Maybe it’s the tang of fall in the air, or the way the light has turned from bright white to golden. Maybe it’s the later sunrise or the earlier dusk. Maybe it’s an innate sense of the turning of the earth, or some vestigial seasonal awareness from the primitive parts of my brain, my ancestral memory. Whatever is causing it, I have a serious case of start-itis. I’m deeply aware of snow and fire wood and Christmas looming over the horizon, and my response, as always, is to start knitting and crocheting so my loved ones will not be cold or lonely or sad through the winter.
So I’ve started a Crochet-Along on Ravelry. You can see my beautiful Diamond Cowl and crochet along with us here. I’ve also picked out two “little Red Riding Hood” style hoods (here and here) and a hoodie sweater (here) for our October window and have chosen yarn and downloaded patterns. But I didn’t start them yet, because I got distracted by the idea of an entrelac cowl. In Juniper Moon Farm’s Marlowe (153 yards of 50% Merion/50%Silk worsted weight loveliness), this is going to be exquisite.
And, just because I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, we’re going to be starting a “12 Weeks ‘Til Christmas” Club. Starting October 5th, on Saturday afternoons we’ll be hosting in-store knit and crochet alongs with a focus on getting ready for holiday gift giving. We’ll have one knit and one crochet project featured each week. They will be easy, quick, inexpensive and fun.
We’ll be sending out more details in the newsletter, but for now, if you’ll excuse me, I have to go look at sock patterns.