My goodness, it has been a while since I posted something on here. My sewing machine went to sewing machine hospital for his buttonholer and I moved onto some other projects for a while, though I have a couple of projects under my belt to tell you about. All in good time!
Today I want to talk about autumn. I think autumn might be my favourite season. I love the cold, crisp mornings, the crunchy leaves, the golden colours, the warm cosy clothes, the fireworks, baked potatoes and warm nights in front of the fire with your family and friends. A few weeks ago I discovered the Danish word “hygge” (HOO-gah), which really encapsulates what I love about autumn – a feeling of cosiness, creating a warm atmosphere and spending quality time with loved ones.
In the autumn I definitely like to bring this feeling to my wardrobe, with jumpers and scarves and layers and soft, cosy fabrics. One of my projects this autumn has been to knit a scarf. I haven’t mentioned knitting on this blog before because, frankly, I haven’t done any since I started it in March. My crafting is so seasonal and I never fancy knitting until the feeling of hygge takes over me. I also seem to be incredibly slow at it, hardly ever finishing a project larger than a mitten. A few years ago I started a coat, which is still a work in progress, but I thought a scarf might be more likely to get done in front of the tv every night without requiring too much effort. Anyway, this is not a success story yet, it’s taking me forever as always, but I thought I’d give you a sneaky peak 😉 I’m determined to finish this project!
The pattern is the Red Emperor on Ravelry, which is both free and gorgeous! I decided to make it in cream wool because I always buy scarves in bright colours and find it hard to match them with my clothes, so I wanted something a bit more neutral. The wool is lovely Drops Big Merino, which is incredibly cheap compared to other brands, for some reason, and also seems to often be on sale at Wool Warehouse. The wool is Aran weight rather than the recommended fingering weight, but I don’t think it matters too much with a scarf, so I’m following the pattern to the letter anyway. I like scarves to be wide and shawl-like, so any increase in width from changing the yarn weight can only be in my favour.
I’ll leave you there for now, but just to give you a taster, there is an Arielle and a refashion in the works!