10 Things To Love About Fall
- Apples in season. McIntosh are my favorite, but out West, you can't get 'em, so I settle for Honeycrisp or Gala.
- The leaves changing color. The yellow aspens really brighten up the canyons.
- The sounds of fall: leaf crunching and the rattling sound of dead leaves swirling in the wind gusts.
- The temperature - not too hot, not bone-chilling yet.
- The smell - fall smells so good!
- Halloween - you get to dress up, and the angle of the moon in late October always gives you that fun, eerie feeling.
- Thanksgiving is an awesome holiday too - you can eat turkey, and there are no presents to deal with.
- A fire in the woodstove - cozy!
- Coffee - I love coffee in any season, but a hot cup of coffee is just the best thing on a crisp fall day.
- All things wooly: sweaters, scarves, and hats. When the weather turns cold, people appreciate knitters!
On Sunday I signed up for the fall weightlifting meet at Front Range CrossFit. I'll probably have to cut back on my WODs a bit and make sure I'm going to weightlifting club at least 2-3 times a week. I want to have fun and not stress myself out, but I'd also like to hit some new PRs!
Hats for Sailors
I finished a hat for the sailors on the Decatur (see Wendy's post about this effort), but I forgot to get a picture of it, so hopefully I'll remember and include it tomorrow. In the meantime, here is a cool photo of one I lifted off Ravelry.
The pattern is a vintage WWII pattern, which I think is a cool tie to history. Easy and quick, with a nice wide brim and classic good looks. Here is the pattern link and here is the Ravelry page. I may make some more, if I can find some more 100% superwash wool in the stash.
This hat illustrates so many of the things I love about knitting. It's a tie to the past - a pattern that's almost 70 years old and I can just pick it up and follow it. It's a way to give back to the men and women who serve our country, just a small way to express my gratitude to them. It's a simple and fast project that becomes a very useful belonging for someone. And it's one of those cases where the knitting community comes together for a good cause.
By the way, there are other ways to help out with this effort even if you don't knit - they are putting together care packages and lots of other kinds of donations are needed. See here for more details. And if you are a knitter, think about making a hat and sending it in. Hats are fast and you may have the yarn sitting in your stash. Just make sure it's 100% superwash wool so it can handle the elements - acrylic and blends are not fire-safe and non-superwash wool can felt when wet. I also put a Hats for Sailors link in the sidebar.
- Paleontologists Unearth Giant Fossilized Penguin from Slashdot
- Pumpkin Seed Necklace via Craftzine
- What’s harder than changing the toilet paper roll? from Passive Aggressive Notes
- Leaf Creatures via Craftzine: