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The Great American Aran Afghan…

I really want to make this afghan. I have looked high and low in the UK for it at a reasonable price, however, I can only find ones that are priced way out of my budget.  The cheapest was £57.05 plus delivery, which is outrageous.

I have tried Ravelry, and LoveKnitting, but to no avail.  eBay I see again silly prices, and most of the time they are only in the USA, which means on top of the silly price customs charges are added on delivery which is an extra 20% then handling charges for the courier because of the customs charges, so it just keeps getting more expensive as the day goes on.  I know that items can be marked as a “Gift” and there are no customs charges and extras, but getting a seller to do this is hard work.

I even tried the county library and nothing.

Looks like this will be a pipe dream knit that always manages to elude my grasp.

Tuesday Catch Up…

So we survived the backlash of Hurricane Ofelia which being honest for us up North (53.6°) it was just another day of autumn, although with all the Sahara sand in the air, mixed with the smoke and fire dust from Portugal made for interesting skies.  It was as if the world was coming to an end, a little like in Flash Gordon, all we needed was Zarkov and it would have been complete.  With the so-called storm came two claps of thunder, 17°c (very warm for us), a black sky turning red and 70mph winds.  The red sky lasted for about 6 hours, then the sun came out and normality resumed.

WIP – Admirals Braid.  I have finished the front of the sweater, and the middle 13 stitches for the neck braid are on a holding needle awaiting the completion of the rest of the garment in order to pick up stitches and do that.  So the next part is the back, which, apart from doing the 3×3 ribbing on 7mm, is now standard stocking stitch on 8mm, and as you could imagine, boredom sets in quite fast just knitting a row and purling a row continuously.  However, I am determined to get it finished soon as the cold weather will be starting soon, and zero on the thermometer will soon be here.

This morning we decided to go for a walk in the woods.  If you have read my other posts on morning walks you will know that we have 22 miles of coast and approximately 5 square miles of pinewoods, so lots to explore.  Today was no exception.  We started off in a place that we knew, and all of a sudden were off the beaten track and into wooded areas that we had not been in before.  Lots to see, and discover, including this rather charming little house right in the middle of the woods.  I say charming, but who is to say that Leatherhead is not in there carving up bodies for his next Hallowe’en outfit?  If it was not for the car on the drive I would have guessed at it being an abandoned house, but looking through the windows, from where I took the photo that is, I am not going to tempt fate and end up sewn into a mask or bodysuit, it looked lived in, just.

The walk off the beaten track ended up with us walking 4k, yes we did get lost, and only for GPS on my phone got us back to the car.  Harper must have walked twice that distance, let’s face it, dogs just cannot walk in straight lines.

One great positive from the cold weather, I was able to wear my knitted socks, they were so warm and comfortable and I could have kept walking for hours.  If you have not seen them in previous posts, these are the ones I wore today.

 

Another Morning Walk

We decided to go for a walk this morning, first round the lake, then we decided to go to the beach again. Harper was very skittish over the sea and kept running away.  I took her out on the part of the beach that had dips in the sand that was full of seawater, she misjudged one and ended up soaked, but all in all enjoyed it.  I don’t think she will be in love with the sea as Lilu was, but I will keep trying.


Morning Walk

After a trip with M to the doctors and my checkup appointment with the dentist, we decided to take Harper to the Red Squirrel Reserve.

She had never been, and we had not been for several years either, even though it is quite literally on our doorstep, due to Lilu not being able to walk far we tended to go to the beach or the local fields. The place is owned by the National Trust which means that parking is £5 if you are not a member. We joined last week so for us, it is now free, which is great as they now own most of the coast and woods here. The National Trust do a great job with conservation and keeping the endangered species safe, apart from the red squirrels we also have Natterjack Toads, Sand Lizards, Northern Dune Tiger Beetle and we also have the rare Dune Helleborine

Most of the wildlife is getting ready for winter, and apart from the odd squirrel the only life seems to be the birds and other people walking their dogs, and even then the people are sparse too.  There was a field trip of school kids, but again, due to the size of the place, we did not see them again apart from them getting off their coach.

I like being in the woods, it is peaceful and you can hear the roar of the ocean in the near distance. I only had my iPhone with me so the photos I took are not the greatest, next time I will bring my DSLR to get better shots, but I thought I would share some of the sights we enjoy here. We are lucky as we have 22 miles of coast and about 5 miles of pinewoods to explore. In the winter the farmers graze their cattle in the woods which is always nice to see.

One part of the woods has quite a lot of folklore attached to it and with that stories of witchcraft, ghosts, and unidentified animals that have in the past caused the death and savagery of many sheep, all of which cannot be explained, and the locals will not go in the woods after dark.  There is a cottage right in the middle of the woods and the residents have reported strange goings-on at night, and do not venture out once the sun has set. I wonder if there is any truth to the lore or is it in fact just that, folklore?

One thing is for sure, we are very lucky having all this beauty on our doorstep, but I am a country boy so slightly bias.

 

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