Postcards from Dorset

Our holiday home for the week in the little village of Loders in West Dorset:


Gorgeous hydrangeas in the village – I couldn’t resist taking some photos of these!:


Relaxing morning walks with our dogs along the nearby disused railway track:


Dorset Sheep:




Making crocheted pebble cosies (see some tips and a link to a great tutorial at the end of this post):


The perfect beach day at Burton Bradstock (my fave beach and home of the wonderful Hive Beach Café):


Beach crochet in Rowan’s handknit cotton’s best seaside colours (a square from the Made with Loops Homely Blanket Quest):


Paddling and having fun in the waves:


Beach windmills at the Hive Beach Ice Cream Parlour:


An awesome evening trip to Eggardon Hill Iron Age Hill Fort:


Amazing 360 degree view of the county:


Gorgeous views of the countryside in the evening light:


Walking back along the footpath from Eggardon Hill:


Finishing my crocheted scarf made using Rowan Kidsilk Haze Glamour and a pattern from Churchmouse Yarns (more about this in another post):


Driving though the village of Wool (great name for a yarn addict!) on the way to Lulworth Cove:


Purbeck Ice creams at beautiful Lulworth Cove:


Looking down at the famous Durdle Door from the cliff tops:


Admiring the jaunty boats at West Bay:


Super scrummy wood-fired pizza at the amazing Watch House Café:


A spot of evening mackerel fishing:


Beautiful evening light down at West Bay:


Dorset Cream Tea at Mangerton Water Mill:

Dorset Cream Tea


Sweet little ducklings discovered by the lake at the water mill:


And free range hens:

free range hens

A trip to West Dorset wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the wonderful Bridport Yarn, where some small purchases were made (more about this in a later post)!

Bridport Yarn

A little bit of knitting with a morning coffee in the garden:

morning knitting

Something sweet for the journey home!

Emily's Seaside Sweets

Goodbye Dorset, we’ll visit you again soon!

If you’re interested in making your own pebble cosies, there is a great tutorial here.  Alternatively you can just crochet your own motif, measure it against the pebble to ensure that it is roughly the same size using increases to adjust the fit, place the pebble inside, then decrease in, gathering the cosy around your pebble.

Happy Holidays! x

pebble cosies



21 thoughts on “Postcards from Dorset

  1. Caroline Gregg

    Lovely post – can you tell me what the pattern is you are doing in the morning coffee shot and what is the wool? Thanks.

    1. Knit and Purl Garden Post author

      Hello, thank you! The wool is Rowan Alpaca Chunky. The pattern is Elton Fingerless Mittens by Lisa Richardson from the new Rowan Warm & Toasty collection. You might also be able to see the matching Jester Snood in the photo, also from Warm & Toasty.

  2. girlinknits

    Dorset is a beautiful place. Inspiring too, for the creative mind with all the colours of the landscape 🙂 looking forward to hearing about your new additions 🙂

    1. Knit and Purl Garden Post author

      Thanks 🙂 its not too far from where we live so it was a bonus not to have to spend all day travelling to get there. Didn’t want to take our old dog too far this year… Would be nice to explore a bit more of East Dorset too. Poole, Swanage, Thomas Hardy Country… Didn’t have time this summer though, we’ll have to save it for another trip! X

  3. Joy

    What a gorgeous post – I loved every pic – each one delightful!
    I’m so glad your holiday worked out so well – that surely is an area I would love to visit!
    Your scarf looks so soft and lovely and the pebbles so pretty in their new coats!
    Joy x

    1. Knit and Purl Garden Post author

      Thanks Joy, we were so lucky with the weather this holiday, only one very rainy day. Sunshine makes all the difference, although Dorset is always a lovely place to be 🙂 thanks for your kind comments about my scarf & pebble cosies – the cosies are quite addictive once you start making them! X

  4. Knitted Pink

    I love your photos Claire. And I love your post. Reminds me of when R and I holidayed in Dorset a couple of years ago and did a fabulous walk along the Jurassic Coast. Stunning!

    1. Knit and Purl Garden Post author

      Thank you Linda! Photos are nice to look back on aren’t they? Sounds like you had a lovely time yourself. The scenery is beautiful I think, whatever the weather! We went in February once & there was snow 🙂


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