Autumn at Gorgeous Yarns HQ

Autumn has definitely  arrived here at Gorgeous Yarns HQ this week! Hello again from a chilly, windy Cornwall!

I can’t complain though, I love this time of year, it makes me think of warm snuggly jumpers, cardigans, scarves and gloves, and long winter walks kicking up the leaves, coming home to a mug of hot chocolate and a black and white film on the telly! Of course, when I watch telly, I m usually sitting with my feet up and a knitting project on the go, I find it hard to sit still and do nothing. I am in love with the colours of autumn, and this selection of yarns from our range remind me of berries, and chestnuts and falling autumn leaves. We grew pumpkins this year  and although they are usually orange, ours, for some reason are a soft grey/green and I like that autumn colour too! I’m busy thinking up patterns as I knit, here are some I’ve got on my mind:

I have finished the Alice Snood  and boot toppers pattern, and that will be available soon. It can be knitted in any DK, but I think it looks fabulous in Pirkka Lanka Vahva or Eden Cottage Yarns, and for a beautiful cream, John Arbon yarns can’t be beaten. The recipient of the snood, Alice, is delighted with hers, and when she sends me a photo, I will post it on my FaceBook page, www.facebook.com/gorgeousyarns

I have made a start on the Como pattern, I decided to use the Eden Cottage Oakworth DK in Penine Mist. It is a gorgeous blue/green/grey colour and really shows Victoria’s dyeing skills as the colour gently fades and strengthens beautifully. It’s a joy to knit with and the pattern has cables to represent the rocky cliffs of Lake Como, moss stitch for the sands, and ripple pattern for waves and linen stitch for the lake itself. If my ideas work out, it will make a cape that can be a shrug, or oversize sleeveless cardigan, I can’t quite describe it but I’m hoping you will like it and want to make it for yourselves. I’ll keep you in touch with how it goes and I’ll show you all the finished item.

I also have plans for some yummy Kettle Yarns Wimbledon DK that we will be stocking soon, across the range of colours, and I want to make a tunic top pattern for you, something that will be a bit of a challenge and enjoyable to knit, but even more enjoyable to wear when friends comment on how lovely your top looks, and you can say “oh, yes, I made this myself!”

Some of you may know that I have set myself a challenge of a different woolly kind……no, I’m not becoming an alpaca farmer (sadly), I’m teaching myself to crochet properly! Its a New years resolution. I can crochet, after a fashion, but I’m not good at keeping tension, and crucially, I can’t follow a pattern. All that “stepping up” from the end of one row to the next has me baffled. BUT, I am looking forward to having a go, I have a “teach yourself” book, You Tube, and lots of enthusiasm. If any of you are crocheters and have tips or advice for me, please share your knowledge, I’ll be so pleased to hear from you…

In October’s newsletter I will give more details of the competition we are running, to win some yarn and needles from our range. So if you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter so you are in with a chance to win these lovely goodies, sent gift wrapped to you.

Here some more photos of lovely Autumn colours in Cornwall.

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Bye for now,

Caroline

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