This post is brought to you by Kate Uhry for CraftFoxes.
I am very fortunate to live in the Northeast come October. For me, the fall season has its own set of traditions as strong and evocative as flip flops and a glass of lemonade. As temperatures slowly cool, I layer on cashmere, wrap myself in a cardigan, put on fingerless gloves and find my slippers. The teapot goes on the stove, and the Crock Pot comes up from the basement. The farmer’s market goes from corn to pumpkins, and all sorts of random root vegetables appear. Apples fill a bowl on my table, and I start to turn the oven on again. Come join me as I take you through some of the projects I’ll be working on this fall.
I don’t like to knit in the summer – it seems that even the lightest weight cotton is intolerably sticky and hot. So in early fall, my thoughts turn to Christmas gifts. I go around surreptitiously measuring existing sweaters, eyeballing people’s arm lengths, and scouting patterns. Some of the ones I like are a little forgiving. Included in my go-to sweater patterns is a top-down version, which allows you to adjust the fit on the fly. There are also eyelet cardigans, a sweater coat, and a little boy’s sweater, which I promise he will actually wear, as long as you watch the itch factor.
Gifts for Kids and Babies
For my niece who never seems to be cold, ponchos seem to be the answer. This lightweight layer comes together really quickly, and can add an element of style without being too constricting. Get the how-to for this chevron crochet poncho pattern. For the babies in my life, I have my eye on a vintage bonnet pattern. It is a simple cap that cradles the head and tucks under the chin. Relatively quick to make but absolutely adorable, I can’t wait to see their little round faces in it come Christmas.
As I’m on sitting in the chair knitting, I like to fill the house with good smells. This season, I’m starting with these handheld pumpkin pies. Filled with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, they’d be perfect in the afternoon with a cup of hot chocolate. Oh wait, perhaps I should whip up some mini pecan pies with bourbon? Or sweet potato mini pies with some whipped cream? I can’t decide, so I guess I’ll make them all.
I’m recognizing that perhaps I’m not the only one who needs feeding around here. Although there are plenty of acorns for my friends the squirrels, I will also hang this pear and peanut butter bird feeder. My friend Laura, who blogs at The Wind and Sail, came up with the idea of jamming two pears together to make a heart shape, and then adding an arrow covered in peanut butter and seeds. Seeing it outside in the just bare branches makes me smile.
Fall Home Decor
Finally, as the weather indicates that my house is starting the slow slide into closed doors, early nights and warm fires, I’ve got my eye on these recycled sweater pot holders and recycled sweater wreath. These projects showcase my front door and helps me deal with the fact that I’ve shrunk way too many sweaters.
I hope I’ve brought some inspiration to your home. Enjoy the season!