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Autumn

I sit beside the fire and think
Of all that I have seen
Of meadow flowers and butterflies
In summers that have been

Of yellow leaves and gossamer
In autumns that there were
With morning mist and silver sun
And wind upon my hair

Part of a poem by J.R.R. Tolkien
 

It has been a beautiful summer here and I find it is much easier facing the cold mornings and evenings now, having had some warm summer weather between winters! Over the last few years here, our winters have more or less run straight into the next autumn without a summer in between!

Our mornings here have been looking very much like this,

Autumn

and the evenings have just been beautiful,

Autumn Evening

today we have cloud – back to normal then!

The chilly mornings have had my thoughts turn to warmer garments, as I know the whole knitting community is, and I have been swatching in some cushy wool / alpaca yarn.

Something textural with just a little colour I thought, and after a while came up with two interesting but slightly unusual stitch pattern combinations that compliment each other well.

Sample

I changed the colour to something a little more seasonal and let it take shape as I went on.

Patterning

Working bottom up, I am nearly up to the point where I need to knit a couple of sleeves to join with the body.  I have put in a rather large front pocket with plenty of room to warm your hands in and have a nice idea for the collar too. I hoped to be further on than I am but have also been tempted by this yarn that I found at my local LYS that is just calling out for some more attention.

Tweed yarns

It is a lovely tweed yarn, 97% British wool (spun in Yorkshire) with 3% viscose which I assume is the tweed neps. This yarn has very little spring to it but has a beautiful crisp handle that I find irresistible. I couldn’t resist buying one ball in each colour just to try them all out and keep thinking that they may look good all together in one garment, but that may change.

I blame the autumn weather, you just want to be able to knit everything at once.

I picked a whole host of wild blackberry’s and made one of my favourite desserts, blackberry and pear crumble.

Blackberry and Pear Crumble
Blackberry and Pear Crumble

I am still working on the final recipe for the topping.  I am intolerant to oats, even gluten free ones, so have been looking for a good alternative for my usual gluten crumble.  I’ve tried all the usual suspects such as quinoa flakes, which I like, but we here are partial to coconut and this latest version has dessicated coconut along with some chopped nuts to give it extra crunch.  The coconut toasts beautifully but I think I need to increase the fat content a little as this was quite crumbly and I also like my topping to ‘stick’ together a little. Fussy eh?

Cyclamen
Cyclamen

I am also working on the final draft of the Hathor pattern while the test knitters finish theirs and hope to have it ready to publish soon. The colours they have chosen are just beautiful and are up on the pattern page if you are a Ravelry member.

Mindie

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