Fall

Fall......my most favorite time of year. I love the low 70's weather, the changing colors, the nice breezes, and just the general crisp feeling.  It's about the only time I really love the color orange.

Pumpkins everywhere. 

Also leaves that go from green, to orange, to yellow.






As I look out my window in my home office, I see several trees all at once, and I have the full gamut.....green, orange, yellow and when a little breeze comes along, it rains yellow leaves as they fall to the ground. I love it.
There's also apples, glorious apples.  My favorite one to eat is the Fuji, but I love the colors of all apples......
 .......and then you have all the gourds, so full of color and texture. I don't know another time of year that provides all the different things that fall provides.
We are still pretty warm in Tennessee, but you can tell that fall is right around the corner and I'm ready for it.  I'm ready to make homemade soup, chili and knit some warm and wooly things. I want to use my handknit shawls, and my fingerless gloves, and cowls.  Off to knit, so enjoy your fall and go play in some fallen leaves.

Finally some pictures and update on projects

It seems that I spend a lot of time thinking about space and de-cluttering. I’m always trying to organize my home to make it more user-friendly. Now I know there is just DH and I and our house isn’t huge, but sometimes I feel discombobulated. Nothing is where it needs to be and then when I organize I find stuff and think, “What the heck am I keeping this for?” So, I de-clutter and so far I haven’t regretted eliminating anything.

One large item that takes space is magazines, specifically knitting and spinning magazines. I’ve pretty much eliminated all my other ones. Luckily, there is only one spinning magazine that I get and I love perusing it when it comes, Spin Off. I purchased some of the CD’s a couple of years ago of the Spin Off magazine, so that all issues of a particular year are on one CD. I love it!!! I can peruse them while sitting at my computer and I have really been enjoying that. I recently purchased a few more at Interweave’s half-off sale. One of the knitting magazines that I like, Creative Knitting, in addition to the hard copy magazine, I also get it digitally. The question on both of these, should I keep the hard-copy? As to Creative Knitting, I’ve been tearing out the patterns I like, then getting rid of the rest of it. One of the things I don’t like about the digital mag is that they lock and protect the pdf to the point I can’t extract a few pages. So if the one pattern I want to knit are on pages 43, 44, and 88, I can’t just extract those pages and save it as a new file to put on my Kindle or my phone or my tablet. No, I have to keep the whole HUGE space-taking file. (why do I have such an issue with things that take up space?) Back to the question, do I keep the hard copy? I’m really battling with this and although we just had some cabinets built in the office to accommodate such stuff, I don’t want to pile them full of magazines. What do my blogland friends do????

Ok, on to some pictures that I’ve been remiss in adding.  First is the Wingspan. This is the original one I made and blogged about.  I could never figure out how to wear it around my neck, I tried all kinds of configurations.  Unlike a shawl or shawlette, I just couldn’t get it to lay right on my neck and shoulders. The first time I wore it, a co-worker said “oh, what a nice collar.”  Collar?? Seriously?  No, that wasn’t my intention.  I don’t think it was an intentional dissing (is that word still used?) statement, it just wasn’t what I wanted to hear. So I tried it again, and still couldn’t get it right. So, it’s relegated to the closet being unused.  That’s why I frogged the Lace Wingspan, cause I knew I wouldn’t wear it.

Next is the Baktus. I modified the original pattern by adding 3 wraps around the needle on every other 3rd row and dropping the wraps on the 4th.  I love the way this one turned out. It’s not as dense as the original Baktus and it’s very light. The yarn is Carnival by Creatively Dyed Yarns purchased at Stitches South in 2011, a blend of merino, cashmere and angora.

The next one is the Mae Day dress from Vickie Howell. I'm using Vickie Howell's Rock yarn (40% soysilk, 30% fine wool, 30% hemp). I mainly started this pattern because of the smocking stitch. While it was fun, I was tired of it by the time I was done.  I'm six inches into the body of the dress and I have to do nine inches before I get near the end. It will have Icord straps that "grow with the child".



Next up is the Trousseau.  I'm knitting this with the Lana Grossa Lace Lux, the same yarn that I was using for the Lace Wingspan.  It's a lovely pattern. It actually calls for a fingering/dk weight but this will work.  I'm knitting this as a KAL with my friend Reyna who has recently moved back far across the US to California. She is sorely missed.

Next up is a new tool recently purchased on Etsy from the Benjamin Green Studio. This is very well handmade, the craftsmanship is awesome. I have already been playing with it and I love it.







On an unrelated issue is my new skillet. I love this thing. I was in the market for a new skillet and assumed I would go for a Circulon or a Calphalon. I kept going back to this one and it was comparably priced.  So far I'm in love.  I'm going to give it a little more use before I decide to buy a complete set, just to make sure it holds out as advertised.  Some of the reviews said that within 3 months, it was no longer stick-free, but then I can't see how they use and abuse it.  I'm careful with my cookware and since I need some new saucepans as well, I may go to this if it holds well.

And lastly, some recently spun fiber. This was purchased on Etsy fron McMullin Fiber Co. It was glorious to spin and I love the colors. It's called Bambino and the colorway is called French Quarter. It's a 50/50 merino/bamboo blend. 2 ply, 536 yards.

Sept 1 and still hot and muggy

Yep, Sept 1 and the humidity is extremely heavy. Is this due in part to Isaac? possibly, and I won't complain about it too much, since we only get some rain benefits from it and we aren't being flooded like the folks in Louisiana. I feel so horribly bad for those people, but sometimes you gotta say enough is enough. As one of my favorite shows growing up used to say, "Jed, move away from there". (aka The Beverly Hillbillies)  Anyway, all that being said, I wish them all the best.

As for knitting:  Well.....I'd sort of lost my mojo. I still worked on a few things, I just wasn't excited about what I was working on. I did knit a couple of dishcloths as well as the scrubbie called a Tribble. My old Tribble was in rags and I'd thrown it away awhile back, I just never replaced it. So finally did that and those little projects energized me.  I finally turned the heel on sock #2 of my Raggi socks, so now I can knit the leg and be done with it.  I also bought some black yarn to make some socks, so I'll probably cast on for them shortly. I work in a conservative bank and one of their dress code requirements is conservative socks. go figure!

My Fiber Trends felted clogs finally couldn't be mended anymore, so those have been trashed as well and I bought the yarn to knit another pair. Yarn was purchased at Ewe & Co at a 25% off sale but this particular yarn was in the 50% off bin, so I made out like a bandit!  All I have to do is dig out the pattern and I can get started on them as well, since I just know winter is around the corner. YIPPPEEEEE.  Did I mention I don't like summer?

I started a Baktus with some yarn I purchased at Stitches South 2011.  This beautifully dyed yarn is from Creatively Dyed Yarn.  Instead of doing the regular pattern which seems a little dense to me, I decided that on every other 3rd row, I would wrap the yarn 3 times around the needle and then drop them on the 4th row.  I'm almost up to what I've decided is the mid-way point. So I'll start decreasing soon.  Pic to come later.

I frogged the Lace Wingspan in that glorious Lana Grossa Lace Lux. Have any of you used this stuff? yummmmmyyyy.  After wearing the other WIngspan once or twice, I'm just not liking it. So.....I decided I'm not going to waste precious time and this precious yarn knitting something that I'm not going to wear. Life is just too short.  So, I've been looking for another shawl pattern to knit with the Lace Lux. I'm close to deciding, but no decision yet.

As for spinning, I'm almost done spinning the last single from the McMullin Fiber Co on Etsy. It's a 50 merino/50 bamboo mix and the collorway is called French Quarter.  It's a pretty colorway of white/green/yellow/burgundy.  I'll hopefully ply this over this long weekend.

So, the mojo is back and I'm going to go peruse my stash!