We are having a spectacular Fall in Southern California with glorious cloud formations billowing high in the sky whilst fog seeps up from the valleys and ocean below. This morning I am happy to be out with Simcha and Steve enjoying the scenery while wearing my new Autumn Vines Beret. With the arrival of Simcha into our lives we go for a hike every morning because, if I've failed to mention it, Simcha is a "high energy" dog and we all have a more relaxing day if it begins with a hike.
The amazing thing is that the whole of Topanga is literally pickled with hiking trails that we never knew were there. We've both driven these roads for years and never spotted them. But now whenever I see a car parked along the road I'll pull over and investigate and I have found numerous hidden trails that way. I have Simcha to thank as it's only to provide amusement and diversion for him that I've been pushed to explore our neighborhood.
One of the fun things about hiking is that you come across many natural treasures such as the bird's nest pictured below. Whether it's a walk in your neighborhood or a hike in the mountains, if you take the time to look there are countless treasures just waiting to be found.
Autumn Vines Beret, pattern by Alana Dakos, who blogs as Never Not Knitting; US 4 needles; Pashmina Yarn by Madelinetosh (Cove colorway). This was a fun pattern to knit and my only modification was to go down a needle size. I have this hat thanks to Andrea who blogs as Life on Laffer (a test knitter for Alana Dakos) because its from seeing her many beautiful test knits and, but for that, I'm not sure this designer would have been on my radar. Rav Link This designer has also recently published Coastal Knits, A Collaboration between Friends on Opposite Shores, which I've ordered because I do, after all, live on the Coast.
The MisAdventures of Simcha
I know it's pink. I paid extra for that.
I think it is important to combat sexual stereotyping whenever possible.
Until next time, be well and love well and this Fall I hope you will take walks in your neighborhood ~ I know that you will be pleased by what you find!