September 26, 2009

A is for Acorns and Autumn

This past winter, way back when I was still pregnant and had no idea what sleep deprivation was like, I knitted baby clothes to relax. Not having any babies around to measure or fit, I guessed on size a little bit. So I now have a collection of adorable baby knits in preemie sizes. The hats in particular are tiny (wishful thinking?) and useless for a baby born in July. I recently pulled out one I knitted way back in January with the idea of dressing up my babe as an acorn this Halloween. Unfortunately, it's a bit too small for my (admittedly huge) son.

And it doesn't suit Humphrey. Besides, whoever heard of a furry acorn...

Maybe I'll rework the pattern for pleasantly plump babies. In the meantime, I'll stick to simpler crafty projects, activities that an be completed during the 15 minutes Finn sleeps. Here's a quick project to bring autumn indoors:

I started by separating the acorns from their caps and then drilling two holes in each cap.

Next I threaded a piece of cotton yarn through the holes.

And glued the cap back onto the acorn.

I'll use them as hangers on presents. A gift tag of an oak leaf cut out of paper or felted wool from an old sweater is a sweet addition.

Or they could be tied to a piece of ribbon as a napkin ring.

For more acorn goodness, here's a collection of craft ideas. I hope you get some inspiration and find your autumn spirit too!

Printable Acorn Garland by Amy Atlas

Acorn Wreath at Scribbit

Felt Acorns by Betz White

Velvet Acorns by Heather Donohue

Acorn Napkin Rings at Martha Stewart

And there's this post at about drying acorns properly to get rid of any insects that may have made your acorns their home.


  1. we are collecting acorns to put in our fall nature table - I love the present hanger idea!!!

  2. Wow, Jaz, you are getting sosoo crafty..

  3. super you have your own drill? I need one...

  4. your dog is SO stinkin' cute. what breed or mix is he?

  5. Aww, that hat is darling. I love the dog photo.

  6. I like these, I have acorn trees in my garden and I pick them every winter to trying something like yours. Thank for these lovely ideas.

  7. Just found your site and am really enjoying reading your blog. The baby hat is very cute. Because it is too small, you could donate it to your local hospital. I knit preemie hats - donated a dozen to the hospital in the spring when my grandson was born. I have another 20 ready to donate. Hospitals just love getting them.

  8. Hi- your acorn hat is beautiful! Would you be open to sharing the pattern?

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