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Autumnal Day in the Park

Knitting in the park! Ok... perhaps not really. I am still working on that hood, albeit pretty slowly. Me and Max were out in the park the other day, me teaching him how to knit (he asked! I swear!) so we were knitting manly cable stitches. I'm almost done with the first side.

I did notice that there are better ways to increase and decrease, but this is only my 2nd design of my own pattern EVER, so I think I'm allowed a few mistakes. I don't think anyone else will notice really but me.  (Isn't that how it always is anyway?)


 We found this weird thing in the park. What is this, prepping kids to know how to do log-rolling in the water? Max says it was pretty hard to do. 

I haven't worn this sweater thing in quite some time. Mostly because I thought the cats would attack me from both sides because it's so swingy. They totally ignored it somehow which is amazing because we can't get them to ignore anything!

 Extreme sliding... ?!

Max started directing (non) traffic for some reason. Hammin' it up. 

 It was actually a pretty nice day out for a walk today - glad we wandered around the neighborhood. I always forget how cool this neighborhood can be - there are tons and tons of bungalow-style houses around. It's almost akin to how the brownstones are all over 7th Ave. in Brooklyn.

But  there are always houses around with some interesting architecture going on scattered throughout... like this one, with almost a castle-like quality!
 There is even one around that looks seriously like a gingerbread house around (not pictured) and of course, my favorite one that I keep stalking nearby the park. This isn't the best photo of it, but I love this house.

 And these storybook-ish houses - so cute!

It was an awesome day, and nice to get out!


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