My Mom's birthday was on Sunday, and I went home to NM to celebrate!
We spent Friday in Santa Fe, including a very short walk through the not-yet-fully-changing aspens up near the ski area.
The walk was short because (1) I'm no longer used to 10,000 feet above sea level and (2) it started raining. Apparently the short, cold rain was just what the aspens needed- a friend called Sunday morning to say how gloriously golden everything was on the mountain.
I try not to give too many hand-knitted gifts to family and friends. While the gifts are appreciated, I think that most people don't care as much as I do and would just as soon have something else. But this year, all Mom got was hand-knitted goodness- because she has shamelessly dropped hints about wanting these two specific things.
I managed to finish the fingerless gloves as my plane landed in Albuquerque. A little too close for comfort, but they were done nonetheless. A perfect fit, and a bit hit!
This is my own mish-mash pattern based on the wonderful glove article in Interweave Knits Winter 2003. The yarn is Louet Gems Opal, navy blue.
I also gave Mom the Cherry Scarf Redux. She liked mine so much that I'm rather surprised I was able to get out of New Mexico with it when I moved in May!
Also a big hit.
I really enjoyed being back in NM for a few fall days. The weather was really cool and crisp, a perfect hint of winter. It's still in the mid-90s in Austin, so that kind of weather is not yet on the horizon here. Sigh.