21 Sept 2019

Autumn Accessories

Today marks the Autumn Equinox and although it's still sunny and warm outside, I expect you have noticed like I have that the mornings already seem darker and the evenings are noticeably cooler.

Yes, autumn is on the way and soon it will be time to watch the leaves change colour and get all those jobs done in the garden for Fall Clean-up. I do love the autumn – that feeling of being a kiddie again as you kick through the piles of leaves and trying to catch the next one as it floats gently down. Simple pleasures but I never seem to tire of them and I expect most people feel the same.

It's also a time for reflection and meditation, isn't it. There may be lots to do: raking the lawn, trimming the bushes, preparing the house for the coming snows and low temperatures. But while you're working you can lose yourself in an audiobook or stop to watch the squirrels scampering around gathering acorns for the winter.

Then after a job well done, you can go back indoors for a well-deserved cup of tea and some knitting by a sunny window. What could be better...

So I am going to start a series of blogposts about small, simple items that you can make a start on now while there is so much to do outside. Cowls, scarves, hats and other accessories that will make a big difference when the cooler weather starts to bite. 

This might be an item you wish you'd had last winter, or perhaps someone close to you is dropping a lot of hints that they could do with a little bit of knitted wonderment. Either way, they'll be finished in no time at all. That's the beauty of small items – there's not much knitting needed to complete them!

And first-up in the list of items I'm going to be looking at will be cowls. I don't know about you, but I always feel warmer if I can keep the cold breezes from chilling my neck. You round the promontory and suddenly a cold breeze from the North whistles across the lake and finds that small gap at the top of your collar [brrrrr....] 

And the best solution for that is a cowl. Small, easy to carry and instant warmth. Perfect. 

In my next blogpost, I'll explore cowls some more and include a bit about their history and some examples for both men and women. Anna has a new cowl pattern coming out soon and I'll include details about that too!

Many thanks to Anna for the photos of her Winter Warrior Cowl and MittsFind the pattern for those here

The photo at the top of the page shows one of our favourite walks in the UK at French Street in Kent – beautiful in any season, but especially in the autumn sunlight. And the middle photo shows me gathering a veritable bouquet of spent hydrangea flowers in our garden in Massachusetts.

Until next time - Happy Knitting!


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