For my friend M's baby L, I knitted the Baby Sophisticate Sweater. He's a boy, so denim blue yarn and train buttons it is.
The pattern's gauge is a little wonky (the designer noted on Ravelry that knitters were reporting it runs small), so I knit the larger size. L will fit into it in a few months, right in time for winter.The pattern is otherwise easy, knit from the neckline down in one piece, with armhole stitches picked up for the sleeves, and the shawl collar knitted last.
I'm working on one last gift, and then I hope to start on a sweater for me!
Fall is not my favorite season, but I've got to admit the scenery is absolutely beautiful this year. Last weekend, Chris and I took a little road trip, and stopped at one of the tourist attractions in CT, Gillette Castle.
It was built early in the 20th century by William Gillette, one of the most popular actors in his day. He is most famous for playing Sherlock Holmes in the theater, but dabbled in many other areas as well.To celebrate his great success, he built a stone home on an estate on the Connecticut River he called Seventh Sister (referring to the surrounding hills). Today we know it as Gillette Castle.
Although we didn't take the tour this time, I have been on it before -- it's a rite of passage if you attended a nearby public school or belonged to a local scout troop. The castle is filled with Gillette's little inventions and quirks, such as mirrors positioned in such a way to spy on the servants or guests before entering a room, and locks that can only be unlocked if you know how to solve the puzzles that form them. He also had a railroad that ran along through the large property. It was dismantled but the engine is still visible in the visitor's center, and rumor has it that they may re-install part of the track on the property in future.
The castle sits high on a bluff overlooking the river. Here is the view from the "backyard." And here's what it looks like from the ground below -- actually the ferry that we rode across to the other side of the river:
Visiting the castle as an adult made me appreciate it more, want to know more about the eccentric-- and, I suspect, lonely--Gillette. He married in 1882, and only six years later, his wife died from a ruptured appendix. He never remarried. We will probably never know why; upon his death in 1937 he requested that all his personal papers be burned. There is only one biography available for him, written recently by a local man, and the only research materials available seem to be second-hand stories and news articles.
I wonder if it's possible for today's celebrities to be as mysterious as Gillette, given all of our technology?
Several blog posts and articles I've come across lately recommend being a tourist in your own local area, and discovering or re-discovering what it has to offer. I hope to do more of this with Chris -- we had a great time that afternoon. What places have you visited lately?
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