October is here, the leaves are turning, and right on cue the evening temperatures are starting to dip. It looks like sweater season might actually be upon us, which is pretty great since it’s coming up on Rhinebeck O’Clock. I’ve had two sweaters on the go (one new design, one old) to wear for that weekend, and I started them in plenty of time to finish both. But we’re getting down to the wire now, less than 2 weeks until go time.
New cardigan (seen here getting the wash & block treatment) in progress is done in the sense that all the pieces are done. In my mind this means it’s done, but of course the seaming and finishing (which in this case also involves a collar/button-band addition) does take an amount of time as well. Damn it. I think it’ll still be okay, there’s still lots of time to finish it…and also the remaining front piece and finishing for the pullover I’m doing for sweater #2. Probably still maybe plenty of time left.
So, in summary: this year, pretty much like any other year? But the nice thing about a self-imposed Rhinebeck knitting deadline is that, even if you finish just after Rhinebeck, you still get to start the fall/winter season out with at least 1 new sweater, which is pretty great. They keep saying this winter is going to be about as long and cold as last winter was, and, well, we’re still not quite over last winter around these parts. I’m going to do my darndest to soften the blow with as many new wool handknits as possible. Might have to remind myself to keep the hats and socks in there too, so as to be extra prepared.
Whether you’re off to an October wool festival or not, I hope you’ve got some great fall knits on the needles, and are thinking about sweaters if you’ve never taken the plunge before! Happy knitting this week, knitter friends.
Pattern: New design in progress, for a cabled Aran-weight cardigan with a shawl collar.
Yarn: Imperial Yarns Columbia, in ‘pearl grey’.