It happened. Fall-frenzy settled in. I'm craving all the goodness of cooler months and cozy days. But we're just not there yet, here in Austin. My solution to tied me over until it's actually fall? It's a bit multi-stepped, with options to choose your favorites. To be completed in no particular order:
- cover the couch with the quilt your mom made (it will make the entire room way more cozy)
- put on leggings and a tunic, because legging + layers weather is my favorite weather
- drape your newly finished Cabin on the Knik shawl over your shoulders (thank goodness for A/C and the freedom it allows)
- pour yourself a bowl of homemade granola, served with milk this time
- diffuse clean-smelling oil through the new diffuser (our anniversasry gift to each other)
- REAP journal through the Psalms
- eat leftover soup for lunch
- knit (of course) everywhere: the car, a coffee shop, my couch, a friend's couch, another friend's couch, etc.
- teach nearly all of your closest friends how to knit (and ensure that they really get hooked)
- make tea or coffee, depending on my mood
- make cookies (the ones in the pictures are teff flour and cashew cookies a friend made and they were so good)
- plan which knitted items I'm going to bring on our upcoming trip to Canada (internally trying to set limits)
- daydream about the cooler weather to come
- remind myself that it's important not to race through every season in life, only anticipating the next, and never living in the now
- praying to find joy and wonder in late summer and life right now
This particular project has been on my needles since March of this year. At the very start, it felt like a mindless, but very uphill project. I knit it on size 2 needles, and at first, I had to look down a lot as I knit, and it just felt slow. But bit by bit, I picked it up and worked on it.
Each year, I enjoy glancing back and making note of what knitting projects I worked on and completed throughout the year, noticing trends or patterns in my making. I've noticed that my creativity or how my creative pursuits "serve" me in a given season can vary widely depending on life circumstances.
Over the last several months, I've been working on several Christmas crafts—both sewing and knitting. Some are for our own home as decor, and most are gifts. Since some were mailed off relatively early or opened at early Christmas celebrations, I can now share them here, just in time for Christmas. The links with the knitting projects are to project pages which then include pattern links.