Chris and I spent the long weekend road-tripping, looking at these:
photos by Chris
Because I have lived here all my life, even though the leaves are beautiful, I'm afraid I am a member of this club. I much prefer Monday's scenery, at the Jamestown (RI) road race: ocean and sailboats. The inland leaf tours were making me twitchy!
start/finish of race, with Newport Bridge in background
Chris came in 24th out of 66 riders, which for a late-season race and little training beforehand, was great! Now The Season Is Over and unless you "race 'cross" you stick your bike on the indoor trainer and bide your time 'til spring. Sarah and Jeff met us at Jamestown, and you can see her great photos on her cycling blog. My start/finish line videos and photos are on Chris' blog here.
Now for some knitting -- since I spent a lot of time in the car this weekend, I knitted what seems like yards of the lace edging for the Shine Jacket. Here is the jacket sewn up, sans edging. I need to do another foot or two of the lace and then I can sew it on.
I also started Mr. Greenjeans, which is knitting up fast. The pattern is clearly written, for which I am very grateful. Because it is in stockinette, it's curling up around the needle. Hopefully as I knit more, the weight of the yarn will straighten things out so I can get a better photo.
One of the best things that happened this weekend was a trip to Colorful Stitches, and a 50% off sale on the Rowan Tweed in Thistle that I have been wanting for about two years now! It's for Forever Tweed by Wendy Bernard, a pullover stockinette sweater with a cowlneck. Why is it, now that I have been out of work for nearly a year, that every yarn store is having sales on the yarn I have been coveting for the last two or three years, all at the same time? My tiny stash used to be contained in shoebox size plastic bins. But with yarn for two Louisa Harding sweaters, the pink Vogue skirt, and a few small projects, I have "graduated" to large totes on the floor. I guess it is a good problem to have, hoarding yarn before the long winter?!
I am having a purple moment, after knitting blue all spring and summer. Must get back to pink soon though!
I've started reading The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett, a funny novella about the Queen of England becoming an obsessive reader. It's a charming story and if you haven't already discovered it, I think you will enjoy it. And Simon's Cat by Simon Tofield is out!! If you love his YouTube videos, and are owned by a feline or two, these new cartoons will speak (purr?) loudly to you. Hilarious!