About 18 years ago Erika, my daughter-in -Law, was pitching this little ceramic pumpkin she had created in elementary school. They were cleaning out the basement. I said No, no no and took it out of the trash. “You have to save it and give it to your children, show your kids someday.” Well her eldest is 17 at the end of this week.
I found this in the back of my China closet. I can’t wait to give her daughter the little ceramic pumpkin her mom made circa 1984. Hoping it doesn’t end up in the trash again
Happy Sunday Birthday to Erika.❤️
Hostess Deb created the perfect Pandemic lunch on her deck overlooking the Ohio River. We’d not seen each other since early March. Centerpiece courtesy of Donna, who gave me a kalanchoe in a tiny pumpkin, too. Asian chicken wraps and potato salad with a side of red grapes. A tall glass of apple cider from the farm stand. An oatmeal cookie.
There were two barges that went by with tug boats, several freight trains across the River. Just a few trees starting to turn.
It was so lovely to see longtime friends. Catch up before the winter sets in.
This is where I photographed the hungry bee devouring his pollen lunch .
This afternoon my daughter Laura sent me some photos of their family outing to Franklin Park Conservatory. It looked like so much fun, I wish I’d been there too. Seeing the photos of Charlie enjoying the Pumpkin House made me smile. Thanks Laura.
Halloween Decorations have increased significantly from a single Pumpkin carved to be a Jack O’lantern with a candle flickering inside.
There’s been a lot of buzz about the early appearance of pumpkin spice lattes. Not too much about pumpkin hats.
People gripe about rushing the season. It’s a short window for pumpkin hats.
Plus, as babies age and turn into toddlers with their own fashion sense, they may reject sporting a pumpkin on their head!
Spoiler Alert: These two knitted pumpkin hats are for my first cousins twice removed. (Or my first cousin’s new grandson and his big sister.)
The pattern Punkin’Head is by Tara Thomsen and is available for free on Ravelry.
Color: Bittersweet Yarn: Premier Yarns Everyday: Deborah Norville Collection
(Wash and dry with ease for mom)
Two years ago I knit eight of these in a week.
Grateful for all we have
I’m in the doghouse tonight for missing National Dog Day and my DIL sent a photo of Henry (the Airedale) and the new Airedale puppy, Josie coming home to their house next week. Her plan was I could make up for my omission of the family dogs on the blog today. Laura sent me a photo of Penny (the goldendoodle) on the couch looking glum cause I didn’t feature them on the blog for National Dog Day. Who knew? On to what I was planning to blog…..even thought it’s still August for a few more days.
People, including Fallon Tonight, have tweeted and posted their opinions on the early reappearance of Pumpkin spice flavored drinks at that great big coffee chain.
I bemoaned the early August Halloween decorations in stores and just yesterday I saw bins of Candy Corn for sale. Ugh. Seems Summer barely had a chance. But now I’m jumping in with knitting pumpkin hats.
Last year I knit five baby pumpkin hats. You can only knit so fast. This year I looked at the list of babies I know (including new grands) and thought I’d better get knitting. Asked for head circumference measurements. Turns out I can make one hat in a day (probably about 5 hours). I did 3 loads of laundry and changed the bed, checked email periodically and watched a few of The Chef’s Table documentaries while I knit. And this time I’m making notes to remember what I did which unfortunately I did not do last year.
Could have saved a lot of time checking gauge if I had done so.
Cast on 70 stitches on bamboo needles and
cast on 80 stitches on the metal needles. I still can’t decide which material I prefer.
Each has good points.(no pun intended)
I’m a relaxed knitter so had to go down a needle size from the recommendation on the pattern which was found on Ravelry. Weighed the hat on the food scale and I should be able to make two more hats from one skein. (I bought two skeins but that will be a lot of hats) one skein of green is plenty and there will be leftover. The stem is I-cord stitch. I’m skipping the leaf for now.
The pattern in Punkin Head by Tara Thomsen available for free download.
There are wild and elaborate decorations around town and outside of town,but here are a few simple ones.
There are ersatz graveyards in people’s front yards, witches flying in trees,skeletons and cobwebs on mailboxes and Halloween light strung on front porches.
People are going all out. A real Halloween Decoration Extravaganza.
These are a few simple decorations in Pittsburgh and from my sister Mary in Brooklyn NY.
Here’s a giant spider on the South Side of Pittsburgh
Regurgitated pumpkin within pumpkin across from Schenley Golf Course.
Mary sent these from Brooklyn on her phone earlier today