Funny how something that takes months the first time can pull together in a week when things go right.

Just like that, I’m back to the same place I was last week, plus a cuff and a grafted-on sleeve. 20% fewer stitches helps, too, I suppose. It looks like the sweater will be just in time, too. It’s suddenly turned to fall around here. On Wednesday, it was in the upper 80’s and humid. Tonight, it’s going to get down to 40. Suddenly we need sweaters on outside, even during the day. Something about school being back in session makes it suddenly real that winter is on its way.

I do like fall, though this year I’m not looking forward to the darkness and the short days. It’s always so much easier to wake up bright and early when it is actually bright outside. One of the first things I noticed this week when my alarm started going off for my usual commuting train was that it’s still dark when we get up now. The upside, of course, is that I’ll get to see sunrise every morning from the train platform in a few weeks’ time. That’s always a nice way to start the day.

In the meantime, I’m picking up stitches and knitting that second sleeve just as fast as I can. With any luck, there will be a new sweater on the shelves before the air gets cold and the leaves start to fall. Must. knit. faster!