The weather here in the New Jersey does not know that it’s almost Winter. This past Sunday was 72 degrees. We went to Allaire Village for their historic Christmas event. Normally we get hot chocolate to walk around, but this year we needed some lemonade! We were walking around in t-shirts! It was nice not to dodge into buildings to get warmed up, but it didn’t feel like Christmas. They are predicting that it could be around 68 degrees on Christmas. This is crazy.
On the knitting front…I’ve been making some progress on the Clockwork shawl. It is a nice, mindless project, but I want to be done. I knew I needed a new project so I cast on a hat for me. I’ve been wanting to do some more fair isle. The pattern is called the Passerine Hat and so far I’m loving it. It hat a beautiful bird motif, which I’m just about to begin. The yarn is from the alpacas at Arrow Acres.
I received the new Taproot in the mail and could not be happier with it. The theme for this issue is shelter, which I love. I do love all seasons, but there is something about being drawn back in the house and slowing down. I also recently bought the new Flow magazine. I was first introduced to Flow last Christmas when we bought their paper crafting book for my daughter. She absolutely loved all the paper crafts and has been using the book all year. When I saw this magazine I just had to get it.
I joined the Doodler KAL by Steven West at the beginning of November. Needless to say, I’m still on clue 1 even though the KAL is over. I have one more wedge to do before I move onto clue 2, but I need to order more yarn. I have just a small amount of the blue left and it won’t be enough. I have really enjoyed working on the Doodler and can’t wait to wear it. My basket is also full of WIPs, but that’s a good thing. I’ve also been sewing a lot and for Christmas my husband bought me a new sewing machine and my mom bought me a serger. They both don’t know much about sewing and Joann’s was having a wonderful sale so they asked me what I needed. How excited am I! I’ll make another post for that. My chickens (or as we call them our girls) have slowed down laying eggs, but we still get a few each day. I just think that they are so beautiful. Speaking of beautiful, I also love this time of year. We had a wonderful Thanksgiving dinner at my mother-in-laws house and then this past Sunday my sister and I made a nice dinner for my mom’s 70th birthday. I love low-key events. We are now getting the house ready to have everyone over for Christmas. I truly love this time of year!
I’m still working on the Clockwork shawl by Steven West. I’m on the second section, but the rows are so long. Speaking of Steven West I joined his latest KAL. It starts on Friday and I can’t wait to see what the first clue is. The pattern calls for three fingering weight skeins in different colorways. I decided to use the three skeins that I bought from Owool at Rhinebeck. It’s going to be very neutral, but I thought that I would get more use out of it. Hopefully I’ll have some progress to show next week. We had a very busy weekend since it was Halloween. Everyone came over on Saturday and spent the day. I made chili and everyone brought desserts. My daughter was Evie from Disney Descendants and my son was a zombie. They were told to make scary faces. As far as reading goes, I’ve been reading through many cook books. I’m trying to find some new recipes. I feel like we eat the same things.
I’m still working on my daughter’s cowl and there has been just a bit of progress with that. I’ve been working on the clockwork shawl that I started a while back and almost finished with the first section. The big news though is I went to Arrow Acres today and Leanne’s sister Liz was there who spins. I’ve been wanting to learn to spin for a while and even bought some roving at Rhinebeck. Today Liz took out her wheel (a beautiful Ashford Traveler) and gave me a little lesson and let me practice with some roving. Let’s just say I’m hooked! I’ve been scouring the Internet looking at wheels.
Rhinebeck was absolutely amazing! The weather was perfect for a wool festival. There was a bit of chill in the air so everyone was wearing their handmade knits. This year my friend Amy and her daughter joined us. Of course everyone loved the animals and once again no one could move away from the angora rabbits. Just walking through all the barns gave me so much inspiration. Even the gorgeous trees gave me color inspiration. I’ve decided that I want to learn how to spin and bought some roving from Gale’s Art that I couldn’t resist. I just loved the colors. The highlight of my time there was meeting Amy Beth (aka The Fat Squirrel). I love her podcast and she makes me laugh so much. I began knitting when I needed to take a family leave for my daughter who has a mental illness. It was something that I could do while I sat next to her when she was homebound from school. Leanne Coppola from Arrow Acres told me about Amy Beth’s podcast and I’ve been hooked ever since. It is nice to laugh even when times are tough. She was so gracious and let me take a picture with her. Speaking of my daughter, I started a cowl for her. She chose the yarn because it changes color and each ball has a similar colors, but the order in which they are arranged is different. It’s enjoyable to see which color appears next. I also have some pictures of other goodies that I bought.
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The trees are always so beautiful.
Gabe and me.
The baskets are always a big hit.
Bailey and I trying to decide which basket color and shape we wanted.
Bailey and I couldn’t resist buying a basket.
The kids and I waiting in the falafel line.
The angora rabbits.
The falafels taste so good. My son looks thrilled.
The hubby and I.
My Miss Babs purchase. On the left is a skein of Yowza in the colorway Berlin and to the left is a gradient set in the colorway Silver Fern.
I won a skein of Owool in a summer kal and I loved it so I bought some more. The colorways are Brook Trout, Barn Owl, and Porcupine.
The roving didn’t have a colorway color, but it’s 100% BFL. I also bought a sock blank in the colorway Christmas Tree.
The cowl for my daughter. The pattern is the Outlander Cowl by Andee Fagan and the yarn is Jojoland in color way RS74.
The countdown to Rhinebeck is on. Last year was the first time that I had gone and I was completely overwhelmed. This year I have a few vendors that I would like to go to, but I really just want to enjoy my time there. The drive to Rhinebeck is absolutely beautiful. Since I live at the beach, it is so nice to see mountains where the trees are in full color. My kids and husband love all the animals and they are hoping the falafel truck is there again for lunch. I finished my fall shawl from the Miss Babs Knitting Tour just in time to wear it. I just need to block it first. I finally started to read the new Taproot that I received a month ago. Time has just been flying around here.
This is truly my favorite season. It is still warm enough to be outside with either a t-shirt or sweatshirt on and there is still a lot of sunshine. At night, it’s cool enough to have some tea and curl up by the fireplace and knit. I am still working on my Trailing Ivy shawl. It’s coming along nicely. I even went to the alpaca farm (Arrow Acres) to knit outside with some other knitting ladies. We always have so much fun and the scenery is beautiful. One of the little alpacas (only a year old) was being harness trained and she is such a sweetie. I also finished the sweater for my niece in time for her birthday. My daughter has also asked me to make her a cowl for the winter. During a summer sale at our LYS, she picked out yarn that changes color every few yards. It’s like self-striping sock yarn, but in a DK weight. I can’t wait to see how it turns out. We are also getting ready to go to Rhinebeck! My kids love all the animals and naturally I love all the yarn. Happy Knitting! Joining Ginny!
I feel like the start of each season has so many opportunities for new beginnings. Autumn is my favorite season. I love the colors of the trees, family traditions like apple picking, cooking soups and stews, and the feeling of being drawn back into the house and slowing down. In summer there are so many wonderful things that are going on outside like going to the beach that towards the end I just want to stop, make a fire, and have a cup of tea. Before summer ended we needed to have a little family getaway. We took the kids to Aquatopia waterpark in the Poconos. It was so nice to just be all together and having fun. We plan to return sometime this winter to go snow tubing. On the knitting front, I received my next Miss Babs Knitting Tour package in the mail at the end of last week. The theme is glamping and the yarn is a gorgeous green. We have also been getting ready for school. My daughter started 6th grade last week and my son started 8th grade yesterday. It’s so incredible to see how much they’ve grown and what wonderful people they are turning into. It makes this mama proud.
I have been spending this past week trying to finish some projects that have been sitting in my basket. I finished my daughter’s fingerless gloves that she had wanted. She picked the colorway BFF from Miss Babs and it suits her so well. I am also almost finished with the niece’s sweater for her birthday. I just have one more sleeve to go. I’ve also started the Clockwork scarf by Steven West. I love the colors even though they are a bit out of my comfort colors. Yesterday, two more of our chickens started to lay eggs so that makes five. We are still waiting for two more. It is like a holiday when we find a new egg. They have been an amazing addition to the family. We are soaking up the last few weeks of summer. Today’s plan is the boardwalk and tomorrow the beach!
One of our chickens (an Ameraucana) has been laying eggs for about two weeks now and I’ve been impatiently waiting for the others to start. Monday our Welsummer began laying and yesterday our Buff Orpington laid her first egg. It was so exciting. The kids are already trying to decide what color eggs they want for breakfast. We are still waiting for the other four, but it should be soon. This past week there hasn’t been much knitting because my daughter finished her summer program and we’ve been doing some things that we weren’t able to do before. There will be many beach days in our future. I began my second sock and I’m about half way through. I really love the color and it’ll be perfect for the Rhinebeck Sheep and Wool Festival. I’m still reading The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up. I am taking the lessons learned in the book and putting them into practice. There is still a long way to go as far as going through the house, but I already see results. I think I’ve even inspired my mother-in-law to start going through her clothes. I will be soaking up these final weeks of summer, but I am looking forward to Autumn.