Good bye sweet summer. I'm always ready to see the end of the heat and anxiously anticipate the cooler weather. And we've been pretty industrious around here since I last wrote... my pictures are better at showing what we've accomplished in the last few weeks, so here goes...
We tried on last falls sweaters and they still fit, which is great news – but probably won't prevent me from knitting more sweaters for my little people. These are knit in Jill Draper's super wash wool called Hudson... one of my all time favorites. The patterns are Lori Versaci's patterns which are classic and well written.
There was a bit of travel, so I knit some socks... the yarn was gifted to me by the dearest girl, Jen. They remind me of the confetti frosting that my sister and I used to covet. The kind with the completely artificial tasting rainbow chips in it... and made your teeth hurt from eating too much of it. (Which we may have discovered after "stealing" a can of it from Mom's pantry and secretly eating it in my sister's closet... sorry Mom.)
And proof to the earlier point, I finished this very pretty and fine gauge sweater for the small fry. It's lightweight and she loves it and I hope it makes many trips back and forth to school... The yarn is Crave Yarn One hand dyed by the lovely Amor, who I had the distinct pleasure of meeting and spending a class with in June at Squam lake. You should look her up, you will not be sorry.
There was a small amount of spinning.
And the stairs and the banister and spindles finally got sanded and stained, after a mere 18 month delay. We're pretty happy with how they turned out... and even more excited to take that "project" off of the list. Hurray!
And last but not least, my thoughtful and talented better half build this "house in the house" as the girls call it. It's a play house – ingeniously build over the opening of what was a full closet. And it has become quite the place for entertaining friends, storing dress up clothes and locking your sister out of.