The Park This Week

It turns out that the lure of conker photos was too much and so a few of them have sneaked their way onto my blog today. But I included some yarnbombing too! And that makes it ok. These are all things that we saw in the park this week: Yarnbombs, a pretty spider’s web covered in dew, conkers, beech nuts, oak galls, lichen, trees, lots of leaves, tree bark, and ducks and a crane although technically these were just outside the park.

Autumn is just wonderful and we are so lucky to have this park nearby. We’ve been 4 times this week!


Barden Fell in Early September

Things I Want to Remember 

How TTB remembered where we were, despite having only been here once before, and how he grabbed Andy’s hand and chattered at him urgently and excitedly, dragging him to the little track we walked on and wanting him to see.

Andy’s reaction upon reaching the brow of the hill and seeing the view.

How blown away by the view I felt even though I’ve seen it before.

The pink of the heather, the chuffling of the grouse and the squeals of the small birds looping the loop in the sky above.

The clouds and the way they lined up along the horizon, and how the closer ones cast big shadows over the landscape.

How TTB knew what the clouds were, and the shadows were, and that the clouds were causing the shadows. How he wanted us to know that he knew!

All the bees on the heather.

The utter quiet stillness that comes from an absence of people and traffic.

Seeing a small plane drone overhead and how excited this made TTB.

All of the stones he found. He had to stop and put them down every couple of minutes so that he could pick up new ones.

The muddier-than-expected patches and despite our efforts, TTB waded in (delighted) in his new shoes.

TTB spotting the reservoir and shouting “Lake! Over there! BOP!” and thinking that Bop was in there. I love his imagination. (Or maybe belief that all bodies of water contain Bop?)

TTB wanting to walk in the “hole” (a narrow trench along some of the pathway).

TTB finding a feather and sitting down to do a bit of drawing with it in the mud.

How happy we all felt to be up there.

The golden light.

Taking a photo of us all together.

Feeling so small in relation to the landscape.

The dog that rushed past TTB as he was doodling in the mud with a feather, taking him by surprise but I’m sure featured highly on his list of “best things” that day.

Seeing TTB running free, and how happy he was.

The pub lunch afterwards :-)

Let’s talk about knitting.

Do you mind if we have a brief chat about knitting tonight? No? Oh good, I was hoping you’d say that. Knitting has always been something I’ve wanted to do. I really want to be good at it, and make beautiful things. I see things on Pinterest and blogs and I just wish so much that I could make them to. I think if I spent as much time learning to knit as I did learning to crochet I could probably crack it. If I put down my hooks for a while and stopped making blankets for everyone else then maybe my knitting would improve!

Last year I bought some delightfully squooshy Drops Big Merino, which is a 100% wool aran weight yarn. I declared at the time that I intended to knit a blanket from it! Big words indeed. And, over a year later I have finally made a start! Knitting the actual squares is fine, in fact more than fine it’s really relaxing and enjoyable but the calculations for actually making them took me a bit more effort! To start with I wasn’t sure whether my cast on method (long tail cast on) was suitable and I was worried that it was a kind of beginner’s cast on, and that other ones were better. My knitting friends reassured me that long tail cast on was absolutely fine for squares and whatnot so away I went. The next thing I had to work out was how many stitches to cast on and how many rows to knit to end up with an even square shape. Hmm. I started with 30 stitches and knit 60 rows and that made a really nice big square, but then that didn’t give me enough yarn to make two squares from one 50g ball. Argh! I frogged back both of my squares and started again with 25 stitches. Phew, 25 stitches and 50 rows seems to do the job.

The colours above are, left to right, 11, 10, and 07.

I don’t know if I’m working all of this out right, or telling you the right things about knitting as I’m only really beginning myself, but I find the best way to learn is to just try it for myself and see where I get, so that’s what I’m doing. Hopefully I’ll end up with a really nice blanket at the end of it!