The sun sinks behind the mountains fairly early at this time of the year, and there are many places that don't get more than an hour or so of direct sunlight. This meant the frost was still covering much of the ground in the late afternoon when I went out for a walk along the road near where we live.
Here's a close-up view. I especially love how the rose hips look like they are coated in sugar.
I walked down to the lake. Just looking at the water made me feel cold in spite of my wool hat, mitts and sweater. In the distance you can see Mt. Cheam.
One day during the cold snap I needed to drive to Langley, about an hour away from where we live. I have driven that stretch of road many times in my life (it's just off the Trans Canada as you go towards Vancouver), and I have to say I don't think it's ever been more beautiful. The snow on the mountaintops was framed by the deep blue sky in the background, and the field of neglected pumpkins seemed to perfectly fit this shift of seasons.
|Clockwise from top left: pumpkin farm; Mt. Cheam; Mt. Cheam; Mt. Baker|
Of course, you know where all this talk about the cold weather is heading. Yes, I have knit something new to keep me warm. I saw this fingerless mitt pattern in the Winter 2014 Interweave Knits magazine and immediately went digging through my stash yarn until I found just the right thing, which turned out to be some leftover Berroco Ultra Alpaca.
|Bucheron Mitts, pattern by Mary Jane Mucklestone|
I know there are many people who just don't get fingerless mitts. Granted, these are not going to be what I put on in the deep cold of winter. But for this time of the year, when the temperature is chilly but not threatening to give me frostbite, these are the perfect compromise. My hands stay warm, but my fingers are still free to do things like take pictures for my blog.