Monday, October 21, 2013

Fall Things

I've been working on the Santa cross stitch, but I took some time to knit candy corn:

The pattern is from the Purl Bee (here).  I made mine using the recommended yarns, which I purchased last year, so I don't know if they are still available.  I had to use tiny double pointed needles to make this, which required much concentration, and resulted in much sweating and start-overs, but the end product isn't too shabby. Not as lovely as the samples on the Purl Bee website, but I am always happy when I expand my knitting skills.

Our apple trees bore so much fruit this year!  There are still so many apples on the trees, but they're beyond edible now.  Still pretty to look at, though.

Fall colors are so glorious right now.  I wish this season would last just a bit longer.  This is my view as I stand at my kitchen sink:

It's hard to tell in the photo, but outside I see bright yellow leaves and shiny red apples against an old worn wooden fence.

This room on the back of my house was originally a screened-in porch, but a previous homeowner converted it to a year-round room.  When that happened, my kitchen lost its one exterior wall, and the window over the sink became a pass-through.  I don't love having my kitchen in the middle of the house.  It's a little bit dark and doesn't get any natural light, but thanks to the pass-through, I do get a nice view of the family room and beyond it to the backyard while I work in the kitchen.

That chair the cat is sitting on is new.  Before I had kids, I had a plant stand there.  When my son was born I realized my plants were toxic, so I got rid of those and put a play mat there.  During the toddler years, we had a child-sized table and chairs there. When they outgrew that, I put a short craft and game table there.  That table was so short you had to sit on the floor to use it!  Over the years that became a clutter magnet.  My daughter piled so much stuff on it she could never find anything.  The final straw was when my husband stacked two huge rubbermaid containers there, filled with rock specimens for science olympiad. That area was a big junk pile in the room, and it stressed me out.  This summer I made my daughter clean her mess, and I donated the table.  I made my husband move the rubbermaid containers to the basement.  And I bought a swivel chair! Which apparently is for the cat...

Anyway, I like my view from the kitchen sink, both of my cleaned up family room, and also of my colorful fall backyard.