It was a weekend that managed to be perfectly balanced between relaxation and busyness. Two birthday parties, a date night (!), a few episodes of The Good Wife (love), and the reemergence of my knitting needles. I am a seasonal knitter, to be sure. The thought of wool draped over my lap in the heat of summer makes me break out in hives…so my needles tend to take a hiatus during the summer months. When the first fall breeze blows through town, I eagerly dig out my knitting and jump back in with gusto. I get a bit obsessive when I have a knitting project in the works.
I told my husband- I just wish someone could take the boys for the next two months so I could snuggle in bed, watch movies and knit. As long as I was knitting for them, it would be perfectly acceptable to ditch them for a month or two- right?! Since that isn’t a realistic option, I have limited myself to two projects that I hope to finish before the holidays- Christmas sweaters for both of the boys. Not that Vijay will wear his- whenever I try to put him in handmade knits- he seems to sense my eagerness, and totally refuses to wear it. He is a sweatshirt and sweatpants kind of kid. Though Lord knows I will keep trying! But first up, before I knit for anyone else, this easy, quick pair of felted slippers for me.
The pattern is by the adorable Melynda of French Press Knits. I met her at Squam back in June and bought the slipper kit, knowing it would be the perfect fall project to ease me back into my knitting groove. I am quite pleased with how they turned out. You can see what I have in store next on Ravelry.
We also spent a good amount of the weekend outside, walking around Brown, and catching a few college sports matches- our favorite thing to do as a family. The leaves are still holding onto their golden and crimson hues. Providence is beautiful in the fall, and I realize how much I love this town as I walk through the leaf-littered streets.
The same fall hues were echoed at the first indoor market, where I stocked up on squash, greens and Honeycrisp apples. Again, I feel so lucky to live in a town where we have a farmers’ market running year-round.
I used my farm-fresh finds to make this gorgeous salad that I spotted on the Green Kitchen Stories blog last week. This hearty fall salad is chock full of interesting flavors; pomegranate, avocado, butternut squash, millet and Swiss chard. I made my own dressing instead of following the recipe, a simple concoction of lemon juice, olive oil and whole grain mustard. It was perfect. I’m thinking this might make the cut for Thanksgiving!