September is my favorite month. Not only do I have my birthday, we also have our wedding anniversary. Here’s what we looked like 28 years ago this past Sunday.


I also love the beginning of the school year in September. The Teen is a high school senior, so it’s the last of the first days of school. We celebrated with a trip to Black Butte Ranch in Sisters, Oregon, with three other families. Next year the kids will be scattered to different colleges, so it was the first in what will be a series of last hurrahs.


The weather was perfect. Crystalline blue skies, high 75, low 35 (fahrenheit!). Perfect for biking (Mt. Jefferson to the right, Three-Fingered Jack to the left, Black Butte cut off to the extreme right)…




or lazing in the backyard hammock.


This is Black Butte, a volcanic cinder cone.


And the two snow-capped mountains are two of the three Sisters. The third sister (Middle Sister) isn’t visible from here. The closest mountain is Belknap Crater.


But what would a knitting blog post be without knitting? We stopped at the Stitchin’ Post in Sisters. It’s mostly a quilting store, but there’s an exquisite little yarn section.

sp yarn

I’d never seen this tilli thomas yarn before. The beads are on thread plied into the yarn. Gorgeous!


I did look at the fabric, too. I loved how this was put together.


I started a new knitting project, too.


Can you guess what it is? More on that in the next post. Gotta run!

17 responses to “September…

  1. That is beautiful multicolored yarn!
    I only have 5-6 years before grandchild has her first day of school. It has been a long time!
    The Sisters area has always been one of my favorites!
    (and congratulations on marital longevity! It has been 38 years for us!)

  2. Congrats on your anniversary – and on your last first day of school! Looks like a wonderful weekend – and I love the new project!

  3. Happy anniversary! Hope you have many, many more happy years.

    I love September too. For the first time tonight, we had a bit of cooler air. It was SO nice.

  4. Happy Anniversary! We celebrated our 44th anniversary on 9/12 , so it was a special weekend for us, too.

  5. Congratulations to you both! 28yrs is fantastic – we hit 21 last May.

  6. Congrats! And awesome pictures! I don’t know what you’re knitting, but it’s definitely with handspun.

  7. I am so silly. I’m staring at the photo of your knitting thinking “that looks like handspun, wow when did michele make all that handspun?” Then I started thinking about what it looked like, where you were going with your knitting…DUH. Sheesh. Congrats on the wedding and senior!

  8. Happy Birthday and Happy Anniversary!

  9. I’m jealous! What a lovely trip. And happy celebrations in September!

  10. Happy anniversary! Best wishes for many more years of happiness.

  11. happy anniversary. and GORGEOUS scenery photos!

  12. Nice post Michele! Love the pics you took of the family at BBR. So glad you had a great time at the Ranch and one of my favorite places – The Stitchin’ Post in Sisters.

    Don’t stay away too long!

    See ya round the Ranch,

    Katie williams

  13. It looks like a shawl or cardigan. Either way, the yarn is gorgeous.

    Congratulations on the anniversary!

  14. Happy anniversary! We celebrated 18 years on 9/12!
    I love the Black Butte area…we used to vacation in that area every year while growing up, although it wasn’t called Black Butte Ranch then. That quilt store in Sisters is awesome…I didn’t know they carried yarn!! woo-hoo!!

  15. Pretty handspun yarn! Lorajean – remember Michele was pulled into the dark side of spinning with a turkish spindle she picked up at Sock Summit. 😉

    Michele – must take you into Knit-Purl, you know that little LYS across the river from you? They carry a nice selection of Tilli Thomas. Expensive little pretties.

    Congratulations on 28 years and here’s to another 22 for a Golden.

  16. Happy Anniversary and Happy Birthday. I”m a September baby too. 40 this Saturday. Not to mention September is my favorite month too.!!! Enjoy.

  17. oh…I think your project is a Baby Surprise Jacket…?