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Halloween greetings; video peek at latest shawl project

It’s the time of year when I love to haul out my warm woolly garments. Today, I worked on a shawl that is super fast-moving, and I expect to have the border and tassels done by the beginning of next week, so it’s ready to wear! It’s a triangular shawl made with Scheepjes Wanderlust in colorway Rudesheim – a melange of greens, gold, and brown. The yarn is 100% acrylic and very soft, with a slight halo. It also has pretty rapid color changes, which makes for an interesting garment.

VIDEO: a close-up look at my latest shawl, using Scheepjes Wanderlust in Rudesheim + Daiso acrylic in medium brown

I’ve decided to add a simple granny-type border with tassels at the three corners. I look forward to wearing this beauty! Check out the talented Nancy Said’s website or Etsy to find the pattern, named “Amsterdam.”

I’ve also begun a new amigurumi, which is unbelievably fun to make and I think will appeal to fans of Lewis Carroll (hint-hint). Meantime, I will share with you a photo of some of this past year’s amigurumi – every piece in the photo has a home waiting, except the ham’bear’gur. I love him so much that he might just continue to reside with me. Send me a message or check my Instagram if you’d like to know where I obtained the patterns for those figures. (The red wire robin was made in January.)

I had the pleasure of welcoming some small, adorable trick-or-treaters this afternoon, here in Korea. Yes, Halloween in Korea! Some of my North American colleagues have children, so they managed to organize a masked and Covid-safe candy collecting expedition. I wish I had been able to take photos of all their cute costumes.

Earlier in the day, my pup and I tramped out to the meadow across from my apartment complex, and I snapped a few photos of a grove of young ginkgo trees. They turn a singular shade of gold every Autumn. Temperatures are steadily decreasing. I am enjoying these last blissful days of fine weather.

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