We got up early, and drove down to the Borders. It was a beautiful crisp morning.

When we arrived in Lauder, the sun was already turning the frost into a magical, dewy haze.

Today, the Autumn colours seemed even more deeply saturated. I want to knit everything in these tapestry blues and golds.

While Bruce and I were enjoying our morning walk, Tom was making preparations. . .

Today was the first race in this series. A hand-knitted running vest is, of course, obligatory on such occasions . . .

Off he goes!

Ah, Cross Country season . . .

33 thoughts on “Lauder morning

  1. I lived in the Borders for 6 months (worked at the Borders General Hospital) and it was one of the happiest times of my life. It was so beautiful and I didn’t have a car so had to walk or catch a bus and spent hours in the countryside. I also discovered the House of Lymond series which was my secret addiction for several years. Multiple re-reads.


  2. lovely pictures, thank you. Whenever people wonder why I spin, I wonder why people run for fun, but some clearly do. Love the COF reference too.


  3. As I drove out of Lauder on Sunday morning I was thinking what a lovely frosty morning, it would be good to go out and take some photos. Thanks for taking some great frosty photos of my stamping ground. Hope the three of you enjoyed your day.


  4. Ah yes – those muddy legs. When both my boys were part of the cross country team at school they too would come back sporting those muddy legs!


  5. Oh my Lord!! The hand knitted running vest! I love it! Chariots of Fire indeed…you really are a special one, keeping the handmade-with-wool love alive, even at the Cross Country!


  6. Would love to see what you make of the colors in knitting. A few years back, I drove to Meg Swansen’s knitting camp in September and kept being struck by the combination of the colors of drying corn in the fields and ripe sumac seedheads. It stuck with me until I designed a hat in those two colors of J&S, with motifs like cornstalks and the seedheads – I wish I knew how to link to Ravelry, where there is a picture. I just knit it for myself, and it pleased me so much to carry out my idea. That’s why I admire designers like you! If anyone wants to check the hat on Ravelry, my user name is donice.


  7. Yes, yes, we need a pattern for the running vest, please. It might stop my hub from stuffing newspaper under his shirt while cycling. He claims it soaks up the sweat and is an excellent wind breaker. Yeah, right. I have some Calmer just waiting for a project.


  8. Loved the vest. The J& S wool might be the right weight. I agree with the previous request for notes on the vest. Thanks for the great photos. The fall colors are great to see as the first snows sift down here in Vermont.


  9. I admit: every time I see your pics, I feel a huge urge to spend a long season on Ireland… (siiiiiigh!)
    Brazilian kisses (with more than a 100ºF today)


  10. Loving the muddy legs! Hard core running! Do you have any Ravelry notes for the vest? I think it is the sort of thing my hubby would like!


  11. I am also seeing tapestries wherever I go, leaves, mosses, grasses …. all just woolly ‘stitching’ in nature.
    There is undoubtedly a lot of luck in each stitch of the brown racing jersey you made Tom –Rowan ‘Calmer’ yarn as I recall was what you used — and ‘calm’ being a very good trait for a racer to have indeed. Go Tom Go !!!!


  12. I just sent this to my daughter in Dubai who is an avid runner like your husband. Loved the photo of the legs and also the hand knit running shirt.


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