I’ve been running Sylvan Stitches full time for a just over 18 months and whilst I use my Facebook page to let my followers and customers know what I’m up to I’ve never really found the time or place to really express myself beyond the Work In Progress photos and links to my Etsy Shop.
So here I am with a brand new blog. It’s Autumn here in Devon which, as Keats wrote, is a time of mists and mellow fruitfulness. I’ve been busy harvesting delicious veggies on my allotment and, just yesterday, foraging for wild chestnuts whilst we were out for our morning run. Mr B assures me that they are a healthy snack and that they’ll fit in perfectly with our attempts to be healthy this October.
I’ve also been foraging in my pattern collection for a idea for a new project this autumn. The Archers helpfully reminded me that autumn is a time when red deer can be seen and heard rutting and I remembered that I had plans to create a deer plushie. I love deer, they feature quite heavily in wiccan symbolism, especially at this time of the year so I have been inspired to add yet another animal to my plushie menagerie.
The UK is home to six species of deer; Red Deer, Roe Deer, Fallow Deer, Chinese Water Deer, Sika Deer and Muntjac. Here in Devon, I’m told, that there are Red Deer up on Exmoor, and that autumn is the perfect time of year to see Fallow Deer rutting at Scanniclift Copse. So, I’m setting myself the task of, not only knitting a new antlered friend, but to also find out more about this magnificent creature.
So, to begin with, I’ve chosen my yarn. I’m using a basic DK in oatmeal/beige (for the body), chocolate brown (for the hooves, and antlers) and black (for the eye and the nose – although I might have to add red once Christmas rolls around!). I’m going to use 3.75mm needles and have armed myself with some lovely soft polyester toy filling. Hopefully, next week, I’ll have some progress to post.