Thursday, 20 September 2012
Sea Blue Hooky
I was all cosy on the sofa the other evening, wrapped up in my ripple blanket with a nice cuppa and a copy of Country Living magazine. I noticed that twilight was infusing the blue sky with it's velvety darkness and I suddenly had an urge to start a new crochet project...darker nights make me want to dig out my hook and a stash of soft wool and get busy. The next day, I took myself off to the local wool shop and browsed the shelves looking for the right shades for my new scarf.
Yes, another scarf.
I cannot help myself when it comes to making scarves - it's because it's such a portable project, and pretty quickly made up I think, so I enjoy making them. Plus, it's always nice to have a cosy and colourful collection to dip into come the colder weather.
But this time, I wasn't after bold, bright splashes of colour. This time, I was trying something very different ~ I was on the lookout for sea blues and greys, the colours that I associate with the coast in winter...I envisaged a smooth, round, charcoal coloured pebble encircled with an elipse of white sitting in my palm...I saw pale blue skies, with gulls wheeling high above on the thermals...I saw stormy grey blue seas, wind whipped into frothy white waves that crashed onto pale sandy shores...I felt the cool, bleak wonder of a beach walk in January, discovering bleached driftwood and tiny white shells sprinkled on the tide line amidst muddy brown fronds of seaweed.
I wanted to find these kinds of colours for my scarf. And I discovered Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK and I was smitten.
The shades of this yarn are beautiful, and capture everything I was thinking of. I also had a pattern in mind for this scarf, which is called the Starburst stitch. You can probably get a free tutorial online for this stitch, but Im using the one that's in Handbook of Crochet Stitches.
I like how the Starburst stitch looks a little bit like waves on the ocean...
I must admit, despite being landlocked and yearning for brisk Autumn walks on a beach, I do like this time of year in these parts. The countryside is slowly fading, the carnival of Summer packs up it's glamours and slowly moves on, replaced by that chill in the air, an undefinable feeling, a wistful sense of something passing...of log fires and hot chocolate, of walking in crunchy leaves down lanes where the air is tinged with the scent of a bonfire. All of these things have me yearning to be in the kitchen making delicious things...
...like aromatic parsnip and apple soup...*recipe can be found in October Edition of Country Living Magazine*
There is something very comforting about home made soup, fresh off the hob and dished up with a warm baguette, generously buttered and served with a big mug of tea. It is comforting, and reassuring and homely.
I do enjoy these small comforts, they help me to make the transition from Summer to the colder months ahead. I know I'm one of those souls who, despite liking each season enormously, deeply laments the passing of the warmer days.
I'm currently tucked up indoors working on a commission painting; I'm also starting new sketches for the solo exhibition I am in next year, at Studio 61 Gallery, in Derbyshire. This is my first ever solo exhibition and I'm thrilled to have been invited to show with the gallery.
Also, for the first time in many moons, I have agreed to do a Christmas fair - it's hosted by the very talented Kate Brazier of Kate Creates, and I'll be down in Newton Regis on the 8th December to sell some Christmas and Coastal wares!
I can feel a cup of tea coming on now, I'll see you next time - thanks for bobbing by.