The Influence of Nature

September 10, 2019

You can tell it is the start of the new school year.  I find myself back here again in front of the computer’s keyboard.   An empty house, void of the resonance of little people (and a larger one!)  Just the occasional moans and groans emitting from an arthritic dog, as he changes position to get comfortable.  These are perfect conditions for a blog!

This time last year I was writing about milestones, and ironically here I am 12 months later addressing a few more.  It is a big birthday year for many friends of mine….including my husband.  Fffffffff……oh I’ll let you guess.  Little clue though, it doesn’t rhyme with shorty .  Perhaps shifty though!  Or could I just be describing myself there?  I am only 5ft 1 and a half after all, with a decidedly wily nature.   I am digressing.

Two of those aforementioned very good friends however, are in line for special knits, because they are special people.   I asked each of them what colours were their favourites.  For one, pink was the immediate answer.  But not baby pink, or vintage rose.  No, for her a hot, bright, vibrant pink.   My other friend on the other hand is drawn to darker colours, like navys, mauves and darker purples. Both have sensitive skin, so wool was to be avoided (just to be on the safe side).

And so, I set about the not-so-arduous task to find colours and textures which fit the bill.

You find there’s inspiration everywhere…..

…..leading to this.

Sirdar Snuggly DK 100% Cotton

And sensual Lavendar…..which equals this…..

Studio Linen in Velvet by Erika Knight

Nature influences everything, from colour choices, to the very fibres of yarn eventually decided upon.  In this case I chose a Sirdar Snuggly DK 100% cotton in Raspberry, and Studio Linen by Erika Knight in Velvet.  They were both really beautiful yarns to work with, but I especially loved the linen blend by Erika Knight.  This yarn has the most incredible lustre and the finished garment drapes beautifully.

My favourite

I promise to share the finished articles in a later post, but as they are gifts that are due to be given (soon I hope!) I’ll have to keep them secret for a little while longer.

My colour therapy continues however…..

Sky at dusk




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