Just a Spot of Knitting

In these parts, it’s a beautiful time of year. The leaves are at their peak of changing color and the temperatures are cool, but very comfortable. While I  really should be tidying up our yard in preparation for the winter and knitting those mittens I keep swearing I’m going to knit, instead I’ve been hitting the trail a lot with the kids.IMG_0908-0Knowing the bare white winter is headed this way, we just have to take time to soak up the color — and vitamin D — while it lasts. It never stops amazing me that when the leaves start changing color and dropping, everything is more vivid — the greens are greener, the blue sky is bluer — everything is more, quite possibly because we know full well  in our bones that in the blink of an eye the trees will be bare and the arctic wind will be howling.

In the mean time though, we’ll take these glorious days…

IMG_0955and everything they have to give us, even if it’s lots of wind & random rain showers.

Moose, of course, agrees.

IMG_0937I’ve been remembering to let him carry our water on our hikes, too. He clearly feels important when he has a job and it slows him down a little bit on the trails where I need to keep him on a leash. It’s a win-win, really.

We even attended an event put on by the Rock River Archaeological Society in which the kiddos got a chance to try their hands at throwing an atlatl.

IMG_0969I was impressed to see both my kiddos hit the cardboard mammoth at which they were aiming — my daughter with a ferocity far bigger than her frame and my son with thoughtful, measured repetition, both so true to their natures.

My daughter also had a monumental first this weekend…

IMG_0953She learned to purl. She’s easily frustrated, so I’ve been slow to introduce her to purling. She took to it like a fish to water, though.

On my own needles, I was pretty hell-bent on finishing up my son’s Guston sweater…

IMG_0957I started up the second sleeve and really used all my free time to wrap it up and I did just that and I was seaming by Saturday night…

IMG_0960Finishing up the last sewing Sunday morning while my girl read FoxTrot comics to me…

IMG_0967Luckily, yesterday was sunny & warm so I laid it outside to dry and it’s almost totally dry. Only the buttons remain on this — all the ends are woven in and everything. I did have my son try it on and I’ll admit, it was a smidge tight in the shoulders. He’s pretty lanky, but has big shoulders and I made the mistake of using the chest measurement and didn’t account for the shoulders. Long story short, I probably should have gone up a size. I blocked it aggressively and I know wear will stretch it out a little, so here’s hoping those things combined will make it comfy for him. If not, the downside is I’ll be knitting him a new one in the near future, but the upside is that I’m way ahead of the game with a sweater for my daughter to grow into. There’s always a silver lining, right?

I’ll be casting-on the Miya Shawl for the Bijou Basin Ranch Miya Shawl KAL shortly, but I have a little hiccough getting my pattern so I’m taking advantage of this little window in time to play with another fabulous new-to-me yarn, Ancient Arts DK.

 IMG_0888I took this photo the day I received the yarn in the mail — it just so happened that my daughter had drawn in a very cave painting style drawing in coordinating colors just before it arrived, so I snapped a photo with it. It seemed appropriate considering the company’s name. In any case, I showed it off on Periscope and asked viewers if I should make neckwear or a hat with it and it was unanimous that I should go with a cowl — even Mr Knitting Sarah agreed — so after a quick Ravelry search, I pulled out a favorite classic collection, Island by Jane Richmond, and printed off the pretty, unique, drapey cowl, Arbutus.

IMG_0974It’s proving to be a really fast, fun knit for me and I think the necklace-y-ish appearance will make it a really nice addition to my wardrobe. Did I mention the yarn is 70/20/10 Superwash Merino/Cashmere /Nylon?  Yes, I said 20% Cashmere. Yeah, it is pretty much to die for and the beautiful new Great Scott! colorway is a simply scrumptious shade of light blue with just a hint of tealy undertones. If you can’t tell, I can’t wait to add it to my daily rotation of woollies.

I think I’m on track to finish Arbutus today or tomorrow, just in time to cast-on my Miya Shawl. One of these days I’ll get the yard work done, but for now I’m going to enjoy the sun and changing colors and, of course, just a spot of knitting, too.

21 thoughts on “Just a Spot of Knitting

    1. Yes! I’m very happy to be in a moment where I can share some FOs, too. 🙂 And I’m very proud of my girl. We started working on knitting by her request when she was 4 and it did not come easily or quickly. So glad we took our time and made it this far — now she’s hoarding yarn & planning 3 projects in advance. The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree!

  1. Wonderful work! And never stop hiking; we enjoyed a hike with the kids yesterday. The fall is a fact with coloured leaves everywhere! Greetings from Norway! Hege

    1. Thank you! We never, ever will. We live in a spot where we are just a short drive from a number of natural areas with nice little hikes. We hike year-round and love ever minute of it. Norway? Oh, how I would love to see your country one day! Have you ever seen any trolls? 😉 One of my favorite movies of all time is “Trollhunter”!

      1. “Trollhunter”; that’s a funny movie!! My kids think it is super scary and have seen trolls in the forest ever since! There is another movie with the same actor where about a car race through the whole country… some of the same humor. It is called “Burning” 😉

      2. Isn’t it awesome? We found it on Netflix and watched it on a whim and LOVED it. Haven’t shown it to the kids yet — we camp a lot, so I think I’ll wait until they’re a little older (lol!). I will definitely check out ‘Burning’ — thanks for the tip!

      3. My youngest will be very quick to say she prefers having a cabins or hotel room to a tent, but both kids still love to hike and be outdoors. Hopefully that doesn’t change for a long time!

    2. PS – I just popped over to your blog. I love your Norwegian Summer hat & have some Chickadee in my stash. If you think of it, let me know when the pattern is available — I would love to purchase a copy!

    1. It’s gorgeous and that 20% cashmere is pretty freaking amazing to work with. I already finished and washed the cowl — it’s drying already! It’s amazing how good it feels to knit up such a quick project once and a while!

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    1. She’s super proud and it’s so cool. I’ve taken a backseat to her learning — letting her decide when she wants to work on it, so at times it’s kind of hard to not push her to finish. So glad I let her move at her own pace though!

      I was kind of on the fence about the cowl for a while, but I really like it now. Especially with a nice drapey yarn, it’s really lovely!

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