Walking In Warm Woolens

California Wine Country Morning Sunlit Tree Photography | Whims And Fancies



Last Wednesday morning I was up around 3:30 AM to view the lunar eclipse.  I was mostly outside until the total eclipse finished, shortly after 6:00 AM.  After being in the crisp, cold morning air for so long, I was too awake to go back to bed.  My husband was up with me.  So once the first rays of daylight started showing across the eastern sky, we put our hiking boots on and hit the trail.


The frosty ground was lazily lit up by the morning sun, turning it dazzling white.  As the frost slowly melted, the ground was filled with myriad sparkling diamond-bright water droplets.



California Wine Country Mustard Flowers Photography | Whims And Fancies



The yellow mustard flowers were peeking through the bare grape vines.



Menelaos Fingerless Mittens Knitting Pattern | Whims And Fancies



It was cold, so I got to wear my new mitts.  I made them using the Menelaos pattern.  The pattern has the design only on the back side of the hand, but I wrapped the design around on the palm side as well. I used my own thumb technique too.  The pattern is very easy to follow and makes very cosy mitts.



Hat And Fingerless Mitts Knitting Pattern | Whims And Fancies



My husband quite often drops by the local yarn store to pick up small surprises for me.  I made the Paragon Toque with the red yarn that he got for me, but there wasn’t enough to make a set of matching mitts.  He and the proprietor of the shop picked out the grey yarn for me.  I was a little sceptical at first, but I love the set now.  They kept me warm all throughout the hike.



California Wine Country Morning Fog Photography | Whims And Fancies



The valley was filled with morning fog, looking like a white sea.  This is the turning point of our hike.  Needless to say, we were extremely tired from waking up that early and after such a long hike, but…what a view!!  I love our local parks!




Related Links –

Photos of the January 2018 Lunar Eclipse
Paragon Toque Pattern
Menelaos Mitts Pattern


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35 thoughts on “Walking In Warm Woolens

  • Flashinscissors March 11, 2018 at 01:35

    Gorgeous photos of your area, Soma! Your mittens and hat look lovely and cosy. What a wonderful husband buying you wool like that! My that was an early hike!
    Barbara xx

  • Raewyn March 11, 2018 at 00:32

    What a lovely time of the day – those scenes really made the cold and early start worthwhile!

  • Janine @ Rainbow Hare March 9, 2018 at 03:54

    Thank you for linking up with Wool on Sundays :)

  • Lynette March 8, 2018 at 06:09

    “What a view,” indeed! Thank you for sharing these amazing photos. I’m also in awe of your Orion shot – I’ve always loved him, too, but have clearly missed a lot of his beauty with my unassisted eyes.

  • Linda March 7, 2018 at 12:16

    Beautiful photos! And great hat & mittens, they will be warm & cosy. Thanks for sharing with ‘sew stitch snap SHARE’

  • Life Images by Jill February 20, 2018 at 05:25

    The early morning is the best time for walking, but I am so glad I didn’t have to get up that early to see the lunar eclipse. At least we got to view it at a sensible time, in the evening.. Your pictures of the morning are beautiful.

  • BillieBee February 16, 2018 at 15:04

    Love the gloves. Sounds nice to be up for the sunrise.

  • Lady Fi February 15, 2018 at 02:23

    There is something magical about that early morning light! Gorgeous photos.

  • Sandra Croley February 14, 2018 at 05:57

    What beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing your hike with us. What part of the world are you from, to get such nice scenery?

  • Lorna McMahon February 14, 2018 at 05:22

    Thank you for taking us on the hike with you! What beautiful photos…. And a lovely set of mitts and hat. Wishing you a very Happy Valentine’s Day, Soma!

  • Angie February 13, 2018 at 18:53

    You have a talent with knitting needles! I love that style of mitt – you can take pictures more easily!

  • Jesh StG February 12, 2018 at 20:02

    Thank you Soma for sharing this beautiful post with All Seasons! Am looking forward to the Weekend Journal Page art project:) Have an artsy week, blog Friend:)

  • Marie-OR February 12, 2018 at 18:58

    What a wonderful time for a walk! Lovely photos. And I love the knitted woolen mittens & hat!

  • Ness February 11, 2018 at 08:37

    Two beautiful natural events in one day. Well worth getting so early for. I have a pair of fingerless mitts that I wear at home all the time through the winter. They are lifesavers as I have such bad circulation.

  • Carol S. February 11, 2018 at 07:52

    The photos are gorgeous and make me want to go hiking in your area. Your gift for photography and knitting is amazing!

  • Cheryl Brickey February 11, 2018 at 07:19

    Your photography is wonderful, the fog really does look like a white sea.

  • Mascha February 11, 2018 at 03:54

    Nice mitts and a gorgeos landscape, have very enjoyed your photos.
    Have a good new week

  • Anne February 11, 2018 at 03:21

    I love your hat and mits, I bet they helped keep you warm on your chilly walk. Your photo’s are stunning, I love the valley of mist.

  • Kara February 11, 2018 at 00:59

    Such beautiful views, so worth a chilly walk

  • betty - NZ February 10, 2018 at 13:58

    Loving the scenery. I think Hubby is a keeper if he brings you yarn without asking!

  • Kaja February 10, 2018 at 00:02

    Beautiful photos!

  • Janine @ Rainbow Hare February 9, 2018 at 13:47

    You have stunning scenery to walk through. I love your hat and mitts. I think they go together beautifully :)

  • Dixie February 9, 2018 at 13:00

    What a lovely way to greet the dawn! Beautiful pics.
    Love the vista in the last photo. It would be hard to turn away from such a view.
    Your mitts and hat are very nice; they look so warm and cozy.

  • Jesh StG February 9, 2018 at 11:31

    Beautiful winter landscapes Soma! How nice of your hubby – he knows you well:)
    A littler reminder – have posted the WEEKEND JOURNAL PAGE today for the month of Feb. Happened to give the end result of the knitted cowl, so you’re already set – hope to see you there:)

  • Su-sieee! Mac February 9, 2018 at 11:30

    The red and grey colors do look well together. Quite elegant. Lately I’ve been wanting to get up before the sun for a walk. Reading and seeing your walk has me even more inspired.

  • Carol February 9, 2018 at 10:19

    Lovely post, enjoyed my walk with you

  • krislovesfabric February 9, 2018 at 08:21

    Thanks for letting us walk with you Soma, always love seeing your photos and your mitts and hat look wonderful together :) I have been running around in mine too when I can!! We had a few more inches of snow add to our piles last night…I am hoping to get a few pics today if all goes well.

  • Mary February 9, 2018 at 07:14

    The view was worth being tired and being cold! It really looks beautiful, albeit chilly. I love your mittens and cap. I’ll bet they kept you quite toasty AND stylish. I like the two colors.

  • Kim Sharman February 8, 2018 at 13:14

    Sublime photos captured by your photographic eye, Soma. I too, love walking through the countryside just before the sun arises.Glorious photo of the mustard coloured flowers through the grape vines. Your mittens are lovely; such a sweet pattern. They team perfectly with your hat. There is nothing quite like a walk through beautiful nature to uplift the soul.

  • Patty February 8, 2018 at 11:55

    lovely photos. And I’m glad you got to see the eclipse. Moon set here before the action happened.

  • Alycia February 8, 2018 at 07:47

    how beautiful! Love the mitts and hat too!

  • Susan February 8, 2018 at 07:46

    How blessed you are to live in such a beautiful area close to home. We could not see the eclipse because of the cloud cover here.

  • Catherine February 8, 2018 at 06:30

    How beautiful the landscape is where you live! Your photos are stunning.

  • Lisa February 8, 2018 at 05:31

    These are beautiful photos. Thanks for sharing them.

  • Tammy S Asad February 8, 2018 at 04:46

    Very sweet of your husband to buy you surprise gifts of yarn. Maroon and gray are a perfect match. You live in a lovely area for hiking.

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