First Circular Knit: West Desert Hood

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I finished my very first circular knit just in time for fall! I used the absolutely fabulous West Desert Hood pattern.

A note on the ribbing– I found that using a 8 ply yarn with US size 8 needles made for some very loose and rather sloppy looking ribbing. I had never done ribbing before so I learned this the hard way, and it involved a lot of ripping out my work while making an angry monster face. SO after much trial and error, I ended up using US size 6 needles for the ribbing and then transferring it over to the US size 8s for the rest of the pattern (until the final ribbing). I suppose it’s a matter of taste; I prefer tighter looking ribbing.

I didn’t get any in-progress shots, but it’s really quite a fun and simple pattern!

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I used Malabrigo Mech in Archangel, which is just the most gorgeous yarn, with its blend of reds, oranges, and purples. I discovered it in a little yarn shop in Maine, and I’m absolutely hooked!

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Bonus cell phone selfie! It was about 80 degrees outside when I took this and it’s quite a warm cowl, so that might account for the crazy eyes.

Apple Picking

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I love fall! Fall, fall, fall. My favorite season. I realize, of course, that it is not yet fall (minor detail), but I will be away for a good chunk of autumn, so I decided to jump the gun a bit on apple picking. My dad suggested we go and I readily agreed!

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We went to a local farm that does apple picking and couldn’t have asked for a better day!

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First apple picked!

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It’s so bucolic, man. (I just want a reason to use that word). 

They mainly had McIntosh apple trees. We searched all over for different kinds of apple trees to no avail…I think. I probably wouldn’t be able to tell the difference.

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Various things on wheels on the farm! I remember taking hay rides in those kinds of wagons as a kid!

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Fallen crab apples under a tree and the scenery nearby.

This makes me want to crawl under the tree with a blanket and a good book.

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Some crates. I guess the farm supplies various fruits and veggies to stores! This also marks the first time I’ve actually seen a pear tree. I am sorry to report that I saw no partridges in any of them.

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A beautiful apple tree full of apples!

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Our haul at the end of the day. I’m glad that these weren’t the apple trees from the Wizard of Oz because that would have amounted to a lot of fighting.

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The farm also had beautiful sunflowers! Along with the flowers, there were tiny residents who popped up to say hello…

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These colors are natural. In fact, I tried to make it LESS saturated.

The bumblebees really loved the sunflowers. Like, a lot.

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There are two bumblebees!

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I found this lovely lady hanging out on an apple I plucked from the tree.

And finally, there were a lot of honey bees. I found a hive that the farm was maintaining as well as various stray bees traipsing among the flowers. I probably looked a bit strange lying there in the field with my camera, but I love taking pictures of bees!

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I should probably get started on my next project….baking all of the apple pies!