As an artist, I constantly feel the need to create. I look forward to this time of year, not only for it’s cooler temperatures and dynamic fall colors, but because it is when I enroll in an adult education evening class. The classes that I have selected in past years have included photography, sewing, cake decorating, and several on crochet. Next on my radar is knitting. Seriously, boredom is not in my vocabulary!

I am really fascinated with Irish Aran sweaters. I hope that someday I will be skilled enough to make one of my own.  If you are already an advanced knitter, Raverly.com has some really great patterns.


I had the good fortune of purchasing a couple vintage Irish, hand knitted fisherman sweaters on one of my recent thrift store adventures. Knowing that now days, these are made with machines and that a different type of wool is used, makes me appreciate mine even more.

My mother-in-law told me once, that her mother had pointed out to her how special handmade items are. So this is a piece of advise that I’d like to share with you. And as a result, my Pinterest “Handmade” page is one of my largest.

So as the evenings gradually grow dark earlier & cooler temps are inevitable, I challenge you to learn something new.

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