:: I've shifted gears a bit in my knitting. I'm well into the lovely lace pattern in my Castle sweater—and I have to say, it's such an odd thing, knitting great big grown-up sweaters. It feels huge, probably because I'm used to knitting much smaller things, and I keep thinking it's going to be way too big for me, but then I hold it up to myself & the size is perfect. But I'm not sharing that today, because I've turned my focus elsewhere for a bit.
:: There's been some nesting going on around here lately—no, not that kind of nesting; the sort that I do every fall as we prepare to button everything up for winter and I try to clear our space so we aren't all on top of each other—and I uncovered an orange sweater I began knitting for Julia last fall. The body was finished, and before I abandoned it I'd managed about an inch and a half of one sleeve. (I've mentioned how much I detest sleeves, no? My dream is to find a local knitting friend who loves sleeves & will take my sweaters off my hands when I get to that point & return them with fully knitted sleeves...) Thankfully, the sizing of the pattern is 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, so the size 6 I was knitting last year will still fit her this winter. I finished one sleeve yesterday, and picked up the stitches for the second and really it should be only a few days before I have it finished. (It also needs a collar picked up and knitted.) Just in time for the cold weather that is suddenly upon us.
:: And then I thought: Poor Asher is so neglected these days... Everything I've been knitting has been for Julia, or myself, or the truly neglected birthday sweater for Papa that will absolutely not be finished in time for his birthday in a week and a half... So I pulled out the warm wooly I cast on for Asher a few weeks ago; hopefully I'll be able to finish it in the next week or so.
:: Something old, something new... I made a delicious tomato basil soup from a recipe my friend Nora shared with me the other week, and then I wanted more warm, comforting autumn foods. (I think "nesting" in my kitchen is another thing I do each fall...) So I brought out some of my cookbooks, chiefly my well-worn copy of The New Laurel's Kitchen, and also Feeding the Whole Family, which I recently found second-hand on a swap list.
:: Little House on the Prairie didn't make it into the photo this week, but we're still reading it: two chapters every night at bedtime. I believe we have only two chapters left, so we'll be finishing it tonight.
Joining Ginny at small things, as always...