Weekend Gauge Check: Transitions

It’s time for our weekend rituals, the ceremonies of escorting one week out and preparing the next one. Which, around here, is the Gauge Check, where I take a look at my week and figure out where I’ve come from and where I’m going. Sometimes there are goals, sometimes I just talk about what’s going on in my life and my crafting. You are all welcome to join in in the comments.

Picture of Mario riding Yoshi with text "Keep calm and carry on" in sidewalk chalk.Fall is coming.

It’s not here yet; the week was still sunny and warm, but there’s been a wind that makes you think about light jackets and fingerless mitts and maybe getting that sweater finished.  The days are getting shorter.  I suspect that this was the last week that I’ll leave the apartment without thinking about bringing a coat – I may not take it, but I’ll think about it.

I feel like I’m ready for it.  Like a true Portlander, I’ve spent as much time as possible outside this summer, storing up sunshine to carry me through the long weeks of winter when the clear blue sky is more a concept than a reality.  I’ve eaten farmers’ market tomatoes and peaches and berries still warm from the sun, enjoying the new bounty of each week and the feeling of connection to the earth.  Soon there will be apples and potatoes and pumpkins, rich fall flavors that are every bit as precious as those first strawberries of spring.

A year ago, we were in the final stages of packing and cleaning, with less than three days left before our departure date. I fell in love with Oregon in the autumn, and while I’ve loved every season in its own way, I suspect that the autumn will always be my favorite.  Perhaps because it is so completely unlike Arizona.

One thing I do love about summer is the wide variety of things that happen here.  There were a ton of different possible things to do Friday after work, and we ended up at a local indie theatre on the PSU campus watching a French Hong Kong action film (which was just as weird as you might imagine).  Yesterday we went to a pop-up consignment shop, a block party, an estate sale, and Pearl Fiber Arts.  Today was completely unstructured, and we walked around PSU and then Nob Hill, which is slightly different every time we go up there.

The Peacock Tail and Leaf scarf has claimed almost all of my attention this week.  I sat in the park across from my office and knitted on it at lunch, and worked on it nearly every time I was on the MAX this weekend (which was often), and I’m working on the 20th pattern repeat, which is slightly more than halfway through, according to the pattern.  The finished object is supposed to be 49″ long, which seems kind of short to me, and I have more yarn than it calls for, so I may just keep knitting pattern repeats until I’m sick of them.  The far end is knitted and then grafted on (presumably so it’s not upside down), so what I’ll probably end up doing is knit to the end of the ball, put the scarf on waste yarn, knit the far end, and then knit pattern repeats until it’s long enough for me.  Alternative thought: knit until I (almost) run out of yarn, place stitches on holder, cast on as if I’m beginning again, knit until I (almost) run out of yarn, graft two halves together.  (Of course, if I do that, I’m committed.  If I knit until I’m tired of it, I can stop.)

It’s almost the end of August, and I still haven’t picked a pattern for the month for the Year of Good Intentions.  Rather than stress out about it, I’m going to skip August and pick a new pattern at the beginning of September.  If I get the July socks finished up this week, it’ll probably be another pair of socks; otherwise, it’s going to be something else.  I’m starting to feel knitting mojo again, and I’m excited about tackling another project.

What are your plans for fall?


~ by Amber on August 26, 2012.

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