A couple days ago on my hubby’s day off, we took the family on a little hike. It’s the time of year when this can either be brilliant or a disaster, largely depending on the absence or presence of mosquitoes or particularly determined flies. We chose a little trail we discovered this spring during migration and hiked the length of it nearly bug-free. We’ve had a cool summer and everything is exceptionally green. The trail was a bit muddy, so we were able to find and follow some deer tracks. We didn’t see them, but where the tracks stopped we could heard them crashing in the brush.
And of course there are the brilliant colors of flowers, too. In flowers and in the yellow warblers, cedar waxwings, robins, and one of my favorites — the catbird — that foraged around us. The best, however, was hearing a yellow-billed cuckoo deep in the wood. We never got eyes on him, but his song was unmistakeable. Sometimes I think I remember ‘that time I heard the yellow-billed cuckoo’ almost more clearly than ‘that time I saw the yellow-billed cuckoo’. There is an intimacy in knowing a bird’s call, I think. It’s more than just searching for the movement of a bird and catching it in your binoculars, it’s about building a true familiarity that is a constant work in progress
I started a new autumn sweater this week that is in my eye also inspired by nature, Little Wave by Gudrun Johnston.
The stitch pattern is like a collection of little ripples. I can’t say how enjoyable this knit is — these little twists require no cable needle and the 12 row repeat is very easy to learn. It is actually much simpler than I anticipated which is wonderful for this time of year. For yarn, I’m using the Green Mountain Spinnery Weekend Wool. This wool is 100% sourced from farms in New England & across the US and the colorway — Blue Jay — is the most spectacular rustic steel-blue with a hint of charcoal. I’m hoping to get this sweater finished by the time the WI Sheep & Wool Festival rolls around again in early September — I am optimistic and already have buttons on the way. I think the only real obstacle will be yardage. I actually bought this yarn to knit up a Cape Cod sweater, so according to the Little Wave pattern I’m about 50yards short. I decided 1) many patterns give you a 10% margin of error in yarn requirements and 2) I have no problem getting & using a different dye lot for – let’s say — the collar and button band should that be necessary.
Of course, also on my needles are some socks.
I showed you this photo yesterday and now I have about an inch to go to the heel flap. This is the pair of Jeck by Regina Satta in Sweet Georgia Yarns BFL Sock in the Magpie colorway that I started on vacation last month. Having started Socks with Sarah blowing through a pair of sock per week, the 3weeks I’ve been working on these seems like forever. I remind myself though — and my fellow Socks with Sarah knitters, too — that this KAL isn’t about speed or about knitting only socks all the time, it’s about making sock knitting a part of your routine, your life. Splitting these socks with my sweater and a spinning project has actually been pretty refreshing. I’ve been on a good roll of working one project in the morning when I wake up through my first cup of coffee and then the other in the evening before bed.
I’m finding that as always the end of summer is a whirlwind of activity — from trying to get out and enjoy the green on the trails to stocking up on school supplies to mowing the lawn that just doesn’t want to turn brown and die this August to playing “Delia-ball” with my daughter. I’m also going to make time to enjoy clicking away on my fiber-y projects in the fresh air. I can already feel the hint of autumn in the air (just a hint — it’s a work in progress, too) and while there’s simply no better time to be outside listening for cuckoos and yellow warblers, there’s also no better time to be working on a new fall sweater and cozy pair of socks. Just as I’m ecstatic to be on the dark green trail listening and watching for wildlife, when October rolls around I’ll be pretty glad I stole a few moments for that sweater and pair of socks. So many works in progress; I’m going to enjoy them all.