Sam and I have begun to see the barest beginnings of fall creeping around the edges- just hints, nothing definitive yet, but it’s happening, and we’re excited. Obviously, it’s happening- it’s nature, it’s inevitable- but it’s earlier than we’re used to, and we’re ridiculously pleased to have an excuse to pull out our comforter just a little too early, to snuggle on the couch and start looking for apple orchards, to change out the welcome wreath on the door, and to drag out our boxes of sweaters.
Speaking of sweaters: how have I NOT mentioned that I’m knitting a sweater for myself this fall? I AM KNITTING MYSELF A SWEATER THIS FALL. I keep meaning to do this, honestly- I earnestly set out each autumn with this intention, and have been falling down pretty consistently. I keep being pulled away from it by about a hundred other projects, mostly work- related, and that is a CHOICE. So over it. Helping me stay motivated is the Fall Sweater Challenge, being run by the Buffalo Wool Company. (Hey, Ron!) You can find more information over on the blog, and there are people congregating and talking about what they’re making over on the Facebook page and in the Ravelry group, too. (Disclaimer: Cooperative Press & Knit Edge have offered sponsorships, but nobody is getting paid doing this.)
I’m getting a little bit of a late start, but also kind of cheating: I’m knitting the Daelyn Pullover by Isabell Kraemer in Neighborhood Fiber Co. Studio Worsted. Sound familiar? It sure should! I was so inspired watching Stefanie Japel cast off her gorgeous, wheat- colored Daelyn at the Rhinebeck house last year (just in time to wear it to the show, because LIVING ON THE EDGE) that I cast on with some Sheridan Circle I’d been hoarding in my stash once we were back in Baltimore. This color, it just glows- I love it so hard, and I’m always torn as to whether I want to buy Sheridan Circle or Rock Creek Park when I’m in Karida’s shop/ booth (the decision comes down to the base). Anyway: super inspired post- Rhinebeck 2015, cast on for the neck, started moving back North, and you can imagine what happened next. I only just unpacked this project a few months ago.
But hey! I’ve got a terrific, 4 inch head start. That’s… not insignificant, I guess. And I’ve already balled up two of the four skeins, so that’s all set for alternating skeins (following my own advice for once, WINNING!!) and I even have the appropriate needles and notions already set aside. It’s like having a kit without spending any money, y’all. Put it all together and I am almost CRUSHING this before I ever really even get going.
Deadline to finish a sweater for this “knit/ crochet/ weave- a- long”, by the way, is the close of fall. Who wants in? I know there are folks here who are finishing larger pieces consistently- for themselves or others- as readers— this doesn’t have to be a sweater for you, I’m just making that my specific goal because I haven’t made anything for myself in a few years and you know, it’s about time. Anybody want to make a sweater with us? I’m going to try to squeeze in a hat or two along the way as I go (okay, a few pair of gloves, too, because the holidays are coming FAST, and maybe this ONE scarf) and I’m already feeling nosy about what everybody else is working on. So hey, what else is on your needles these days?