Rested, Refreshed, and Ready to Tackle All the Things

Last week I took the week off. Not totally off, I still managed to stay up-to-date on a few things, but mostly off. My in-law’s were in town and since we usually only see them once a year, it’s important that I drop what I can and be in the moment. Additionally, Mr. Knitting Sarah also had the week off, so I always like to soak up that quality time, too.

We spent a lot of time visiting over coffee and shared some delicious meals. We went about an hour north and spent a night in a cabin to which we have access. During the day, we spent a beautiful afternoon in the sunshine at a nearby flowage…


If you squint, you can see the trees were just starting to change colors.

My girl and I had fun giving Moose little acorn cap hats and trying to sneak his picture…


It’s quite a feat to sneak those little hats on his head without him knowing it and then also be quick enough with the camera to get his picture, but it brings the silliest, most satisfying giggles. What can I say?! We are easily entertained!

Aside from soaking up the sun, outfitting Moose with woodland finery, and the dawn of fall colors, I did a little fishing. I had a couple bites but didn’t manage to land anything. I just like casting and reeling in such a beautiful setting; I find it very relaxing.

One of the beautiful aspects of being a knitter and spinner, of course, is that they are pursuits you can do while visiting with others. So while I was mostly off the grid for the week, I still was actively creating. In the evening at the cabin, I’d brought my spindles and I had a grand time spindle spinning…


I finally got around to trying out the wrist distaff I purchased a few months ago from Maine Fiber Tools and I almost immediately fell in love with it. I’ll have to share a more in-depth post about this handy tool sometime soon, but suffice to say, I whizzed through almost all the fiber I brought along with me.

Back at home during afternoon movies, I finished up my September Top of the Month Club from Three Waters Farm


And since I had a little time before Spinzilla started, I eeked out one more spin…


This is Put Off My Blues from Three Waters Farm on Superwash Targhee and I spun it to a DK or light worsted weight yarn. This one was super fun and I’m totally in love with the results! Both of these spins are having their spa day today so as soon as they are dry, I’ll share them with you in more detail.

As the week went by, it felt like nature was racing toward fall…


As the temps stayed pretty low and we had to fire up the heater for the first time since spring, the trees gained more and more color. Every time I stepped out the door it felt like the trees were that much closer to their peak colors.

And as Mr. KS’s parents’ visit was drawing to a close, my girl and I whipped up some blueberry muffins with lemon glaze for a road treat for them (with plenty for us to enjoy, too, of course).


Usually I don’t let them bake to such dark tops, but once we added the glaze, I thought they were just about perfection.

As the weekend came to a close, and Mr. KS’s vacation came to an end as well, we went for one last hike and had a beautiful tapestry of color on which to tread…


And with bobbins emptied for the beginning of Spinzilla, I worked on my current shawl spin, Down the Road and Back Again


I’d hoped to get you an updated photo in better light, but it’s been dark and rainy here all day so I’m re-sharing the photo from last night. This knit, though… I barely have the words. I stayed up way past my bedtime last night because I’m tantalizingly close to finishing and it is just a true beauty in all respects. I didn’t quite get there. I may or may not get to work on it this week with Spinzilla going on, but suffice to say I’m loving every minute of this knit and I’m equally looking forward to wearing this one. It’s just so sublimely dreamy.

Despite my late night, I woke up on time and got right to my Spinzilla spinning…


Grey for my Three waters Farm Handspun Sweater-Along. I feel a little paranoid about how I’m spinning it and getting the weight just so, but I’m trying to just shut out all the doubt, just do what I can to check in on the weight, and just keep spinning. I’m sure it’ll all work out!

And that, my friends, has been my week off. I’ve spent most of today, the first day of Spinzilla, at my computer catching up on all the things I dropped to make last week a (mostly) true week off. But I’m happy to report that I felt great this morning — rested, refreshed, and ready to tackle all the things. Sometimes a week off loaded with family and fun is just what you need!


11 thoughts on “Rested, Refreshed, and Ready to Tackle All the Things”

  1. What a wonderful week! Family, girl giggles, handwork, baking, and your usually beautiful photography! That picture of the leaves covering the ground should be a giant poster to stare at in mid-winter. Glad you got some quality time with terrific results all around!

  2. I second Kendra, what a wonderful week! (You can be proud of me for noticing that she started her comment the same way I intended to before I hit reply!) you know how to enjoy time off, for sure. It sounds fun and peaceful all at once. And with knitting and spinning. Good job! The muffins look delicious! The colors of the leaves are beautiful, too. A good week.

  3. Your shawl is stunning! I wish Georgia knew that summer is over, this heat is killinโ€™ me!

  4. Beautiful photos and those muffins look delicious! Iโ€™ve been wanting to try out a wrist distaff. I also need to spin on my poor neglected wheel.

    1. Do it! You will never regret time spent with your wheel! I try to always have a project on the wheel and to have the wheel in a spot I can easily sit for just 10 or 15 minutes a day. These two little things have a huge impact on how often I spin and really made me a spinner!

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