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Craft Updates and Chrysanthemums

Posted by mrssmythe on December 3, 2019 in Baking, Crafting, Garden, Out & About, Seasons |

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

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October Summary

Posted by mrssmythe on November 1, 2019 in Crafting, Family, Garden, Out & About, Pollinators, Seasons |

October greetings to everyone! Isn’t this a fun picture of the girls? We stopped in at Yankee Candle in Deerfield last week and couldn’t resist a shot in front of these pumpkins. Yankee Candle always does a great job with their fall decorating. I haven’t written in a while – I hope to remedy that […]

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Fall is Here!

Posted by mrssmythe on September 26, 2019 in Chickens, Crafting, Critters, Garden, Pollinators, Seasons |

Summer is gone, and now we are within the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” (as Keats would say). I think he sums it up rather nicely, don’t you? That is exactly how things have been around here of late – misty mornings and mellow fruitfulness. Enough fruit, in fact, to make a couple of […]

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Summer Crafting

Posted by mrssmythe on August 27, 2019 in Crafting, Critters, Ginger's Snaps, Toys |

The craft project photos have been piling up, and I thought it would be fun to devote an entire post to the things Ginger and I have been making these past few months. I’ll save Ginger’s items for last, as they’re the most spectacular. Here’s what I’ve been working on: First, a set of crochet […]

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Journeyman Camp at Old Sturbridge Village

Posted by mrssmythe on August 11, 2019 in Family, Garden, Museums, Out & About |

Before I forget, I want to share about Pepper’s experience at the Old Sturbridge Village day camp this summer.   Pepper had a wonderful time at this camp. In fact, I was surprised by how much she enjoyed it. She spent the week immersed in 1830’s life, wearing the clothing and performing the work that someone […]

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