We’ve had cooler weather the past few days. On one hand, this gave me a reason to wear my Pluie cardigan without having to rationalize donning a wool cardigan in the middle of summer. On the other hand, the weather mostly felt like a cruel tease reminding me that for us here in the north, summer will be ending soon. Being a fall baby, I am predisposed to love fall, but this year I think I am still so traumatized from last winter that I’m not even looking forward to the beauty of crisp autumn days to come.

I also think part of my desperation to hold on to summer comes from the fact that even though the months have flown by, I feel like I haven’t done a many things of note. Maybe that’s what summer is about – lazy days in the sun just enjoying yourself and not accomplishing a thing. But when people ask me, “What have you been up to this summer?” I’m left uttering long “umm’s” and answering, “Work and knitting?” (The question mark at the end of that sentence is true to life as I feel I’m asking myself, “Is that really all you’ve done in the past three months?”)

I’m not sure why I’m so hard on myself about this (maybe I’m just in a mood today…that has lasted all summer) because the truth is that I’ve finished some of my favorite knits this summer. Projects I am really proud of. And even though I recognize that fact, I am still left wishing I felt more excited about what I’ve done this summer. So that when the sun disappears for winter and the 10 mile high snow drifts appear, I’m not left wishing I had made more of the warmth and the sun. Likely, though, I will look back in the middle of winter when school and work are in full-on crazy mode and realize that having even just a few lazy days of knitting and sunshine was a perfect way to spend a Toronto summer.

This week:

Knitting: I’ve started working on the Peabody sweater using some Knit Picks Wool of the Andes Sport that I over dyed to create a heathered burnt orange. I love the beautiful leaf lace panel on the front of this sweater and the lace motif running down the sleeves. Isn’t it just begging to be made for fall? I’ve only just started on the lace panel so mine just looks like a crazy long ribbed tube right now, but I’m very happy with how the yarn is looking knitted up. I’m also working on some very vanilla striped socks (using self-striping yarn). Nothing fancy – just stockinette stitch while watching the colors change and change and change. It makes for very good commuting knitting when I can zone out or listen to a podcast while I work.

Reading: I finished Days of Blood and Starlight, the second book in the Daughter of Smoke and Bones series. I love these books – I love the setting, I love the characters, I love the unpredictable plot lines. This series has me entangled. I am really itching to pick up the third book in the series, but it’s pretty new, so I’m on the wait list for a library copy. I am really trying to cut down buying books that I can just as easily check out as ebooks from the library. So, now I wait. In the meantime, I checked out a copy of The Coldest Girl in Cold Town by Holly Black. Isn’t that a great title? Hopefully the book will live up to it.

Linking up with KCCO and yarn along.

11 Comments on Finding a groove

  1. I’m going to add that to my list of books to look for in my library. I know what you mean about the summer too – I think I’ve spend most of it just knitting and working too….and I’m in a bit of a work funk at the moment so that doesn’t help either 🙁

    • A work funk is definitely not helping me either. All my experiments have failed or are going very slowly, so I feel like I’m leaving summer (which is supposed to be the most productive time of the year) with absolutely no data. Maybe things will pick up for both of us.

  2. WE haven’t done as much as we would have liked this summer but I’m okay with that. I cannot wait until fall and winter those are my all time favorite seasons. I know you looked smashing in your new sweater 🙂

  3. I always love your yarn choices! Beautiful!

    I am with you on the summer thing. It seems to have flown by too fast to do anything! And yes, if we have another winter like this past one…I don’t know what I’ll do!

  4. Brandy, I just found your blog in the last couple of months really and while you are wondering what you’ve accomplished over the summer, I have been very inspired by all that you’ve shared!

    BTW, I love the orange yarn, orange being my favorite color! What adjustments did you have to make to go from the worsted yarn called for in the pattern to the sport weight yarn you’re using? Just curious, as whenever I try to adjust for a different weight, I seem to get fouled up somewhere along the way.

    • Lisa, that is really kind of you to say. Thank you. It makes me feel better.

      I went up needle size to adjust for the difference in yarn weight. That little adjustment put me exactly on the recommended gauge and is still producing a nice fabric (i.e. it isn’t too “airy” and is still producing an even fabric with a decently tight knit for a sweater). I’ve also read of people going up or down in the size they work to compensate for differences in gauge due to changing yarn weight.

  5. I just found your blog and am enjoying it a lot. I too am having a hard time with summer turning into fall. I have been out of work due to injury and every time I run into someone they ask “what have you been up to?” It’s such a hard question to answer. I’m not working, I’ve been unable to be active, I have no money to do the extra fun summer things I’d like to do. What have I been up too, I knit and have watched a large majority of Netflix programing. It’s sad to feel that summer is almost over and I haven’t been able to enjoy it. It also doesn’t help that here in Alaska we have had the rainiest summer in over 100 years and they are calling for an early winter. UGH! Keep knitting, reading, and blogging. We’ll get through it together.

    Knitting in Pearls

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