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The Honeycrisp apples are nearly ready to pick. Earlier in the spring, there were easily twenty to thirty blooms on each tree, but Dad carefully nipped them so the trees would put more energy into growing. However, he left two little buds to grow. After a long summer of waiting and watching, these lumpy little apples are soclose to being ready to eat. I almost feel guilty eating them…

Today I spent a lot of time cleaning up and cleaning out. I’m not a minimalist by a long shot, but having less makes me feel freer. Right now my desk is coated in stuff, but it will be dealt with tomorrow. When I clean like this I’m not really cleaning up stuff, but throwing away my baggage from the previous year/month/whatever time before I cleaned. It helps, and everything feels so much lighter and brighter. My room in this big old house is my sacred space, where I go to study, write, and knit. Why shouldn’t it reflect me? (I’m a little crazy for interior decorating, anyway.)

Have a lovely Monday evening, and I will see you again on Wednesday!

slowly learning

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Today was a beautiful day. I couldn’t possibly be any happier right now. This kind of weather- partly cloudy, mostly chilly, and definitely gorgeous- is my absolute favorite. I could throw away summer and winter if it meant it was spring and fall all year ’round. I was able to munch on some leftovers from baking yesterday, relish a new magazine I found at the bookstore, and savor a cup of tea. I’m slowly relearning this whole blogging thing. At least once I day I’ll see or think about something I want to share with you all. It is an absolute pleasure to be here, and to write to you. Have a fantastic Friday evening and a wonderful weekend! I’ll see you on Monday.❤

 

the morning drive

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The morning drive to school is my favorite time of day. Usually, it’s just me out there- for at least the good ten miles it takes to get to PA 64. This drive is the most peaceful, centering kind of driving I could ever do. This spot is about six miles from my house, and at just after seven in the morning, it’s gorgeous.

Can you imagine the beauty of a Pennsylvania morning? Even when it’s cloudy and grey, I love it. I’m so thankful I can wake up and make this drive every morning. My heart breaks at the idea of ever leaving this place, of never ever seeing this landscape. I look forward to this particular spot in the morning, the way the light breaks over the mountain on my right and kisses the ridge of the mountain on my right…

Pennsylvania is my home, and it always will be. It seems, that wherever I may go, whomever I may meet, and whatever I do, it’s this place I long for the most. I talk a big talk about leaving, moving away, taking my kit up to Wellsboro or Boston and never looking back. The fact of the matter is that I couldn’t ever do it. The one thing I will ever have in common with Scarlett O’Hara is my undying loyalty to this land, and the person it has shaped me to be.

I hope you can understand. I hope, that one day, you will have your morning drive, too. Your land, your home. We all have one, just some of us haven’t found it yet.

brewing mulled cider

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I’m loving working on my Knit Night scarf. I’ve come to call it my Mulled Cider scarf, because of the luscious colors of late fall found in the yarn, and the fact that the tart I have been burning is called “Mulled Cider.” (Needless to say that I’m a big fan of mulled cider.) The yarn is Cherry Tree Hill Yarn Glitter Alpaca in Serengeti.  The beads I am using are some 6/0 Czech Glass E-Beads that are crystal copper lined. They match the yarn perfectly, and while the metallic thread in the yarn is golden, the copper beads seem to simply melt into the picots. I’m debating on weather I’m going to severely block the picots out, or do a simple gentle wash and block. Oh, the choices!

The weather hasn’t cooled off enough yet to wear my woolens out. I’m the most excited about debuting my Miss Winkle (which needs some good pictures yet) and wearing the Mulled Cider scarf. I don’t have many other nice woolies to wear out- mostly what I have that I have kept is some ratty handwarmers and wonky hats! Maybe I need to do an Operation Woolens Drawer or some such to build a wooly wardrobe….

What are you brewing this afternoon?

early golden days

theroadthefarmI like to see how light plays with cameras, and since I’m on the go a lot, I use my phone’s camera to catch the things I never want to forget I have seen. These early golden days of fall are my favorite, how the light is less harsh and more mellow, and how the greenery is slowly fading into richer colors like red, yellow, and gold.

Everything I have been knitting, and planning to knit, is of yarn in such colors. Right now, I’m working on a Knit Night that is not very photogenic, but absolutely gorgeous in life. The colors remind me of a late November afternoon, all dusky and muted. The beads I chose are clear with a gorgeous copper lining that accents the yarn’s golden threads perfectly. I can’t wait to share it with you! However, I need sixty increase points total, and since it’s knit lengthwise, it’s a ridiculously time-consuming knit. It will be worth it, and I’ll have yards and yards of fall-colored alpaca wrapped around my neck soon.

I’m excited to be going to the Antique Machinery Show this weekend, and I’m planning at trip to the Pasto Agricultural Museum for a fiber event. I wish I was headed to the Pennsylvania Endless Mountains Fiber Festival this year, but I wasn’t aware of it beforehand to make plans. I love all kinds of fiber and agricultural related things, good gravy! I wish there was more events like that in Pennsylvania, but one day I’ll go to Rhinebeck… one day!

Ah, the excitement of fall. There’s so much to do and see, it’s hard to fit it all in. Fortunately I get to take a gorgeous drive to and from school every day, so I can at least admire the beauty even if I cannot go and adventure in it. Have a happy Friday everyone, and I’ll see you on Monday!

tackling wips kal fo #1

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That is my project bag. It’s very big, and very full. It’s definitely my Mary Poppins bag, because it’s so deep and full of unfinished projects that it’s hard to really explain.

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There it is on the inside, minus a bag of stuffing and the body of an elephant. No, it’s not a grave-site, but it sure feels like one. There’s at least five projects in there, plus unending amounts of yarn that just needs to be tossed. Fortunately, I rescued one out of the bag on Tuesday to haul around school with me and finished.

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Out of everything in the bag, I pulled out a dishcloth. Just a plain one, meant to be in the kitchen because Mom rather likes using them compared to store-bought dishcloths. I submitted the project as a FO for the MySister’sKnitter Tackling WIP’s KAL. Check out the ‘deets at Ravelry if you are interested in my notes.

I promise that these posts will become more interesting as time wears on! It’s weird to actually be blogging again. I conveniently left my camera at home today, and I saw all kinds of wonderful sights on the way to and from school. I had a Bald Eagle fly right down low in front of my car- it was so stunning I didn’t even reach for my cellphone to snap a picture! I hope your Wednesday has been wonderful! I’ll see you on Friday!

-Autumn