Sunday, October 26, 2008

Sunday's Garden

Before we get to some autumn photos, I just have to ask, "What happened to my attention span?"

In the last couple of days, I've worked on my MS4, my Kauni cardigan, a gift scarf I'm making, and some plain socks I've been carrying around. Okay, that's not too bad. But, becoming aware that it's not too late to send in a Red Scarf, I not only packed up my finished scarf, but I started another one. I received beads in the mail that I'm planning to use for a Swallowtail shawl and by some stroke of sanity, I have resisted casting on for that yet. BUT, I've been fascinated by Shelly Kang's sock yarn blankie for the past year, and I idly checked Ravelry to see if there was a group for it. There was, and guess what? They have organized swaps all the time so you can get little balls of sock yarn scraps to use for your blankie. I was worried that I wouldn't have enough variation in yarns if I just used the leftovers from socks I've made. Well, that was all too much to resist, so I joined three swaps and have made two squares since yesterday. Part of today was spent rolling sock yarn leftovers into 5 gram balls and labeling them. Here are the two squares and a ball for the next one.

It takes about 2 grams to make a small square and the swap I joined for November is calling for 5 gram balls. In any case, they're very small. Someone had the idea that even if you haven't made socks yet, you can just wind off a tiny ball of yarn and use it for your blankie. What a concept!

This was my sock yarn stash last January (and I'm sure it's grown just a little), so I don't know why I'm so worried about swapping to get more little balls.

It appears that I can easily obtain all the balls I need right in my own house, but it's all about the variety, isn't it? It's fun to make the squares; doesn't take long and they're so cute! I know, instant gratification for when you're in the middle of a sweater project and the two sleeves somehow are coming out different widths. Hmmm, take a break and knit a blankie square.

We took a nice walk in our lovely autumn weather today and I took a few more colored leaf photos. I'm getting obsessed with these too, but I guess that's harmless. This I found interesting: I try to get a photo of the kids dressed up for Homecoming in front of the dogwood trees in the driveway. It's the same time of year, but the last year's photo shows that the trees were redder
than they are this year. I'm sure there's a scientific explanation for that....

It's probably the photographer.

This little maple tree always turns the prettiest color. Today, DH and Buddy waited patiently while I took a photo. Later I noticed the political sign - I am hoping that indeed this will be a season of change on lots of fronts.

This is always one of my favorite trees in the neighborhood. It's hard to get a good photo of it, since there are a lot of power lines in front of it. It turns the most beautiful shade of red, and it's a really big tree.

I love the contrast between the yellow maples and the huge fir trees around here. I never get tired of looking at them.Finally, I just can't get enough of the color variations on each plant. It is indeed a beautiful time of the year.

1 comment:

A :-) said...

Impressive sock stash! The leaves were really spectacular here too this year - I think it's because of all the rain we got. :-)