Happy autumn! I'm finding myself more sentimental than usual about the aesthetics of the changing seasons. And no wonder, in Texas, there's no change so far. Yesterday it was 95 degrees outside, yuck! I keep myself in denial by wearing sweaters to work at the library. Luckily the air conditioning is low enough to justify it, even if the walk to the DART station requires that I peel off a few layers. I'm planning on buying a kitschy autumnally-scented candle, too, and there has already been a lot of hot cocoa drinking and pie baking in the house.
It will eventually get cold down here, but probably not until late November or December. The one good thing about this is that it gives me a lot of lead time to knit and crochet warm fuzzy garments! I've finished off two this month. One represents my first complete work in crochet:
Classic granny square scarf! It's definitely rough around the edges; I think the gauge of crochet hook suggested for this yarn was a bit...er, generous. So the work is kinda loose and floppy and it took me a while to hit my stride in stitch style. Nevertheless, I'm chuffed! It's really soft and the autumnal colors make me happy. I'll probably give it to my sister for her birthday. Sssshh, Emma, you didn't read that.
My other finished product is this multicolored scarf, from a design by Martina Behm of Strickmich. This is a pretty special garment, as I knit it from the wool I bought in Iceland -- Icelandic knitwear is top-shelf as far as souvenirs go, so I only bought a headband from a grocery store while I was there (and even that was about $28) and promised myself I would make something special out of wool instead of draining $150 on a lopapeysa I could never wear in Texas :)
If I ever move up north again, though, I'd love to have a real Icelandic sweater, and my next trip will definitely include that $150 in the budget.
My knitting skills have always been rudimentary -- until this summer I didn't know anything beyond rectangular combinations of knit and purl! This pattern was the *perfect* introduction and confidence-booster into the world of patterns beyond that skill level -- it only used knit stitches, but built them up and alternated colors in a triangular in-the-round shape, which involved simple additional pattern skills like YO, m1, and Sl1. I love how many different ways it can be turned and draped!
What's your favorite part about fall?