Cornwall and my first knitted project of 2015

Cornwall <3

Cornwall <3

It already feels like a million years ago but at the beginning of September Rob and I went to Cornwall for a week to visit his Uncle and spend some time with the family. We've made this trip to the West Coast for the past three years so I guess you could say it's our annual tradition?  

Anyway, having not had a proper holiday all year it was a long awaited (and much needed) time away from the bustle of every day life. We stayed just outside of Falmouth which, if you haven't been you really should! It's kind of like Brighton only on a much smaller scale.  

Over the last few visits we have done a lot of the general sightseeing in the area so this time around we spent a few relaxing days enjoying a few of the different country walks and the spectacular views that go with them. I am so in love the Cornish coastline. Beautiful! 

We stumbled across this beach on one of walks - it was so picturesque I forgot we were in the UK!

We stumbled across this beach on one of walks - it was so picturesque I forgot we were in the UK!

We did a bit of foraging whilst on our walks too, the sloe gin will be ready for Christmas!

We did a bit of foraging whilst on our walks too, the sloe gin will be ready for Christmas!

I do love Brighton but there will always be space in my heart for the Cornish coastline! 

I do love Brighton but there will always be space in my heart for the Cornish coastline! 

We even managed to score a few vegan treats too, this ice-cream was a particular favourite - it's kiwi!

We even managed to score a few vegan treats too, this ice-cream was a particular favourite - it's kiwi!

We stopped by the seal sanctuary in Gweek where they rescue and rehabilitate injured seals. This seal was one of my favourites. He sadly can't be released due to a brain injury but he's making the most of life. 

We stopped by the seal sanctuary in Gweek where they rescue and rehabilitate injured seals. This seal was one of my favourites. He sadly can't be released due to a brain injury but he's making the most of life. 

Anyway, I can't fully relax without having something in my hands so I decided to get back into knitting. I honestly can't abide not having anything to do with my hands. If I can't do something creative I sometimes while away the hours on my phone or the laptop and then I feel guilty for having wasted time. So in comes knitting! It's the perfect little getaway/ pickup and go project. Perfect! I can also indulge when Rob and I are watching Netflix (Saturday is film night, Sunday's are for documentaries. We have our routine nailed down!) which is great because sitting down for too long makes me restless. 

Whilst knitting (and sewing for that matter) I feel truly relaxed and sometimes even zen like. Which is what you want for a hobby.  

Slouchy hat in progress - knitting helps me to relax whilst still igniting and satisfying my creativity!

Slouchy hat in progress - knitting helps me to relax whilst still igniting and satisfying my creativity!

Knitting is a new pursuit of mine and I am very much a beginner but one who is eager to learn. I first attempted knitting last year and managed to make a simple snood and a headband and then I just stopped. I don't really know why, I guess sewing is a much quicker way of making something and I just got so engrossed with it. 

This year I am aiming to do a little bit more knitting, it's nice to have a project on the go that I can pick up when I'm feeling a little too tired to sew or when I have a train journey etc. So that's the plan!

I subscribed to the magazine Mollie Makes last year and I received a copy of 'Knitting Smitten' by Jessica Biscoe. So when I decided I wanted to take a project with me to Cornwall I went straight to this book. 

There is no better place to knit than Cornwall when it's sunny. It's so peaceful.

There is no better place to knit than Cornwall when it's sunny. It's so peaceful.

I decided to start off with the first project in there - a simple knitted hat/ beanie. I choose this lovely grey acrylic yarn (being vegan I try to avoid wool, which I first thought would make knitting a no-go craft but turns out I can still enjoy - it's just not as luxurious, but sure is a lot cheaper!) from C&H Fabrics in Brighton. And here it is:

He might look grumpy but he was so happy with his hat - he has requested a pom pom too.

He might look grumpy but he was so happy with his hat - he has requested a pom pom too.

So, the hat turned out to be a little too small for me (confession time - I have a big head!). It fit, it just wasn't as 'slouchy' as the pictures suggested it should be and I wasn't entirely happy with how it looked. The boyfriend however, LOVED it and grabbed it out of my hands almost instantaneously. Now it's his hat instead of mine! It worked out quite well.

Rob's Uncle's house is the simply stunning. I like to swan around the rooms pretending to be in a Jane Austen novel... Rob meanwhile looks like he's modelling for Land's End magazine. True to say we were both in our element on this trip!

Rob's Uncle's house is the simply stunning. I like to swan around the rooms pretending to be in a Jane Austen novel... Rob meanwhile looks like he's modelling for Land's End magazine. True to say we were both in our element on this trip!

There isn't a great deal to say about the construction of the hat, it was really simple. I also really liked knitting in the round. It just feels a bit more compact and felt a bit more secure on the needles when I put the project in bad. I did struggle getting a 40cm needle though and ended up paying a little extra for some fancier needles but they are lovely to use. 

Beach knitting - Cornwall 2015 edition

Beach knitting - Cornwall 2015 edition

I finished the hat in the first few days and I did manage to start a second project - a pair of ballet slippers. However, these have not gone so well thus far, but I am ploughing on with them and will report back when they are completed. Hopefully at least....