It can feel a little sad to see a season end, especially when it has been as exceptional as this one! However, I have to admit to liking these transition times. True, the summer is wonderful with its clear, bright skies, the feeling of the sea breezes in your hair and hours spent walking aimlessly on sandy shores. But one day a slightly cooler breeze comes along and you feel that wonderful thrill of anticipation imaging knitting warm scarves and blankets ready for the winter ahead.
So here in the last of my “Summer and Winter” blogpost series, I am thinking of stripes: stripes to capture those beautiful summer colours in a set of cushions, and stripes on a warm rug to step onto when you emerge from the shower.
These cushions arose from just such an occurrence. There was a brief 15-minute interlude between a walk by the harbour in Venice, Florida and finding these yarns in a small yarn boutique close by. I wrote about this in a previous blogpost, but it still amazes me how well matched the colours were. The very same blues and turquoises I had just seen down by the harbour, and now they are a set of cushions. A memory of summer.
These are the Derwent Cove Cushions and have been worked in a crisp, cool cotton yarn. They are easy to make and can look completely different depending on which colour you start the pattern with. It’s the same stripe pattern and the same yarns used for each one, but this simple switch of lead colour gives a co-ordinated set of cushions.
Well, here's something to help. A cozy bathroom rug with colours to chase away the chills! This is Anna’s Loopy Rug pattern and is worked in a soft chunky wool‐mix yarn so it knits up quickly. You'll be able to start this now as the leaves change colour around you, then when winter sets in you'll be able to face your shower without the shock of the cold floor to follow.
I hope you have enjoyed this exploration of knitting patterns for Summer and Winter. If you would like to read the whole series, please click here to read the first blogpost and then follow the links at the bottom of each page to get back to this point.
We’re heading off on our travels again next week, so I’ll be back next time with a “Postcard from England".
Until then – Happy Knitting!
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