Autumn, I love you. I love your cooler mornings and your warm sunny days. I love the fact you make me think hard about what to wear each day. For example, is 5 degrees cool enough to wear tights when it's going to be 23 degrees later in the day? I love that here in Canberra we won't turn on the heater, and we won't stop wearing sandals until Anzac Day. I love that the thoughts of roast lamb dinners and rhubarb crumble are never far from our minds.
I don't mind your pretty changing colours either. I don't even mind sweeping up your leaves.
Coming from the tropics, I still find it novel that at a time we should be preparing for full-time hibernation, we are instead busy - preparing our homes and gardens for an onslaught of cold weather, making clothes that are warm, and planning menus suitable for the coldest, darkest nights. But I suppose that all this preparation is a vital part of the hibernation process - no point heading into a cave for winter if you don't have enough food and warmth to keep you alive!
Speaking of keeping warm, I recently made a crocheted shawl and I have been wearing it as a triangular scarf non-stop. I really need to blog some photos of it before the pretty thing wears out. I am also making a crocheted cardigan at the moment which I'm hoping to finish in the next week or so. I'll need to - I'm getting sick of wearing the same black cardigans all the time.
It was too heavy to take on the plane for a day trip to Melbourne with friends yesterday, so I started this instead - another shawl, in the most divine teal-coloured Wollmeise sock yarn.
And I'm also making lots of sunnyboys and boxes for sockses and possibly some new types of project bags - my friend Carrie and I are sharing a stall at the Old Bus Depot Markets' "Celebration of Wool" day on May 16 this year. That is so frighteningly close! It's always a huge day in Canberra for those of us who love the yarn, hook and needle, so Carrie is busy dying up yarn and fleece, and I'm busy with my sewing machine. It's scary but we're excited!