Friday, June 15, 2018

Houll hat and the meadow





This meadow is near my house.  Years ago, it was planted in apple trees, and they were bent and ancient-looking, and stooped like old men, and had become more interested in making leaves than in making apples, so a few years ago, my farmer neighbor brought in a huge piece of equipment with a big claw on the front of it and took them out.  There was a sad bonfire, and the land looked demolished, and I was innocently devastated.  I’ve since learned that these old farmer neighbors know what they’re doing, and that in these parts, if there is a bare patch of earth, somebody will plant apple trees, so I know that one day, this meadow will be an apple orchard again.  Now, though,  it is fallow, and rich with long purple-tipped grass and wild daisies and clover, and the wind (there is always so much wind) ripples along it, making waves in the grass.  I can see a distant farmhouse and barn; someone else’s farmer neighbor.  Sometimes, when we walk along the roadside here, we see a hawk, lazily circling.  Killdeer make their nests, and when we walk by, nattering on about nothing and everything, they jabber loudly in a big ruckus and try to lure us away.

It is very easy for me to remember, as I walk down these quiet country roads full of raucous birdsongs and untouched wildflowers, holding Doc’s hand, that I have everything, everything, everything.

This hat is new:  it is the Houll hat by Ella Gordon, knit in a mix of yarns from my stash—there is some Rauma Finullgarn, some Holst Supersoft, some KnitPicks Palette, and one (the turquoise) fancy hand-dyed sock yarn from Stone Edge Fibers.  June has been cool enough to make a hat seem like a good idea, but it is almost summer, so, a mango pineapple popsicle seems like a good idea, too.

22 comments:

  1. Love the hat and you write so beautifully!

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  2. That hat deserves to be strolling around the Shetland Isles too!! You'd simply love Shetland Wool Week though it's a long,long way from you but they have visitors from all around the world. It's on my Bucket List. I used to hold my husband's hand when he was still my husband and we were truly,madly,deeply in love but things change. Like your apple orchard, which will spring to life sometime in the future, hopefully. Have a great weekend. x

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    1. Shetland Wool Week is on my bucket list, too! Someday. :)

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  3. I love the hat! Walking a meadow with a loved one is special. The earth is eve4 changing.

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    1. Indeed it is--each change is just as lovely, isn't it? xoxo

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  4. The hat is beautiful. Everything that you make is. How romantic to be strolling hand in hand with your big love.

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  5. I echo the first commenter. You write so wonderfully.

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    1. Thank you, this is so nice to hear. xoxo

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  6. gorgeous hat; how nice that you & hubby still walk hand in hand
    beautiful meadow, sad about the apple trees but they might've had disease in them too; hope they plant edibles again.
    cool post
    thanx for sharing

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    1. They will plant something, sooner or later. Farmers will farm. :)

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  7. OOOOHHHHH. That looks like so much knitting fun not to mention it looks fabulous too. Jo x

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    1. Jo, it was a BLAST! Give it a try! :)

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  8. What a gorgeous hat! It reminds me of a family blanket from my childhood, the same colours and wonderful pops of blue. I live in cider country and in recent years, hundreds of acres have been planted with apple trees. It's a beautiful sight when the blossom is out.

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    1. Ohhh, the orchards in May are a fairyland, aren't they? :)

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  9. I like this reflection on an apple orchard in waiting. Here paddocks are mostly for sheep and cows which is a bit boring. I hope one day you will show us a photo of this field planted with baby trees. Stunning hat by the way. Gorgeous colours.

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    1. I think a field of sheep sounds kind of dreamy! Their little bleating is so sweet. :)

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