Dreaming of autumn.

As in many parts of the world, we are having extreme heat and humidity and no rain here in south central Pennsylvania.  It has been brutal!  Our grass is brown and crispy and the perennial garden is not looking too good.  However, one of my favorite plants, Russian sage, is drought tolerant and looks and smells beautiful.

At this time of year, my thoughts turn to the beautiful, cool and crisp autumn days that I hope are coming in the not-too-distant future.  The smell of leaves on the forest floor, the sight of skeins of geese heading to their winter havens, and the feel of a hand-knit wool shawl on my shoulders.  I can’t wait.

This week I’m sharing some photos of my autumnal designs.  I’m in the planning process for another one, but that is stuff for another day.  I have a tub bursting with beautiful autumn-inspired wool in oranges, golden browns, rust, deep purple and more.  Oh, the possibilities!

Below is a photo of my design, The Recipe.  It shows a witch’s cauldron bubbling with a magical brew.  The recipe is tacked to the tree.  I used a piece of dyed ArtWool (by Susan Feller) as the sky.  That piece of wool was too pretty to strip, so I cut it to shape and tacked it in place.  I attached this mat to a bare branch and it hangs in my studio.

The next design is called, La Hora del Te [Tea Time[,  It’s a nod to the Mexican holiday, Dia de Los Muertos, celebrated on November first and second.  Senora Bonita has come back to enjoy a nice cup of tea while wearing her favorite plumed hat.

The third design below is titled, Fall Fields.  I began this piece in a class at Deanne Fitzpatrick’s studio in Nova Scotia a few years ago.  Deanne hooks with yarn and other fibers, so my mat is a combination of wool strips and some luscious nubby wool yarns. 

All of these patterns and more can be found on the Shop page of my website.  Hook yourself a bit of autumn!

There’s a lot of beauty out there and in the awaiting of crisp, cool fall days ahead.

The Recipe  24" x 18"

The Recipe  24" x 18"

La Hora del Te   26" x 21"

La Hora del Te   26" x 21"

Fall Fields   22" x 19"

Fall Fields   22" x 19"