Autumn is almost here, and with a brand-new season comes the lovely sense of a fresh start. Gathering those things ready for the new school year is a feeling that stays with many of us, and this month’s issue is dedicated to that nostalgic “new year” excitement. School colours are celebrated with Cassie Ward’s Shades Of Autumn top, while Tracey Todhunter has captured the colours of Hogwarts with her hat, scarf and mitts set for brisk days.
This is also the perfect time of year to get organised, so Vicky Haynes’s modern desk set and Sarah-Jane Hicks’ stationery set are the ideal starting points – I’ve even designed a new glasses case so I don’t keep misplacing my specs! Of course, with the imminent arrival of autumn I’m also feeling wistful about the end of the summer – even after this scorching hot one! The bleached-out tones of Carmen Heff ernan’s Faded Beauty shawl evoke that wistful longing perfectly, and is so soft in Merino wool – a lovely choice for keeping off the evening chills. Many of the pieces designed for this issue are wonderfully transitional, and should we be lucky enough to see another Indian summer, we’ll have just the project for sunny days and cooler evenings.