Beautiful Golden Morning

September 22, 2006 at 1:25 pm | Posted in country living, family, knitting, yarn | 11 Comments

Hand Knit Fingerless Gloves in Berroco Ultra Alpaca YarnI woke up at four o’clock this morning with my husband, but tried to sleep a bit more … to no avail. I spent some time knitting on a pair of fingerless gloves (the “Fetching” pattern from Knitty.com’s summer edition) as I watched a bit of Fox and Friends. I started them yesterday but only knit the first few rounds. This morning I knit a substantial amount of the hand part of the glove. I am using some of my Berroco Ultra Alpaca in Lavender Mix, and I do like the look of them so far. Rather than knitting the first round in the 4×1 rib as the pattern instructs, I knit the first round and began the ribbing on round two. This created a tiny little roll at the cuff which I like because it is a little bit unfinished and rustic looking – which is what I am going for with my scarf, gloves, etc. in this Lavender Mix yarn. I am using size U.S. 5 dpns, rather than the size 6 dpns called for in the pattern, because I have small bones and didn’t want the gloves to be loose.

By the way, see that ball of yarn I’m knitting from. That is one my husband and I wound from a skien of the Ultra Alpaca yarn. Following a tip from another blogger, I wound the ball around my thumb, with a tail coming out the bottom. When the ball was finished, I was able to pull on the tail and have a center-pulling ball of yarn. That was a very cool tip! I just wish I could remember whose blog it was so I could give her credit.

Fireflys White Flowers with Red BerriesIt is about forty degrees out; I have been drinking my tea and waiting for the sun to come up so I can go outside and see about capturing some pretty white flowers growing amongst a shrub with deep red berries on it. My husband pointed them out to me yesterday after he mowed the lawn. A little bit ago a saw golden morning light began lighting up the yard, so I slipped on my husband’s big ol’ yard boots and went outside wearing my flannel pj’s, one of his flannel shirts (which comes down to my knees because I am not very tall) and this wonderfully funky robe I have which I call my “dog” robe. The robe is dark green fleece and has dogs embroidered on it here and there. It was so funky and funny I had to buy it when I saw it couple years back.

Side Bar: I love living in a place where I can go out dressed rather absurdly and traipse around all over the place taking photographs without being spotted by other humans other than the odd trucker that might happen to be passing by. The annonymity is delicious and so much different than the crowded conditions of Los Angeles.

Fireflys Barn on a Golden MorningBack to the photoshoot. The morning sun was not at quite the correct angle to hit the flowers the way I had hoped, but they are pretty and I am sharing them anyway. Meanwhile, there were quite a few other beautiful golden moments I did catch … too many to share in one blog. I think my favorite from this morning is this one of the side of our barn awash in golden pinkish light, framed by a bare tree. I don’t know why that tree is already bare … I’ll have to ask my husband.

All in all it looks like we will have a beautiful day on the farm. We are heading out late afternoon to pay a visit to my husband’s mother, then we will meet his sister and her husband for supper and a Guiness at our favorite Irish pub in a village about forty five minutes away.

Fireflys Yard on a Golden MorningBy the way, I spent some time this morning doing more photography of the hand knit Christmas stockings I have on hand, in preparation for a page of photos I will put up by Monday for all who are interested in making or seeing more of that work. It is a bit of a project, so I need more time to put it all together than I have today.

We plan on having a wonderful weekend, and hope you do as well.

~firefly

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  1. I picked up the book from the library…WOW!! The tough decision will be which stocking to knit first. I am leaning towards the victorian lace stocking for my oldest granddaughter. I need to get busy and get the yarn for it, as I have a trip next week to Salem, Mass., and will have lots of knitting time on my hands!! Can’t wait to see pictures of your other stockings.

    Thanks for the serenely calm pictures. Your farm looks delightful, almost like the Field of Dreams. You should sell tickets.

  2. I’m planning to make those gloves too, I think I might borrow your idea for the cuff, I love the color you are using. Keep posting the pictures of your farm, I love them. Can’t wait to see the stockings.

  3. I love the color you’ve chosen for your hat/scarf/cloves ensemble. Probably because I love the smell of lavender (I use lavender on everything…I scent my hair with lavender oil!). When I see that color, I can almost smell lavender.

    Funny you should mention that about the ball of yarn. I a new knitter, but I’ve been crocheting for over 25 years, and I only just recently learned that trick of winding yarn that pulls from the middle. It seems so obvious, too! I think I got it from knittinghelp.com, but I’m not sure.

    I love the white flowers contrasting with the red berries. All of your pictures are lovely. Thanks for sharing your home with us!

  4. What a nice choice of gloves for the scarf…I’m really loving these photos! Keep em coming! Please. I know what you mean about being about to go out & about dressed like (however). I would get some serious ribbing from my neighbors for that, but then, I know what their jammies look like too. hehe Nothing like a good Irish pub to fill the tummy and the spirits! Have a great time!

  5. Oh wow… reading posts on your blog is a treat every single time!!! I’d jump on a plane right away and fly over to spend some time on the farm… and this means a lot coming from a born and bred city gal who panicks when there’s no houses or humans around her LOL.
    I would be pinching myself every 2 minutes to make sure I wasn’t dreaming if I lived in a place like that 🙂
    I soooo understand how it must feel to be able to traipse around like that taking pictures 🙂

    Cheers Eva

  6. Lovely pictures, as always! The white flowers & red berries makes me think of winter… and while most if me doesn’t want fall to be over before it even begins, part of me is longing for winter…

  7. Fetching looks better the way you did the cuff.

    Love your pictures.

  8. Firefly, that’s your BARN? looks better than my house… 🙂

  9. WOW – what a barn. I made my Fetching a little longer in the thumb and hand section as it seemed a little short in the original pattern – I love the little roll in the cuff too.

  10. Hi Firefly! I stumbled across your blog a couple of weeks ago. I love your pictures and your writing. You sound so content and happy in your life, it’s a joy to read. Is there an email address where I can write you?

  11. just lovely! beautiful pictures as always. can i move in? 😉


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