Changing Seasons

Changing Seasons

Published by Cathy Bothe on Sep 8th 2022

As the fall season begins, many of us know that more than a leaf change is coming. Some families are starting to plan for big changes: a child going off to college, starting full-time kindergarten, or even starting a new job. Our family has seen our eldest grandson on his way across the country to begin his first job after graduation.

We all know that these changes are part of the “seedlings turning into Sun Flowers even as we gaze”—surprisingly bittersweet. I wonder how many of us are dealing with those separations with our knitting. Something for them to remember us by, but for the knitter, love and good wishes are in every stitch. We hope each time they wear a sweater, socks, mittens, or a scarf, they will think of us and the ties that bind us.

My project is an Afghan. It is hot where he is going, so I thought of a lightweight project using some 75% cotton/25% acrylic that is machine washable and dryable. I thought it could work as a throw or even to cover a “first apartment” chair that might not be perfect. The colors in my stash were perfect as they are pale green and gold, and he is a true Wisconsin Packer Fan, but not so bold that people will even notice.

I will confess that I am usually not happy with any project I do. My latest baby sweater is a third-time knitting project. The first one was too “floppy,” and the second one had a neck that was too small, so the third one is the charm.

The Afghan was no different. My first time was not to my liking, so I decided on blocks, but in a reversible pattern.

I am not sure when this one will be done, but I am sure we all will miss him the whole time.