Sarehole Mill is a water mill just 5 miles from the centre of Birmingham in the West Midlands. It is now a museum, open to the public, and the 250 year old mill still grinds wheat twice a week, producing flour which is sold in the mill shop.
Sarehole has become famous over recent years thanks to the popularity of JRR Tolkien’s fantasy novel and associated films, Lord of the Rings, as the mill’s location apparently provided Tolkien with the original inspiration for ‘Middle Earth’.
On my recent visit, I had an unexpected knitting reminder when I saw the patterns on the enormous mill stone …
With a bit of imagination, it looks like the decorative patterned decreases of a hat, viewed from above, with a bobble on the top! Can you see what I mean? I think I need to add a hat to my knitting queue 😉
What has reminded you of knitting on your travels this week? I’d love to hear about it!
Yes, that will make a lovely and very stylish hat, and I look forward to seeing you wearing it.
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With autumn just around the corner, a new hat could be perfect. I’ll have to see where the inspiration takes me 🙂
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