golden times

You may have noticed a distinct absence of mine here over the last few weeks and I am not going to dwell too long on the reasons why. Let me just say that, even at my ripe old golden age, I still question my ability to judge people’s character. I believe I go the extra mile for anyone in my family and circle of friends, as well as putting in extra hours and hard work for anyone I collaborate with in my working environment. Being let down by people I thought very highly of feels twice as bad and like a huge kick in the stomach. Having taken a step back for a while I think that the best way forward is to scale back and concentrate on what is good for me and if that means going it alone…so be it.

Please do not think that it has been all doom and gloom here as I have also had some wonderful times exploring new places.

At the beginning of September we visited the beautiful West Wales Coast. These places had been on my wish list for so long and I am so grateful that I was able to visit at long last. The incredible and awe inspiring Cathedral at St. David, traditional Welsh weaving at Melin Tregwynt Woollen Mill, Tenby with its colourful houses and glorious beaches and, as special treat, The Boathouse and Writing shed at Laugharne, where one of my favourite writers, Dylan Thomas, penned many of is well known and loved words.

I feel so blessed that I was also able to visit the island of Fanø in Denmark for this years Strikkefestival. My friends and I had a stop-over in Copenhagen before going on to Fanø, visiting the wonderful Tante Groen shop in Odense on the way. The festival can only be described as an amazing place of friendship and Christel Seyfarth, the organiser, gave us three days of exuberant exhibitions full of colour, texture, music and much laughter. It was evident at every corner how much hard work had been put into this to make it a happy experience for everyone.

My hands have not been idle either and I managed to fit in quite a bit of knitting and crochet. The Nightshift Shawl by Andrea Mowry turned out better than I imagined and I am quietly in love with my Penguono, another super clever construction by Stephen West. I have also finished the Gwyrdd Jumper since this photo was taken, but more about that in another post.

Autumn has arrived here in Wales, with leaves slowly turning in colour and the air filled with chill first and last thing of the day. Evenings are drawing in earlier every day, the air is crisp and the light is golden.

My favourite time of year.

Many blessings, Heike xo

esprit de fleur

 

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Hello friends! How have you been, well I hope.

The past few days I have noticed that there is a distinct feeling of autumn in the air! The heather is in full bloom on top of my mountains, straw bales are appearing, and in some cases towering like ‘Great walls of China’, the first leaves are falling and evenings are drawing in earlier. There are still some signs of summer to see in the garden and these past few days the weather has been unusually warm. I was able to enjoy a glass of sparkly sitting outside admiring my view a couple of evenings ago – how wonderful.

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As I am looking forward to a week away with my girl friends, I wanted to leave you with a little something to do whilst I am gone. How about my new square design reminding us of faded summer glory. I am calling it “Esprit de Fleur”.

It starts with yarn in faded vintage colours, I used Scheepjes Stone Washed DK

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Ch5, ss to close to form a ring.

Round 1: Work 8dc into the ring, ss to join.

Round 2: Ch3, work (htr, 1ch) in each of next 7 sts, ss to join.

Round 3: * ss in first 1ch-sp, (ch2, 2tr, 1ch, ss) in same sp; rep. from * in each 1ch-sp, ss to join. – 8 Flower Petals

Change colour and working from behind the petals just made continue:

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Round 4: Attach new colour behind first petal, *4ch, ss 2 sts along behind same petal (use photo as guide); rep from * around – 8 4ch-sp’s.

Round 5: ss into first 4ch-sp, 3ch, 2tr in same space, *(3tr, 2ch, 3tr) in next 4ch-sp (corner), 3tr in next 4ch-sp; rep from * around.

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Round 6: Work 1tr in each tr around and (3tr, 1ch, 3tr) in each corner.

Fasten off and weave in ends. (or continue working extra rounds to make the square larger)

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I think it is perfect for a blanket to snuggle under when evenings are getting colder.

Hope you like it!

X.

PS: Show me your colour combos by using #espritdefleursquare on Instagram or Twitter – I would love to see them!

skipping into autumn

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This week I have been welcoming October with open arms. It can safely be said that autumn is my absolutely favourite time of year – I love everything about it.

To me this is such an inspirational month with the changing colours outside, knitted and crochet cosiness of scarves, hats and mitts, comfort food like soups and stews, pumpkins and golden light, crunchy leaves on cold autumn walks, cups of tea and lighting the fire….well everything really!

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There really is something special about the changing colour of leaves, especially Maple leaves. The other day I came across a photo on Pinterest of beautifully crochet Maple leaves. After a little digging I found the source and a beautiful new blog to follow. Meet Lara and her lifestyle blog called messyla. Gorgeous photography, lots of inspiration and free patterns – make your very own leaves, you can find the pattern here.

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I made mine using up some Tweed Yarn, but they can be made using any scraps of yarn that you might have. They are fun, take no time at all and you’ll have some beautiful autumnal coasters made in a jiffy. Be inspired by autumn!

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Last weekend, like hundreds of others, I also went to Yarndale, a woollie event taking place in the Yorkshire Dales every year. I went with the girls of my knitting group and we had a fabulously colourful day enjoying a good dose of yarny goodness, meeting many old friends and making lots of new ones. It goes without saying that I felt compelled to come home with a little scrumptious booty…

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…I can see autumn in these colours and yarns, can you?

Wishing you all a cosy autumn, enjoy!

X.

Inspiration Hunter – Gatherer

dear diary,

There is absolutely no doubt about it, some days are meant for whiling away time. You know the sort of thing I mean, it’s a lovely day outside…

but you are stuck indoors supposedly working on some design ideas. Only trouble is, no ideas are forthcoming…oh dear what to do?!?

My perfect remedy is to get my old pile of magazines out, start rummaging and ripping out pages that speak to me…

then a lovely autumn walk and on with some work 🙂

 



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