It's not often I get to go off on a Jaunt these days, it's quite rare in fact. I think that's partly due to no longer having a car, and partly cos Little B ever so slightly limits the type and length of jaunting I can do. He is generally pretty adaptable and will happily accompany me wherever I go, but still. He hampers proceedings a little it has to be said.
Do you get what I mean when I refer to a jaunt? It means a proper little pleasure-trip out and about somewhere. A trip that you know is going to bring happiness and enjoyment. Sounds good eh? And that's because it is!
Jaunting in Good Weather is the best. It's not strictly essential to have blue skies and sunshine, but it really does help elevate the happy feelings above the norm.
Jaunting with Good Friends is also the best. Again it's not strictly essential to have company (I love solo jaunting, as in my occasional shopping trips), but having someone to share the experience with does make it extra special.
I love to plan my Jaunts, I love the happy anticipation it creates for days/weeks in advance. Now in my world there are two types of Jaunt :: you can either Jaunt Freely, or you can Jaunt with Intent. I like both kinds. I like the ambling, spontaneous, take-it-as-it-comes kind of a day, but I also really do enjoy having a sense of Purpose, something specific and exciting to give the day a focus.
On Thursday, I was doing the latter and Jaunting with Intent. I had a definite purpose for being in this beautiful town on a beautiful day with a fab friend. And oh I was super-charged with excitement!!
So what was I up to?
What made my feet skip and my heart boom-boom and my face smile broadly?
It has nothing to do with these pictures of Autumnal trees, plants and beautiful Florists displays.
These were merely distractions as we walked to our Ultimate Destination.
We were walking slowly cos we had Little B out of the pushchair and on his Little Feet.
Happy feet and big smiles.
Of course. It was a yarn thing. It was a day of Intentional Yarn Shopping.
This is one wall in a most gorgeous and inspirational shop :: Create in Ilkley. I just love love love this little shop. The moment you step through the door you are warmly welcomed and feel at home. I wish I had taken more photos to show you the inspiring displays and to give you a feel for the warmth and vibrancy that resides here. It's marvelous!
I am not a regular visitor here, but I am well known here, so there is always lots of chat and catching up with yarn-related things. Oh I do like a good yarny chitchat! But as super as it is to pass the time of day with chitchat, I was really there first and foremost to purchase yarn. Blanket Yarn no less.
It's been a surprisingly long while since I had a blanket on the go, I finished up the Sweet Flower Granny blanket at the end of January. Since then I've been umming and ahhhing over what to do next blanket wise, chopping and changing my mind a gazillion times. Blocks or rows? Squares or stripes? Something familiar or something new? Which should it be?
Which yarn to use has been debated a gazillion times too. I finally settled on a yarn I know well and absolutely adore :: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino. You may remember I used this yarn to make a couple of blankets for Little B :: the Baby Granny and the Baby ZigZag. It's fabulous stuff to work with, the colours are stunning and once it's hooked up it transforms into the most amazing blanket material. Substantial, warm, and oh-so-soft, everything a snuggle-blanket should be.
This was our lunch time location, a small picnic spot half way up Ilkley moor. We sat there in the glorious afternoon sunshine, my friend and I, and ate a delicious picnic lunch interspersed with some serious yarn-fondling.
Yes my friends, the blanket yarn is In The Bag.
The stash. Has. Landed.
Oh happy day!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After lunch and some seriously giddy yarn appreciation (smoochy smooch), I turned my attention to the surrounding nature.
Such abundance and colour and a serious touch of "Autumn-nosity" (a sweet Heather word that)
The trees were soooo beautiful.
September is a good month to begin hooking a blanket I feel, I can't tell you how hugely excited I am about the prospect. I have really missed not having a big project on the go. Oh the yarn, the yarn, the yarn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It is Divine, no other word for it. I can't stop thinking about it.
So I expect you would like to see my divine yarn wouldn't you? Would like to know which colours I've gathered together perhaps? Maybe you might even like to know what sort of blanket I'll be working on too?
Of course you would!
Only I'm not quite ready to reveal it just yet. Soz. You see, it turns out I made a small mistake with my colour choices, and one of the colours simply isn't right and needs to be changed for another. Oddly enough, it was Little Man who spotted it. He totally amazes me with his instinct for colour as he is not particularly arty. Yet he has an amazing feel for what works and what doesn't and it's the most interesting experience asking for his advice. Sweet boy, he really is.