Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sunny, with crochet








Summer is rapidly drawing to a close in my neck of the woods. The sun is rising later and setting earlier with each passing day and the nights are feeling distinctly cooler. This morning when I woke up, our home weather station reported an outdoor temperature of 64 degrees. I would have to check local records, but I believe this was our coolest morning since May, or possibly April. I opened the doors at the back of the house, in our bedroom as well as in the breakfast nook, as I do every morning in spring, summer and fall. I like the fresh air through the house to freshen things up and I close the doors before it gets too hot. In summer, that often happens early. But it takes longer and longer now and I love it: there is nothing like cool, fresh air in the house. Soon, we'll stop using the swamp cooler, which takes longer to switch on these days anyway. Fall really is coming.

Afternoons continue to be very warm, most days. On a recent dazzlingly bright afternoon, the small Bears and I played in the backyard. Well, they played, and I mostly took advantage of what will surely be one of the last truly splendid outdoor-crochet days for awhile. There is something wonderful about crocheting outside. The yarns seem more vividly colored, you can see every single stitch in stark relief, the breeze keeps your hands cool while you work. I tend to be nervous about working outdoors unless I'm sitting on a blanket in the grass because I've been afraid of my yarn rolling away and collecting leaves and dirt. But I've decided to stop worrying about it and just embrace the opportunity to work outdoors, which is so pleasant for me. I can pick the leaves out if they get in the yarn. It's a small price to pay for the myriad delights of outdoor hooky.

On this particular day, the sky was nearly cloudless. The sun was bright, so I stayed at the patio table, under my beloved new umbrella. There was plenty of shade, but I could still feel the warmth of the sun. The sun doesn't feel as intense anymore, though, even on a warm day. There has been a subtle change. The indirect rays don't warm you through the bones like they did in June, July and August. The breeze has a very slight edge, not the parched blast of the summer months. The outdoor cement and stone surfaces at our house don't warm up as quickly; as a person who prefers to be barefoot, this is vaguely disconcerting to me. Change is afoot, quite literally. But it's okay; I have lovely new slippers just waiting for their cool-weather debut.

By the end of this week, we should feel as if we've been plunged into the throes of seasonal change. The weather forecast calls for rain, with much cooler temperatures, every day through the weekend. There appears to be a tropical storm coming from Baja California, ready to park itself over the southwest for several days. Last night, a local weatherman stated on his blog that over four inches of rain could fall between now and Friday. Four inches! It's raining lightly right now. Time to hunker, I think. It's a good thing I've got this new crochet project to work on. This is my second year starting a big blanket in September, with the idea that it will grow down my lap as the autumn progresses. It worked beautifully last year and I can't wait for the same cozy feeling this time. Roll on, fall. Bring it on, tropical storm. I've got a hook and a big bag full of yarn and I'm ready.

39 comments:

  1. What fun, I too have started another granny stripe with the same idea of it being a cosy make.

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  2. Glad that you are getting to enjoy your umbrella before any rain comes. It looks great. It is nice to have a project on the go isn't it, and if the weather changes you have something to occupy you. Last week we were baking hot here with doors and windows open, fans on and wearing our lightest coolest clothes. Today I went with a long sleeve top, scarf and jacket!! It is amazing how quickly the weather can change isn't it.

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  3. Autumn is definitely on its way here too, it's been so much cooler over the last few days. I'm really not ready for it yet, summer started so late, but I suppose I'd better embrace it otherwise winter will be here before I know.

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  4. Cool mornings or cold? My poor toes were definitely feeling chilly today! I don't know how the weather here changed so quickly! I wish I had a good hooky project to get me busy! Yours looks good!

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  5. September and a crochet blanket project go together like a cupcake and frosting. Enjoy! Chrissie x

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  6. Hard to think looking at your gorgeous blue sky that summer is ending. I like your bright colours.
    S xx

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  7. Ahhhh..... the gorgeous outdoors!
    I have had a serious itching to crochet lately, I want to make some rug mugs for Christmas, It's still a bit too hot to sit out doors though, but when the cool air reaches us... oh yeah! I'm on it!
    Your little girl is just too cute!
    Tammy x

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  8. And I LOVE your crochet bag that you carry your yarn in.. I bet you made that cute thing too!
    Tammy x

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    1. I did make it, Tammy. Thank you. I used the pattern from Attic 24 with cotton yarn. It was really easy if you want to try making one! :)

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  9. I started a BIG blanket last year and I will return to it this autumn. It winks at me cheekily every time I see it in the cupboard! Yours will be gorgeous I am sure.

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  10. Jennifer,

    I do love seeing your outdoor space, and reading about the weather where you live. We are obsessed with the weather in the UK, but tropical storms and surfaces that are hot underfoot is pretty rare here!

    You are right about the clarity of colour in your balls of yarn. Fantastic bright hues. I so love the idea of making something that literally grows all around you - crochet, gardening - it's all the same really!

    Leanne xx

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  11. LOVE your bag.. I have one too, I want to make another one. Enjoy your cooler weather. We're having a week of high temps, but I'm going to enjoy it as we'll have awful rainy cold stuff soon enough. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. Oooh, that sounds like a lovely afternoon. :) Isn't it funny that I never knit outside, I always think of knitting as an indoor thing! I guess we all find out little routines and where it feels most natural. I think if we lived in a warmer climate, I would be more tempted. It is so much cooler here now and seems to have changed overnight. I had to make little J wear a winter hat the other day! I love your bag, you are so talented. :)

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  13. You go girl! hahaha!
    Lovely post as usual...always a delight to read...
    Must get a crochet project started...SOON!!
    Enjoy your week...we are SWELTERING here...under a huge hot spell...
    What a crazy weather year this has been!

    Cheers!
    Linda :o)

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  14. Sounds like the perfect way to spend the afternoon, especially as autumn is definitely on the way...I really love that word "hunker" by the way, very descriptive and cosy sounding.
    Marianne x

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  15. Love those yarn cakes and the bag they are snuggly sat in. Jennifer, guess what? you were my 1000 comment! See my post tomorrow. Jo x

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  16. Beautiful photos and a lovely blog post. I can feel the sun's rays heating me up and imagine a nice breeze against my cheeks. I'm looking forward to cooler weather and hope we'll have some here. Have fun with your yarn :)

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  17. Nothing like a bit of alfresco hookiness, Autumn's on the way here to it's been so much colder the last couple of days time to don a cardi and find my slipper.
    Clare x

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  18. Such lovely photos Jennifer. Makes me want to sit out and enjoy some tea. :) So far this week I'm dealing with a sick toddler. Hopefully this cold passes soon. (I also love the colorful yarn)-beautiful!

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  19. I wish you would send some of that weather changing pattern this way. I think I sense a subtle change in the evenings, but during the day it is blasted hot out.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  20. We need a little rain....when you're done with it, send it east! :)

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  21. What a wonderful post Jennifer, you have conjured up the feeling of the season changing beautifully. It sounds absolutely lovely where you are. I would definitely be sat outside crocheting if I was there. I also get the urge to get out the yarn and start knitting or crocheting at this time of year. It's how I know that autumn is coming.

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  22. Hi Jennifer. Thanks for your lovely comment over on my blog.
    What beautiful blue skies you've got - it's all grey and cloudy here :0(
    Jill x

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  23. It's all change here too in Wales getting much cooler. I like to crochet outdoors too, the light is so much better x

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  24. How lovely to have a sunny day that you can enjoy and sit out in the sun and do a little playing and crocheting. It sounds perfect. That granny stripe is already looking lovely. Have a lovely week Jennifer xoxo

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  25. You're such a prolific writer...I always enjoy your words. Your pictures, too! Sounds so lovely to be crocheting outdoors, especially while little ones are playing about. One last HOT day here and then on to cooler temps tomorrow. Finally. I can't wait to open doors and windows, too.

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  26. It feels so different to last week here too with leaves changing colour and it feeling much colder too. I love your bright coloured wool.
    Sarah x

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  27. Do you mind telling me what on earth a swamp cooler is? The mind boggles at that one!! :)
    Rosie xx

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    1. Haha. It sounds weird but it's just the colloquial term for a popular household cooling device where I live. You can read all about it here, if you like: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swamp_cooler :)

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  28. I love the way you describe your local area. I'm sure I've said that before!

    I used to worry about the bits of dirt and grit that got in my yarn when I crocheted outside but now I don't. I figure that by the time it's got to my hands the bits of leaf etc will have dropped off - I've yet so find a twig in something I've made! x

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  29. I find it so weird when I read blogs from the other side of the world - yet they could have been written here. We are all living parralel lives! Soon be time to wrap up warm. xxx

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  30. after a few cool days we are actually going through a heat wave.. with temps dropping again over the weekend.. the leaves are turning red and I'm looking forward to fall..
    Interesting how different our falls will be.

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  31. Really cooling down here I've got my woollies out x

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  32. Love the idea of starting a blanket now when the weather is getting cooler. I would like to learn how to crochet, it does seem like a nice cozy thing to do in the Autumn and winter. xx

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  33. It finally cooled down here today. It has been almost 100 with nasty humidity all week. I could do without the late summer storms though. We have horrible wind storms in September and October every year. I hate losing power :)

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  34. I haven't stopped by in a while. Love the photos. The weather has certainly changed up here where we are as well. Not only has it gotten cooler but we seem to be having a lot of rain as well. Needed it in the summer so don't want it now. Hope you'll have a great weekend.

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  35. Hi Jennifer,You certainly seem to be ready for the change starting to happen!!!I suppose it's better to embrace it because not matter how you fight it,change it will!!!Have a happy and crafty weekend!!!
    Love
    AMarie

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  36. Hi, you've written about the change to autumn in such a wonderful evocative way, matched with some great photos:)

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  37. We have had some cooler days but today it was just beautiful.
    Carol xx

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