Walking along beneath a big umbrella in the rain that has been dumping inches all week, and I couldn’t be happier about that. I’ve got a lot of thoughts I want to write about in the coming weeks, but want to pace myself through them so I’m not spent way before my new design is ready. As I mentioned nearly every recent post, I’m entertaining myself connecting elements into a sort of sprawling theme, of veils & variations, and whatever else jumps in my way to shape it as it goes, and let me tell you, I’ve got a great heap of knitting to do before I’m finished with it, but I want to take the time it demands and give it my best.
While I knit I have been contemplating with great nostalgia to be back in my house again, moving between the rooms, and the sun beams through the windows. But the situation requires I wait many months yet, so I’m trying very hard to concentrate on the present moment. Today I’ve had a beautiful walk through the woods, retracing my old trails again and seeing the forest heal a little more, and life is good.
It is raining, how heavenly, and my most recent Unspun experiment, posted about here, is snailing along very slowly. Nupps are so cool, but so difficult, taking real skill and concentration , not to speak of excellent light and magnification!
In previous out gathering lace post you may have not caught it, but I am doing the breadcrumbs thing where I begin to hint of something coming. It will be long coming, a ways down the trail (a long, long meandering, as the lace is taking forever), the theme being woods, music, variations, lace, only vaguely related. Its far too abstract at the moment, but do expect some puzzling crumb hunting, as I’m having some fun with this veils theme. I have decided that I love to ‘play’ on my blog this way, as I did with the whole Fishy thing the summer before last. I love discovering side trails, merry chase always on the verge of confusion, but then we arrive at destination eventually.
For now I am immensely enjoying this wet weekend with tea & lace knitting.
Oh, and my cough is slowly improving!
Emma and I spent a few moments greeting the first wet morning of the season.
(it really is wet … just look at it !!!)
The damp forest drinks in and the dust is washed off,
while whispering drops patter their way down from the trees to the ground.
Then a brief break, and the fog pours in over the ridge from the ocean out west…
Now as I’m uploading these photos to post, the rain is coming down again, off and on big fat drops on the roof…a sound that is pure poetry to the parched dry landscape of Northern California. I’ve been posting a lot lately and I must say, it feels good after what seemed a long summer of practically nothing to comment about, bearing down and surviving the summer. I really am thirsting for a good old-fashioned rainy Autumn, with lots of cooking & baking and squirreling away of knitted things for the holidays ahead. It just doesn’t get any better than that. Well, lets hope the rain holds out !
Finally we got some rain, making it a lovely break from the dryest Autumn in many years. Emma and I just got in from a little knit-walk as it drizzled, but I didn’t bring camera in case it started to downpour. So here I am, taking photos of the wetness from inside our house. From the kitchen window above. Just look at the moss, just drinking it in . . .
From where I sit & knit by the window, and if you look closely you’ll see some stones placed in a path. That is actually the path down to the garden, but also it is part of my knitting trail, which goes off into the woods from the garden in a northerly direction . . .
On the knitting front: I have been preoccupied with a new yarn ~ here winding off 440 yards of a ‘Botticelli Red’, variegated, 3-plied, hand-dyed hank of finest sock yarn I’ve had the pleasure to knit with to date. I am smitten with Malabrigo sock yarn!