I have to confess: I am tired of living places where autumn doesn’t begin until October (or November… or sometimes December). In San Antonio, leaf-raking was a Christmastime activity—-that is just wrong. Still, “home is where the Navy sends us” (at least, that’s what all the cutesy hand-painted signs say) so we do what we must… and once school starts, I must believe that Fall has arrived. Ninety-degree temperatures be darned. We may keep the a/c cranked up, the kids may wear sunscreen out to recess, and we may not put away our cutoffs for months yet… but knitting waits for no (wo)man.
Now we’re on the cusp of October and finally, FINALLY the nineties are gone (*fingers crossed*). Yes, it’s still nice enough to go to the beach, but our swimming days are numbered. In the past month I’ve completed two big knitting projects during these late-summer days, and I have two other WIPs (Works-in-Progress) on the needles for early fall.
First, I used yarn from our visit to Tennessee in June to knit a short-sleeved version of Traveler’s End, by Carol Feller.
I have a real “thing” for cables, and Carol has a whole wonderful gallery full of Celtic-y cabled sweaters. My yarn was dense and rustic (read: scratchy). I decided to alter the pattern sleeves because I have loved the short-sleeved Heathered Hoodie Vest I made in 2013. It may not (ever) get warm enough where we live to necessitate long-sleeved, chunky-yarn sweaters… but I get a lot of mileage out of these layerable short-sleeved cardis. (Note to self: I absolutely must MUST purchase some new tops to wear under sweaters this year!! This same striped 3/4-sleeved LOFT tee appears in practically every one of my Ravelry sweater photos…! Clearly it is The Perfect Layering Top, but I think it’s time to expand my wardrobe a bit.)