Eighteen pairs of socks to knit for the family for Christmas. Two months to go!
We communicated easily. A fellow knitter.
I asked if I might photograph her and she agreed. I wish I’d taken more than one shot.
Krista Stevens at WordPress challenged bloggers this week with this prompt “Have you ever felt like the world was being a bit too rowdy? Where things and people were pushing in, crowding out your quiet thoughts — the ones that need time and space to surface?” Yes, Krista, yes.
My number one Happy Place? cuddling a grandchild in my arms, getting them to smile or the growing up grandchildren sitting next to me on the couch, reading a book or playing a game. Laughing with grandchildren is the best.
And there’s the knitting I go to-another happy place- a form of meditation, the repetition- but this post shows my kitchen where I can ward off winter chills (or autumn chills) and feel all is right in the world. (Even if it’s not.)
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First Day of Winter Still Life in My Kitchen
Friends joined me for tea, even though they weren’t in Pittsburgh.
You can see out the kitchen back door window to the back porch and garage, the bare trees. The shortest day of light. Winter officially here.
Two dear friends in KY sent a shipment of fancy English muffins and the Fed Ex man delivered them Wednesday afternoon. It seemed a good time to split one, toast it and spread some butter (with my Grandmother’s silver butter knife) and spoon some apricot preserves.
Went to fire up the kettle to brew tea but I’d burned the kettle dry on Monday so boiled a pot of water to make the tea. Pulled out the camera on the phone to capture the scene
Oranges were on sale 10 for $2 today and lately they were almost a dollar apiece.
A faithful blog reader in Virgina, C, (and best friend of a my good friend J in Omaha) made me the little quilted mug mat last year and it was J who gave me the lidded butter dish another year. The Botanic Garden mug matches my mother’s cereal bowls.
I was home alone but in the presence of friends and family remembered. Finding the joy of winter. My neighbor called to report a vibrant rainbow spotting and perhaps I could photograph it. i went outside and it was still raining and saw the colored arch across the street. I photographed it but it didn’t make the cut for posting but i appreciate when people see something and I come to mind. There was thunder and lightning, too.
Yes, that is a stack of woven potholders on the left counter top.
It was my daughter Laura’s idea. She called on Face Time and asked me what I was doing. I showed her the little stack of different size pumpkins hats I knit this past week.
“Make a pumpkin patch with all the knitted pumpkin hats.” she said. “Stuff them with something to make them stand up.” Good idea, Laura.
(I used a couple of large balls of yarn and some dishtowels.)
I was thinking about photographing outside in the grass but it is totally unfall-like with 85% humidity.
The morning sun was streaming in through the lace curtains onto the living room floor.
Not from every angle but the difference in lighting is remarkable.
My first full week of retirement, no back to school. It’s a transition. And we’re moving from summer to fall, even though the heat is intense. Another transition. I bought a snow shovel this week.
There’s still one hat on the needles. I’m knitting the last hat for my granddaughter Maura, who’s going to be 7 in November but said she’d wear one. I already gave one away a few days ago.
My other neighbor, J said the first pumpkin hat I posted looked like a tomato! I think these photos show the color of yarn as orange for sure. Two hats and the one for Maura are Superwash Merino wool and the others are Premier Yarns Deborah Norville Soft Non-Pilling Acrylic. Hopefully easy wash and dry for the moms.
The pattern was from Ravelry by Tara Thomsen in case you want to make some. Newborn to adult sizes. That’s enough for me this season.
I’m in the doghouse tonight for missing National Dog Day and my DIL sent a photo of Henry (the Airedale) and the new Airedale puppy, Josie coming home to their house next week. Her plan was I could make up for my omission of the family dogs on the blog today. Laura sent me a photo of Penny (the goldendoodle) on the couch looking glum cause I didn’t feature them on the blog for National Dog Day. Who knew? On to what I was planning to blog…..even thought it’s still August for a few more days.
People, including Fallon Tonight, have tweeted and posted their opinions on the early reappearance of Pumpkin spice flavored drinks at that great big coffee chain.
I bemoaned the early August Halloween decorations in stores and just yesterday I saw bins of Candy Corn for sale. Ugh. Seems Summer barely had a chance. But now I’m jumping in with knitting pumpkin hats.
Last year I knit five baby pumpkin hats. You can only knit so fast. This year I looked at the list of babies I know (including new grands) and thought I’d better get knitting. Asked for head circumference measurements. Turns out I can make one hat in a day (probably about 5 hours). I did 3 loads of laundry and changed the bed, checked email periodically and watched a few of The Chef’s Table documentaries while I knit. And this time I’m making notes to remember what I did which unfortunately I did not do last year.
Could have saved a lot of time checking gauge if I had done so.
Cast on 70 stitches on bamboo needles and
cast on 80 stitches on the metal needles. I still can’t decide which material I prefer.
Each has good points.(no pun intended)
I’m a relaxed knitter so had to go down a needle size from the recommendation on the pattern which was found on Ravelry. Weighed the hat on the food scale and I should be able to make two more hats from one skein. (I bought two skeins but that will be a lot of hats) one skein of green is plenty and there will be leftover. The stem is I-cord stitch. I’m skipping the leaf for now.
The pattern in Punkin Head by Tara Thomsen available for free download.
surrounded by family, cloaked in hugs ( or a homemade blanket), wrapped in love
Okay Matthew. Good idea.
Here it is – thanks for the inspiration.
Sure beats my tired brown hat from last year.
And thanks to Molly for the Noro Kuryeon yarn and I used a double strand as the pattern called for bulky yarn.
This is the Handspun Ribbed Hat patternHandspun Ribbed Hat. I knit quite a few of these hats for Christmas with Rowan Undyed Chunky yarn, the color of the breed of sheep. Suffolk and Black Welsh.
(Adjustment– I knit it to 11″ so there is a nice length to fold up and it’s double over the ears ) and I use a size 9 circular needle 16″ length.
Returned to Pittsburgh this evening and a package of Christmas gifts from J in Omaha, awaited me.
She stitched a bright colored tea cozy to keep the tea warm as it steeps.
Love the colors and knitting theme as many of you know I’ve been knitting my way through the winter.
I need a patron saint in the kitchen and will put him in a prominent place in the morning.
Thanks J. What a fun surprise.
Here is granddaughter Anna sporting one of the cowls I knit everyone
The day started at the Ohio State University McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion.
I got there close to 6:30 AM Sunday. The younger grandchildren were swimming in the morning and the two older were swimming in the afternoon.
All the rest of the family got home at 8:30 PM!. I had to head back to Pittsburgh around 1 as snow was predicted and it’s best to drive in daylight.
There were so many swimmers in the pool at once. How they don’t bump into one another is amazing to me.
Another Manos del Uruguay Merino Wool and Silk cowl knit up with horizontal ribbed cowl patternRibbed cowl pattern from Knitty City.
Thanks Marlene for holding it up while I got an iPhone pic