Yorkshire Skies

Yorkshire Skies | Whims And Fancies


There really is no doubting that the Yorkshire countryside is a beautiful place.   The hills, valleys, limestone cliffs, heather and waterfalls make for a very tranquil setting.  For me, being in the north and the remoteness of the places adds another sense of enigma to Yorkshire.  Last year, during our roadtrip through England, we spent a few days in Yorkshire, visiting the countryside that I dreamt of so often.

Many months ago I got a beautiful skein of yarn very aptly named Yorkshire Skies.  I just had to make a pair of mitts with it before we visited Yorkshire.


Hermione hat and mittens with Yorkshire Skies Yarn | Whims And Fancies


I was looking for a pattern that would show off the yarn, and came across Hermione’s Fingerless Gloves on Ravelry.   I managed to finish knitting the mittens the night before our flight.  I was so determined to wear them in Yorkshire that I finished weaving in the stray yarn during the one-hour travel time to the airport. 

Once we were back, I noticed I had enough yarn left to make a matching hat.  The hat pattern was written for worsted weight yarn.  Since I was using smaller size knitting needles for my fingering weight yarn, I added two extra cables to my hat.  That resulted in just 1 extra stitch at the end after the decreasing was done.  It was a tad big for my head, but one run through the dryer in low heat setting made it just the perfect size for me.


Malham Cove Yorkshire | Whims And Fancies


View from Malham Cove in late summer


Malham Cove Yorkshire | Whims And Fancies


Malham Cove in late winter


As we peregrinated the streets and countryside of Yorkshire, I was smiling happily while wearing my mittens.  My husband and I fell in love with Yorkshire so much that I planned our next England roadtrip earlier this year fully around Yorkshire with a few added days in Derbyshire.  I took both of these photos from Malham Cove, one of my favourite hikes.


Whitby Sea with Winsor Newton Waterbased Oil | Whims And Fancies


Sunset At Whitby

Of course, very soon after our return I had to paint a picture of the beautiful skies we saw in Yorkshire.  This was my first time playing with oil, and I could not have picked a better subject to paint.


Sailboat Quilt Pattern | Whims And Fancies


The painting, in turn, had me look back at a pattern I had designed a long time ago.  Sewing this block is going to be my One Monthly Goal for this month.  I know I will be thinking of the beautiful skies.


Yorkshire Moors Heather with acrylic | Whims And Fancies


I am also very sure that Yorkshire will continue to surface now and then in my paintings.  Currently I am working on this acrylic painting of heather in the Yorkshire Moors while listening to stories.


My Orange Maine Coon Kitty | Whims And Fancies


My kitty sleeps and purrs beside me, hopefully dreaming of a happy place.  I love a peaceful life.  Whenever I can get it, I enjoy it to the fullest!


See you next time,


I am also linking up on Through My Lens, Our World TuesdayWednesday Around The World, Seasons, and Friday Photo Journal along with other linky parties on my Events And Links page.


31 thoughts on “Yorkshire Skies

  • Shasta Matova June 21, 2017 at 10:46

    That is a beautiful area, and so nice of you to share it with us. Your photographs are gorgeous!

  • Faith June 17, 2017 at 06:42

    Beautiful Kitty! One of my kitties is a ginger too! Both love quilts and napping!!

  • Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts June 15, 2017 at 21:35

    Really neat pictures and hat/mittens! Thanks for linking to Finished or Not Friday!

  • Maria June 9, 2017 at 03:55

    Your hat and gloves are beautiful, Soma.

  • Su-sieee! Mac June 8, 2017 at 17:14

    You inspire me to do something. Don’t know what, but something. I love your creative energy. Thank you.

  • Jenny Benton June 7, 2017 at 17:20

    We did a Yorkshire road-trip some years ago – all the way from New Zealand. I particularly wanted to see Haworth Village, and gaze at the moors, just like the Brontes did way back then. Beautiful knitting and photos.

  • Linda June 7, 2017 at 13:04

    Wonderful phohtos! And your painting ‘heather in theYorkshire Moors’ is off to a lovely start! Oh and your knitting is great, very useful too! Thanks for linking up to ‘sew stitch snap SHARE’

  • Molly June 7, 2017 at 11:34

    What a stunning landscape. I love the pinky clouds


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  • Susan June 7, 2017 at 10:17

    Beautiful knitting, as are the pictures and your paintings of the Yorkshire skies! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers this week!

  • Alexandra June 7, 2017 at 05:24

    Found you at the Fiber Tuesday party. LOVE those gloves! Poppin over to get the pattern myself.

  • Anne (Cornucopia) June 7, 2017 at 03:43

    Great photos and artwork.

  • Ida P. Krause June 6, 2017 at 11:07

    Wow you are pretty talented. Knitting & Painting. The yarn was such a pretty color and I loved the painting of the boat. Your kitty is adorable. We love cats at our house (we have 9 of them).

  • Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts June 5, 2017 at 12:53

    I love the subtle colors running through the yarn you used. Your mittens and hat are so pretty, and make me want to get out my knitting needles! You are such an artist Soma, and I agree – peaceful days are the best!

  • Mitzi June 5, 2017 at 10:03

    Beautiful sleepy kitty and that new painting looks like it will be just lovely! Love the knitted hat and gloves!

  • Janine @ Rainbow Hare June 5, 2017 at 09:46

    I love Yorkshire so I really enjoyed your photos and painting and your knitting is just beautiful. I wish you many more peaceful days and sweet dreams for your cat :)

  • jesh StG June 4, 2017 at 19:25

    Can see that the Yorkshire skies made quite an impression on you! The mitts and hat are gorgeous. And you have such an even stitch (jealous!). Hope that you will show All Seasons the Heather Moors when it is done!
    Thank you much for linking up, and remind me again – don’t you have something going on once a month to link to? – please let me know (am so forgetful lately). Have a beautiful week doing artistic things!

  • Cheryl Brickey June 4, 2017 at 05:00

    I love seeing all of your different creative endeavors, your quilting, painting, and knitting are all fabulous!

  • Carol June 3, 2017 at 04:52

    Enjoyed your post and your photos. The first two nature shots are gorgeous.

  • Lady Fi June 2, 2017 at 23:29

    Gorgeous sky shots.

  • Jenni June 2, 2017 at 17:47

    Your cat looks so content. I enjoyed reading about your trip, the knitting and the painting. It’s nice to see I’m not the only person who can’t contain myself to one form of creativity! I dropped over from Friday Whoop Whoop. Nice to meet you.

  • Louisa June 2, 2017 at 10:24

    You have captured the colours and tranquility of this beautiful part of the world so well, I am lucky enough to have all this near(ish) my doorstep, and will never take it for granted. I glad you enjoyed your trip :)

  • Dixie June 2, 2017 at 05:28

    Your photos do bring on the desire to roam free, and to sit and contemplate such a beautiful countryside. Lovely hat and miits, Soma.
    A beautiful post that definitely does evoke peace and tranquility. I love your paintings.
    xo to kitty.

  • Patty June 2, 2017 at 04:51

    Beautiful painting and I love the block. Thanks for linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal and good luck with your project.

  • Kim Sharman June 1, 2017 at 23:48

    Drinking in the the gorgeous photo of the view of the Yorkshire landscape, many a descriptive writing of the Bronte sisters is swirling around my head; just sublime. In my mind’s eye, I can see you and your husband “peregrinating” around that lovely countryside. =) Lovely mittens and hat; love the pattern and you threw in an extra cable or two…..clever lady! I love your painting in progress, Soma…..AND…..how comfy your kitty looks. You get no argument from me re a peaceful life!

  • Bonnie in VA June 1, 2017 at 18:17

    Beautiful pictures of Yorkshire and the wonderful yarn that you made into mitts and a hat. They look great. Hope you enjoy many more trips to Yorkshire and it’s surrounding areas.

  • RobynLouise June 1, 2017 at 16:55

    The yarn is beautiful with the subtle colours and the knitting superb. Not overcomplimenting you either, as my knitting efforts are more knit a few… drop one…oops! I love looking at other peoples knitting. Adoring the perspective you have taken the photos from as well. The Summer one is a nice landscape but I think the Winter one appeals to me more with the weathered rocks, the bare tree and the swathe of green leading to the blue hills in the distance with the streaky sky above. I am a great fan of James Herriot’s books and the Winter photo matches what I image when I read them.

  • Susan June 1, 2017 at 13:25

    I was awestruck by the painting in the first picture before I got to your explanation of further down. It is beautiful as are your photos and the hat and mittens.

  • Kaja June 1, 2017 at 09:58

    Some great photos! Once you drop down into Derbyshire you are not that far from me.

  • Mary June 1, 2017 at 07:35

    I want to live in your peaceful dreams!!! Your photos are just gorgeous and I am so glad that you have them to remind you of the beauty forever. Your paintings are so pretty and capture the colors so beautifully. I LOVE your knitting. That yarn is spectacular and the cables are perfect for British Isle memories.

  • krislovesfabric June 1, 2017 at 04:19

    ok, I had to look it up…peregrinated, huh? :) Now I know. The hat and mitts are as gorgeous as your photos and paintings. How wonderful to have reminders of a beautiful trip and a plan to return!

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