29 October 2013

Embracing Autumn

Ok.  I admit it.  Summer is well and truly over and we are officially in the throes of autumn!  I've finally put my flip flops and summer dresses away and am favouring boots and layers.  It's still quite mild for the time of year but that breeze can be quite feisty.  Fortunately we avoided the worst of yesterday's storm-force winds here in the Midlands, but we did get a hefty dump of rain.

I forget how much I actually quite like this time of year.  Parts of it anyway.  There really is nothing quite so exhilarating as a crisp, clear autumnal day and a sky peppered with swirling leaves of rosy apricots and citrus yellows.

Do you remember drawing autumn pictures at school and rummaging through your pencil case for every shade of brown?  Perhaps a token dirty mustard and russet red too?

It was half term here last week and my Mum In Law stayed with us.  We had lazy, stretched-out mornings with countless cups of coffee and long restorative afternoon walks.  It was so nice; a real break.  I do feel a bit chatted-out though and am going about this week in an almost joyful silence!

A pair of apple green and cream striped wrist warmers is pretty much the sum total of my creativity since we last spoke.  I didn't want a seam so crocheted them in the round, carefully carrying the yarn up the wrong side of the work, rather than fastening off after each stripe.  It worked really well and I'm so pleased with them.

I'll leave you with a picture of my lunch of mashed avocado on toast with a squeeze of lemon and light dusting of salt and pepper because it suddenly struck me how much the colours echo those in my very first photograph.  Plus, of course, it's super yummy!

Hope you're having a wonderful week.


PS.  My lovely felt flower brooch was made by Jane Foster, before she became quite so well-known for her screen printed designs.  I think she used to sell them from a little shop on eBay some six or seven years ago.


  1. Ooooh loving all your Autumn shots. I too forget just how lovely Autumn days can be when the sun is shining, the air is crisp and the leaves are all golden. We have bright sunshine today which is lovely, but we suffered strong winds and lashings of rain in the late hours of Sunday night. I do love the elements though. You look all lovely wrapped up in your layers too.......and those wrist warmers......sigh. I think I am going to attempt to try the wrist warmers in this months Mollie Makes. Knitted though, so I may fail dismally and end up doing a crocheted version! I'm useless still with knitting.

    Have a super rest of a week my lovely xxxxxxxx

  2. Beautiful photo's of Autumn, it's been such a lovely Autumn this year, except for the last couple of days! your handwamers are so pretty, I've been thinking about crocheting a pair for a friend for Christmas.
    Clare x

  3. I love crisp autumn days. Fabulous photos.
    Liz @ Shortbread & Ginger

  4. Yes we've got off lightly here in the East Midlands, there's been a fair amount of damage, it must be devastating for those involved. Love those wrist warmers I've been wearing mine indoors today it's been so cold! Must try that recipe, looks yummy! :) x

  5. Hello Heather
    Lovely post and your fingerless gloves are gorgeous, so clever the way you've made them.
    We didn't get away quite so lightly with the storm, but in comparison to others I think our power was only off for about 4 hours, so no candles needed !
    Have a good week,
    Kate x

  6. Hi Heather,

    It's lovely to see one of my brooches again! I used to sew them every night fore a few years! xxx

  7. It's good to see some nice Autumn photos - we lost power where I live in Sussex for too long - and a old oak tree in the field next to us has gone. I feel very sad that my view will never be the same.

  8. Hello Heather, great Autumn photo's, it is such a beautiful time of year. I saw your mashed avocado and thought yum yum :-)

  9. I can't get over how the weather has changed since the weekend. It's so much colder now. I'm glad your half term was the break you needed. It's half term for us right now and we are enjoying a rest very much. Your photos are lovely, so full of colour, and that avocado on toast looks delicious. x

  10. Am I totally wrong here or do I recognise a Ness top/cardigan on which your lovely felt flower is displayed? I only mention it because if it is, I have the same one.

    And your wrist-warmers are beautiful, a fresh and delicate colour scheme, keeping your wrists, I'll warrant, splendidly warm.

    1. It is a Ness cardi, Mise! Yet another reason I like you - your impeccable taste in clothes!!! ;-) x

  11. Hi Heather,
    I love your pretty autumnal photographs...is that Knighton Park? I think Autumn and Spring are my favourite times of the year :)
    Love Caroline xxx

    1. It is Knighton Park, Caroline! As pretty as autumn is, I'm definitely still a spring/summer girl. x

  12. Good to hear you escaped the worst of the storm - terrible experience! I love your little brooch by JF. I also love your wrist warmers in such fresh and bright colours and didn't you do a lovely neat job of carrying the yarn up the back. Lovely pics, thank you, how quickly the seasons can change! Joy x

  13. Wonderful autumnal photos Heather - just love the colours of autumn against a pure blue sky - so uplifting, and that feeling that it may not last for long makes it extra special.
    How clever to make those wristwarmers without a seam - they are so pretty
    Gill xx

  14. Beautiful images of autumn. It's my favourite time of the year.

    Loving the wristwarmers. Just perfect for the time of year :)

  15. Beautiful pictures and I love your stripy wristies. My favourite Autumnal make too :)

    S x

  16. Your stripy wrist warmers are gorgeous, and very neatly made. I love how they match the avocado :) Your brooch is so pretty and looks lovely with the scarf. Beautiful autumn post, Heather.
    Have a happy week.
    Helen x

  17. With a hole for the thumb like that your wrist warmers are what I'd call muffatees, and you've reminded me that I really need to knit myself another pair or two before the cold weather comes as last years have gone awol. That said I do have a lovely pair of vintage gloves I picked up at a textiles fair last weekend that I'm loving to bits but can't decided whether to wear or just cherish.

  18. Beautiful autumn pictures and I love your pretty wrist warmers. You did such a neat job in carrying up the yarn...a much better way than weaving in a gazillion nasty little ends! That lunch looks totally yummy! xo :)


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