And Fall on the brain! I was recently participating in a photo challenge on Facebook, it was to take a picture of what fall meant to you – something to capture the look or feel of this time of year and what it means to you.
How does one take a picture of busy! Fall is the busiest time of year for many people and I am no exception. My children are not at home but this is the busiest time of year for knitters! The store is busy, my classes are busy, I am busy preparing for Christmas, knitting and baking (well baking is on the list but not active just yet!) and I am preparing for the retreat and the spring classes.
Fall is also my favorite time of year.
I love the change in the air and the switch that the change brings to the foliage, from all over green to green with shots of warm yellows, reds, browns and eventually the greys of bare branches. Fall and Winter on the coast is full of colour, but the colours are always more subtle, more muted and tonal.
Yesterday was one of the those days that reaffirms my love of the Fall season. It was one of those glorious west coast days, not a cloud in the sky and the air was crisp and clear. My husband and I took full advantage of the weather and drove up to Cathedral Grove, a 45 minute drive that takes you into another world!
Cathedral Grove is one of my favorite places, a list of many on this Island, but Cathedral Grove is special by anyone’s standards. Trees as old as 800 years, most around 300 years old, and lots of native ferns and plants, all growing in wild profusion, west coast rain forest for all to experience.
The park includes Cameron River that runs into Cameron Lake and the views at the lakeside are incredible this time of year. The lake sits deep within a mountain pocket and the sides and steep and wooded. Right now they are dotted with spots of gold and down at the lakeside there are rushes, and red bushes. Yesterday there was no wind and the lake mirrored the shore beautifully.
I always feel more energetic in the fall and winter. In spring, I am already thinking of the fall and the summer is just for play – too hot for anything more serious.
Fall knitting is also fast and furious, and this year a lot of my knitting colours have been fall colours (purple is an all year round colour!). Heron is finished and the pattern is on the way – I need it for next weeks’ class.
Parquet Moebius, the first sample for the retreat – the most difficult one – is well over half way and the other samples are all planned. And I have already got some ideas for the spring classes, but I am always open to unexpected opportunities and ideas – got some to share?
This next weekend I am taking a class on colour theory and creating fair-isle patterns. This will be applied to the spring classes, I see some fair-isle gloves in our future!
Hope that you are enjoying your fall weather!