I know, I know – I live in New England, it’s autumn, and a week away from the expected peak fall color. How predictable can I be?
Well, I know how lucky I am to live right in the midst of what so many people have to travel miles to visit. Or only ever dream of.
My first autumn in New England, I looked around as Gryphon and I traveled somewhere and said, “It’s like driving through a bowl of Fruit Loops!”
And it really was true. At the right moment in the season, with the right mix of deciduous trees, all the colors in Fruit Loops are shown in the leaves. Even the purple and pink.
I’m lucky in that some of the best trees for color are right down the street from me.
This one, for instance, is right across from the Fire Station (which would be just out of frame on the right).
For one brief, shining moment (okay, a couple of years), Wilton was the focal point of the Wilton Scenic Railroad.
This Tourist Train was the dream of local businessman Stuart Draper. He bought a couple of old Budd Rail Cars, had them refurbished, and rode with them all the way from somewhere up in Canada.
The joke was that he sold one of his businesses, the local telephone company, and used the proceeds to buy a big train set to play with. The fact was that Stuart was sincerely interested in developing Wilton as a tourist destination, and the Wilton Scenic Railroad was his contribution to the cause.
And it worked. People came from everywhere for the opportunity to ride these distinctive rail cars through small New England towns, past lakes, and into the fall foliage.
It didn’t hurt that a decent panaromic view of Mount Monadnack, the most climbed mountain in the world, could be seen from the train, too.
After the 2005 season, we were all looking forward to riding the rails again in 2006. Tragically, however, Stuart passed away from a sudden heart attack in January. The train was his passion, not his widow’s. The Budd Rail Cars are up for sale, with a faint hope that a buyer would want to continue them as a local scenic rail.
Meanwhile, as ever, Wilton still sees the regular passage of working cargo trains. There’s a crossing in town of the type that they’re required to blast the whistle for – two longs, a short, and a long is the sequence. And that whistle is loud!
Was massively impressed with the colors of the twilight sky as I drove to spinning guild last night, so even as I drove, I tried to capture it with the camera.
The clouds and the moon (that little dot caught in the web of utility lines) made a scene of mottled silvery grays and pale blues. Loved the color scheme. Of course, it was nearly impossible to get the colors right on the camera. (FYI – the band of blue across the top is from my windshield.)
As in spinning. I decided that, having finished the pink/yellow/orange yarn (which is still waiting to be washed and hung), I should begin another project. So before heading to spinning guild last night, I grabbed this ball of roving and my Lucite CD Spindle.
The roving is the prize I won in the raffle at the 2005 NH Sheep & Wool Festival. Sorry, can’t tell you what species it is.
It’s spinning nicely, though. I decided this time to aim for a 2-ply fingering weight, so I’m working thicker than the bright pastels that I’m also spinning up.
The main technique experiment here is that I’m not pre-drafting the fibers at all – just drafting directly from the rope as I spin. It’s a good test of my drafting skills, I think. And so far, I seem to be passing the test.
No photo for this one, though goodness knows there are enough clocks in the house I could have snapped a shot of.
Time makes the list, though, because it’s a commodity I have precious little of right now. At least as far as my Christmas knitting list is concerned.
I’ve come to a conclusion that I need to step up the focus on the holiday projects. Which for you folks means, fewer pictures of knitting progress for the next couple of months. Sorry!
No picture for this one, either. But today is Thursday, and it’s Knitting Around at Panera night.
This group is really developing nicely – we have anywhere from 3 to 6 people every week, and we all seem very comfortable chatting with each other. We’re approaching our first anniversary, too – as of the first Thursday in November, we’ll have been getting together for an entire year. Hooray for us!