First Circular Knit: West Desert Hood


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!


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!


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


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!


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

First apple picked!

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.



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

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.


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.


A beautiful apple tree full of apples!


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.


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

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

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


There are two bumblebees!


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!


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