Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness 


Autumn’s creeping slowly in now. There’s that crispness to the air in the mornings, leaves are beginning to turn, mornings and evenings are darker earlier and my thoughts are turning to soup recipes. The main indicator of the change of season is that I woke feeling iffy yesterday so made my first porridge of the season, accompanied with a fizzy vitamin c drink! I don’t mind. I love autumn. Always have. It’s especially going to be good as on very rainy days I can catch up on blog reading! We have BROADBAND again! Finally!

I met my cousin (she of the Lincolnshire field BBQs) at Waterperry Gardens yesterday for a look around and cup of earl grey. As you see; the pear trees are laden and the pumpkins are steadily growing on, apart from one monster which looks set to take over the world!

Knit & Sip was fun again yesterday. There was no mention or sight of any nettle yarn, I’m dubious it’s actually going to happen, it’s pretty labour intensive I’d have thought, but will have to see. All around the table there was so much chat and creativity going on. You’d never guess what was being made by the six of us. Mine would be easy; as I’ve got my pub knitting for the next two years set up with my garter stitch blanket, but some of the others? No way! One’s knitting what looks like it will be a really warm and beautiful dark purple jumper, on those very stylish black Karbonz DPNs. Even in the process of being made it looks so swish. Someone else is making her first ever garment using very interesting looking art yarn type of thing by King Cole, another is finishing a cotton bedspread her mother started and is unable to complete, using a 4 ply white cotton. This is the type of realllly clever knitting where there are lots of twiddly bits, including leaves emerging in the pattern. It’s another stylish knit. If the word ‘bedspread’ puts you off, just think ‘throw.’ I reckon it’s going to be one of these heirloom pieces the daughters will both want to own, as it’s knitted by Grandma and Mother. Another is knitting….wait for it….Lego Hands Gloves for her Lego loving hubby! The last is knitting A Jesus Tea Cosy for her R.C friend. Well! Can you beat that for sheer variety? Anyone? I’m throwing the Lego glove of challenge on the ground between us! 

As for reading I’m unusually still plodding on with exactly the same books as last week: Laurie Lee’s As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and have a mere hour of The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy to go. Celia Imrie is superb at accents. The character Finty is the best by miles. 

What about you? What are you making and reading? Can you match my challenge above? Does it feel autumnal where you are, or beginning to zing with Spring? 

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22 thoughts on “Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness 

  1. All knitting and no crochet! Is it a knitting only group? I like it that our group is called ‘Crafty Coffee’ and anything goes, even non fibre/thread creativity! Not meant as a criticism, just I have to mix knitting and crochet for variety and it helps if one lot of hand muscles ache to be able to change craft.

    • No, they all seem to be able to do both and often swap over mid-evening. Last night all concentrated on knits, but last week there was hooky too. I’ve found the light isn’t great for crochet so have stuck to my plain blanket the last few weeks. I’ve been crocheting at home to not overdo my elbow as it doesn’t like too much knitting. Those rows are mega and it’s getting heavier now. I’ll show you my little crochet make in a day or two.

  2. I thought that was your lovely new garden when I saw the pcitures ahead of reading the post!! In defence of porridge I love my Oatsosimple, providing its golden syrup flavoured. I shall be buying my fist packet of the autumn soon. Knitting wise I am about to start a new little something, should have a picture on Friday. I need to organise myself for a yarny group of some kind!

  3. I need Lego hand gloves, I shall look those up in a bit – my son and husband would both love them! I’ve missed loads of knitting group sessions in the past few weeks because of the holidays, and look set to miss the next few too because of other commitments (and lack of childcare – most of my babysitters are also my knitting friends), so I can’t vouch for current project variety, but a friend did knit a tinsel yarn rainbow cushion for her daughter a few months ago (in a very similar vein to the one made by The Twisted Yarn). The most unusual thing I have made recently is a hat with a dragon on the top (http://www.ravelry.com/projects/VikkiBirdDesigns/dragon-hat); it was at the limits of my crochet skills!

    This week’s post is up now: http://www.vikkibirddesigns.com/2017/09/yarning-along-low-sun-and-long-shadows.html?m=1 It looks rather similar to last week…

  4. Your blanket really is fantastic. I really wish I had such a group to join up with on a weekly or monthly regularity. Say – could you photograph some of those things your friends are making, especially the heirloom spread, to show us? ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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