:: woke up Saturday morning to the first real autumn morning...the kind of morning where you can don a sweater and wooly socks and not be shedding them by 10 am. I actually wore the sweater and socks ALL day. (I ditched the scarf sometime mid-morning) A little foresight, and I would have been quite happy with some fingerless mitts, too. It was glorious.
'Someone' else needed his scarf---
it had grown to nearly 22 feet; it was time to stop collecting pieces and to deliver it.
It wasn't exactly a surprise 'bomb'; PapaGeek had spilled the beans at Rotary a couple weeks ago, so the director was kind of expecting it sometime....he and the President of the art guild loved it. I think YAK did, too.
:: then off to the little fall festival at our farmers market. Some face painting and crafts for the little ones; the science guy was there blowing out the eyes, nose, and smile on a jack o' lantern (he nailed papaGeek--I think it was a mistake). Homemade Jam (a bluegrass group) was 'jammin'; there were samples of fall food (the sweet potato chili was so yummy I had to buy a bunch of sweet potatoes --that marketing worked well), and of course, all the end of season garden goodies---some ready to cook, some already canned. I love this time of year. (I know, just about every post I've written since mid July has had something to do with how much I love fall and can't wait for it to be here......now I'm afraid it's not going to last nearly long enough...ugh, I must stop wishing/dreading the weather and just live in the moment!)
:: Miss V and I followed that with a quick road trip to our favorite little lunch spot (she's recovering from shoulder surgery and really NEEDED a road trip!) and found ourselves buying...
yarn!! I bought just this one ball; she bought four and can't even knit for weeks. (Isn't that proof that yarn is a healing, comforting, soothing thing? another reason to keep a healthy stash handy--the fondle factor counts for a lot)
:: reception Saturday night at the Yeiser for Christine Wuenschel and Denise Stewart-Sanabria's Confrontations and Observations.
Yak was still smiling!!!
A very very special thanks to Valerie, Erin, Melissa, Genie, Leigh, Sandy, Adele, Vickie, Tien, Sophie, Tammy, and Cyntia for helping to make this scarf-thing happen!
:: the dragon boat races came to town this weekend; being a river town you would think there would be lots of activities around the water, but this just isn't the case (unless you count the polar bear dip New Years Day!) This one was a fund raiser for our River Discovery Museum--the crowd topped a thousand by the end of the day. The weather was stellar--just a nip of fall in the air, the teams enthusiastic, the comaraderie the best. But, we could only stay a bit, because...
:: there was a double-header baseball game to attend. This fall season began kid-pitch baseball; it was painful--both literally and figuratively. It was sunny (by mid afternoon almost too hot--we lost that fall 'nip'), I got to spend time with my daughter, and I had my knitting. Those were the pluses. Note: the games were not included in the plus category--really not fun to watch. (CandyMan hit two batters, but struck out the other 3 he faced; Jay-Bob hit one batter, and struck out his other batters; the rest of the 'pitching team' managed to walk in 13 runs; in both games, there were a mere 6 hits--from both teams--and only 2 made it out of the infield. PAINFUL!!)
:: then it was off to the CandyMan's 9th birthday party at the skating rink--tearing around the skating floor in his baseball uniform (along with most of his team-mates); it was a rather crazy afternoon
:: an engagement party, some out of town Living Waters company--who arrived as acquaintances and left as friends!, an apple cake--that pretty much rounded out the weekend
This morning the 'nip' is back in the air; color is sneaking into the foliage; the light even seems crisper. A good day to spend rocking on the front porch.
a couple weeks ago I had some serious car knitting time, and I made the most of it. The fingerless mitts are always a rather quick knit, and the wingspan was a real mindless knit that was almost!!!!! finished by the time we hit the driveway home. PapaGeek has another new pair of socks but I'm thinking these will hide until Christmas and they will be a big surprise. (Yes, he watched me knit them. Yes, he tried them on. But, I promise---he will have totally forgotten all about them by Christmas and they will be a big surprise!!!)
Fall will eventually get here.....so Jack be little joined the bowl of knitted acorns I did a while back. (Couple of yards of leftover worsted---this was QUICK quick quick!!)
And.... look what I found! According to my Ravelry notes, I finished this May 25, 2010. The end of May here might as well be mid-summer temperature wise, so I guess I totally understand why I stuffed this wooly wonder in the closet--unblocked and with no buttons. I don't think I hated it. Surely I didn't declare it too small or too scratchy without blocking it. (I HAVE done that before.) I think I love it. I've knit too many things since I finished this.....I really don't even remember knitting it. So this was like getting a new knit sweater------in 20 minutes (the time it took to find some buttons and sew them on!!!)
Must-have-cardigan (it sure did languish in limbo a long time to be named.....MUST HAVE!) knit with Paton's Classic Wool.
My knitting this week has been rather uninspiring...(unlike my book!!!!!!!), so let me get the knitting out of the way fast. This is a socks-that-rock club pattern and yarn from some years ago---I've lost track. It was too big for me--it fit #1 Daughter, but she has declared a moratorium on socks. I really dislike afterthought heels; it's sportweight yarn which to me is just too heavy. It went from sock to this......
in no time flat! Yeah. That project is done. Check.
I then proceeded to frog a vest I started sometime in the 90s--well, maybe not that long ago, but I don't even wear vests. I don't know why I started it (cul-de-sac vest) except that it has an incredibly wonderful cable incorporated into it. Surely, I can find some other way to use that cable. Check off another WIP that is no more--and I retrieved two favorite stitch markers in the process. That was definitely a win-win.
So--what is currently being worked on? I could almost see the yarn trembling for fear that it was going to meet the demise of its neighbors in the closet as I pulled it out....
(those are just plain ole "vanilla socks"--co 64 st. and go--in unknown yarn that I love)....but THE BOOK!!!! Oh, my--the book!! Where to start. (Just about) everything about this book is perfectly done. The styling and photography is outstanding.
There are pictures of the food, pictures of the craft projects being made and being used, pictures of the parties, and just plain beautiful pictures. It's divided into "seasonal" parties (and something like the egg-dyeing spring party and the strawberry picking/jam making party have a specific "window of opportunity") but many of them could be used anytime of the year. For each party you are given a list of materials you need and a timeline to get everything done. Natural ingredients/natural materials are obviously used throughout--as the title indicates.
But, while the title calls this a party book---please be assured it is so much more! Sure, I would have given my eye-teeth for this kind of book 35 years ago when my kids were party age. But now, as a grandma to 7 (under the age of 9) this book is a resource guide for all kinds of fun things to do at Grandma's. (I guess, though, every day at Grandma's is supposed to be party-day, right??? )
And as a recipe book....YUM. Natural ingredients presented very inventively; there are several I'm planning on making for my dinner club in May. Lemon-vanilla pizzelles? Sweet and savory strawberry and apricot tarts? Grilled peach, blackberry, and granola pafaits with lemon-vanilla whipped cream? These are seriously delicious sounding recipes! As I was thumbing through the book, PapaGeek happened by at this page....
and was just about beside himself.....BREAKFAST for DINNER!!!! (his favorite meal).
Join Ginny for yarnalong---and, she's a contributor to the book!!!
(way up at the top I said the book was almost perfect.....I think they misspelled Ginny's name in the acknowledgements. bummer. otherwise--perfect.)
The Santas are all put away. But "he" and all his little elf helpers were very good to us again this year! Family pictures and picture calendars, notecards designed by budding artists (JayBob and the Candyman!), donations in our name to some of our favorite charities (I actually got a share of Heifer International's knitting basket--is that perfect, or what???) and some amazingly funky wonderful antique-y tchotchkes. Hope you all had a wonderful day as well.
But when Christmas day is over, I just have to put the Santas away. He's been here, he's gone, and the Santa decorations just have to go, too. The lights are OK, the greenery stays, and of course, the creches will be out until Epiphany, but Santa....sorry, big guy. But, when Santa leaves..... Frosty and all his snowman friends appear! This might be as close as we get to snow....so I'm counting it!
I've been on a finishing kick...digging out things that have gone to the depths of the stash and trying to find the love for them that I obviously once had when I enthusiastically began them. On my last dive into the black hole of the stash projects, look what I found!!!
Five (5!!!) felted, stuffed snowmen!! I thought all they needed were their faces, arms, and hats and scarves. (See the finished one in the back?) WOW. I'm on it. Dragged out the beads, the embellishments, and....... the directions.
I think I know why I quit. According to those directions, you need to put the arms on BEFORE stuffing. oops Most likely, when I figured this out last year, I had run out of time to undo and be fiddly with this finishing stuff. (So much easier to just toss in the closet!)
But, this time I was listening to a good audio book (The House of Silk, a modern rendition of a Sherlock Holmes story), and I had a free afternoon--so out came all the snowmen guts. As long as they were disemboweled, I decided to stuff them with polypellets to give them a bit more stability, weight, and flexibility, and any time I can figure out TWO reasons for undoing something, I consider this very much a win-win!! Can you see? They're happier already!
THEN, to makes things even better---when I dug out the bag of alpaca (Frog Tree sportweight) that I use to make them, there was a baggie in the bottom that had three hats, already felted!
So we all got to listen to Sherlock together.
Let it snow!
(I know I'm new to this blogging community, but you all have made me feel so much a part of it, I want to say thank you by offering up one of these snowmen to a lucky reader. Just leave a comment--by next Wednesday--Dec. 7--and either the Candyman or Jay-Bob will pull the lucky winner's name. Good luck! Please note: these are NOT toys; they are stuffed with polypellets and the arms are strung beads on wires--all choking hazards should the snowman come apart!!!)
Joining Ginny for Yarn Along and Tami for WIP Wednesday.
There is something so satisfying about dragging out a project that has slumbered a LONG time, and finishing it. I really couldn't remember when I started irish coffee, but if my rav notes are even close, it was in March, so maybe it really hadn't lingered THAT long. If those notes are right, it must have been a really cold day in March. I have a tendency to cast on something wooly when I'm cold. By March, we're usually thinking spring--the hellebores will have been in bloom for weeks, the daffs are poking their little smiling faces out of the ground, the trees are budding. It's pleasantly warm. But we occasionally get a cold snap to remind us that it really isn't time to put the vegetable garden in--or the annuals!! And it must have been on one of those gentle seasonal reminder days that I cast on for Irish Coffee. The cold didn't last long. I only knit about 4".
It's knit top-down with Rowan Tweed (aran) and took 9 balls and a tiny bit. It's just right for our "now" weather. With the short sleeves, I don't get overly hot and it's not overly bulky. I like it, which surprises me because I rarely knit with anything heavier than dk wt. New sweater--and an empty project bag. Life is good.
I'm always sorry to see the Thanksgiving season end. It's my favorite. Family. Friends. And it's one that "consumerism" hasn't taken over. It's the best. But, when it's over--it's time to put the turkeys away. (What was that I said about consumerism...I sure have managed to accumulate a collection of turkey-things over the years.....)
So, now it's time to find all the Christmas things. (I decorate for all the major holidays--Bastille Day IS considered a major holiday, isn't it?) But, I really wish my organizational skills were better. I'm a squirrel. I admit it. I stash and I'm really primo when it comes to finding places to stash things when there really isn't any place left. Cupboards, top of cupboards, attic, cellar (scary cellar!), baskets, behind furniture--everything is fair game. For the "lesser decorated holidays", I can usually confine the stuff to a bin or two, but Christmas is not a lesser decorated holiday. The fact that I have trouble throwing things away means that even though some things haven't made the decorating "cut" in a couple of years, they are still kickin' around, adding to the confusion.
Can you guess where this is going? I'm missing a box of decorations. I never put things in the same place two years in a row (mainly because I don't remember where they were and I like shaking things up), but I have my "favorites" and ALL my favorite things are MIA. I found all the reject Santas--all the "good" antique ones are AWOL; My mercury glass--missing. (All the broken--lesser--ornaments that go in the bowl, of course, were right there.....)
but the German antique ones that go on the old feather tree? Beats me.
The old boot candy containers are one of my favorite collections--and I usually put them away with the "favorite Santas". (I made the mistake of putting them in the attic last year--see where a wax one melted all over a composition one? Drat.) But, no Santas. I think this means Santa isn't hiding out in the attic.
Well, they're somewhere, and I'm sure it's a good safe place. (Like the Halloween stuff I found this morning when I put away the turkeys!!!!) I just hope I find them before December 26th when it's time to put everything away. Meanwhile, I'm gluing some of those old reject Santas together!!!