A candle in the dark

What a difference a month makes! We are still busy getting products listed and designs formalised, while experimenting with materials and checking in on the close network of suppliers, many of which are small farms and family run businesses that we have found to get materials from.

It is the smaller and simpler things that are making me smile at the moment, and I actually really cherish the return to slower living this pandemic has forced upon us. Candles, journals and knitting have all become central to my routine, and I am dipping into all of our product ranges to make sure I am well stocked. Make sure you check out our listings, as I am updating them everyday, and if there is something you are really in need of, drop me a line to see if I have it coming up or could put something together for you.

I now volunteer a couple of days a week at a London based hospital, the Whittington, and the staff there are working beyond expectations and round the clock, so we have set up an Amazon gift list of items they have told us that really make a difference to them. Often they are staying at the hospital 24/7 and not getting a chance to shop themselves, so these everyday essentials can really turnaround a touch day and shift.

I won’t say much more about the difficult stuff at the moment, but leave you with some images taken from times when we are a little more free to roam around these hills in the Chilterns!

Making the Arctic Berry Hat

Seeing as wet and windy weather seems to be staying with us well into Spring, I decided to knit up another warm and cosy bobble hat. Using the maroon colourway that I named this pattern after, I cast on the stitches whilst tucked up next to the fire with the sound of lashing rain outside.

Rib brim of Arctic Berry hat.

Using our Aran weight yarn, a super soft Merino wool, means this pattern really glides off the needles fast! I have written it for x4 different sizes, from 6-10 years to adult, so you can make one for different friends and family members. I have also included instructions and tips for pom pom making, and a notes page on the back for your own amendments and thoughts.

100% wool makes this hat really warm and cosy, and is perfect for those that can’t handle rough yarns on their forehead- I can’t so need something really soft and luxurious, and save my lovely rustic yarns for jumpers and cardigans.

Dyed up, this colourway takes it inspiration from the wild, slow-growing arctic bramble and its fruit found in arctic and alpine regions of Alaska, northern United States and Canada, northern Scandinavia and Finland, Russia, Poland, Estonia, Lithuania, Mongolia and northeastern China, amongst others. The bramble belongs to the Rose family and the dark red fruit is considered a delicacy. This ethically sourced and mulesing-free hand-dyed yarn can be purchased in the shop on our website, and the pattern is available in our Ravelry store and linked below!

The hat worked up quickly and each evening as I sat next to the fire to knit, the days became noticeably longer and birds louder. Spring is definitely on it’s way but there is still cold showers and winds to battle before the long, hazy days of summer.

I have been journaling the progress on my hat and other projects in our leather journals, available in the shop. In the meantime, I will be wrapping up warm in hand knit woollies and injecting some colour into my wardrobe and the surrounding landscape when out on my walks!

For Arctic Berry Hat pattern sales on Ravelry, click here- buy now

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