I get a little squirrelly in September. No, not nuts, though some might debate that. And the online dictionary does say it means "eccentric" or "flighty" (I had to look it up, as the more I looked at the word the odder it appeared).
But squirrelly in the way that squirrels put by for the winter. They hoard. They prepare. Like that.
So this fall you'll likely find me working at my desk as something simmers in the crock pot, maybe with a pumpkin bread in the oven or muffins made with the berries I've frozen cooling on a rack. You'll probably find me in the evenings reading a book by the fireplace or working on my latest knitting project watching a dvd. At some point I'll organize the basement. Start making Christmas lists. And I'll love every minute of it.
I might even be ultra-efficient and combine a few tasks - like knitting gift bags to put Christmas presents in. I love them. They last and last and last and you can put really cute holiday ribbons in for the ties. I bought holiday sparkle yarn last year at 50% off just for this purpose!
So in keeping with that, here's a super easy pattern for a Bottle Bag:
Using 5.5 mm or US 9 needles (I like a tighter stitch so I use 5 mm) cast on 55 stitches.
Knit 5 rows garter stitch
Eyelet row: K3, yfwd, K2tog. Repeat to last stitch, K1.
Beginning with a purl row, knit 13 inches in stocking stitch, ending with a purl row.
To work the bottom of the bag, cast off 42 stitches, knit to end of row (13 stitches).
Continue in stocking stitch for 3 inches, ending with a purl row and cast off knitwise.
To finish: sew the side seam, then sew base to the sides of bag. Weave ribbon or cord through the eyelet row to close. Ta da!
Mills and Boon (and coming to the US in February). Click on that link and you can read a first chapter!
Are you as crazy about fall as I am? What activities do you like to do in the autumn?