Well, I love a challenge and never like to admit defeat, but even I have had to relent and turn on the central heating quite a bit in the past week or so.
The end of summer is not all bad news though. I am so looking forward to changing over to a winter wardrobe – it just seems infinitely more chic than my summer clothes. It’s also an excuse to invest in even more knitwear, which can only be good news in my book!
Here is a selection of items that are on my current lust list….
Harper Knit Dress, £99, Hush.
Made from a cashmere wool mix, this dress is the perfect mix of fitted and slouched, is a gorgeous shade of navy and is oh-so-flattering.
Slash Back Boat Neck Sweater, £19.99, Zara.
Probably more of an autumn number than a winter one, I love the unusual detail on the back of this jumper and the boat neck, too. The pale pink version is just the right shade to suit most skin tones without washing you out. And you can’t complain about the price!
Heart Mittens, £POA, Shortrounds.
I love this knitwear blog, written by a lovely, creative lass called Beth. She also knits commissions if you ask her nicely, and these gloves would make such a sweet Christmas gift.
Kyla Scarf, £45, Plumo.
A recent discovery of mine, Plumo does some amazingly wearable, timeless but unusual knitwear. I found it really hard to choose which item to include in this post. They also do some adorable knitted socks, the perfect oversized sweater dress and some super-cute knitted slippers.
Colour Block Knitted Jumper, £30, Only & Sons at ASOS.
I thought I’d better put one in for the gents. I normally like my fella in simple, one-colour designs, but he may just find this wrapped up under the Christmas tree this year.
Moss Stitch Snood and Bobble Hat, from £30, Red Squirrel Knitwear.
Red Squirrel Knitwear is a one woman knitting powerhouse, based in Oates & Co’s home city of Nottingham. I love her simple designs in beautiful, rich colours – this is the child’s version of the hat and snood but she does them in adult sizes, too. My darling daughter loves the little squirrel badge you get on each item.
Baby Stripe Piecrust Jumper, £14-£15, John Lewis.
A classic, comfy design from my go-to department store for all things baby. I am a real sucker for stripes any day of the week, but paired with the gorgeous unisex colour combination too, this jumper ticks all the boxes for me.
Cable Knit Merino Wool Baby Blanket, £110, Small Flame Design on Etsy.
I think it can be difficult to find unusual yet tasteful gifts for newborns, but this beautiful handmade blanket in the softest, ethically sourced, Italian merino wool is just those things. When you place your custom order, you can request for the stripes to be created in a wide selection of different colours, too.
Right, time to get the hot chocolate on methinks….