September

September is commonly known as the first month of autumn in the northern hemisphere. In my part of the world, autumn (in strict meteorological terms) appears when the average daily temperature is between 0 and 10 degrees celsius. We’re not there yet here in Stockholm, but there is a definitive crispness in the air and a few leaves are starting to turn.

This morning was slightly overcast and even though it’s quite sunny now, the wind has picked up and the temperature is about 13 degrees in the shade.

Hedemoratäppan
Slightly overcast morning in the small park behind my building

Yesterday saw some torrential rain and the drains became quite flooded.

Torrential rain
Yesterday’s torrential rain

More than a puddle
Slightly flooded

I’ve loved autumn for as long as I can remember and I really want to make the most of the season. I will try to spend as much of it as I can outdoors. However, I suspect that it might prove difficult, since, a part from working full time, I will start studying again. I’ve decided to finish my education to become an archivist. I originally began studying for this ten years ago and I worked as an archivist briefly in 2004 and 2005, but I’ve now decided to start over and complete my education. Luckily there is one college in Sweden that offers these courses part-time. This will probably mean less time for knitting, but it’s an investment in myself, and I’m sure it’ll be worth it in the end.

Speaking of knitting, I’m now working on an Aran jumper in a lovely grey tweed yarn that I picked up in Dublin earlier this year. During Saint Patrick’s actually. I haven’t blogged about it yet, but I plan to share that trip with you eventually. It was great, I love Ireland.

Aran jumper in the making
Aran jumper in the making

A few weaks ago, when we were sorting out the study, we arranged almost all of my yarn into the top section of the book case. Looks great! And just watching all that lovely yarn really inspires me to create!

Yarn stash
About three quarters of my yarn stash.

Happy knitting!

P.S. If you’re curious, I’m originally an archaeologist, but right now I work as a research coordinator in an art museum.

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Summer in the city

I’ve been neglecting this space for quite some time now, but I intend to change that. I haven’t really felt like blogging much lately, but I really think that’s about to change. I have been knitting quite a lot, though, and I have a couple of finished projects that I want to share with you. But not today.

go for a swim

I’m enjoying my summer vacation immensely and I wish it could last much longer that it will. But it’s not over yet! Yesterday we headed off to the other side of town to a place called Vinterviken (literally “winter bay”) on the outskirts of the city proper where there is a lovely garden café next to an alotment area.

sign
The garden café at Vinterviken

We enjoyed our lunch at the café along with some ale from the fairly new micro brewery Skebo Bruksbryggeri located in Skebobruk in the northern part of the province of Uppland.

ale
Triple Gold from Skebo Bruksbryggeri

Sometimes I wish I had a proper camera, these mobile images doesn’t do the garden justice.

in bloom

poppy

pods

summer flowers

close up

stems

yellow

golden

chard

purplish pink

blue

I brought my knitting along only to discover I hadn’t brought enough yarn!

not enough yarn
A bit annoying

Our timing couldn’t have been better, just when we’d finished our lunch it started to rain. We headed off for the underground. Luckily it wasn’t very heavy, and we the trees along the path sheltered us for the most part.

Rain
Rain on lake Trekanten

Reflections
Reflections

Brook
Small brook running down to the lake

path
Path along the lake

It was a lovely little excursion all in all. Later last night the rain came down quite heavily and we got quite a bit of thunder as well. Wonderful! We spent the rest of the afternoon and evening sorting out our spare room which is intended to be a place for me to sit and knit and sow but has increasingly become a place where we put all of that stuff we don’t know what to do with. We’re almost completely done now with the sorting and cleaning and it looks wonderful! I’m actually looking forward to the arrival of autumn, when I can sit there in my favourite chair with my knitting, a cup of tea and a cat on my lap listening to the radio or a podcast. But I’m not done with summer yet! I promise you that.

See you soon!