Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Autumn Inspired....

Autumn is my most favourite time of year. I adore the colours and textures and smells that hang around in the air - old leaves and dead matter. I love the shift from warm sunshine to nippy cold air biting your nose. I love the fact that you can hunker down and stay in and not feel the duty to drag yourself out but if you do you can wrap up warm in cosy scarves and big baggy jumpers. 

I have a huge Autumn board on my Pinterest and look at it regularly.Here are some snippets...



So when Darling Husband decided that we really need another autumnal looking blanket to match the other I made for our living room, I got really excited. I chose my colours carefully. I really wanted deep, rich, warm shades that reflected some of these and other images from my Pinterest page. I originally wanted some Sublime yarn but the price would have been astronomical and when the blanket would be getting chucked around as much as mine do, well really I just couldn't justify spending so much money. I decided to have a look at what faithful, old Stylecraft Special had to offer and I was not disappointed. These are the colours I chose:




From the top we have:
Plum
Walnut
Copper
Spice
Gold
Saffron
Meadow
Khaki
Teal
Matador
Lipstick
Claret
Burgundy

My intention was to do some sort of square and then surround each square in Teal so I bought two of those. Thirteen colours in total.
However, after hunting several patterns, I stumbled across this image below I found on Pinterest and I just couldn't shake it off. Hexies it was going to be...

 You can find the link to this picture  here.


So I set about having a go at some hexies and I was not disappointed with the result. This was my first one. I used Attic 24's pattern for this if anybody wants to give it a go. It is a very easy pattern and you can find it here.




A few more emerged and began to connect....


The Teal surround idea went out of the window. I might use that for the border. 

So this is where I am up to. They are quite time consuming as I am weaving in ends as I go. I am loving the result so far. I will do a few more and keep you updated. I have a feeling this might be a long project and might take some time to do. I still haven't finished the snowflake hexies off yet that I started and stopped and started again! Oh well, the joy is definitely in the journey so they say. 

Do you like it? Does it shout Warm Cosy Autumn to you? I'd love to hear your comments. 


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20 comments:

Shirlee said...

Gorgeous colors & a gorgeous pattern! Gave those magic loops a try (I think that's what you've got there). Talk about feeling clumsy ... lol! Can't wait to see this blanket taking shape!

Tina said...

Love the colours,its going to look fab x

demeter83 said...

Love the start, I'm still trying to decide what to do with my blanket choice, love yours!

VeggieMummy said...

I can't get over the fact that your DH requested a crochet blanket! I'm so envious - my husband is forever throwing them off the sofas! I haven't tried crocheting hexagons yet (I must put them on the list) but yours look fantastic and the colours are gorgeous. I can't wait to see the finished result. Autumn is my favourite month too. xx

Justine said...

Those are gorgeous autumn colours. I would never have thought of the Teal but it's perfect. I like that hexie pattern too.

butterfly said...

What lovely photos of Autumn and wonderful colours of wool.
Makes me want to start back on my blanket again , but still to hot here .
Have a good week.

Annette-California said...

You made my heart sing seeing all the lovely Autumn colors in your post. Love your new afghan your making. Those colors are just amazing Hazel and the pattern you selected!
love Annette

Christine said...

That is going to be gorgeous, I love the colours

Julie said...

A lovely palette of colours you'll be working with, it's looking lovely.

Maggie said...

Autumn is my favourite season too, all those lovely colours :-)

Loving your new start, and the colours, which has reminded me that I must get on with my
Autumn blanket!
x

Vonna, The Twisted Stitcher said...

I adore your colors chosen for your yarn and that pattern is relatively simple. Crochet is a lovely way to spend an hour or two (or more) crafting. Your afghan is going to be gorgeous Hazel!

Vickie said...

Oh how fabulous Hazel! Truly gorgeous combinations.

Angela said...

Nice colours I'm sure it will look great when it's finished. Love your Autumn photos.

Brigitte said...

Oh yes, Hazel, these colours definitely make you feel and think autumn. I love your hexie-shaped pieces.

Margaret said...

The colors are gorgeous! Love love love it! Love the hexagon pattern you chose too. This will be wonderful!

Carol said...

Oh, your new autumn blanket is going to be wonderful, Hazel--so warm and cozy looking :) Enjoy!

andamento said...

Oooh, likey lots!

Anna van Schurman said...

Very autumnal! Lovely colors.

Sally said...

I love the start of your blanket. It most certainly does say Autumn. It is going to be stunning.

Caitlin @ Naughts Cross Stitches said...

We don't get a definable autumn here and it's one thing i wish we did get. The colours are just gorgeous! I love your idea of hexagons