Today is the first day of my favorite month. Days are still sunny, breezy, and 75 degrees, but it dips down into the 50s at night, which I love. Borga is suddenly keen to go outside...
...but, well, the cooler temperatures haven't seemed to make much of a difference to the cats.
These nuts are falling like crazy! Every few minutes we hear a loud thump on the roof.
It's fall, and that means a fall mantle.
It still seemed a little plain, so I decided to make a pine cone garland. We've got plenty of pine cones! Making the garland is easy. Just tie a bit of twine or string around the end of each cone...
...and then tie each of those ends around a long, central length of twine.
I'm hoping to find some bittersweet to wind around the string, too. But it's fine for now!
Fall means another thing: frequent shipments of yarn.
I've done quite a bit of knitting lately. This long, twisted cable hat:
This fishy something-or-other is part of someone's Christmas:
This stranded snowflake hat, knit with a lovely blue variegated yarn:
I love the radiating pattern at the crown, too.
The hat, Snawheid, is a Kate Davies pattern. She's a brilliant designer, I think. I'm in the middle of another of her designs, but I've changed it up a bit. I've taken her color chart and made it my own.
That's part of the fun of knitting, I think...customizing it. She has very nice colors in her design, and many people have copied them directly.
But for me it's a bit too bright. I preferred a more muted palette.
I'm pleased with the way it's turning out...so pleased that I think I'm going to make another one. Because you're only using each color a bit, the 6 balls of yarn go a long way. I've got plenty left for a second, and probably a third if I was so inclined...but I'll save the yarn for another project. There are several waiting in the wings.
I hope you're having a nice fall so far!