Monday, July 29, 2013

Dreams of Fall

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All it takes is about two days of hot weather—and by the way, “hot” equals about 85 degrees F here in the North Country, and I know that makes me a complete wimp, but I guess my blood is thick or something—and I become a shrieking harridan.  Also, the lazy kicks in and everything, everything is so much work.  You know what I mean?  Just hauling the laundry around seems like it takes all I have.  I have to take little breaks, just to lie on the floor, panting, in front of the fan.  So, when the air turned a little bit crisp yesterday, and the sun came down through the stormy-looking clouds, looking so dramatic, like an inspirational poster from the 70s, my head suddenly cleared and I felt awake and all the fabric in the cupboard looked good together, and I was moved to make another quilt.  Which is silly, since I haven’t even made this one yet, but you know how it is.  The startitis is fully upon me.  I wanna be starting something. 

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This is my favorite palette right now.  Plum, mustard, dove gray, peony, russet, navy, sage.  Muted and dusty, like an illustration in an antique book.  Faded. 

Cool weather also inspires my knitting, and even as I continue to knit umpteen hats, I started another Chevron Skirt, in oatmeal, browns, and grays, and shorter this time, which will display my aging knees, but that can’t be helped. 

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I think of wearing this with tall brown boots and a serious dark brown turtleneck, carrying a very important-looking stack of research papers and striding across a leafy campus, on my way to a lecture, my long blond hair in a strict bun, and leaving behind me the subtlest scent of Arpege.  School dreams. 

I’m in that lull right now, between mad bursts of getting ready for something, or cleaning up after something else, and it leaves room for planning new projects.  Quilts, scarves, sweaters, hats.  I feel it all coming. 

23 comments:

  1. That fabric is yummy I love the colours and I'm sure the skirt will look divine. Strange I always have images of myself looking rather swish in an outfit walking around like I know what I'm doing, if only the reality was the same ~ Sarah x

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  2. Gorgeous! I so agree with you about the temps :) I laid in bed last night and designed in my mind a quilted wallhanging with pumpkins, crows and autumn leaves ;P
    Smiles, DianeM

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  3. Can't wait to see your skirt - your image made me smile x

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  4. Bring it on girl. Can't wait to see what you're gonna do with that inspiring stack of fabric.
    And fall can't come fast enough for me. 85 degrees would be a cold front here. Have fun with your projects!

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  5. DITTO on the HOT temps!! I'm so over it! :) I'm having dreamy thoughts of October. I love your writing, your palette is beautiful and all of your projects are incredible. It's always a joy to stop by here. Hope you have a lovely week! penny x

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  6. I got the Autumn issue of Cottage Journal on July 15th and have been dreaming cinnamon scented dreams ever since


    did you ever finish your son's quilt? I may have missed that

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  7. If it helps you at all my knees are aging,too. How did that happen?
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  8. I like your fabric choices. They look so good together. I agree...this morning I thought I felt a hint of fall in the air.

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  9. Bring on Fall...my favorite season! I lived in NY state for most of my life and have lived in IL for seven years. I am a total wimp when it comes to the heat in this part of the country...I never thought it could be so hot for such long periods of time. I am loving the cooler temps of the past few days (70s), but my friends wonder how I am comfortable without a jacket!!!!
    The fabrics for your quilt are wonderful and look like Fall.

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  10. I feel it too. Startitis - it's nice to have a name for it.

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  11. I am with you on the heat - its been in the high 80s and 90s ( and hot at night too) here in UK for about three weeks and I am wilting. How in the world people manage to carry on normal lives in places like Asia I will never know! I have even had to lay off crocheting as I can't bear the heat of the yarn. It is cooler here today also and pouring with rain and I confess to being very happy about it. So while everyone around me laments the passing of the sun, I smile to myself and enjoy it. Lily. xxx

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  12. Those fabrics have a real old world feel, I'm looking forward to seeing your resulting new quilt! Love the colors in your new chevron skirt too - everyone will be too busy admiring that and your serious dark brown turtleneck (did you finish knitting that already?) to notice your aging knees! I always love reading your blog, it is a highlight of my week :-) Happy planning! Helen

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  13. oh, i love all of those old fabrics...........

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  14. Autumn is always my favourite too, although enjoying having a summer first this year! I love the muted tones of your fabric x

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  15. I think everything feels better in the cool weather - especially crafty subjects!
    Love your fabrics and their colours. All the best with the new skirt!
    Joy

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  16. Yes, recent arrival of cooler breezes is so invigorating. I love the word startitis! Think I've got it myself as I begin to wind a few more skeins of wooly yarn into balls. Next step...cast on.

    Your chevron skirt and ideas of how you will style it sound great.

    Let the cool breezes continue. xo

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  17. Well keep it all coming, we want to see it! I have been sewing and Autumn shades have been on my mind too. I am fashionably a season ahead of myself. I loved that last chevron, I like the colours of this one too I am looking at the same colours in my projects. See my tunic and scarf here http://joeveryday19.blogspot.co.uk Jo x

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  18. The image of you laying on the floor panting is hilarious. I'm ready for fall, too, though as much as I complained about last winter, it seems strange.

    Beautiful fabrics and I love your skirt.

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  19. Kristen you really are such a hoot! :D I'm so with you when it comes to the heat. I'm done. I can't stand it anymore, and I'm tired of being in the house all time where the air conditioning keeps me from having a total heat induced fit. I can't wait for some heavenly, crisp autumn air! I'm loving your fabric pile. Those colors are so pretty and a quilt would be just beautiful. That's going to be a GREAT skirt! Stay cool, sweetie! xo

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  20. I've been hooking some fall pillows and blankets too! Looking forward to those crisp days on Lavender Hill!!!

    gena

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  21. When the weather dropped here I began quilting as well. Minis, lap size, just churnin them out. Insane. I love your color pallette I have always been a fan of those.

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  23. Gosh, what beautiful color palettes. I'll be keeping an eye out for updates on that chevron skirt! I liked your other one a lot, but I'm a sucker for cream and earth tones. Would you be interested in posting it as a work in progress on Kollabora, the crafting and DIY community?

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