She spins and she spins and she spins…

I love fall. The food, the crisp weather, the chance to finally wear sweaters again without, well, sweating.

The other lovely part of fall is that it’s no longer too hot to be covered by fiber of all sorts. One of my favorite ways to end up covered in fiber is spinning. I don’t know about you, but I can’t think of a better evening than watching British detectives on PBS while spinning. (Unless it’s Italian detectives and knitting, but knitting while reading subtitles can get a bit dicey. Definitely not a time for working lace charts).

I’ve been spinning a lot lately, as I work my way through an entire alpaca blanket that belongs to my mother-in-law. An excellent fiberista herself, she came upon said fleece in a trade for a knitting machine she was re-homing. After a trip to the mill, it now it sits in my spinning basket, as I spin my way through it evening after evening.

You would not think alpaca were large beasts, at least not compared to their cousin, the llama, but an alpaca blanket takes a lot of time to spin. At this point, I’ve been spinning for weeks and I have one last bag to finishing spinning, then ply, and then I have a big bag of newly made yarn that needs to be washed so that the twist will set.

Now, I love to spin but I have to admit that I’m looking forward to the end of this one! It’s a beautiful black fiber, made a bit more manageable by blending with just a tad of merino (20%), so it spins up nicely. But, it’s a big project and we’ll both be gratified if I get it done during our lifetimes. I think she’s planning a sweater and it will be a very warm sweater indeed.

I’ll post photos once I get to the end of the project. At the very least, I need photographic evidence that I managed to finish!

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Ah, Fall!

I think fall is my favorite season. The weather starts to cool, the crock pot comes out of hiding, and stews and soups are back on the menu. Also on the menu is home-baked bread and muffins and biscuits and well, you get the picture. After a tough year of eating gluten-free, I’m finally well again, so this fall, I’m baking again. I never did figure out the high-altitude baking thing and going gluten-free made it just about impossible. My husband is enjoying the inspiration (not to mention the home-baked bread), even if there still are the occasional flops. (Even flops taste good if you put enough homemade jam on them).

Fall also inspires me to start knitting again. While I am a knitter year-round, it’s a bit hard to focus on knitting a wool sweater when it’s 90 degrees outside. There’s something about the crispness of the air and the sight of leaves turning that inspires me to get that sweater back out and finish it so I can wear it this winter.

It’s also a time to finish off a couple of pairs of knit socks that are in progress, and perhaps start something new. It’s time to start thinking about holidays and having all the kids come home. For me, it’s just a lovely and hopeful time of year.

I hope you’re enjoying the cool weather too. Maybe settling down in a chair with a book and a nice cup of hot cider, or enjoying a bowl of chili with cornbread after a football game.

Happy autumn, everyone!