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Not a lot of chatter in the comments here these days.  I wonder why that is.  Am I talking about things that you find completely uninspiring? Am I not posting enough? Am I posting too much?  Does it have nothing to do with me at all, and everything to do with October?  That’s it, isn’t it? You’re all away from the keyboard, filling up on the pleasures of early fall.

Well, who could blame you?

Oh, October.

I just love you so, October. With your brilliant orange trees against gray-blue skies, your crunchy leaves underfoot, and the smell of cinnamon in the air.  You’re a feast for the senses!

There’s something about this month that makes me want to wear fingerless gloves and clutch warm mugs.  Every morning when contemplating my Project 365 photo for the day, I have a moment where I think, “I could photograph my gloved hands clasping my coffee cup…” before I remember that I’ve done it before.  More than once.

It’s a pose that’s been on my mind a lot this month.  Tonight, in fact, I put together a little flickr gallery of such images, although I’ve had a bit of trouble filling it up.  I find plenty of images of fingerless gloves, and plenty of mug pictures, but the intersection of the two is a more tricky item to search for…


I turned down the thermostat yesterday – it was too warm in the house, and I rather enjoy a little October chill.  After all, chill is a prerequisite for enjoying the comforts of fingerless gloves, steaming coffee cups, handmade quilts, crackling fires, and cozy sweaters, is it not?

(As we speak, I am contemplating a yarn purchase for another pair of fingerless gloves.  For myself.  In a lovely orangey red.  Someone please drag me away from the Malabrigo aisle before it’s too late…)


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16 thoughts on “Chill

  1. I know I have been busy making a stack of quilts and spending less time online.

    1. Sounds great! I have a quilt I want to make – I cut out the parts for it last year at this time. I just can’t seem to get started!

  2. Lisa I’ve noticed a lull in all the online things I do (email, Facebook, blogs, etc.) Perhaps everyone is just enjoying October. I’m a pretty big fan of this month myself (pumpkin picking! apple picking! Halloween costumes to plan and make + a birthday party to plan). Rest assured though, that don’t post too often-I love looking at your photos!

    1. Thanks 🙂 Yeah, there’s so much to love about October, and so much of it is fleeting… the foliage can go from mostly green, to brilliant oranges, to all over the ground in the space of a week or two! Best to be out and about, enjoying it while it lasts.

  3. I can be online, OR I can make soft-sculpture bagpipes for Nell’s costume–not both! 😉

    1. I can’t wait to see these bagpipes… you are always working on such unusual (but in a good way) things!

  4. I think it’s funny that you have so many pix of your hands in fingerless gloves. I need to knit myself a pair of those. Autumn is my favorite time of year. I love the crisp, cool air and the beautiful changing colors. And I enjoy your Blog.

    1. Those small pictures aren’t of my hands – they’re pictures I found while searching flickr 🙂 I do have three pictures of my own, but I didn’t post them. You should definitely make yourself a pair – they can be as simple as a stockinette tube, which is perfect tv knitting, since you barely need to pay attention!

  5. I have been busy being at Sandy camp and recovering from the spinal cord stimulator implant. But I HAVE been reading. And now I am jealous of your fall colors. Sucks living in southern Ca sometimes. Love the hands and mug shots. want more

    1. I hope that implant is making things better!
      I would say that Southern CA weather most often beats whatever is going on here in the Northeast, but I would definitely miss the Fall colors.

  6. Hi Lisa,
    Do you read She posted about a new online knitting magazine plus she knits the most gorgeous socks, scarves, sweaters, etc. I think even I could knit some of them!!!

    1. No, I haven’t seen that site yet, but it looks like the perfect place to visit while I finish up my lunch here 🙂 Thanks for the recommendation!

  7. Looks like everyone piped up so you wouldn’t feel lonely Lisa. 🙂 Been reading all your posts but I too have been busy and haven’t been leaving as many comments lately. Even though I am not a knitter, seeing those balls of wool brings a lot of cozy memories of watching my mom knit by the fire. I think they are the perfect image for a crisp Fall day!

    1. Heh. Yes, I can always count on my online friends to set me straight when I start whining 🙂
      I used to surf the web by the fire, but now I knit, hand-sew, or read. It feels like a simpler time, when I stash the laptop out of sight!

  8. I come by and read when I can because I enjoy your blog, but I am so busy these days. Being a full time college student puts a big kink in my creative free time and it’s nice to see people crafting.

    1. I hear you! I’m not a full-time anything these days, but I’ve got so many part-time irons in the fire I sometimes don’t know if I’m coming or going!

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