The Last of the Autumn Knits

November 30, 2010

After the success of the Birthday Vests, I decided that I was going to go ahead and knit up two more for the Thanksgiving holiday. The boys are still in their appreciative mode of life, and thankfully giving them a sweater in a pretty package still makes their day. It is fun to watch them show off what they consider to be a very stylish addition to their wardrobe. Someday I will simply be the woman who knits them bunny sweaters, but for now, I still have my title of “cool mom”.

Jacob’s sweater was knit with yarn sent to me from the amazing Larissa of Stitches in Play. Larissa had been kind enough to send the yarn in the hopes that I would make myself a neighborly sweater, but as my belly expands, and my waist seems to have a while to go before returning to normal, I decided that I couldn’t hold onto it any longer, and that it would make the perfect late autumn knit.

Elwood’s vest is knit up from a fun alpaca yarn that makes it as soft as anything I could imagine, and a lot of fun for my always itchy boy to enjoy. The hats that they are wearing came to us right before the big day, and managed to somehow match perfectly to everything else that they were wearing. I do believe that those hats were the hit of the day (every time I see the above photo of Elwood, I always envision him delivering newspapers in the 1930’s).

Of course, Joel and I deserved a bit of holiday warmth as well, so while I could not figure out a way to whip up his and her sweaters, I did find a small amount of time to make his and her Toast. I love this pattern so very much, and the ease of slipping on fingerless gloves never loses it’s appeal. These were the perfect way to end my Autumn knitting.

For anyone who read my Facebook status yesterday, you know that while knee deep in editing Rhythm of The Home, I actually managed to forget to feed my poor kiddos lunch. My oldest son reminded me on the way to chess with a polite, “Well mom, I suppose that today will be a day without lunch”. Yes, while editing a magazine on parenting and family celebrations, I forget to nourish my children. Thankfully, I knew that there were a few snacks that must have been keeping them filled. Peanut Butter Popcorn Balls and Spiced Almonds were on the counter, and while perhaps not the most nutritious thing that they could have eaten, I must admit that they are mighty tasty.

The spiced almonds came from this recipe, and were gone so quickly I thought for sure Elwood had fed them to the dog (we have recently learned that this is a frequent event, and that it accounts for why Elwood is so thin, and the dog so chubby). The popcorn balls were a whim that my niece and I created with molasses, peanut butter and caramel, and they have been a staple favorite for the past week.

I may be the mom who forgets to feed them occasionally, but oh how I hope that the knit wear and sticky treats will make up for it.

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Kelly November 30, 2010 at 12:32 pm

The sweater vests are fantastic – love the colors. And especially with the hats!

Yum, those almonds look great too.

And I think we need to see the expanding belly for proof…..

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birdie November 30, 2010 at 12:37 pm

the vests are beautiful, and me too I love the colors; yesterday I've sewed my son pants with the fabric he chose (he is 3) and I so agree with you – he also thought that I'm kind of magician for sewing them :-) … let's enjoy these precious moments before we become the women who just sew and knit bunny sweaters as you said :-) happy days!

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Andrea November 30, 2010 at 1:43 pm

These are beautiful! I'm so impressed that you just whipped these out since the two Halloween ones–it would take me at least that long to choose yarn and locate the right needles. And those popcorn balls do look yum!

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Sarah Jane November 30, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Those are certainly some handsome guys. Glad you've gotten a little cooking and knitting in amidst all your work. I laughed when I saw your facebook post yesterday! They'll survive!

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anushka November 30, 2010 at 2:40 pm

the boys are so adorable in their sweater vests – i love the colors of your pictures. would love the recipe for those popcorn balls if you get a minute after feeding your kids! : )

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Lisa Q November 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm

knitwear and sticky treats trump lunchless days anytime of the year. Love all the knitty goodness…you're ready for a cozy winter. Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful.

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Meryl November 30, 2010 at 3:51 pm

I think knit vests cover and popcorn balls cover all manner of sins! And the knitting is lovely, as always!

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kerry November 30, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Gorgeous vest and gorgeous boys! They turned out great! What a chuckle I got from your story about the forgotten lunch. Your dear boy has a way with words! And please, please do share the popcorn ball recipe. My hubby has been asking for some! Looking forward to tomorrow!

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Rose November 30, 2010 at 7:17 pm

Oops!! I've done it before, too! Love the sweaters!

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Megan November 30, 2010 at 7:44 pm

We have been knee deep in marshmallows over here and thus have eaten Annies Mac n cheese for 3 nights in a row and had popcorn for 2 lunches in a row….I guess we need to double up on the vitamin suppliments 😉
Love those sweet vests…oh my goodness. I wish I enjoyed knitting!

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jessica November 30, 2010 at 8:52 pm

Those sweaters are terrific—I have kept all of the knits made for me in hopes to use them again someday! I might need to make spiced almonds tonight—can't wait for tomorrow and the unveil!

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Nina - Tabiboo November 30, 2010 at 4:46 pm

Heather your boys are gorgeous and the knitted pull overs are perfect.

take care and enjoy the last days of Autumn

Nina xxx

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Larissa December 1, 2010 at 2:46 am

Your guys are beautiful! and they look so handsome in their mama knit vests. so glad you used the wool – the blues so compliment J's eyes. Love hearing about how you are doing and i think about you often – just can't find any computer time lately. Can't wait to see the next ROTH – you have taken it to amazing heights! Big hugs to you, lady.

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heirloomseasons December 1, 2010 at 3:43 am

So many great vests! I have thought about how while working on your seasonal magazine you are working somewhat out of season too. I'm sure the knitting and treats will counts a lot towards happy childhood memories.
(p.s. has it been zero degrees in your part of colorado yet? I bet rhythm of the home will make me feel cozy and happy wintry…)

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Stephinie December 1, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Oh I love the colors in Jacob's vest! So looking forward to the winter edition of ROTH. Thanks for all your hard work!

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agambroult December 1, 2010 at 5:09 pm

those boys, in those vests, and those hats—the most adorable combination ever. Nice job, mama!

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Anna December 2, 2010 at 3:39 am

You are so talented. How on earth did you whip those up so quickly? Love both vests, but the colors in Jacob's especially.

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Shivayamama December 2, 2010 at 3:46 pm

And you are too sweet! I love knitting projects that are easy to take anywhere, and don't require much thought. I think that is why these can be done so fast. They are really worth it for the ease of construction and how well they grow with the kiddos.
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Shivayamama December 2, 2010 at 4:22 pm

Thank you girl! I love those vests so much!
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