The autumn has definitely arrived and the English countryside is turning shades of reds and golds. My knitting, without conscious intention, is following suit.
I knit these beautiful mitts this week using Quince & Co Chickadee yarn in the colour Honey. The pattern is called Antiquity and is designed by Alicia Plummer.
I didn’t like the colour when I first bought this yarn (ordered online) but now I think it is luscious – particularly juxtaposed with autumn’s bounty.
There is a small orchard near our house, which I think is mostly a hobby for its apple-enthusiast owner. He grows dozens of varieties of apples, most of which I’ve never heard of; over a period of four months a different variety reaches its peak every week or two. Doug and I go there every week through the autumn and try them all. These are called Catshead apples and they are a very old variety, dating from the 1600s. I’m not sure what they taste like but they certainly look delicious with my mitts.
Doug has just returned today from an exhausting business trip to Mumbai and then on to Brussels. It was not autumn-like in Mumbai but Doug seems to have been on the same wavelength as me since he returned with autumn colours. Since I seem to be developing a theme here – here are my mitts photographed against the antique carpet Doug bought in Mumbai:
I have also been slowly making progress knitting my Lightweight Pullover, designed by Hannah Fettig, and knit in the glorious Tart shade of Madelinetosh Light. It fits in perfectly with our autumn theme today. Here is a progress shot:
This also shows the great fit. I am modifying the pattern to get an in-between size and I am quite happy with the results. Tart is such a lovely rich colour. The simplicity of this pattern, basically just miles of stockinette stitch, allows the colour to shine.
When Doug left for Mumbai, he asked me what I wanted him to bring me. I asked for saffron and a tablecloth. And Doug, even though he only had a few hours free on the whole trip, managed to bring me saffron and a tablecloth. I can’t resist showing you the tablecloth here, especially as it fits so perfectly with this post:
Amazing, isn’t it? It’s pure silk and practically luminescent. I can’t wait to see this adorning my Christmas table.
I cast on another project this week, but since it’s grey and doesn’t fit the theme, you will have to wait to see it. Whatever your weather, enjoy the colours!