I had a super fun weekend up at the Croakery helping Florrie host a Halloween party for a pack of wild 2-7 year olds. It was so much fun, with games, and food, and kids tearing around the garden. I got to spend some quality time rambling about the woods, getting my fill of country air and autumn woods. Florrie inspired me to purchase some Blue Sky Alpacas Extra, and I started swatching for a new hat pattern. It is completely and utterly the most luscious thing to knit with. 55% Baby Alpaca/45% Fine Merino. Soft, springy, cloud-like, and it knits up so fast!
Back in the city this Monday our corner is finally catching up to Florrie’s little mountain and the colors are showing, the leaves have begun to fall. There’s a new art installation going in, some massive bronze sculptures. Once the fence comes down I’ll share a few pictures. Have a great week! -Marie
In stark contrast to the riot of color upstate, the leaves in the city are finally just starting to turn. Our little corner is showing a blush of gold and orange. The wind is a bit chillier than it has been and jackets have been spotted on the city dwellers. Fall is happening people! 🙂
It was so good to get out of the city this weekend and head upstate to Rhinebeck for the New York State Sheep & Wool Festival. The weather was the most perfect October weather you could ask for, by turns dramatic, steel grey skies with the woods all orange and red and gold and the clearest blue sky and sunshine with cold air and chilly breeze. It was perfectly cold and that meant that the hand knits could be worn comfortably, but not so cold that you needed a jacket over them. Florrie finished her Aunt Fred and it looked so great on her, I would have lost my marbles knitting a whole sweater in that fiddly sport weight wool. Kudos to her. I wore my Astoria cowl, it was snug and perfectly warm.
Florrie had much more shopping restraint than I did, I bought two skeins of Miss Babs Yowza in a really pretty green/blue/grey colorway (Shaken Not Stirred), the line for Miss Babs wool was predictably long, a giant bag of Maple Cotton Candy, some Hot Maple Mustard (it’s seriously the best thing ever), a gorgeous cherry wood stirrer/spatula from Chester B. Basil’s stall, some beautiful grey/green ceramic buttons from Melissa Jean and on the way home when we stopped off in Tivoli at Fabulous Yarns I got a squishy red skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra. I’m not sure if it was because it’s the third or fourth year that we have gone, or if it was in fact smaller this year. Not sure, but it was fun and we got to scratch a few goats and sheep under their chins, and see so much beautiful wool.
Until next year Rhinebeck, maybe I’ll get my act together in 2015 and have my own sweater to wear. 😀
Grey and cool this Monday morning in NYC. Fifth Avenue is prepping for the Columbus Day parade this afternoon. You can see all the blue police barricades set up and waiting. If I had been thinking, I would have brought my lunch with me today, oops. That means I have to navigate my way through the crowds to get some grub at lunchtime. Oh well!
The trees on our corner are starting to shift, they aren’t that vibrant summer green any more. There are little bits of gold and brown creeping in, and the greens are now deeper, tawny olives. The colors are coming. It’s kind of funny how quickly they come and go here in the city. Upstate they change over the course of several weeks as frosts creep in, here it can happen as fast as a weekend. Blink and it’s gone.
Chilly Monday morning today. I feel a little bit like I wasted my Sunday though, I was under the weather and spent nearly the whole day asleep. First in bed, then on the couch in front of football games, then back to bed again.
I’m back at work this morning though, feeling a little better for all my rest but the throat still hurts. I have to brace myself every time I try to swallow. Maybe I’ll go home early? Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz.
I went for a walk on my lunch break yesterday through my little corner of Central Park. It was a truly beautiful day. Pale blue sky, the summertime vibrant green had faded to something more like gold, and some of the leaves have changed, tinged with yellow and here and there bits of red berries peeked out between leaves. Grackles and sparrows squabbled over them, darting in and out of the branches. I made my usual loop over the Gapstow Bridge and around the Wolman Rink. The summer amusement park that fills up the skating rink has been stripped away, and they’re getting it ready to fill up with ice for the skating season. Soon it will be wall to wall skaters. I really should do this walk more often. 🙂