Snow adventures

We recently had a LOT of snow around these parts, which, like many of our friends, we took as the perfect opportunity to go frolicking. Erddig House is a National Trust property in Wrexham, which features an 18th Century country house and a beautiful 485-hectare country park. We are lucky enough to live within walking distance of the park, and have enjoyed many picnics, walks and frisbee games in the summer sunshine. It’s a lovely place, popular with dog-walkers and families alike, and is a wonderful pocket of greenery right near the town centre.

So when the snow came, we decided to spend an afternoon in Erddig, wandering through snowdrifts and taking photographs. Although the snow caused a lot of disruption in the town, it also transformed our surroundings into a Winter wonderland. Erddig was especially enchanting, and I was awestruck by the beauty we encountered on our walk. Snow may be annoying, but it has the power to make everything silent, calm, and utterly stunning. Here are some photos from our afternoon out – and you can find the whole set over on Flickr.

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A Sweater for Spring

Recently, I raved about Anna Wilkinson and her book of wonderful knitting patterns. And even more recently – this past week, in fact – I finished knitting my first piece from her book: the simple fair isle band sweater. This sweater is a great project for a beginner looking for a bit more of a challenge: some ribbing, decreasing and fair isle colour-changing. The pretty pattern even inspired my beginner friend to have a go at fair isle knitting – and she loved it! The sweater was a delight to knit, and the bright colours helped me though some dark wintery afternoons. Today I will give you a little tour through the making of my sweater. Beware: image-heavy post ahead!

The sweater was the first thing I fell in love with when I flipped through Anna’s book last Autumn, with its bright and surprising colour combination. I would never have put deep mustard and raspberry pink together, but they work brilliantly. Two days after getting my hands on the book, I ordered my wool and set to work…

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Front and back finished…

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Knitting the neckline with circular needles…

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Front and back and both sleeves finished…

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Blocking the front panel…

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And sewing the pieces together…

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More blocking…

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One final bit of sewing…

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And it was done!

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I knit this sweater on and off throughout Autumn and Winter, but it seems the perfect thing to welcome Spring: woolly and warm, with short sleeves for those fleeting moments of afternoon sun. We had a lot of snow around these parts lately, but over the weekend the sun came out, so it was the perfect time for a little photoshoot. I teamed my sweater with high-waisted jeans and my beloved floral Doc Martens boots. And of course, a warm hat, because it’s still chilly out there you know! But it won’t be for long. My sweater says so.

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