Tuesday, September 18, 2012

delicious autumn

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.

-- George Eliot

With September has come a hankering for autumnal flavors. Mmm... I whipped up a batch of my favorite pumpkin chocolate chip squares last night, and they are just as delicious as I remembered. I've tried a few different brands of canned pumpkin, and Libby canned pumpkin seems to yield the best results. The pricey organic pumpkin from Whole Foods is a dud, both in terms of texture and flavor. I've tried making my own pumpkin puree in the past, but it's labor-intensive, and the texture is unpredictable for baking (but great for soups).
The temperature has been dropping at night, and I've been waking up to a snuggly marmalade tabby perched atop my chest. Delightful! Taking in Sugar and Moxie is one of the best decisions we've ever made.

Moxie is modeling my latest granny star afghan (pre-washing and blocking, of course). I'm still not tired of the pattern! This time I used Knit Picks Simply Cotton, which washes much better than CottonTots and doesn't produce quite as much fluffy residue. 

hook: Clover Soft Touch G (4.0 mm) 
3 skeins green tea heather, 2 skeins marshmallow
my Ravelry project page

So much fun to make! I did a single crochet border this time, and it made for a nice finishing touch.

As with the other ones I've made, the pattern required a little tweaking to make the star shape work. I skipped working a 2 DC “cluster” at the inner angles of the star.


Anonymous said...

I love the star blanket and the Eliot quote! Delicious autumn indeed.

Anonymous said...

I like Autumn in it's season, I would be chasing summer ;-)
Your star is amazing! I made one years ago (a small one) and still use it as a mat underneath the dogs water bowl in the house.
Enjoy the flavors of fall!

Katie M. said...

I love Moxie as model! She looks very pleased with herself (and so very fluffy!!) and her place in the world.

Anonymous said...

A bit random, but I just saw your comment on "Posie Gets Cozy" about the acorns on the U of C quads. Brought back such nice (forgotten) memories of fall and my undergrad there. My husband's in the Army so we're currently stationed in the South. Not fall yet, but I can feel the first hopeful hints!

Tracy Altieri said...

Love the star blanket - which instantly reminded me of a starfish! Autumn is my favorite time of year!

Nutmeg said...

The cook here at the Albright has made a couple of very "fall" things recently. While they've been great, it certainly doesn't feel like fall around here with temps still around 100! I'm looking forward to it cooling off just a little.