Teary Eyed, yes, but not from looking back on the year. No, it was over Apples. Yes, that's right, apples. Mini is a huge fan. She asks for one several times a day, and while we indulge no more than 2-3 times, there is never an occasion that she would turn one down. I was starting to get a bit nervous. At the last market I bought some from Farmer Dave, who indicated that would likely be the last market they have them, and they are nearly gone.
The prospect of canned fruit was all we had to look forward to, and while very yummy, it's not a fresh apple. Then yesterday, while driving in Londonderry, I saw that Macks Apples was open. Popping in, hoping for a couple to bring home as a treat, I was knocked off my feet. Not literally, but I did literally get a bit choked up to find out that they anticipate apples into March. Kept in cold storage, not dipped with funky chemicals to make them last, locally grown, though not organic, apples. I bought a 1/2 bushel, for $17.00 which worked out to be about 90 cents a pound, right in line with what I paid for PYO at Butternut this fall. Husband has family in that part of the state and goes over ever week for a visit, so we are never more than 7 days from restocking the apples, should we need to.
Today was the annual sale at Spinning Yarns. I went with my mom, and we got a lot of yarn, for a lot of knitting for two very adorable little people.
Neighborly for Mini in Nashua Handknits Sitar, Bright Chalk and a Red Cascade Yarns Eco+ and for The Baby in the same Bright Chalk and a light pink Lambs Pride:
Peasey for Me:
Top Down Basic Raglan Sweater for Mini:
Socks for Mini and the Baby, in Claudia Handpainted Yarns, Mangled Tangled, which is a pretty combo of purples, greens and eggplants.
Lady Bug jacket for Mini:
This is making the work of finishing the simple brown leggings for the baby a bit less exciting. I want to bust in the yarn for the Neigborly sweaters!
Oh, and of all the yarn I bought at the sale last year, only the Purple Alpaca remains unknit, and the neutral frogtree became the February Baby Sweater, instead of the one I had planned, but otherwise, my knitting stayed on task with what I picked out. I anticipate full follow through this year, as well.