Finally the air is crisper, the spices are sharper, and everything is taking on a touch of orange and nostalgia.
Oh wait, that's just in the movies. Here it actually feels no different from yesterday when we were sweating it out on the last day of summer. But this still means that it is now time for pumpkins, late afternoon runs, and big cozy sweaters.
As I write this I am bundled up in my latest sweater while the air conditioning runs desperately in the background. Bare Branches is one of those sweaters I fell in love with immediately but just never felt like I could make for myself. It is one of those fantasy sweaters that will make me look like a woodland creature and transport me out of the city and back to the mountains with a book in my hand and stars in my eyes. While nothing magical has happened (yet), it is perfectly cozy and just right for the coming season.
The pattern calls for Rowan Felted Tweed, but I'm too cheap for that, so I knit mine out of Lion Brand Fisherman's Wool that I bought with a coupon at Jo-Ann's. I think all together with the yarn and buttons I spent no more than $35. That is still a sizable amount of cash, but much more affordable for the total yardage of the finished product. The buttons, by the way are from KC's Top Hat Creations. They are hand made ceramic and each is beautifully unique. I love buttons, and these were a great way to add a pop of color while keeping the sweater wearable.
The entire sweater knit up quite quickly in under a month. I pretty much worked on nothing else, but it was still fast for me. This is probably due to the fact it is knit in pieces, making it much easier for me to knit this sweater on the go than other garment patterns. And each of the little details were just enough to make it interesting, like the turned hems on the bottom, or the i-cord edging along the sides, or the gorgeous tree across the back. Alana has renewed my faith in pieced garments and I cannot wait to give another of her sweater patterns a go.
Now, if you will excuse me, I'm going to carry my sweater down to Starbucks and celebrate the start of fall by finally indulging in a pumpkin spice latte. Pay no attention to the knitter sweating in the corner. She's too stylish to pass out.