Autumn Colours

I’ve been fascinated by the progression  of colours in the Brick pullover.  It alternates stripes of Poppy red, Cerise, and Dark brick red, worked in a mosaic stitch with Charcoal. It is very hard to photograph and looks very different depending on the light.  While knitting it in the house in the evening, I can scarcely tell the difference between the cerise and brick colours.  Today – a foggy, misty autumn day – brought out all of the colours.

The above shot not only shows how lovely the colours and stitch pattern work together, but also is a good progress shot.  This represents one week of work; it is very nearly half of the back.  Brick is knit from side-to-side in one piece starting at the left side seam.  Afterwards, the sleeves are picked up and knit down in rib, and the neck band and bottom rib are also picked up and knit.  (Note that the blue yarn is not part of the sweater; it is holding the stitches live so that I can knit the two sides together when I’ve finished the body of the sweater.)  This next photo really captures the colours and vibrancy of the pattern.

I haven’t put much work into the Peerie Flooers hat since becoming obsessed with Brick this week, but I have made some progress since the last time I posted about it.  Here you can clearly see the flowers:

Aren’t they pretty?  My daughter Leah was raking leaves in the back yard when we pulled the half-finished hat on her head, in order to get a modelled shot. She didn’t want to take it off.

We are just about at the end of the autumn colours here.  We went for a walk yesterday afternoon in the countryside around Turville (where they filmed Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and countless English murder mysteries).  It was picture perfect; the paths were strewn with leaves which made a lovely crunchy sound as we walked.  We could tell that it was the last weekend to see the colours, however; the leaves are all on the ground and no longer on the trees.  I will let the fall settle on my knitting needles.  I will pour a glass of Beaujolais, and watch the reds march across my lap.

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