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Beautiful Blue

Hello! What do you think of this week’s inspiration? This photo – no filter – captures the ornate metalwork that greets visitors at the main entrance to Hanbury Hall, showcased here against a cloudless blue sky. I was inspired by … Continue reading

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Inspired by a day out

When you’re feeling a bit jaded, a day out with friends can lift your spirits and rekindle your creative inspiration! Here are some of the things that made me think of knitting and got those creative juices flowing again … … Continue reading

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Shakespeare References

Unexpected knitting thoughts while out and about? This time, I was faced with a literary rabbit hole. The ostensibly calming verse on the bedroom wall at Wightwick Manor came from Shakespeare’s Macbeth, albeit tactfully omitting the opening line about murder! Act … Continue reading

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Semi-circle in Stone

On a recent flying visit to Berrington Hall near Leominster I noticed this stonework on the side of the mansion outbuildings and it made me think of a semi-circular shawl … Those geometric shapes would be perfect to knit, and the centre … Continue reading

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Browsing around Baddesley

Early autumn is the perfect time to wander round the National Trust estates, taking in the crisp air and the rich colours. Defying the pessimistic weather forecast, we headed off to Baddesley Clinton, situated between Birmingham and Warwick. Over the moat, through … Continue reading

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Follower of fashion?

This attractive planting scheme reminded me of the current fibre trend for ‘grellow’ … The restful water feature is on the slope of the pretty walled garden at Colby Woodland Garden, near Amroth in Pembrokeshire. The photo was taken at the … Continue reading

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Have yarn … will travel

It has been a while since I talked about the journeys undertaken by my knitting … My latest travel project is a ‘zigzag cowl’ in Lang Mille Colori Baby, a 4-ply 100% merino in 2 contrasting colourways which alternate to … Continue reading

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Colourful tiles

These decorative wall tiles ran the length of a very long corridor at Cragside, an impressive Victorian house near Morpeth in Northumberland … Some obvious knitting inspiration there, don’t you think? What has inspired you this week? I’d love to hear … Continue reading

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Car wash anyone?

This four-legged friend held up the traffic in the Hardwick Hall estate, insisting on licking the cars as they passed by – do you have any idea why? It made me smile and gave me my unexpected knitting thought of the … Continue reading

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Snazzy scarecrow

Wandering around a local National Trust kitchen garden recently with 2 (non-knitty) friends I’ve known since college days, enjoying the sunshine, catching up with news, and gently walking off our generous lunch, I didn’t expect to come across a fashionable … Continue reading

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