transitions

these last few weeks, after living here two years, i’ve discovered that i love autumn. in montana, where i lived my first 26 years, i love summer. the sky is so blue and the dry heat so nice after a long winter. the mountains are so pristine, the lakes so lovely and ready to be swum in. the summer is even better there if you have a nice winter with lots of snow.  autumn and spring are short and swift in montana, times when i was re-starting school and too busy to notice.

in vancouver, it was the spring.  cut down a rainforest and put up a city and things start growing and blooming early and bountifully.  spring was refreshing.

but here, in pittsburgh which i now call my home, it is not summer that i love. i still like summer. i love the heat and the wearing of little clothing, but the autumn makes me want to get out and do things like the summer did in montana. the air feels so good, crisp.  mornings are sublime.  i want to walk, hike, and do the things i did in montana in the summer.

you may recognize this project from way back here. the colors are way more accurate in the photo from the previous post.
dad's blanket

i’m transitioning back into doing knitting and spinning as work this week, but this was my buffer zone, my liminal space for a couple of days.  and i must say it was a delightful space to be in.  for me, like for many knitters, the transition into autumn mirrors the transition into thinking about keeping my family warm and comfortable.  this afghan, crisp mornings, and the cool weather that calls for soups and stews from my CSA box produce makes me a happy happy girl.

what about you?  have you moved from one place to another and discovered your preferences change?  have you had a piece of simple lovely knitting see you into a new season?  how have you lived in the transition of the season?  what has changed in the last few weeks?

p.s. i whole heartedly encourage transtional behaviors that include knitting log cabins and thoroughly blame and thank the mason-dixon knitting ladies for the pattern.

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35 thoughts on “transitions

  1. I love this – I loved making my log cabin bath mat. I completely agree that this pattern was fantastic for transitional periods – simple so you don’t have to really concentrate on what you are doing but at the end you are left with something beautiful.

  2. The last few weeks have found me cooking my ass off. All these food stamps! I hardly know what to do with myself! I hardly noticed it was fall until I found myself knitting and wearing a sweater around 8:30 yesterday morning. Glorious! Glorious! Glory be to Yarn and Sweaters in the highest!

  3. Having lived in a few places like yourself it’s not the transitions here where I live now that I like, so much as I miss the transitions in Saskatoon. Regina just seems like too much of a corperate city, when I would have seen knitwear coming out on the streets in saskatoon and huddles of people getting the last of the summer farmers market, here it’s people buying expensive winter coats and walking places less. Regina needs more community sadly.

  4. I’ve lived in the Midwest my whole life, so every fall is the same. Football comes around and all I want to do is sit and knit and watch as many games as I can while my crock pot is cooking up stew in the kitchen. Perfect! You can get a lot done during three football games watched on a Sunday afternoon :)

    I just knitted a few log cabin washcloths and you are right! It’s such a comforting pattern to work on.

    • that cracks me up! in pittsburgh am just at the beginning of understanding football meaning more than just the sport itself – and it is totally part of the transition into fall for everyone here, like it or not.

  5. Oh yes, since moving from Ohio (land of snowy winters) to TN (land of rainy lush-ness) I find myself really loving fall & winter. In Ohio these seasons were beautiful but sort of depressing, but here it’s all rain, all the time (except for the gorgeously bright, warm, sunny days, which happen even in December!).
    Thanks for the reminder to slow down to transition into fall!

  6. i have moved from southern alberta, canada to central alberta. you wouldn’t think there would be much of a difference in climate, but there is. there are no chinook winds in edmonton to melt away the snow in the winter like there are in lethbridge. the snow sticks around all winter. so autumn for me is bittersweet/depressing, its the end of the garden for another yr, and i know the cold is on the way, and its time to start nesting. the summer in edmonton is beautiful and short with a festival almost every weekend.

    {knitting scarves and standing over stewing roving on the stove has commenced.}

    • i totally understand the not moving far but the weather being different. the city 3 hours north of my hometown is way colder and gets way more snow. it’s totally different!

      at least you have your stewing roving to cheer you up!

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  8. I’ve had my eye on the log cabin for a while now… Autumn has always, ALWAYS been my favorite. My favorite time for being outdoors, moving briskly about, my favorite time for knitting, my favorite time for dressing. Maybe you’ll share some cosy makes stew recipes sometime soonly? +Chelsea

  9. I notice the transition into fall in little waves; I start thinking about hats/gloves/mittens, and right now I’m working on my first ever knitted blanket (also a log cabin from Mason-Dixon!). I’ve always been a fall lady, but since moving to SWMI I’m also a winter lady. There’s something so peaceful and quiet about the snowy winters here. Soup season is almost upon us!

  10. I lived in Florida for a number of years, land of no real season changes. When I moved back to the Pittsburgh area I was really in awe over how beautiful autumn is here. I love the crisp days, the smell of the fallen leaves, the amazing colors on the hillsides, yep fall in south west Pennsylvania is a lovely time of year.

  11. I like the colors of the blanket.

    When I lived in NJ, my favorite season was summer because everything was so green. Now, that I’m in Alabama, I particularly enjoy Spring since the temperatures are comfortable and I can watch things waking up. I do miss snow, though.

  12. I didn’t know I could miss anything as much as I miss the Northeast right now! We’ll celebrate Equinox tomorrow night and it’s supposed to be 104 degrees and not a yellow leaf in sight…apple season has been going strong here for months and I have no real need to do my usual canning and preserving for the winter. I felt like a squirrel at this time of year in Vermont, and I mean that in a really good way. Back in California, I am feeling a bit lost…
    I do have knitting to keep me company and have started my winter sweater…I do have thoughts of an afghan…

  13. I picked up my knitting after a long summer not touching it & completed two projects in two days, cooler weather makes the needles fly. Hat knitting starts tonight.

  14. Autumn is my favorite time of year…in both Montana and Idaho. Unlike you, I HATE the Montana heat in the summer and generally am cranky and sweaty for most of the season (the panhandle of Idaho is much the same, due to the mountains and such). I love the garden and plants, so I put up with the heat for their sake. The fall, though, is full of so many good smells, the beginnings of wood smoke, and lots of pumpkin and apple goodness in the kitchen. I love cardigans and wool socks, and I can pull these out, but still go for long walks without ice in the way. As far as transitional knitting goes, I’ve found the last few years that I focus on my kids’ hats as a transition into autumn–their heads grow each year and we prepare by picking out new patterns and yarns. They have opinions now, and that makes it more fun. I’ve got one little project to wrap up, and then my son’s Spiderman hat will go on the needles!

    • i would think there’d be a lot of difference between east and west MT. i like to hike and be in the mtns where it tends to stay, perhaps, a bit more cool in the summer than east where there’s no where to hide? did you notice your perception of summer change at all?

      i love your descriptions of the family transitions. what a great autumn ritual.

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  16. I’ve always loved Autumn, but I’ve found I love it more living up north (in Minnesota and now Upstate NY) than I did living in the south (North Carolina). There’s just something about the angle of the light up here, this time of year, combined with the crisp air and the gorgeous leaves, that’s just plain wonderful.

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