Don't mind me. I'm just the grumpy-almost-40 girl who knits more than she works out. I want to think of something inspirational but summer has been three months of rain, humidity and heat and I am so over it. I'm perpetually irritated and I need some cooler temperatures and some Fall colour to cheer me up. (Did you know that the word Fall was used before the word Autumn came into use?)
I can't share anything because frankly I would be sharing grouchiness with the you, and that's just not right. It's so bad that I've stopped knitting and have just been spinning because it's soothing and steady and although the first few minutes have me jumpy and twitchy and needing to do something else, after a while I calm down and zen out a little bit.
Oh, the rain. The rain, and the grey skies and the humidity. I personally love clouds and have always loved rain, but combining it with this heat and humidity is cruel and unusual. The Almighty and I need to talk...
I've also been using up some scraps. I opened a basket a week ago and found some half used skeins of worsted weight Gnomeacres that I had purchased last year to make Halloween novelty toys for the nieces and nephews. Somehow the sight of those half used skeins drove me to cast on and knit up some simple hats for the kidlets.
The first colourway is called Smell My Feet and the second is Animal. They are suitably garish for Halloween. There are still some scraps leftover from the 2 hats and I am knitting up a baby size version. The second hat was claimed by a friend of mine's son, which was wonderful. I always like it when people want the things I make. But as there are tons of scraps around this here homestead, I intend to just randomly knit hats of various shapes and sizes as I see fit.
As far as KAL's go, well there is another one. Organized by The Unique Sheep, and assisted locally by The Fiber Studio and entitled Watership Down (just like the book), mine is being knit in their Ling base in the colourway Pewter. See?
That's a little flashed out, but you get the idea. Scrumptious stuff. I'm also indulging my compulsive side and listening to the audiobook version as I go. Watership Down is a book I was familiar with years ago but frankly I was too old to find rabbits interesting. By the time I heard about it I was reading about people like Sue Barton and her adventures. Too grown up, you see. Luckily with age comes sense and I'm enjoying the audio version.