I love autumn. I love the first day of cool breezes, the sound of leaves blowing in the wind, warm apple cider (mulled or not), scarves, boots, leaf piles (though, I much not prefer to rake!) – I love this time of year!

I’m not ready to let go of summer yet, as much as I love the fall. I’m not ready to let go of bright colors, abundant sunshine, walking on the beach, smelling the sweet salt air, or walking down the street to buy a smoothie from my favorite smoothie place in town.

My latest knitting project reminds me of summertime smoothies – hues of pinks, oranges, and yellows, yummy brightness, gorgeous texture. I think this shawl will remind me of summer well into the winter, and it will make me long of those summer days (and nights!) all year long.

Enter Multnomah, by Kate Ray.

I'm kind of in love with these colors.

I absolutely adore this pattern. I wanted to knit a shawl, but I didn’t want to deal with complicated lace charts and teeny lace weight yarn for the shawl I wanted to make. Nice and easy, just like the transition from summer to fall. I dig.

Multnomah in progress - close up on waves

I also dig the yarn I’m using – Knit Picks Chroma fingering weight yarn in the (what else?) Smoothie colorway. It’s been a joy to knit with this year, barring the one knot in the yarn, right in the middle of the skein. Thankfully this yarn’s single ply, so a little spit and splice joined the knotted ends with no problem. My kind of yarn. My kind of knitting project.

(Oh! I’ve also made myself a new layout for this blog! It’s blue and grey and chevron-ey and I kind of love it a lot. I still need to add things and tweak things, but I’m happy enough to deliver this to the outside world. After all, real artists ship.)