I feel like planting some mums (if I ever get around to it, it will be a miracle, but I like to pretend), making a pot of soup, and cleaning up the yarn and fiber stash. I want to make all my drawers neat and tidy, so that I won’t have to dig for socks on that first wooly-sock morning. I want to be ready for the crisp and chilly air and the first night that the down comforter will be needed.
I’m still on a linen hand towel kick, so I went to North Fork Stitches to get a couple of skeins of Euroflax. I chose Mustard and French Blue, which go well with the Goldenrod and Willow towels I’ve already finished. I’m working on one in Ginger now. While I was there I found two skeins of red yarn that will be perfect for Red Scarf Project scarves. The bottom one is Elspeth Lavold Silky Wool in Wine (50g, 192yds). Above it is Cascade Pastaza in Red (100g, 132yds), a yarn I’ve never used before. It’s 50% llama and 50% wool, and looks like it will knit nicely on 5.5-6mm needles. Look closely at the picture, and you’ll see the black sheepy tape measure that “fell” into my bag. Now to decide on the patterns…
I had a great day off, like I used to have in the olden days, before the summer. I had to do the stuff of real life, like get an oil change (an opportunity for forty-five minutes of uninterrupted sock knitting) and go to Target. It was so nice to be out there in the regular world again. I’d kept close to home all summer, and I found myself smiling as I tooled out Route 25 to the yarn store. Yes, Local Reader(s), I know I missed a golden opportunity by not stopping at a farm stand for mums. Where do you think I got the idea? The light bulb went off after I’d passed them by.
I’m enjoying the audio of When Madeline was Young, Jane Hamilton’s new novel. It reminds me of her earlier novel Disobedience. I’m anxious to finish it, though, so that I can move on to the Book of My Dreams — To Kill a Mockingbird has finally made it to CD, and it’s read by Sissy Spacek. That’s my favorite book in the world, folks, and it’s read by a woman with the perfect voice. Somebody pinch me. If I didn’t already have a road trip in the works, I’d plan one, just to listen to this book.
- Pattern: Moss Grid Hand Towel from Mason-Dixon Knitting, knitted with no modifications.
- Yarn: Louet Euroflax Originals, 100% Belgian linen, colors Willow and Goldenrod.
- Needles: 4mm/US6 Addis (though I switched to bamboo for a while because there was just something about this yarn and the weather). (My new Knit Picks needles, which I like, were too sharp for the linen, and I kept poking myself.)
- Time to knit: One towel = a long day of US Open Tennis.
I’m glad I managed to squeeze a regular day off into this week. It feels so good to be getting back to normal! Work is still busy, but at least it’s a bit quieter. I won’t have the old routine for long, though. At the end of next week I’ll be leaving to spend a few days in Maryland, to visit the family and…