knitting is cool. / by jen geigley

Hi there! So, it's fall. But it feels like winter around here. So I've been on a knitting streak. Check out this super stripey hat. (There are more purple and yellow stripes at the top that you can't see here.) I was originally going to sell it but now I'm kind of attached and want to keep it.

After all, it snowed here the other day, which means snowboarding season must be right around the corner. And this hat is super warm.

I've been keeping up with the cowls. These are all up for sale here in my Etsy shop.

(I love the scarlet red.)

I have been trying to knit enough fun stuff to keep my table stocked up for all of the upcoming craft shows.

(We are so lucky to have these opportunities here in lovely Des Moines!)

Market Day is on October 24, then Craft Saturday (the holiday show!) is on November 21. And then I'm seriously considering heading to Iowa City for What a Load of Craft in December. Umm, yeah – the name alone is completely cool and it's exactly my kind of craft show.

They have DJs performing all day and even better, they feature a Craft Death Match with an all-metal soundtrack where you face off with another crafter – there's a time limit and whoever makes the coolest thing wins. I must go. It was meant to be. I'm so excited.

And of course, I've knitted up a nice colorful pile of things for Ephemera in the East Village (including a fancy green cowl like this.) Arin and Karen are moving into their new downtown location soon, so stop out to see them before the big move. The girls have also started a lovely blog that you should totally check out.

Last but not least, I have knitted these two bubble-gum pink pretties. And they're pink for a good reason. 100% of the proceeds of sales for these pink cowls will go to the Susan G. Komen foundation. (For sale here in my Etsy shop.) The first is my 'regular' super thick seed-stitch cowl.

And the second is a somewhat lighter, smaller version. We've put together a pretty rad team of women from our local moms' group and we'll be doing the Race for the Cure in a couple of weeks. So in the meantime, I thought this might be a good way to raise a little bit of money for our team to 'support the girls.' (I'll knit more if I have enough time.) Or if you would just like to make a donation, you can do that here. Thank you so much – it's a great cause.