On the needles--Reine by Alexis Winslow in Madelinetosh merino light. It's not moving along too quickly, but then, neither is fall. We might actually come together at the same time. I'm just about ready to start the front shaping and split for the armholes.
A couple weeks ago we were at the Wellfleet Flea Market on the Cape.
we love wandering around this drive-in theatre venue----you never know what you'll find...
One of the vendors had The Nantucket Table in his booth. The cover was really (REALLY) faded, the pages slightly crunched---it had obviously made the trip to the flea market many many times. And no wonder. He was asking $10 for it---and wouldn't budge a penny.
We spent the day on Nantucket on our last visit to the Cape, and while that wasn't on this year's schedule, the book was so nicely styled and brought back such fond memories that I thought maybe it would be a good souvenir to bring home.
Do I need another cookbook?
I think NOT!! (and these are the ones that survived the recent "purge"!!) But a souvenir--now that's in a whole different category (isn't it???). My copy arrived today from one of Amazon's used book sellers.....for $2.00.
A used book?? A big stuffed Pink Panther??? I think I made the right souvenir choice!
joining Ginny for Yarnalong and Tami for WIP Wednesday.
A little of this....a little of that....not much of anything....
I've been waiting for fall since....oh, about mid-June. I've waited long enough. This weekend was spent wishing and dreaming....and--
:: making acorns. I've made these before and somehow they all seem to get given away. A new batch now awaits the celebration of autumn
:: baking apple crisp. Made the house smell like fall
:: crocheting around a coastal rock from Maine. Before the airlines charged for luggage.....and before there was a weight limit....I brought back some (actually LOTS) of these wonderful coastal rocks. It reminded me of that wonderful October trip and how Maine is really one of my favorite places to be, especially in the fall
:: pouring over Autumn decorating inspiration -- lots of pumpkins, mums, and harvest colored-love
Now if I can just get the thermometer to cooperate (note: picture taken in the shade!)
(an online friend was talking about 'mood' decorating; when I really think about it----the seasonal rearranging and fluffing and spiffing I do around the house is just getting the 'home' to match the 'mood'; I like that---and now I don't have to wait for temperatures to drop or the calendar page to flip!!!--bring on the candy corn, bittersweet, and apple cider!! Does anyone else re-decorate to get the right mood? )
I loved A Prayer for Owen Meany so much that I decided to pull out another classic that I should have read years ago, but didn't. So here goes.....A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. I've only read the introduction, so have absolutely nothing to say about it yet.
I was able to get two cowls from two skeins of Madeline Tosh light; I'm thinking this may be a great way to use up some of those orphan partial balls of fingering weight yarn that are kicking around from the shawl frenzy I was on earlier in the year!! I grapped two of the larger ones--enough? Maybe. Probably. We'll see. I think I could add another color without messing up the design too much. So---on the needles--a third cowl.
See the crochet hook in the picture? A crochet cast on (there are a gazillion tutorials on the internet--I just grabbed one) is the only cast on that mimics a traditional bindoff. I think this is rather important with something like a cowl where you can really see both edges. (This is a great provisional cast on, too---so it's definitely worth trying if you've never done it before!!!)
And the holiday knitting just keeps right on going. (I must start early, because I guarantee I'll be very very very bored with this cowl-love SOON!)
joining Ginny for Yarnalong and Tami for WIP Wednesday! (for anyone linking from Yarnalong---the giveaway was last week; the gremlin in the computer decided to add that to my name again....sorry.)
This was a perfect little project in every way. Madeline tosh yarn is simply the best---soft, nice loft, great colors. The pattern couldn't be more simple---all garter stitch, yet with the stripes and blocks of color it is just a bit interesting. It's long enough to wrap twice for the look of a cowl like in the picture, but long enough to also work nicely as a scarf.
I couldn't have chosen a better travel project----I didn't have to think one teeny bit with the pattern; it's done in the round, so when everyone was ready to go someplace, they didn't have to wait for the 'one more row'. We had some SERIOUS airport time, so being able to read while knitting was a plus. AND, it looks as if there will be enough yardage to make a second one.
:: a walk at National Seashore Park --the whales off the coast were breaching and lobtailing --quite a show through the binoculars
:: a whale watch trip...beautiful day and we saw a few diving whales, but the real show was earlier, through the binoculars (humpbacks and minkes)
:: double breasted cormorants
:: the excitement on the "three hour tour" came from pleasure boats that refused to comply with the "rules for the whales"; three boats pretty much surrounded the whales and while they could have been totally taken out if one of the whales decided to flick its tale, their boating behavior was illegal. Our tour boat went into Greenpeace mode, photographed and documented the errant activities and supposedly reported them all. I'm waiting to hear all about it on NPR
:: more lobster rolls--Sesuit Harbor rolls once again voted best on the trip (they win every year---I really love those rolls!!!)
:: but the grand finale.....our special need lobsters (notice they are missing a claw or two, but make up for this by weighing in around 3 lbs)
Good to the last buttery bite.
Thanks Roomie and Hub for sharing this wonderful week with us.