On Sunday, as we drove away from Top Farm and our last camp of the summer, we stopped to help ourselves to some windfall Bramley apples and looked forward to Autumns first apple crumble.
On Monday I retrieved the apples from the car and studied them carefully. Windfall Bramleys are a self deprecating crop. The sight of these misshapen bruisers offers no clue to their potential fluffy sweetness
I chopped them up and discarded only the most insect ridden pieces, remembering that the bruises add flavour and sweetness to the mix.
As I worked I began making mental preparations for the new school term and the sight of the bruised fruit reminded me of the apples I fish out of school bags every Friday afternoon. These are the apples that are dutifully dropped into the bag every morning – only to return home again at the end of the day and placed back in the fruit bowl.
The same apple will go back in the bag the next day – only to return home again, with a few minor scratches and placed back in the bowl.
The same happens the following day, and the next until by Friday the once perfect specimen will be sporting some minor scratches, a large brown bruise, two rather deep cuts, evidence of some kind of piercing of the skin and an Indian ink tattoo.
This scenario is generally repeated every week. We know the apple will not be eaten. With every passing day my dutiful optimism turns to grim determination until by Friday the squishy rotten apple becomes symbolic retribution for refusing an apple a day.
However, this term will be different. I have a plan. I’ve been rather scathing about knitted fruit ‘cosies’ in the past but now I understand their significance.
This morning I finished packing the lunches and located a couple of fresh apples. I looked at them both with their perfect shiny bright skin, coloured by several weeks spent in the sun. They looked back at me grinning optimistically with deep dimples in their rosy apple cheeks. I helped them into their little knitted pullovers, said goodbye and wished them luck.
I wonder if I’ll ever see them again.
Knitting Pattern for Apple Pullovers
Cast on 6 sts.
Next Row: Knit into the front and back (KFB) of every stitch (12 sts)
Next Row: K1, KFB. Repeat to end of row (18sts)
Next Row: KFB, K2. Repeat to end of row. (24sts)
Next Row: Knit
Next Row: K3, KFB. Repeat to end of row. (30sts)
Next Row: Knit
Next Row: K2, *KFB, K4. Repeat from * to the last 2 sts. K2. (36)
Next 2 rows:Knit
Next Row: K5, KFB. Repeat to end of row. (42)
Next 5 rows Knit.
Next Row: Knit 2 together (K2tog), K5. Repeat to end of row. (36)
Change to 4mm needles.
Next 5 rows: work as K1, P1 rib.
Cast off using a 5mm needle to keep the cast off edge nice and loose, then sew up the seam.
And you’re done!
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