A refusal to rattle through the seasons

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It’s autumn, still, defiantly autumn, and although it’s getting increasingly chilly and I’m fully aware of what it’s beginning to look a lot like, while we have the occasional day like this I’ll hang on tight to autumn.

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There is more stitchy stuff to show than this post would have you credit, but it’s all top secret shhhhh stuff. I have however started to fall for knitting in a way I never thought I would. I knitted up this scarf for Barbary Boy, who has flatly refused to wear it so far. I’m not too offended as he has a real thing about having anything around his neck. In fact it practically takes all three other members of the family to get his school tie on him every morning. If it gets as cold as it did last winter – he’ll wear it I’m sure. However the process of knitting this up was a joy, I haven’t attempted purl since my grandmother taught me as a child and I’m SO proud of this little effort. Is there a way to untubify though? I’ve tried wetting and stretching it flat but it just rolls up again. Knitting – it could become a new thing. Can anyone recommend any good simple books for knitting children’s things or accessories?
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Autumn textures, woollies and leaves, we can leave the glitter and fake snow just a little bit longer still can’t we?
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Thanks for reading,
Helen
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Snuggly stitching attempt 3*

It’s chilly isn’t it? And although I’m aware that me bleating about a bit of a cold snap in early autumn is a bit out of place when so many people are experiencing truly awful wild weather, I’m still pretty disgruntled at being so bundled up so early in the autumn. 

So it is time to turn to some cosier stitching. In this house I do most of my sewing in the conservatory, which can be roasting hot in summer and freezing in winter. I was hoping to get another month’s evening stitching use out of it but I realised the other evening I could huff and steam my breath in there so retreated to the sofa with the diamond hexies. Mercifully this EPP odyssey is now big enough to cover my knees which does make for a much cosier evening stitching on all the diamond hexies I constructed during the summer holidays. It is growing and I love having a project I don’t feel under any pressure to finish. A little bit here, a little bit there, paper piecing istherapy, honestly everyone should try it!

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That’s not to say that the sewing machine will now be out of action until spring however, it may just need a change of scene. I have managed rustle up a couple of simple Liberty needlecord skirts for Miss Marmoset. I love the prints, bought from the very reasonably priced and super swift delivering Sew Box. I’m particularly pleased with the edging of the red skirt, the lace gives it a little lift and you just get the occasional flash of blue as little Miss M dashes about the place. 
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I’m off to throw myself face-first into the autumnal comforts of a jacket potato – what are you stitching up this autumn?

*Posterous has turned all photography critic this afternoon – do hope you can see the pics now 🙂

Thanks for reading,
Helen
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