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.
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.
View from Malham Cove in late summer
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.
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.
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.
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 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,