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Rosee Wood­land loves knit­ting on the beach

There’s noth­ing like a trip to the coast to blow the cob­webs away. I have great mem­o­ries of sum­mer hol­i­days in Dawlish spent pad­dling about in the shal­lows, peer­ing into rock pools and bury­ing my broth­ers in tthe sand! Nowa­days, there’s noth­ing nicer than set­tling down on a blan­ket while my daugh­ter builds sand cas­tles, and get­ting stuck into my lat­est knit; the sound of the waves is the per­fect sound track to the rhyth­mic ac­tion of knit­ting.

A good project bag is a must when you’re tak­ing your knit­ting to the sea­side, as splashes, spills and – of course – rogue grains of sand – are bound to find their way in if you’re not care­ful. Best to get some­thing with a wa­ter­proof lin­ing and a zip, like the oil­cloth bag from Dot­comgift­shop be­low.

Knit­ting with a non-woolly yarn is best at the beach, as the fi­bres won’t stick to your skin in the heat. It’s a good idea to work on some­thing small and sim­ple (like knit­ted sand­cas­tle flags or bunt­ing) and to leave your pre­cious silk and mo­hair blends at home – there’s noth­ing worse than get­ting a splodge of sun­cream on a labour of love.

Though I do like to be be­side the sea­side, I’ve learnt not to count on the Bri­tish weather, and I al­ways pack a few ex­tra lay­ers in my bag – a retro cardi­gan makes the per­fect sum­mer project!

I live in the city, so there are nau­ti­cal knits dot­ted around my house to re­mind me the sea­side’s not too far away… I’ve al­ready made the big, squashy oc­to­pus from last month’s Sum­mer Makes book for my daugh­ter – she’s been drag­ging him about by his ten­ta­cles ever since. He even gets his own seat at the din­ner ta­ble! Nora the Mood Whale by Sin­cerely Louise is an­other great one and, of course, you can’t beat a stripy jumper to make you feel like a sailor!

“...there's noth­ing nicer than set­tling down on a blan­ket and get­ting stuck

into my lat­est knit...

From above left: Ice Cream Knit­ting Pat­tern, ern, £2.50 .50 from www.the­lit­tleknitk­it­com­pany.co.uk; Mood Whale pat­tern, £3.99 from www.sin­cerely louise.co.uk; Dash & Al­bert Nau­ti­cal Cush­ion from www.Amara.com

From Fromleft left to right:rig Stripy Deck Chair, £39.99 from www.home­base.co.uk; Oil­cloth Bag, £29.95 from www.dot­comgift­shop.co.uk; Duchess Cardi­gan Knit Kit, £67 from www. purlal­pacade­signs.com; Sea­side Bis­cuit Tin, £39.50 from www.bis­cuiteers.com; Oc­to­pus Pat­tern from Knit To­day 114/Au­gust

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