October Trip Home

We usually take a trip home in October. This year I feel like I’ve visited home in all four seasons and it’s been a pleasure watching the landscape change each time. When you live somewhere you see the changes gradually but when you go home every few months the changes are much more apparent. It was mostly grey this time, but grey is fine with me as long as it’s not raining!

On Saturday morning I nipped to the canoe club with my mum to give my Pink Daisies blanket to my friend. It was definitely appreciated and their little baby is so sweet. She had elephants on her socks and teeny tiny pockets on her cardi. As if a baby needs pockets! aww.

On the way back we stopped in a farm gateway to take photos of the view over the fields – it’s a bit of a valley and you can see for miles. It looks stunning in summer but my it looks sparse and bleak right now. Not unpleasant, just bleak.

Something that is useful about going home is that I can time ordering stuff from the internet to arrive just before I get there. Someone is usually in to receive the parcel which saves me a trip to the post office! I haven’t looked at the Quilt Making book yet but the Knitting one is scrummy. I’m inspired to knit but still not quite there with the skills. My mum is staying with us at the moment and she’s going to show me how to increase and things like that so I can knit things other than squares.

I always take plenty of crochet with me when I go home and naturally this time there was a lot of Ripple lovin’ going on. It’s so scrumptious I just want to live in it!

On the Sunday morning we visited Alice at her uni. The only photo I took was of her┬áhumongous text book. I think I was too shocked at the size of it to take any more. It was good to see her and she has even survived her first load of laundry. She has also been out EVERY NIGHT. That’s so alien to me as I hate going “out” and I can tell that her uni experience already is better than mine was. Let’s hope it stays that way.

(Hi Alice! xxx)

I’m still sorting out my photos from the weekend (they’re very autumnal and owly) but I’m hoping to share them soon. I have lots going on at the moment that I want to blog about but I really don’t like blogging out of sequence so please bear with me.

Oh and THANK YOU for all you Dahlia lovin’ comments yesterday! They’re so gorgeous. I’m thinking of having some prints made, I think they’d look great on my wall.

xxx

11 thoughts on “October Trip Home

  1. Hi Heather
    I have The Gentle Art of Knitting and absolutely love it, Jane Brocket is amazing and writes so beautifully, I never thought I would read a knitting book before bed until I bought this one. I am on the brink of starting the crochet chevron blanket in this book, inspired by your ripples! I am also in the process of hooking the flower puff blanket too, for a friend’s birthday in November xox Amazing organic chemistry book! Have a marvelous weekend x

  2. Conkers – hurray! I am on my way home to Blighty as I write this and conkers are jus about my favourite thing about Autumn. Those books look fab. Of course now that I’m on a book diet blogland seems o be full of books I want. Sigh. Have a fab ripply weekend. Cx

  3. Hi Heather,
    I’ve been enjoying your blog posts (a silent follower mostly), but must say I am enjoying seeing both you and Lucy on your ripple blanket journey. They both look lovely. It is so nice to have some crochet on the go, it’s rewarding and comforting I think. And we all need a bit of that in the hum drum every day life, yes? :)
    Have a lovely weekend,
    Anne xx

  4. I have the knitting and quilt book too. I knitted the bloomer cover for the coat hanger in some left over Rowan yarn. They are lovely books.
    Did a long chain for the start of a ripple blanket so hoping to get on with it over the weekend.xx

  5. Hi Heather,
    Just wondering where back home is, looking very flat and wondering if it was a bit fennish? Not quite flat enough but it has the bleak quality of the area where I live. I am a fen-edge dweller. Still the sun is out once again for a lovely autumn weekend which makes things look a bit different.
    Thanks again for inspiring me to get my ripple scarf finished. Have been having lots of nice comments on it. Now fallen in love with a new ripple pattern called waterbeach so I can see my hook off and rippling again soon.

  6. You’re very brave with the knitting! A few months ago I asked my grandma to teach me the basics because I’d love to learn, but I can’t even make a straight square :s Ahh your ripple is looking fantastic!! Maybe it’s really time for me to order some fresh yarn! :-) xxxx

  7. I read your blog regularly (although I’ve never commented before) and I just have to say I LOVE your ripple and the colours. The yarn is gorgeous and I might have to join the ripple along based on yours and Lucy’s fabulous ripples!! Very inspiring :)

  8. Jane Brocket can become a bit of an addiction. If you have not read the Gentle Art of Domesticity, I would recommend it to you, it it very inspiring (but currently out of print). I’ve been knitting for as long as I can remember and taught myself to crotchet this year. I am sure that you can go from crotchet to knitting. Good luck with that and with your beautiful blanket. I would ripple along if I did not have so many other projects on the go. Bx

  9. Jane Brocket can become a bit of an addiction. If you have not read the Gentle Art of Domesticity, I would recommend it to you, it it very inspiring (but currently out of print). I\’ve been knitting for as long as I can remember and taught myself to crotchet this year. I am sure that you can go from crotchet to knitting. Good luck with that and with your beautiful blanket. I would ripple along if I did not have so many other projects on the go. Bx

  10. I do love conkers! I’m always tempted to scoop them up and bring some home. I do sometimes.

    I think you should get prints made of your dahlias. I think they would be incredible. I can see a really huge one of a couple of them, I think the first and second pictures. Really beautiful. Will be a real talking point I think, if you have those on your walls. Then you can blow people’s socks off by telling them that it is your own work! It will be expensive – but no where near as expensive to buy from someone else. So go for it!

  11. I don’t know which photo made my jaw drop more. The sublime ripple action or the SIZE of that book!!!

    I have the knitting book. It is divine. I’m dying to start trying to knit socks, but like you I’m not confident of my skills.

    I bought all my yarn for my ripple snood yesterday. It was very hard to decide what to buy. I was terrifically hung over. Oh the shame of it. I can’t hold my drink anymore…maybe I should get match fit by training like Alice has been this past week.

    xxx

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