The past few weeks have been all about fancy ribbon, glitter, shiny balls and lots and lots of poinsettias, wreaths and trees. It is easy to lose the spirit of the season when everyday brings a new decorating goal. Depending on the year, and when Thanksgiving falls in November, we have a very concentrated 2-3 weeks. Saturday we packed up the shop and loaded it into the truck. What is leftover gets stored for next year. I keep a roll or two of red ribbon around for last minute stragglers but otherwise, it is my turn. Clippers in hand, I got to work. I filled my outside planters with greens and hung wreaths. When Chris returned from the warehouse, we got down to the heavy work. One at a time our potted evergreens got loaded onto the hand truck and hauled up onto the deck. Every one was lit, this year with a combination of white and colored lights. All through the winter, we'll light them when it snows. It isn't only the holiday season that's coming up.
This is my second Millwater. I absolutely love this pattern. It is an easy, take with, gratifying knit. And, it is totally reversible! I took this on the plane, to my knit group, and watched TV. The pattern is easily memorized. I recommend a row counter if you don't care to stop every now and again to check for the cable row. Last winter I made one for a shop sample and ended up wearing it between shows. Knit in Ball and Skein's Willoughby, the cowl feels like a warm hug. The cashmere and silk in the yarn give it great drape and incredible softness. I was sorry to finish this project and sat the next evening without any knitting, trying to decide what I could replace it with. I may have to knit another.
Early Monday morning, at 7, the first truckload of poinsettias arrives. They need to be stored in a warm place and they take a lot of space. In preparation, the dye studio and yarn storage were packed and moved into my office. It'll be a bit crowded in there for a couple weeks. Next to my desk, two boxes stacked nearly 7 ft. tall are filled with one size of red bows. More to be added. During the move, Willy found a spot to curl up in, watched the fun and fell asleep. Pretty good plan, I think.
We've been there and back again. Ha! Almost as soon as our last show ended, we got on a plane. Finally, we got to meet this little fellow. Our grandson. He's amazing! And big! If we'd waited much longer, he's have been holding me. Living so far away is terrible. We knew that before. After meeting him even more, now we know what we're missing.
I took his Christmas stocking along. He won't notice it yet, but new family members are gifted their stockings for their first Christmas. They'll match the stockings that his parents hang on the mantle this year. I can't wait to see a picture of them all lined up. It means so many things. In a year when so many friends and family have been taken from us, the gift of this child, is just, well.. everything!!
Meanwhile, I have to get back to the current busines at hand. It is THAT time of year again and bows have to be tied, wreaths hung, trees decorated.
The last of the bright colors are leaving in the wind. Amazing searing color! I'd like to be able to dye a red like that. Nearly neon.
In the woods, the colors have relaxed. It takes a bit of time to appreciate the subtleties. They are a bit easier on the eye and to duplicate. I love both. Someone once told me that wearing red signals a readiness to change. Perhaps. In the case of Miss Autumn, most certainly.
Have you ever noticed that just knowing it's Halloween changes things? The way the woods look? feel? how about the night? The usual becomes, well.. unusual. I can tell you things looked a little strange around here today.
As it turns out, the pattern was right. I had to prove it to myself so I spent hours charting it.
It's so much easier for me to see the cabled patterning in chart form. Everything falls into place and generally a glance is enough to know what comes next. More than a couple years ago I purchased the Intwined Pattern Studio software. This was the first time I tried using it. There wasn't any hair pulling or teeth gnashing. It'll take some time to work out how to use all the features, but for a simple chart like this one, it worked great.
Once I was sure it worked, I went ahead and plugged it into the Knit Companion app. The sliding row marker is wonderful for TV knitting. Isn't technology grand?!