Branching out

I am trying to catch up with our blog and photos as a bug decided to visit me and limit what I do and where we go. Suffice to say, this little bug wasn't welcome. My longing to be back into a forest and walk amongst the trees is more poignant than ever as I know this is where I can step aside from all that is going on around me and restore my mind with the falling leaves, the air scented with pine and the spines carpet the ground beneath my feet. 

trunk show

Today I am sharing photos from another knitwear project, my Elska beanie by Ysolda Teague, another talented knitwear designer. The beanie has boosted my longing to knit Fair Isle again but this time to venture to using Shetland heritage wool for a vest or sweater. I modified the beanie to suit my style as the original one was a slouchy version, which I am sure you can imagine, just wasn't suitable for me. The old trees provided the perfect backdrop for the natural colours I used in my beanie with another pop of red called 'madder' I think when I add the extra photos the word 'madder' may just apply to both of us as dad had me climbing and sitting precariously on the branches (I was even in pain as sometimes I was wedged there, waiting for the click!)

This park is an old favourite of ours and age of the trees never fails to capture our minds. The textures and structure of the trunks and branches are amazing. Originally the park was formed in the mid-18th century and also includes rose gardens where International Rose Trials are held annually. We didn't focus on the rose gardens for this visit as it was the trees in the midst of the 128 acres which fascinate both of us.

There is an area with a wonderful mix of trees, some of which provide a natural play space for children (plus dad and me....) I will add some extra photos to show just two of the twists and turns of nature. 

A few more photos of our adventure with my Elska beanie to keep my head warm. 

I know where we will be heading when this bug takes off again as autumn scenes are calling and I really want to wrap up warm and go back to another forest which we spent quality time in last year.

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behind the scenes

Today I have grown taller from walking with the trees
Karle Wilson Baker