Is it Autumn???

This morning is the best kind of morning here in northern New England. Very dry, temps in the 50s or even 40s, I haven’t looked yet. And no work so we can stay all cosy and think about the day to come.

I really have to get back to moving the dirt, it seems a good morning for some of that. I have been collecting newspapers for a few weeks and think I have enough now to do the spot where I want the dirt. I won’t get it all done this weekend, but every little bit helps.

I have been able to stay on top of maintaining all the work that has already been done by pulling the weeds while they are still tiny. Where I put newspaper under the mulch there are far fewer weeds than where I did not, so I will keep going with that. Some places I put newspaper under tge new dirt and some places over the new dirt, depending on what weeds were already there. Both have their merits. I am sort of thinking that a newspaper sandwich will work best for killing old weeds and preventing new. I might try that in the next new garden.

Today is Whorls and Purls day, and afterwards we are going out to dinner, which will be fun. Apparently the group tries to do that once a summer, and summer is waning. It will be an early meal, so everyone can get home before full dark.

I am still working on my sweater, but also started a new shawl. It is a Purple Fleece pattern, chain mail, and I am using the gold beaded yarn I spun earlier this year.  So far I like how it is coming together.  I also am working on a beaded necklace for the craft fair. Lots on the needles. I prepped the yarn for my next socks, so will bring that along as well. Variety is the spice of life! 

I finished my blue socks, by the way, using Lucy Neatby’s sock chimney for the kitchener on the heels.  It was interesting. The actual kitchener was much easier but I am not sure I saved time, because of the time spent knitting the chimney. I think I will stick to toe up and no kitchener, as I have been doing!

After Whorls and Purls, I will do the grocery shopping, and that should finish my day!

No plans for tomorrow but lots on the “I should really do” list! 

  • Clean the pool
  • Pick blackberries 
  • Move dirt
  • Spin!
  • Start organizing the packing
  • Clean the inside of the car

That should keep me busy!

30 thoughts on “Is it Autumn???”

  1. Down here in Delaware, I’m so glad to be able to turn off the air conditioning, open windows and let real air blow through. Maybe I’ll get some back porch knitting accomplished.

  2. Sounds like a busy and very satisfying weekend you have lined up. I have done grocery shopping and the laundry. Plan on planting some flowers I picked up yesterday, then I must do some letter writing. Enjoy your meal out with friends.

    1. I know how that feels! It gets so overwhelming that you just avoid it. ๐Ÿ˜‰ and that is OK! This weather is too good to just work through.

  3. I’ll precede this comment by telling you that I have been testing the toffee vodka I had as a birthday present, so maybe I’m not engaging as deeply as I should and missing something, but I hadn’t heard of this sock chimney thing, so I googled and… wouldn’t it just be easier to do a bit of kitchener stitch? Kinda sounds like that was your conclusion too?

    1. Lol I hate the kitchener stitch and this is supposed to make it easier to do. And it does, actually. No worrying about going through the right stitch in the right direction and knowing when to drop it. You just follow the alternate colored yarn and you are done. BUT it loses all time saving by having to knot the chimney! So I will go back to avoiding kitchener. ๐Ÿ˜€

      1. Ha ha! Yes, toe up will solve the whole problem without any hassel. Personally, I don’t mind Kitchener stitch and am always impressed how it ‘magically’ makes an invisible seam.

  4. It has been unseasonably mild here recently, very fall-like. Usually I’d be happy about that; however, we need a little heat for our art installation later this week. It features exploding beer (safely encased in plexi cube), and the cool weather keeps the yeast activity low. I know – the worries of my world. Frankly, I wish I could just go back to knitting Hudson, my Brooklyn Tweed turtleneck, but there are a lot of other things calling for my attention. Somehow I think I’m going to be able to process a 1/2 bushel of Roma tomatoes this weekend…

    1. Lol i hear you, so many demands on our time. I have a gallon of blackberries in the freezer that needs to be jelly…

      I am curious about that exploding beer…

  5. A crisp morning with no plans for the day except to do some crafting (and some chores)sounds like a winner to me.
    Your Socks look cozy and warm.
    I wish you luck on your yardwork and other chores.
    I hope you pick oodles of blackberries.

  6. I have been feeling the autumn air too! I have to close the windows at night to protect my poor kombucha, it can’t survive below 60F!

    1. Oh no! Closing the windows at night means hat time of year is almost here! I still leave the bedroom open, but we did close up the rest of the house last night. Sigh.

  7. Your socks are lovely. We are cool today in south wisconsin. Very odd for nearly Labor Day. I need some catch up sleep however, and it is perfect weather for that. I plan to knit often this long weekend.

    1. Thanks! it has been cool or a while now, here. Tough to get into the pool to clean it every day… very odd. But they reminded us on the weather report this morning that the record for today is 29 degrees. The darned pool would be frozen!

      Enjoy your restful knitting weekend!

  8. Ooh those socks look great. That pattern looks easy to knit, not too bulky but adds great visual interest.

        1. I am trying to do more with yarn like this, it takes some trust in the buying, but the results are so good! And I don’t care how wild my socks are, lol

    1. Oops, i should pay more attention here! Wrong sock pattern. ๐Ÿ™„ This one also isn’t bulky, it’s a 2 stitch cable, so little added weight. ๐Ÿ˜€

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