That Time Again

Lisse brioche sock

Here we are the 31st of October, the day after the time changed and the dark sinks down upon us even earlier.  It’s Halloween, but you’d never know it here in the Low Lands.  No one rings your doorbell or carves pumpkins.  Sure, there were some parties last night, but that wasn’t Halloween since it wasn’t the 31st.  Europeans just don’t get it.

You might have noticed that there wasn’t a whole lot of blogging going on the past month, or even two.  I am so predictable.  If you look back to last year at this time, or the year before that, it’s always the same pattern.  In the beginning of the Fall I’m a bit depressed and don’t have any energy.  I’m dreading the dark days to come.  I’m restless and listless.  Finally, by the end of October, I’m fed up with myself, I’ve brought out the candles and I’ve made some food that reminds me of the holidays to come.  I kick my butt and get going again.

For the past few years I’ve gone along with the silly notion that is NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) which began as a movement to blog every day in the month of November.  I go from absolutely no enthusiasm for blogging to blogging every day.  It doesn’t make any sense, but it works for me.  I am a victim of seasonal rhythms and artificial habits.

So, here we go again!

The above photo is a close up of my Lisse sock.  It’s my own pattern for toe-up knee high socks, based on a stitch pattern from Nancy’s book.  It has taken me nearly forever to finish the pattern and get it published.  It’s 99% done.  Really.  All I need is about an hour to tidy up some loose ends and I can call it done.  I just need to find that hour.  I promise (you are my witness) that it will be before another week goes by.  There, I’ve thrown down the gauntlet.  And speaking of gauntlets, I am busy knitting mittens.  I am designing mittens using the beautiful and warm Supreme Possum Merino 8ply yarn from my shop.  I plan to give the pattern away free with the purchase of yarn.  Photos coming this week!

This afternoon my in-laws came over to visit and have dinner.  I helped my MIL with her lacy sweater.  She’s an excellent knitter who chose a not-so-easy pattern in English.  I’m playing knitting translator, which I’m not very good at yet.  I’m learning the Dutch knitting terms as I go along.  Between the two of us, we figure things out.  I made a dinner that was somewhat holiday-like.  Chicken from the oven and sweet potatoes.  Candles on the table.  Banana cake for dessert.  It made me feel better.  It made me feel like I can tackle November (and the rest of winter) with more energy.

Let’s see together how it goes…..

1 Comment

  1. Just think Alex, it’s really only 7 weeks or so till the evenings get lighter again… In a way I find it strange that the clocks go back when the days have really been getting shorter since June! I also find it odd when I go over to Holland, that it gets light so much later in the morning – it makes sense of course because of the time difference, but it still feels odd.
    Good luck with the daily blogging!

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