...and everything smoky-smelling and the sky orange and ash gray at twilight, it seems Halloween will never come in a fall of broomsticks and a soft flap of bedsheets around corners.
- Ray Bradbury :: Something Wicked This Way Comes
Last autumn is a blur ~ my favorite time of year came and went unnoticed and uncelebrated. I'm making an effort this season to take in the things around me that I love so much. The damp earthy smell of the air, the crunchy kaleidoscope foliage underfoot, seasonal baking with local produce - my favorite apple cake can be found here (best right out of the oven with a cool spoon of homemade whipped cream and a dusting of cinnamon), weekends filled with snuggling under a blanket and watching football and the World Series, listening to the blustery winds and the spate of daily rain showers that are part of October and November in the northwest. I spent an hour today gathering fallen leaves in the hopes of following Ginny's lead ~ I'm finally going to wax and string a garland for our house after bookmarking this post four years ago. I didn't plan ahead well enough so I don't have beeswax ~ I'm hoping paraffin will work just as well. I'll let you know.
I'm just finishing a perfect book for this time of year, Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury, a favorite from childhood. I'm also skimming through a new Martha Stewart magazine ~ I was taken in by the cover at the market and it somehow ended up in my basket. I haven't bought one of her magazines in years but her October and November issues were always my favorites.
And I've been knitting. Alot. I'm so behind on getting things up on Ravelry - so not like me - but I'll get everything posted one of these days. I've got three new finished projects:
and the Shale Baby Blanket (link here) that I finished last weekend while at retreat (posted here) .
I'm getting really close to finishing up the Hemlock Ring Blanket (link here) that I'm making for our second Goddaughter who will be here in just another month or so. And I'm just casting on the second of my By the Seine River Socks (link here) that are my October set for Liesl's monthly sock challenge over at Buckaloo View (link here) .
I'm so glad to be joining Ginny and everyone again for Yarn Along (link). It's been awhile! Looking forward to seeing what you all are up to since the last time I visited!
(ack..sorry about all the links - I should have put them all at the end but I'm too lazy to go back and fix it all now! my post is a bit of a mess!)