There's a nip in the air first thing in the morning and a wonderful, earthy smell which, to me, signifies the autumn. I love this season and the way the landscape slowly changes from lush greens to rusty reds with an almost golden sunlight.
We took full advantage of the bright golden sunshine yesterday and headed to Needham Lake. On a quite day, like yesterday, it's a very tranquil place. People fishing or taking a walk through the trees in the dappled sunlight. The leaves here have just started to turn to beautiful shades of rust, red, brown and orange. Some had even fallen and we were able to walk on a crunchy, crispy, autumnal carpet of colour.
At 4 and 6, with good aim not yet being a skill they have honed, I think playing conkers is a little beyond them and so tomorrow, with the help of some sewing pins, glue and sequins, they'll be making conker monsters.
I remember playing conkers while waiting for the school bus and being so proud to defeat my opponent. It was serious stuff and we would soak out conkers in vinegar (I don't know why) while others favoured drying theirs in the oven. I'd take my foursy (a conker that has smashed 4 other conkers to pieces) on the bus proud as punch, only to have it splintered into pieces by someone else's monster at morning break. I was a horrible younger sister when I played conkers with my brother and would purposefully take aim at his knuckles - how mean was I?!
This morning, we awoke to thick mist/fog (I'm never sure which is which!), the first of this new season. Tucked up by the warm radiator, (npower will love me!!) I watched the girls play in the garden, their feet soaked from the dewy grass. Mr Y has a very busy time coming up at work so has spent the entire day working, but I don't mind. An enforced day at home with nothing to do has finally given me the chance to start cataloguing some of my knitting patterns.
I started with the biggest number in my collection - my much adored Stitchcraft magazines. These are the ones I always turn to first when I want to try a new pattern and simply marvel and the beautiful colour wools they had. Here are some of my collection.
These magazines have proved an invaluable source for exceptional knitting patterns. They contain a wealth of information and are, therefore, incredibly sort after. A quick search on eBay and you'll see what I mean with early examples reaching over £10 a piece.
There are quite a few gaps in my collection, mostly from 1939 backwards. I have made a list of the ones that I'm missing and have been very efficient as it is now pinned it up in the kitchen (hoping Mr Y will take note) and a copy is also in my journal so I can, hopefully, fill in the gaps :o)
On the knitting front, things are moving along nicely. This is what I'm currently working on.
It's a cardigan which is being knitted in a charming shade called petrol from the King Cole range. It's very pretty and I'm on the penultimate piece! Oh, the spider?? Well, that's one of Cadbury's Halloween treats. Clever Cadbury's, always thinking of something new to snare people like me! :o) I shall be devouring it with it's green crispy middle later on this evening while I watch Downton Abbey! :o)
Hope you have had a wonderful weekend too!