and shiny beads?! If you are up for a challenge, check out Lynette’s previous KALs – Dark of the Morning and Roses, Roses. Beautiful, beaded lace designs that are seriously impressive.

This is the bag I just finished for a returning customer, a black shoulder bag with a bright and beautiful interior, pockets and a key clip.

Black shoulder bag

Black shoulder bag

Interior of black shoulder bag

interior of black shoulder bag

My project bags continue to be popular and would make a great gift for the knitters in your life. One can never have too many project bags – and I am speaking from experience! I’ve increased the depth of the gusset, so that skeins of yarn, wound into balls, will sit nicely on the bottom of the bag. The smaller gusset is still available for those who tend to buy or use the smaller balls. The two in the photo are special order bags with needle pockets.

Small and large special order project bags

Small and large special order project bags

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