It's way too hot in Texas to wear sweaters and scarves of knitted wool, no matter how lovely. But I'm a sucker for beautiful yarns and I like to have some handwork to continue in the evenings. Thus the knitting. It should keep me busy for a while. That is "busy," not "out of trouble" necessarily.
My work almost always starts with the materials and their stories. I know where all this stuff came from and what I was doing when I encountered/dyed/bought it. I'm also noodling about what miscellaneous threads and notions might want to be part of the piece.
This is a perfect time to start something new. My two HERstory pieces are done and photographed, I've sent off my quilt to Quilts=Art=Quilts, and I've selected the things I'm taking to Dayton for the show at Strings Attached Yarns. And the first real breath of Autumn has reached Texas--open windows and temperatures in the 60s the last two nights. Fall really is the beginning of the year for me; somehow I almost expect to get a new plaid dress with white collar and cuffs, and a new pair of school shoes. Alas, alas, those days are gone and I really don't plan to go back to school again. But the crisp air still beckons.