An autumn reverie

I love the beginning of fall. The temperature drops, the sun droops a little lower, and warm sweaters come out of hibernation. To me, fall is a promising time of new beginnings and exciting opportunities, a time for creature comforts and quiet pursuits. What better time to open a yarn shop?

If you are like me, you’re probably already scheming up what projects to tackle as daylight diminishes and cool temperatures nudge you indoors. A sweater for that lovely bamboo merino blend you’ve been dying to try? New mittens? A fuzzy reversible cowl?

The needle crafters I know are extremely generous, which means they are more likely thinking of gifts for loved ones than for themselves. When it comes to homemade gifts, planning ahead can help you ensure enough time to complete the project.

Even if you approach projects more haphazardly, as I do, there are lots of options for quick knitted gifts. Try beaded wire napkin rings or simple hand warmers. Use remnants from your stash to create mini sweaters, hats, or scarves; then turn them into brooches, use them to adorn wrapped gifts, or hang them from your tree.

Tree?! Forget I mentioned it. Today, just revel in fall’s splendor.