away we go.

going on a fun trip. sadly not by balloon.



my first color work knit. eunny jang's endpaper mitts. knit in a silk bamboo blend.

i'm pleased with the way they turned out. the color work went really quickly and the pattern was fairly easy to memorize. i even used proper yarn dominance using the one color in each hand technique.

i like fingerless mitts. i'm not a fan normal mittens and i'm not patience enough to knit gloves in a light enough weight that i still have full use of my fingers when i'm wearing them. these will be perfect for the winter when i battle between my cold naturedness and my stubborn refusal to turn up the heat in the house.



i have a strong attraction to the absurd.

the newest addition to our house. thanks to jungle jims. now if the weather will just do its duty and get cold already...



we went to asheville north carolina last weekend to visit family and breathe deep the mountain air. it was great. it's starting to feel like fall and there was an nice chill to the air, the type that renews the soul. and the apples were in season.

we went apple and peaching picking on sunday and brought eighty pounds of produce back with us. yep, eighty pounds. sixty of apples and twenty of peaches. fourty pounds of those apples were seconds--the ones the orchard deems unworthy of full price status. the small and bruised ones. apple 'unlovables'. so we got forty pounds for tweleve dollars. and with those apples we made this:

three plus gallons of pure deliciousness (which is evidently a word--who knew!). we spent last week constructing our very own cider press. its pretty rudimentary and involves a lot of beefy looking lumber and a bottle jack. we did the apple crushing part with a garbage disposal (new garbage disposal). i wish i had pictures of the process, but after all was said and done we didn't get started until around ten o'clock friday night--not ideal picture taking time. let's just say it was sticky and amusing. and tasty.

hopefully we'll be making more before apple season is over.