Monthly Archives: November 2011

October light

october light 1

There ain’t no saving daylight,
when the tenth month comes around.

october light 2

September’s memories take flight,
as heaven’s lamp turns down.

october light 3

So we feast on eventide,
’cause November’s chilling bite

october light 4

is waiting on the other side
of this October Light.

Lyrics from October Light by Robin and Linda Williams

These are actually sunrise photos. With the change in seasons I’ve been getting up in the dark, and leaving home in the dark. Sadly, even “falling back” to standard time leaves me waking up in the dark, and it throws off my internal clock in the evenings as well…

a little celtic shawlette

I have a new design to share with you all today! Introducing Kathryn Margaret:

KM4

After my sister died I knew I wanted to honor her with my own craft and name a pattern in her memory. Since she was always fiercely proud of her scottish heritage I thought she’d really appreciate this pattern (even if she was never the sort to wear shawls).

The inspiration came quite some time ago, when I asked myself if I could design a crescent shawl with cables that follow the bottom edge. It took quite a bit of tweaking to get right – and some short row cable wedges – but they’re not any harder than short rows in socks or sweaters (honest, I swear).

KM2

When I started submitting this idea it had several close calls, acceptances with terms I wouldn’t agree to, requests for me to submit again… In the end I decided I was going to have to Do It Myself. I liked the idea enough to see it all the way through, I hope you like it too. You can find the pattern and all the details on my site or on Ravelry.

I’ve been wearing this shawl two different ways. One is as a glorious, snuggly, large scarf:

shawlette as a scarf

And the other is as a cute little shawl to keep the draft off at work:

shawlette in the office

If you want to make this as a full sized shawl adding length, width, or both is very simple. You can work more repeats of the cable chart for a longer shawl, and simply make sure the short rows are centered around the marker placement when you start the body. To make the shawl deeper you could work the body short rows every 2nd stitch instead of every 3rd.

Edit: I don’t usually edit my posts, but the lack of clear “normal outfit” shots was bothering me. So I took a few!
KM tips KM scarf KM all wrapped up

winter larder

I like having a decent amount of food on hand. I’m not one of those people with a year’s worth of canned goods and dry pasta in the basement, stored up for the coming apocalypse. I just like knowing that if we stuck at home for days on end* we’re not in danger of running out.

I also like knowing where my food comes from, and supporting my local farmers. So OF COURSE I’m all over the opportunity to buy my winter veggies in bulk. We usually get a winter share from our CSA** and then we pick up some extras from Foote Brook Farm. This year we picked up all our storage veggies from them:

180lbs

that’s 180lbs of food. 100lbs of potatoes (50 each of yukon gold and red), 40lbs of onions (we like onions, we eat a lot of them), and 40lbs of baby blue hubbards. Add to this the some carrots and parsnips from Foote Brook as well as 30 or 40lbs of squash, a bushel of brussel sprouts…

fractal veggies
(did you know brussel sprouts grow like fractals!?!)

…plenty of garlic, and 6 cabbages*** I grew myself. Well – our larder is overflowing this time of year!

winter storage

This is just the active storage in the kitchen. Most of the goodies live upstairs in the shut off guest bedroom which is nice and cool. Oh and those are apples picked from a nearby tree. I have no idea what kind they are; but in my experience they store well into January.

All this is very good, because with the cold weather (more damaging than just snow) my garden is done growing. Next year’s garlic has been planted, and the other beds raked smooth. Hiding away in their a-frames I still have spinach, peas, beets, and onions. The beets and onions we’ll eat as micro-greens with the spinach for late season salad. The peas, although they look great, may be a lost cause. I don’t know if they’ll bloom with the cold. And if they do, are there any pollinating bugs still around?

all winter aframe tiny onions

For anyone curious about the summer squash as a fall crop: it didn’t work out. The plants were fine through the first 3 frosty nights. But we had one night that was in the low 20’s until morning and the plants froze right inside their a-frame. It’s too bad because they were starting to put out flower buds. If I started them earlier, or we had a warm fall, I think they would’ve worked…

*our road blocked off by trees downed by a tornado, an ice storm, a freak october nor’easter, flooded spring roads… Pick your favorite disaster. They’re coming more frequently as we all feel the effects of climate change.

**we didn’t this year because their crops were destroyed by the irene flood.

***and all those canned and frozen goodies from my projects all summer long…