After a summer spent doing pretty much anything other than knitting (besides from finishing a few pairs of socks), the urge to play with all the yarn came back strong this Fall. I made fun stuff to put around the house, whipped up gifts, and finished up the odd lingering project. It was cathartic to get my fingers on the needles again and go stash diving to find the perfect yarn.

A collection of small, medium, and large knit pumpkins sitting in the grass. The pumpkins are orange, white, black, and purple.

I’m pretty sure it was the Spice and Clove Pumpkin pattern that brought back my knitting drive. This pattern showed up on my radar last year, but I didn’t get the chance to knit it at the time. This year I dove into the stash and pulled out yarn to make all sorts of fun pumpkins. There are tiny pumpkins made from doubled up sock yarn and big, squishy pumpkins made with bulky yarn. It’s a pretty versatile pattern that way.

Some of these have stayed with me and taken up residence on random shelves all over the house. Kiddo likes totting them around so they get up to some off the wall adventures. The rest headed off to new homes as fun gourd surprises.

While I’ve mostly gotten knitting pumpkins out of my system for the time being, I’m thinking about making one more using this pattern. All the shaping is done with increases and decreases instead of wrapping with yarn. I don’t think I’ll be able to whip one up before Thanksgiving, but it’ll still be a fun project in December.

A knitted black cat and witch wearing a green dress and grey hat sitting at the base of a tree.

This adorable little witch duo (well, duos), is another pattern I came across last year, but didn’t get around to knitting until September and October. The green witch and cat were a gift. Then I couldn’t resist knitting a sunflower yellow witch for my own shelves. The pattern, Little Witch Charm Set by Susan B. Anderson, is a little fiddly at times and I made a few mods to avoid picking up as many stitches.

A speckled black cat and a witch with a broom, yellow dress, and brown hat sitting in front of a jack-o-lantern.

I couldn’t get gauge with the yarn I needed to use, so I used said fingering weight yarn doubled up. It was a great way to use up my sock yarn leftovers and gave the witches a nice size boost. Still small and cute, but not mini. Here’s a full list of all my mods on the Ravelry project page.

An orange cardigan with 3 blue buttons laying on a field of rocks and snow.

And a sweater for the kiddo! This is the In Threes sweater that I started and finished knitting in 2019. The problem was that is got packed up on a high shelf while I tackled other major projects. The lingering doubt of whether or not it would still fit said kiddo this winter finally made me pull it down. Then it took me a few more weeks to sew on three buttons. The good news is that the sweater fits and looks like it will still fit next winter. Whew! The even better news is that kiddo still likes the sweater and asks to wear it. That’s a win in my book any day.

A close-up of the yoke of the cardigan with short sleeves and three blue buttons.

What’s next on the knit list? The Red Scarf Project scarf is still on the needles, but I couldn’t resist casting on a for a sweater. A sweater for me, no less. Christmas gift knitting is also staring me in the face. There’s a whole pile of yarn waiting for me to wind it up. I’ve got plans for cute unicorns, color work mitts, socks, and ornaments. Here’s hoping I haven’t bitten off more than I can chew.