Fall Shawls

purpleshawl-6791 green-shawl-7282My Emiliana shawl is finished and blocked and ready to be gifted.  I’m really pleased with how it turned out: super lofty and cozy.  I have a few more projects that I would like to finish before the weather cools.  Of course what I really want to do is cast on half a dozen new projects. I’m working on my Nurmilintu, but Beatrix wants a birthday sweater…

I think today is the official first day of fall, and I just checked the weather and it looks like Virginia is finally going to start cooperating:  highs in the 70s starting Saturday.  You did come to my blog hoping for a weather report, right? My mind is a little empty of words (mental to-do list is crowding out most thoughts), but I’ve got the weather covered, so we’re good.  Better writing to come in October?

p.s.  Those are guinea eggs.  My kids discovered a couple of guinea nests in the yard this week.  They’re sneaky little birds.

p.p.s.  I wrote an introduction over on Instagram.  If you read my blog there’s not much new, but maybe a little bit?

Tidying my brain

I have a variety of ways to try and smooth things out when my brain starts feeling too full of loose ends.  Organizing something is always good: a drawer or a cabinet.  But equally, or even more soothing to me, is organizing my knitting, or better yet, making plans for new projects:  printing patterns, choosing yarns, winding, casting on.  I couldn’t help keeping some of the yarn that I dyed last month, and I made plans for all of it over the weekend.  I have two skeins of dk in a nice gray blue from hopi black dye sunflower seeds and indigo, and I think those will become a Granny’s Favorite cardigan for Mabel.  I’ve never knit that pattern and it is popular with my knitting friends.  I have two skeins of 2-ply fingering weight in the lighter olive green in my photos (dyed with goldenrod), and will combine it with some undyed yarn for a Herbarium shawl.  I’m super excited about that one!  The blue-green dk skein with the printed band on it will likely become a Hackberry hat and maybe some fingerless mitts.  And finally, I kept two skeins of single ply wool in a deep olive green (also dyed with goldenrod) to knit a Nurmilintu shawl.  Over the weekend I finished my Emiliana shawl (it’s blocking now, and I’ll get good photos later in the week I hope), so I went ahead and cast on for the Nurmilintu. It feels so good to finish a big project and start a new one!

Maybe even more so than knitting, my new Blessed is She planner has been a lifesaver for me this month.  I want to mention it, because the September-August version sold out in a week, and I am afraid the same is going to happen with the 2017 calendar year version that is available for pre-order now.  It is a planner designed for Catholic women (though any woman could use it, just know that it includes holy days, feast days, etc. and Bible verses).  If you click through that link you can see more photos of the inside and read a detailed description.  It’s really wonderful, and even printed in the U.S.!  I’ve never had a planner meet my needs more fully.  I think my favorite part is simply the daily calendar pages that include the hours of the day next to the lines to write on.  I love being able to quickly write in everything we have going on and having it all fall chronologically.  In my previous planners I would write things down as they were scheduled, but they might end up not being in order.  There is enough room for writing in this planner that I can sketch out my yarn dyeing plans for the month, plan meals, and there’s even a designated place for weekly prayer intentions, which is super helpful for me.  So, if you don’t already have a planner that is meeting your needs, I highly recommend this one!  It’s saving my brain big-time!