On Fall Knitting


I typically think of Fall as a gentle season of calmness and slowing down. Knitting quietly in the window while staring mindlessly at the trees in the yarn, leaves adjusting hue as a last hurrah before they drift to the ground and rot until I rake them up. Fall is when I aim to tidy the garden and plant new crops of hearty greens. I clean the house and tuck away the outdoor furniture, safe from the impending rains. I will uncork the season’s first bottle of red, and happily knit stitch after stitch, satisfied with all that it.

Not this year.

This year, I run around like a crazy lady. Reed keeps saying, like a broken record in his I-am-being-so-funny voice, Are you nuts? The poor little guy doesn’t know how right he is.

Yes, dear child, I AM nuts. Or, I am going nuts.

There has been no calm. No slow. Hardly any knitting. I have not sat in the window and stared, thoughts drifting. The garden is in shambles. The lawn is on the verge of becoming its own non-native forest ecosystem, exotic grasses and all. Maybe there are tomatoes left to pick. Maybe that have all rotted. I haven’t even had a chance to look. The outdoor furniture? Well, it’s dripping wet. The rain beat me to it.

The red wine, however, has been uncorked. I can assure you that. Although somehow (and I have NO idea how this could be possible), a single glass seems to hit me harder than I recollect, sending me early to bed at the detriment of my knitting. Time to reassess that little joy.

As I move through the motions of each day, flashes of fall color zip by in a hazy blur. How do you reconcile seeing something and missing that same thing all at the same time?

I forget how grounding knitting is to me until I have been severed from my routine, leaving me only to catch myself wondering, for the first time, if that little vacant plot next door might be suitable for sheep of the woolly sort.

Worry not.

I WILL be reunited with my knitting soon, leaving me only to fret about which one of my four projects to finish first: Poncho 1, Poncho 2 (also pictured above in Brooklyn Tweed Shelter, sweatershirt colorway), the baby hat ver. 3, or some socks?

I look forward to seeing you at the Yarn Along. I’m listening to I’ll Give You the Sun and reading Truly Madly Guilty

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25 Comments

  • Reply Knit Potion October 5, 2016 at 6:44 am

    Lovely post! I think it takes a fall like the one you describe every now and then to make us notice and appreciate the routine that occurs other times. Thank goodness for knitting, right? And wine! 🙂

  • Reply Alina October 5, 2016 at 6:59 am

    Oh, I can so relate! This fall is so so crazy for me, but I must say I am enjoying being over-busy 🙂 Hope you will be able to have some quiet moments soon with your yarn!

  • Reply Kat with a K October 5, 2016 at 8:48 am

    I am feeling the urge to cast on all the things now that the days are shorter and there is less out of doors time, and more in doors in front of the television time! A mad scurry to make things as the calendar reminds me that Christmas is coming!

  • Reply Amanda Dymacek October 5, 2016 at 8:57 am

    Your life and my life are one in the same, friend! And now having read this is will go pick that overripe tomato that I know is there. Breathe in, breathe out, and enjoy the ride!

  • Reply zauberflink October 5, 2016 at 11:46 am

    Oh yes, I know, and it is getting worse once you start blaming yourself… but life comes in waves and hectic times will be followed by slow and calm days. Maybe you will be sitting by that window once the snow starts falling 🙂 I wish you luck!!

  • Reply Katherine @ fiberandsustenance October 5, 2016 at 12:15 pm

    Oh, I loved this post. I agree … I never realize how much I *need* my knitting until I’m taken out of my normal routine … grounding, indeed!

  • Reply Stefanie October 5, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    LOL; I want to hear his little voice asking, Are you nuts? Too cute. Once school starts up, yes, I have some hours to myself but my schedule revolves around Cupcake and Jellybean’s schedules. I have two drop offs and two pick ups. Wednesdays are short days so I make sure to get the baby’s Jamba Juice before sweeping her along to the car so we can get her sister. Thursdays we have to get the older one a bit later b/c she has track and Fridays two hours later b/c she archery. Did I mention hip hop on Monday evenings for the younger?

  • Reply itsallaboutpurple October 5, 2016 at 8:25 pm

    I know that feeling, when the kiddos are little!! Mine are grown and gone and things are much quieter these days…and I can knit or sleep whenever I want to. It’s bitter sweet, I miss them, I miss all the excitement, but only a little ????

  • Reply zeta (kalianapodi.wordpress.com) October 6, 2016 at 12:37 am

    Welcome to the place where things you have to do and errands never end! I call it the you-will-never-rest-or-knit world!

  • Reply pumpkin sunrise October 6, 2016 at 4:54 am

    I do so hope you get some snippets of time to sit and knit and daydream while looking out a window!

    • Reply Andrea @ This Knitted Life October 6, 2016 at 7:50 am

      Last night I got all caught up Indian Summers and knit for a couple hours with wine and chocolate. Glorious. Xoxo

  • Reply Kat October 7, 2016 at 4:43 am

    I would literally die if you got a flock of sheep to action your own yarn. How excellent.

  • Reply sleepinghorse October 9, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Love the post. I could visualise every moment.

  • Reply knittedblissjc October 11, 2016 at 10:59 am

    oh man, fall is the craziest time of all!! I find that there are a billion things going on in September and October, more so than any other time of year. January and February feel more calm to me, in the post holiday come down. I keep telling myself things will get a bit easier then…. you have the right idea with the wine, for sure!

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