we were lucky this week to have some gorgeous fall weather for cookie’s visit—almost every day was sunny and unseasonably warm. on wednesday we took a long walk, touring through the historical neighborhood above us and into downtown below us, transversing the area randomly as we went.
canton is a small city with a mostly-industrial downtown; the streets surrounding the courthouse are lined with prewar buildings that house offices, banks, and stores, while the outlying streets are wide corridors of small factory buildings (which i love; i wish more of them were in use).
the light at the end of the day washed over large expanses of brick and old glass, turning blacktop into a midwest version of “tar beach” as the sun set.
i love the backstreets that zig-zag through my neighborhood, mapping out areas unseen by most travelers—used primarily by residents within a block or two, these narrow passages feel intimate and quiet; they are my route of choice for avoiding traffic when i’m traveling by bike or on foot.
once the chill came down and the cars put their lights on, we headed back to the house to get ready for a knit night with the sunday spinners. a purely social visit was planned with potluck dinner for cookie’s last night in canton (for now; i don’t think she’ll stay away long).
by 6 pm, everyone was dropping off food in the kitchen and crowding in around the big knitting table. i didn’t get any pictures of the food, but we had a great, well-balanced spread of soup, homemade bread, salad, stuffed peppers, cider, and more chocolate cake (because, well, there’s never too much chocolate cake).
(anne marie and susan really ARE having a fantastic time; they just don’t want anyone to feel left out by showing off how much fun it is). anne marie arrived wearing her beautiful jackie leisure jacket and is knitting a leafprints set in sunset red mink/cashmere yarn (i see craig is once again wiped out of the mink yarn, but word on the street has it that a new shipment is due to arrive any minute).
the hand took center stage for the blogging portion of the evening—i’m really lucky it doesn’t charge for all the entertainment it provides . . .
cookie finished her copenhagen sock and modeled it, along with the mink hat
the hat is so much fun that it’s certain not to be frogged at this point—it suits too many of my friends
beckie modeled her sweater too—here’s the picture i’ve been promising for weeks
she’s knitting a pure and simple top-down cardigan in briar rose charity, in a mix of denim blues. she’s almost done with the first sleeve—just one to go after that.
linda is knitting odulé in the yummy knitting notions classic merino sport, colorway dusk (same as i’m using for my henley in catherine’s superwash sport!). the regular sport yarn takes the color in a softer, more subtle way from the superwash.
keep the color of that photo in mind when you look at the next picture; i’m still playing with light metering on my camera and got something wrong here
but you can see how lovely the fabric is—soft and dense with crisply-defined texture . . . i think linda is going to love wearing this.
susan is also knitting ondulé in this gorgeous custom colorway of briar rose grandma’s blessing
she and linda started little KAL and now barb is joining in to knit her third ondulé sweater. yes, you read right—her third copy of the same sweater since august (plus, the aztec mazes she knit; how much do you hate barb?).
i worked on the new fire sock (haven’t settled on a good name for it yet, but soon) in zen yarn garden serenity sock and i’m pretty, pretty excited about how it’s knitting up; i think this is one of my favorites this year. i have a really good feeling about the way all the elements will pull together.
look at how pretty the side view is, too. everyone was drooling over the yarn, which is not only beautiful, but has a cozy, substantial feel. it’s the same yarn i loved knitting up into the popular papavar sok
kits for this sock can be pre-ordered from yarn4socks and will be shipped in early december.
well, of course the fun had to end sooner or later and once 10 pm rolled around, everyone left. cookie and i stayed up to knit and play with some layout software for a while, then conked out.
yesterday we took a last few blog photos around the house
(she loves the ceiling in our office), then packed the car and headed to mansfield to rendevous with susan from ball and skein yarn shop in germantown, OH for her next teaching gig.
we met up with susan at doc’s deli in mansfield, a terrific place to grab a homemade sandwich and soup. cookie found it on the internet, so we took a chance and were treated not just to good food, but plenty of room to spread out and knit to the delight of everyone there. in exchange for the entertainment we provided, we were treated to coin tricks and flamenco guitar on the sound system. impressive, right??
i finally had to take my leave—reluctantly. susan and i exchanged promises to plan a knitspot event at her shop, while cookie and i just said “see you next time” cuz we KNOW there will be a next time.
the house was awfully quiet when i got home—no one quite fills cookie’s shoes.
fortunately, couple of things were waiting in the mail to cheer me up. a project bag i ordered from three bags full a while back, accompanied by the newest addition michele’s line of small accessory totes—the mia bag (front)
i love it! of course it would fit a small sock or mitt project, but a bag this size and shape is just right for stowing small items in my purse or to keep personal items safe in my suitcase. it’s terrific.
and a little yarn bundle arrived from johanna—leftover purple mink for me to start another hat.
which is just what i did to console myself.