Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Settling In

Fall's arrival this year has taken me somewhat by surprise. Before I left on my holiday the days were warm, I was still wearing shorts and sunscreen, and enjoying afternoon tea on my front porch. I have returned to be met by cold and rainy days, colours that are just starting to turn from green to red and gold, and drinking tea in front of the fireplace instead of on the porch. I have his jarring feeling of having been thrown from one season into the next.

However, fall is by far my favourite season, and October is the month that showcases fall better than any other, so I am quite happy with the change. October is the month I allow myself to wear any new socks I have knit over the summer. Today I am wearing these Mind the Gap socks I finished just before my trip to the UK.

Trailing Clouds Mind the Gap Colourway

They have the colours of every line on London's Tube in their self-striping pattern. I think they are perfectly wizard!

There was a slight break in the weather yesterday, just long enough for me to go for a hike. The yellow leaves against the mossy green made a striking contrast.


After days of torrential rain it was nice to see the sun trying to shine.


I anticipate the fall colours here being very beautiful, so you can expect to see more seasonal pictures before it's finished!

By the time I got off the mountain the clouds were starting to threaten rain yet again.


Fergus and Jenny like fall too, if for no other reason than it means a chance to sleep for hours in front of the fireplace.


I wanted to say thank you so much to everyone who left comments on my blog when I was in the UK. I read and enjoyed each one, but due to time constraints and very sketchy Wi-Fi most of the time, it was impossible to respond. And I am happy to report that I am almost over jet lag, which is a good thing since this little munchkin is coming to visit this weekend.



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  1. LUCY! What a cutie, and what a beautiful place you live. I know what you mean about the sudden shift; when I went to Cambodia, I was gone for two weeks including Thanksgiving, and when I got home to NYC it was suddenly the thick of the Christmas season and I felt taken aback, like I'd missed the important transition in some way. It'd odd.

    And I totally love those socks. :) Glad to have you back, though I really did enjoy following your travels, as I always do. :)

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    1. Isn't she a sweetheart? Having her visit this weekend will be my next major shift - the last time I saw her she was a newborn!

      Isn't it weird how travel can throw you off like that? The sudden shift of seasons can be almost harder to get used to than the time zone change.

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  2. Here in New England, I'm wishing Fall would just show up already. It was 80 F out today! I want to wear sweaters and drink cider already!! Anyway, I should try to finish up a pair of socks. I think you have the right idea, greeting Fall with a brand new pair. And your Mind The Gaps are gorgeous!

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    1. I don't mind the really warm temps in September, but 80 F in October just doesn't seem right. I hope things change for you soon, and you get a spectacular fall season. Blue sky is okay, but it needs to be cold and crisp while the sun is shining, not so hot you want to turn on the air conditioning!

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  3. So glad you enjoyed your trip Kristie and that you arrived home safely. What a beautiful part of the world to come home to. It looks absolutely gorgeous. I love your Mind the Gap socks, just perfect.
    Patricia x

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    1. The Mind the Gap socks seemed to be just the right thing to knit before my UK trip. We were only on the Tube once going from Heathrow to Paddington, but I thought that was enough to make the socks meaningful.

      It is a beautiful part of the world, but so is the UK. I was very sad to leave it behind.

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  4. Look at her holding her head up! She's changing so quickly. I love your socks, the colors are beautiful. I'm glad you were able to fit in a hike, it does look like an enchanting place to spend time outdoors!

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    1. She is changing quickly. There will be so many things she will be doing now that she wasn't before like smiling and even laughing occasionally. I can't wait to spend time with her!

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  5. Your socks are great and should keep you cosy. Lucy has grown so much, look forward to seeing lots of photos from her visit. I'm glad you enjoyed your recent trip and that fireplace looks just the perfect place to sit and knit up all that gorgeous yarn you bought

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    1. I guarantee there will be pictures from her visit! :-) And yes, the fireplace is my new knitting spot. Every evening this week I have sat in front of it knitting on the Peerie Bairn Jumper kit I bought in Shetland. I must say, I am missing sitting on my front porch though. I have hopes that we might still get a few days that are warm enough to enjoy it before fall turns to winter.

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  6. Great socks!! Enjoy your time with your gorgeous Granddaughter!!

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    1. Thanks Sarah! I plan to enjoy every minute. :-)

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  7. I thoroughly enjoyed the blog of your trip....and those socks are just superb!

    Having worked in London for years 'mind the gap' is a catchphrase for us both.

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    1. Thank you Helen! I'm glad you had fun reading my travel posts. It was great fun putting them together. Aren't the socks great?. Every time I look at them I can "hear" that voice at the Tube stations telling me to "Mind the Gap." :-)

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  8. It must be strange coming home to a different season especially in a new location too! Hope you have a wonderful time with your granddaughter, she has grown so much already. Following your holiday adventures were such fun especially in almost real time.
    Sarah x

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    1. It was a little strange. In fact, the first morning I woke up when I was back home it took me a long time to realize where I actually was! :-)

      I'm so glad you enjoyed following my adventures!

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  9. Beautiful photos, and such stunning socks! I do love the picture of your little doggies in front of the fire. Oh to be a dog, just for a day.

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    1. Yes, the dogs have it made. They sleep when they are tired and eat when they are hungry. :-)

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  10. I'm a fall person too, but your socks are much more fun than mine! I have a few special pairs tucked away for special occasions, but the socks I routinely wear all say "Hanes" on the bottom (so they don't get permanently borrowed.
    My wife would grab a [pillow and be on the floor with Fergus and Jenny...she likes snoozing in front of a fireplace too. Glad to hear the jetlag is passing--and that Lucy is stopping by. She's adorable!

    PS - My MIL used to get so excited when her first grandchild came over for visits, she used to shout, "Christopher is here" as if he'd somehow made the trip by himself. His parents might as well have been invisible. :)

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    1. I don't think your wife would want to grab that pillow and sleep on the floor at our house. Fergus and Jenny think anyone on the floor is their own personal pillow. :-)

      I am laughing about your MIL - I have caught myself referring to just Lucy coming this weekend, completely leaving out Karsten and Diana. I need to be careful about that!

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  11. Welcome home! just loooove those socks...

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    1. Thanks Peony! Aren't those socks the greatest? As soon as I heard about the Mind the Gap colourway I started the search for some of the yarn. The person who makes it only seems to update her site every few weeks, but if you keep an eye out you should be able to get some.

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  12. Fall is my favorite season :)
    Love the socks - makes me want to knt a pair of stripy socks in bright colours.
    Enjoy your time with Lucy, shes adorable!

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    1. I think fall is most knitter's favourite season. We can't wait to start wearing some of our handknit items, and start new projects for the upcoming winter. :-)

      Lucy is here now, and we are having so much fun with her. She now smiles and even laughs once in awhile.

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  13. Love the shot of Fergus and Jenny ... the whippets would be doing the same except it's still warm here, although we are promised plummeting temps by the end of the week.

    Enjoy your visit with Lucy :)

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  14. I love those socks! I just wish I had a pair that could stop me from always taking the tube in the wrong direction. No matter how many times I ride it, I'm completely useless!

    In unrelated news, I gave your blog a Liebster Award. :) http://kirstinknits.blogspot.com/2013/10/liebster-award.html

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  15. I know the feeling of being plunged from one season to another. It's gone from dry and warm to cold and wet very quickly. :-( I do hope you get some autumn colour. Ours is very late this year and the wind is taking the leaves off the trees still green.

    Those socks are wonderful. Searchers would easily pick you out if you got lost wearing them. :-)

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