Updated: Nov 4, 2019
It's officially Autumn. The clocks have gone back one hour, the weather has immediately turned colder and has a bite to it, the fires lit and the leaves have turned the colour of syrup and honey and started to fall.
This is my favourite time of the year. The woollens come out, and as the year winds up, we begin to ramp up the social activities.
People start their celebrations for many things; Harvest Festival (6th October), Diwali (27th October), Halloween (31st October), Bonfire night (5th November), Armistace Day (11th November), Kindness Day (13th November), Thanks Giving for our American cousins and friends (28th November) and the lead up to Christmas and New Year shenanigans. If you can think of any I've missed, please leave a comment below.
I have been getting my hand knits out; scarfs, shawls, gloves and hats, pullovers, muffler, cowls and blankets (yup, still doing the 10 stitch blanket - couldn't resist mentioning my best friend turned nemesis) out ready for the cold evenings.
I've been looking back at the previous autum and winter knits that have been on the needles over the last few years.
My biggest knit of all of them was an adaptation of the Baby Chalice blanket from Ravelry:
I have 2 of these simple, but effective lace Aran weight blankets. One in the fawn above and one in a lovely apple green colourway below.
They are fantastic to snuggle under, or to wrap around my shoulders. Big enough to cover a double bed but small enough to fold in half for a travel blanket.
Another favourite of mine is the Foolproof, which lives up to its name.
I made mine in contrasting bold colours of purple and green.
To co-ordinate one of my flat caps, I've knitted a simple, light weight but warm cowl in a mixed demin coloured Aran yarn. Knitted on 8mm needles in the round, this was a quick one nighter.
Another of my favourite Cowls is the Funny Onion, again, from Ravelry
This one I adore, and chose the same yarn, Fybrespates Vivacious DK as recommended. I knitted it in a seasonal rustic colourway. And usually wear it folded over for extra warmth.
In other news, I attended Yarndale. One of the, if not the biggest yarn festivals in England. As it's right on my doorstep, would have been rude not to go.
Although I booked to go on both days, the bloody epilepsy got in the way and couldn't make it on the Sunday. It was a fantastic Saturday of purchases and getting to meet new people, some I've chatted with on knitting groups, others for the first time. The highlight was meeting 4 ladies of reputation on a knitting group, seeing them in their knitted garments, and of course showing them some of the socks that I've blogged about before. Additionally catching up with Jon from EasyKnits and meeting Hutch from DyeCandy finally.
Although I didn't buy too much stash wise, I've added to my notions, some great stitch markers which sum up the feelings I have when having to frog and tinK... Shit Knob, Fuck and a few other expletives, plus some HiyaHiya extras.
Current project underway is a Stephen West Chrysler shawl.
Although the pattern calls for 2 colours, I've added 3. Red, green and orange (Salsa, Sore Thumb and Riot) sock wood from DyeCandy. It reminds me of a watermelon at the moment. Which although isn't autumnal, brings a bit of colour into the dark evenings.
Home wise, hubby and I have a lot going on at the moment; buying a business, preparing for house renovations, attending hospital appointments and a brief bout of depression which has delayed the finish of some projects and updating the blog. So I've not had chance to purchase yarn for a review as promised.
Next month, I'll try and get some swatches on the go and do some reviews.
Comment below if you have something on the needles that you want to share!
Keep warm and have a good few weeks of festivities and I'll catch up with you all in december.