Friday, September 28, 2007

Waiting patiently for fall

I've been waiting for a day like this. Cool breeze, sunny, blue sky, a few leaves dropping and dancing down from the trees. Fall is really here! This week, we baked acorn squash and stuffed it with a rice/almond/parmesan cheese mixture, and we also baked a pumpkin and chocolate chip cake. They were supposed to be bars, but it came out more like cake - very tasty!

This week I finished one knit, came close to finishing another, and started one more. I couldn't help but take pictures on what turns out to be our new, giant mum, just now showing its color. Here's a new sock, the Mock Cable Wave sock from Favorite Socks. The yarn is Lorna's Laces in the Tuscany colorway - and yes, it's another holiday knit.

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The Garter Rib socks have just one portion of a toe to go; I expect I'll finish those later tonight.

Garter Rib Socks.JPG

And finally, the Irish Hiking Scarf, done minus the blocking and weaving in of ends:

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Pattern: Irish Hiking Scarf
Yarn: Rowan Yorkshire Tweed Aran, color #416, 2 balls
Needles: Size 8 (ie, treetrunks!)
Reflections: This was a destash project. If it weren't, I probably wouldn't have chosen such a scratchy yarn! I'm hoping it'll soften up once I block it, closer to the actual holiday season. For now, I have enough yarn left to make a hat-brim, with a coordinating yarn for the body of a hat. One holiday present done, several to go! Ho ho ho!

(By the way, I think I'm in love with that giant, beautiful plant.)

While patience has brought me fall and finished objects, it hasn't brought yarn. All week, I've been assiduously checking The Loopy Ewe, waiting for what they call a "sneak-up."* While a sneak-up came, it didn't bring with it the yarn I've been coveting! So I checked the website even more obsessively. Maybe there'd be another sneak-up? No. Sheri's blog now says that they waited-for yarn will be up the week after next! Since I don't even know whether or not they'll have the desired colorway this time around, I feel a bit silly doing all this waiting. I mean really, just how obsessed can one really get about yarn? ... I'm not actually sure I want that question answered about myself. Because then I'd be even more scared than I already am about this particular obsession!

Tomorrow, Coffeeboy and I are going hiking way up on the Parkway, to see if the leaves a couple thousand feet farther up are turning more than the leaves at 2,200 feet. Either way, I'm sure I'll have pretty pictures to show you for next week!

*This isn't meant as a criticism of The Loopy Ewe. I've used them before and have been very pleased with their services. I realize (mostly) that yarn store owners have lives outside their stores... but that hasn't stopped me from being obsessed!


Sheepish Annie said...

You've been busy! Nice work...I see a very Happy Holiday in your future with finished gifts for all. (unlike me who will be shamefully making my way to the stores in mid-December purchasing gifts to cover for the ones I didn't knit...) I really like the Irish Hiking Scarf. I should put that one in the queue!

schrodinger said...

Love how the socks and flowers compliment each other - great stuff. Good luck getting that coveted yarn.

Teri S. said...

The scarf is beautiful, as are the socks. And the color of the mum sort of ties all of them together. I haven't even thought about holiday knitting yet, so I doubt it's going to happen this year.

keri said...

What pretty fall colors to go with this fall weather that is coming in! Hooray for fall knits! =)