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I can’t believe quite how much my horizons seem to have expanded in the fortnight since I passed my driving test. Every day I’ve been able to take Bruce somewhere different for a walk.

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As you can imagine, Bruce is enjoying this immensely. Each time I open the front door he goes and stands expectantly beside my van, waiting to be taken to an exciting new place.

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It has been exciting for me too. Going to a shop, the post office, or even to a routine hospital appointment has felt pretty amazing just because I could simply take myself there. I have experimented with motorways and the Clyde tunnel and, this coming Saturday, I intend to take a drive down to Sanquhar to attend this interesting event, part of Glasgow University’s Knitting in the Round project. With talks from Tom of Holland and Lynn Abrams, it looks like it will be a great day. If you see me, say hello.

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Meanwhile, we are on the home strait with my book, which is now at the proof reading stage. It really is looking fantastic, and I confess to feeling a wee bit proud when I contemplate its imminent publication. It’s a reasonably substantial collection (11 different garments) and the research that accompanies the patterns has genuinely been the most interesting and stimulating I’ve ever done. I loved writing the essays and conversations, and I am really pleased with the designs – both individually and as a collection. I shall shortly begin to show you more of what I’ve been doing. After months of virtual silence about the book it will be lovely to finally show you!

45 thoughts on “out and about

  1. Your pictures and your story of freedom behind driving yourself somewhere has given me some willpower to complete my driving test ….I have been so lazy as I ride or walk everywhere …. Thanks for sharing :)

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  2. Keep it up Bruce -it’s good for the human as well. (And I am soooooooooo jealous of those wonderful places to prowl through!)

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  3. Ah, you make me want to put on my walking shoes! So glad you passed that test and haven’t got to rely on anyone else.
    Really looking forward to Yokes, I love your writing… In the meantime there’s always your blog, I’m always pleased to see you’ve posted.

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  4. It does my heart good to see the beautiful pictures you post and know that you and Bruce have so many happy times together!!
    Julie

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  5. Kate, I am sure many people have told you this, but you truly are an inspiration. I love to hear about your driving, your endeavours with the knitting and patterns – and now with a book! I will certainly add this to my growing collection. Well done, you, and thank you. xx

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  6. That Bruce is one lucky dog! How nice for you to have such an enthusiastic companion for your expanding explorations — thanks for taking us all along, too (altho’ it’s a bit late in the year for me to think about going for a swim). I’m joining Bruce in expectant waiting — him for a van ride, me for your new book.

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  7. Your book cover looks fantastic! Congratulations! It has been another big collection. Another adventure. And I am glad to hear that you’ve got wheels again! Woo! Careful on the roads there. Drive safely and enjoy. I don’t drive myself, but I know it is tremendously liberating to be able to just go under your own steam.

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  8. Bravo! That is so exciting that you can get to new places with only Bruce to supervise you (-;
    Beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing them. And very much looking forward to your new book.

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  9. LUCKY you and BRUCE!!! I KNOW that look……..head cocked and ‘saying’ , “Are we going NOW?”
    just wonderful news all around and am anxious to read Lynn Abrams 2 pieces on men and East Kilbride. Thank you for sending us on another journey. Enjoy the programme and looking foreward to the book!

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  10. I was in a car accident a long time ago (not my fault) and couldn’t drive for ages ~ it was such a freedom to finally get a car and start to take myself places. I’m grateful for everyday that I can get in it and go someplace ~ any place!
    Loving the photos of your walks with Bruce ~ you’re so lucky to live in such a beautiful area!
    Can’t wait for your book! Are you going to do pre ordering? I NEED one!

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  11. Good for you…. and good for Bruce!! Congratulations on your driving.. He looks so handsome enjoying those walks, trees and water. He sure loves all those experiences. Your book already feels special!

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  12. How wonderful! Thanks for sharing all the photos. We’re about to depart for a trip to Scotland, and will even be in the environs, but I don’t think I could convince my family that after abandoning them for a dye conference I need to attend a knitting workshop, too. I’m excited that once we pick up our rental car we might be able to find some of the same spots you’ve been sharing with us. Loch Lomond? Western Way? These photos have just gotten me more excited. Congratulations on your newly acquired spontaneity and independence.

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  13. How wonderful that you are fluid and spontaneous in your life ! I am really happy for you that you can now drive and go and shape the world ! :) Your environs are so beautiful… one of the photos looks like where I live with the tall trees. Bruce must be one lucky dog !

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  14. Dear Kate! These images made my heart skip a beat… Being on the other side of the ocean, I miss this nature terribly! Thank you for sharing. The book cover is amazing – you look so feminine and elegant. Congratulations!

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  15. Hooray for you! I’m glad that you and Bruce are having more adventures together! (I do hope he writes a post soon to tell us all about it.)

    If the book is anywhere as interesting as the cover, I cannot wait.

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  16. Bruce has to be in doggie “Nirvana” with all of the new places he is now exploring with you. Thank you for sharing your adventures and breathtaking photos of beautiful Scotland with all of us. Good luck with your book.

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  17. Loving your photos, with so many beautiful places to visits, no wonder Bruce is looking very happy. Learning to drive was one of the best things I ever did, it’s given me so much freedom over the years, and now thankfully I no longer have to wait for ages in the rain for city buses.

    Can’t wait for the book………………..looking forward to seeing the designs and starting to knit.

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  18. Congratulations on passing the driving milestone, and yes, enjoy your new-found freedom! I follow your blog and adventures wistfully from the US—-soooooo wish I could go to the Sanquhar workshop! Am working my way slooooowwwwwlllly through Colours of Shetland so as to make it last longer. I plan to finish it just in time to read the new book. Thanks for sharing your knitting and Scottish life with the world, Kate. It brings your world to all of us and makes the world seem like one big knitting neighborhood!

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  19. It’s lovely to hear that regaining your driving licence has opened new horizons and given you more independence. Looking forward to the book release; a copy will definitely be winging its way to me :)

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  20. I still remember the feeling of confidence I got from passing my driving test. It opened up such a new, wider world and I have never forgotten that.

    You are obviously enjoying your new sense of freedom and independence – and it can only get better!

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  21. Enjoy your walks together! My sweet Colin is getting older, our walks are getting shorter every day. For us, every walk we have together is a bonus! Love, Chris and Colin

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