The featherish sound of snow falling across the UK must be music to the ears of knitwear designers - after a very summery autumn, and a not exactly cold Christmas, at last their woolly scarves, hats and gloves are in high demand. Esk Knitwear, based in the Esk Valley in South West Scotland* is a family-run factory with a long history of producing garments for world-famous designers - this is their own collection, which has lots of fancy stitch-work (think cable-knit etc), the right amount of chunkiness for warmth and a good colour palate of neutral and earthy colours with splashes of intense reds and oranges.
Esk Knitwear makes a range of jumpers (see pic of mustard-coloured cashmere), cardigan-jackets (see pic of the Navy Gansy jacket which I covet, though fear it would make me look v bulky), body warmers, ponchos, scarves, gloves and some excellent looking wellie-socks which would look fabulous on those lucky girls with long long legs, and cashmere bedsocks. (An essential for me, even in high summer. And they have to be red).
Eskdale valley in the Lake District from which you can access Hardknott Fort, one of my very favourite places in the world.