Craft Updates and Chrysanthemums

Well, I’ve finished up quite a few craft projects since my last post. November seems to have been a month for tying up loose ends. First, and most important, I finally finished my fair isle vest.

I’m very pleased with the result. And, since I’ve been working on this project since May, I’m very grateful to be finished with it. I bogged down a bit in the finishing work, but once the weather cooled I dug the vest back out and got to work, deciding I wanted to wear it for Thanksgiving dinner.

I also finished a pair of socks I’d been working on since September. They were an anniversary gift for CPT A. I used my tried and true Patons pattern for socks. If you’re interested, you can find information for it HERE.

Normally, it doesn’t take me so long to knit a pair of socks, but I kept getting distracted with other projects.

…projects like these fingerless gloves.

Aren’t these pretty? I fell in love with the yarn, which is Noro. It’s a lot of fun to knit with – lots of surprising bumpy bits and flashes of color. If you’re interested, you can find the pattern for the fingerless gloves HERE.

For chillier days, I plan to wear these newly-finished thrummed mittens.

I’d never made a pair of these, but they intrigued me, and having put holes in last year’s mittens, I figured I was due for another pair. Here you can see what they look like on the inside.

The strands of wool are supposed to fluff up and felt together as you wear the mittens, making them doubly warm. I’m interested to see how effective and durable they are. I used them today for shoveling snow, and they took a beating, but they also look like they felted some (which is good) and my hands stayed warm, despite the mittens being wet, so I’m optimistic. You can find the pattern I used HERE.

Ginger has been busy with projects, too. Here you see a wolf she crocheted recently. I love the shorts and suspenders. You can find the pattern HERE.

She also made another dragon.

I really like the eyes on this one. If you’re interested in giving this a go, you can find the pattern Ginger used HERE. It’s very customizable, and Ginger has used the same pattern to make a number of very different looking dragons.

When not crafting, we’ve been doing quite a bit of baking. Fall is such a great time for that. We’ve had a couple of birthdays in the family, so carrot cake was on the menu.

And, I found a recipe for Breakfast Cookies. These are delicious, and I love thinking that they are “healthy”. They’re pretty filling, too, and great to grab as a snack when you’re on the run. You can find the recipe HERE.

Oh, and I made mine with chocolate chips rather than raisins.

Finally, a little plant life to round out the post. The girls and I went to the Smith College Botanic Gardens for their annual chrysanthemum show. We’ve been to see the bulbs in spring before, but never to see these lovely flowers. What fun!

The variety of chrysanthemums was amazing. There were huge chrysanthemums and tiny ones. Fat-petaled ones and spidery-looking ones.

There were flowers the size of softballs and tiny little bonsai plants.

It was really beautiful to see – and a greenhouse is always a nice place spend a brisk fall afternoon.

Back home in our own garden, we had a few plants still holding out before the snow hit. I snapped a few photos while raking leaves last week. Here you see the last of the wild yarrow…

…and a very persistent strawflower.

Now, though, everything is under a blanket of snow.

I put up some Christmas decorations on Sunday, and my focus has shifted from leaves to the upcoming holidays. I imagine yours has, too. Do you have Christmas carols playing yet? We do. Christmas music is one of my favorite parts of the holiday season.

I certainly hope your holidays are merry and bright. I’ll check back in in a few weeks to let you know how ours have been. From the dining room table, having just finished round two of snow shoveling,

Mrs. Smythe

6 Comments on “Craft Updates and Chrysanthemums

  1. A blessing on you and your family now at Christmas and throughout the New Year; from the Midwest relatives (where sweaters and mittens are also standard parts of the wardrobe). That brightly colored sweater is gorgeous! We are amazed at the many fanciful crochet creatures that are being created. The edible products look tempting. If the distance were less, we might be dropping by for a taste and a cup of coffee! Always glad to hear your perspective and view the exceptional pictures (kudos to your photographic team)!

    • Uncle Tim, what a lovely message. Thank you! We would love to have you drop by – so sad that the distance prevents it. A Happy New Year to you and to all of our Midwest family.:)

  2. Your vest is lovely and it seems the fingerless gloves are color coordinated to it. Wear them proudly!

    • That’s funny – I hadn’t connected the two in terms of color! I had no idea I was knitting an ensemble. 🙂 That you for your kind comment.

  3. Really enjoyed the update! All your craft projects are very inspiring!