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The photos of the Pearl Buck Swing sample sweater I knit for elann.com has finally been posted! 

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I completed the sweater and sent it in August so it feels like it's been a long time.  The sweater is knit in elann.com's Peruvian Quechua, an alpaca tencel mix.   This is another one of those yarns I probably wouldn't have chosen for myself but was wonderfully surprised by.  The alpaca makes for a very warm and soft sweater and the tencel adds amazing drape, shine and a touch of crispness.  See the crisp pressed fold on the sleeve?  I also thought that knitting a DK weight garment in on size 6 needles would be tedious, as I tend to stick to size 8 and above but I love the lightness and drape of this fabric and the stockinette work went quickly.  The pattern by Kate Gilbert (in Interweave Knits 2005 and The Best of Interweave Knits)  is very clearly written, just the right mix of simple and challenging and I think the finished garment is quite flattering.  The only thing I will probably do when the sweater is returned is to sew some gross-grain ribbon to the inside of the fronts as they have a tendency to curl which makes it hard to appreciate the subtle zig-zag patterning along the front.

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 Just as I was getting ready to move on to our next set of celebrations I happened to stumble across these potholders by spookygrrly on ravelry:

 

Which led me to these knit and crochet embellished sugar skulls by Knittygirlie:

and these fab calaca danzante socks by Erssie Major:

Just thought I'd share…

  I feel like Fall snuck up on me this year.  We somehow kept abreast of all the signs, school beginning, clocks turning back, managed to quickly prepare for Halloween and Dia de los Muertos and begin to think of projects to keep us warm in the colder months foretold by the ever-so-slightly dropping temperature.  And yet it didn't really sink in until this week, that we are deep in Fall's midst and that Winter is not too far away.

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Frida was a Devil for Halloween, but somebody still had to be a fairy princess.  Roslyn Bunny kindly obliged and a fairy-princess costume was made to fit.

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Masks decorated at Mexicarte'slocal annual Dia de los Muertos Celebration graced our altar this year.

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In a desire to de-clutter and prepare for colder winter months I've decided to get going on my mental project of turning old t-shirts into a quilt.  I started randomly sewing triangles into squares thinking I would arrange the colors later.  I'm not loving the color combo now though so the momentum on the project has somewhat slowed again.

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We've even gotten our own little slice of changing Autumn leaves.

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Even though we have early voting in the state of Texas, I still wanted to vote on Tuesday even though I did not learn the historical reasons why elections take place on the first Tuesday in November until this morning.  As it turns out in what was once largely rural and Agricultural America, November was a good time because the major work of planting and harvesting was over and Tuesday would give people time to travel to and from the polls without having to travel on the Sabbath day (see Why we vote on Tuesday ).

Pattern for the adorable candidates above, by the way, is free from Lionbrand.  If I didn't already have so many other projects in my queue I'd be sorely tempted to make some.