Seasons and reasons

Seasons and reasons

It has been a while from my last blog post. I haven’t forgotten about it but due to ongoing health and energy issues, it hasn’t been easy for me to keep up with my blog. I have set aside some time today to breathe a little life into my blog again with a few updates of what is on or about to go on my needles. I am also aware of the long wait for us to go out for photos of Balmaha. It is sitting ready and waiting and dad is raring to go but despite me hoping each day I will put on my sweater for the photos, it just hasn’t been possible. I hope this weekend or next week we can get some shots, possibly not at the shore as I had hoped but closer to home as I really cant go too far right now. I really would love to be out enjoying the changing season, with Autumn’s hues, falling leaves, collecting conkers (sad to read they may be tiny and scarce this year due to all the storms we have encountered) The photo below brings Autumn closer to me and reminds me why I love this season. The chill in the air, leafless twigs dancing, oh to be out walking about and leaving my cares along the forest trail.

After participating in a KAL (knit along) which really made think. The knit along really didn’t happen. This wouldn’t normally affect me as I don’t need motivation to knit, I just love knitting and the whole process but as it was meant to be active, I realised there was nowhere to check into or see what others were knitting. Thankfully I kept knitting and have the pullover as my finished project, I still felt a little discouraged. Perhaps the fact the big wheels of business have changed the model with one of my favourite knitwear design houses and wool. Everyday knitters/customers seem to be left behind in preference to previews with ultimately no surprises when a new collections released. I remember when Apple had ‘just one more thing’ when keynotes held surprises but now it seems people don’t like anticipation and then wonder where the ‘one more thing’ surprise has gone. I used to love the surprise element when it came to knitting but this time my reaction was the only thing to ‘take me by surprise’. I had to come to terms with this but little did I think this was in fact something that opened my eyes to wool and designers much closer to home. I have friends who have knit from Virtual Yarns before and one friend ( who sadly doesn’t knit right now) had sent me some of the Hebridean wool a few years ago. I just set it aside as I didn’t have anything to knit with it. If I had known how much I would love the wool I think I would have started to focus on the designs before now. Suffice to say I have one main project and an accessories kit on and off my needles. I have purchased two books and hope to purchase more. Alice and Jade Starmore have brought everything I love about knitting and slow fashion into my life and are inspiring me in so many ways.

 Autumn hues : Alice Starmore Oregon hat

Autumn hues : Alice Starmore Oregon hat

I have just finished the hat from the Oregon accessories set I am about to cast on the cowl, to be followed my gloves in the same colours. To knit with high quality wool (it doesn’t affect my eyes) and to absorb all the attention to detail and know the colour names without having to look. The names are from nature, no need for a pronunciation dictionary! Mountain Hare, Pebble beach, Solan Goose, Red Deer, Selkie, Driftwood to Sundew, Corncrake, to name but a few. I have taken myself into a deep rabbit hole and knitting is pure joy. A process to love and strive to perfect.

Something lives in every hue

The first project I started before the accessories is called Sheshader. I chose this to dedicate to mum who taught me the basics of knitting. Two stitches, knit and purl. I have been asked by my non knitting friends about the techniques when they see my knitwear projects, this made me think and realise we only need two stitches and after that we can cable, twist, colour work, Fair Isle, brioche, the list goes on. I was a bit worried about choosing Sheshader as Virtual Yarns has recommend it for experienced knitters due to the evenness required for the stitch design. I have been able to use tips and techniques I have learned from more explanatory patterns throughout my knitting projects. We have building blocks from one project to the next and hopefully progress to the perfection level we are happy with. I know I am in the minority with the way I shout at myself and rip out mistakes but we are all different. Sheshader requires my full concentration which meant setting it aside sooner than normal as my energy levels also affects my concentration. This is when dad stepped in to suggest the hat to bring a more relaxing type of knitting when I set Sheshader aside. I have charts to follow for all of the designs but they use different areas of my brian and I can really feel how helpful they both are to me. I will become too seminal if I type any more and Virtual Yarns has become a solace to me. I have read the interview on Mason and Dixon with Alice Starmore which further confirmed why I feel so emotional about the wool and designs. I was timorous of the company in the past as they aren’t on Ravelry and so many stories surrounded me but after some necessary communication with the company I am reassured they have excellent customer care. Their Instagram photo stream is inspiring, all knitting and scenery. Nothing to upset or words to avoid, just pure inspiration…refreshing!

 Sheshader in progress : Solan Goose and Pebble Beach

Sheshader in progress : Solan Goose and Pebble Beach

I think I will end this blog as I have used up my time online. I was going to upload Balmaha but feel I will love this until I see if we can go out soon for proper finished photos. I realise my health isn’t easy to understand and I only wish I didn’t have this incredible fatigue to add but this is something I have to cope with right now. I may take longer to reply to messages but that doesn’t mean I am not thinking and caring for all of my friends. Thank you for reading and understanding.

Another ‘pattern’ book arrived with me yesterday, I am not reviewing books here but I have begun to realise how books with essays, history and the spirit of the designers mean so much more than my first impressions of this new book. Don’t worry although dad hasn’t been employed as my knitwear photographer recently, he is happily making cakes…of yarn from Virtual Yarns

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