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Autumn and the Happy Homemaker

When an Autumn chill is in the air, and the leaves start to turn I get a hankering to sew. I don’t know why, except there’s those stocking projects my mom had us work on in the fall, to be ready for Christmas. I have one of these stocking projects in the basement, unfinished. And I could drag it out and work on it.

But, what I’d really like to do is learn to knit or crochet. I don’t know how to do either one. One uses a single needle and the other needs two, right?

Knitting seems to have a meditative quality that feels good in the fall. At least in my imagination. As you nest under blankets while watching TV and you have to talk yourself into braving the chill before you crawl out of bed in the morning. The time of year when only a hot bath will warm my freezing feet. When you get to put on layers and layers of clothes and walk around in peacock blue jackets. When you get to sport knee socks in hip and zig-zaggedy colors. And leather boots. When you get to drape yourself in colorful scarves (if I don’t find my orange pashmina scarf I’m gonna be so disappointed). When caramel is the taste of the season, and cocoa, hot and milky with sticks of peppermint and tiny marshmallows floating on top. When gourds and candles become the decor of choice. And orange is orange and it’s everywhere and it’s still my favorite color and I wear it almost every day. (Where is that scarf?)

I like to envision me and Ainsley, with Zack snuggled at my hip, knitting together while we take in the sublime perfection of Fall Sitcoms and a bowl of popcorn.

6 replies
  1. Tracy Smith says:

    Mine is baking! Love turning on the oven and hearing the “beep, beep” that it’s preheated and ready for my creations. Bread, cookies, brownies….you name it! I’m also looking forward to breaking out my quilt project again now that I’m actually going to have personal time during the holidays this year. (There is something to be said for selling the embroidery biz!). A fire in the fireplace, a football game on TV, and me trying to remember where I was in hand quilting the darn thing!

  2. Tracee says:

    OOOh I love to quilt too! And sometimes bake. My kids love to bake more than I do. But, fall. Oh lovely sweet fall.

  3. Tiffany says:

    I only knit in the fall! It is odd…why only then? My mother and my daughter (age 9) also knit and we enjoy it together. Is there any other time that feels so perfect….where each day feels like a gift? Fall is a great blend of old and new.

  4. Tracee says:

    How did you learn to knit Tiffany? I wonder if there is a class Ainsley and I could take together? Is 6 too young to learn? I’m thinking we could have a big old knitting circle, me and the kids.

  5. Tiffany says:

    My daughter started around 6….by finger knitting! Google it. They basically make loops with their fingers…using their fingers as needles. It is very easy and very fast. They could make a thin little scarf in no time at all. Since it is easy…they feel successful. I learned how to knit from my mother, who was self taught and also knits with other women. Youtube has great knitting tutorials and/or check out a beginners class. Once you have the basics down, you can do more with your kids. I only do very simple knitting, as I don’t want something with too indepth of a pattern/instuctions to follow. I want to veg out while I knit! Also check out “felting”. My daughter is making a lot of felted projects right now.

  6. Tracee says:

    Thanks Tiff. My mom and sister are coming in a few weeks and we decided to learn to do some of this stuff. Super fun. I’m going to look up finger knitting for my son!

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