Around the middle of August, it always feels like the garden begins to move into a different ‘phase’, as the warm colours of late summer and early autumn really come into their own.Just look at these fabulous sunflowers, towering cheerfully over everything, full of sunny yellows and rich browns!
So, if you remember, last December when I was working on my Purple Waves ripple blanket, my mum asked me for one in shades of blue – and so the Blue Waves blanket was conjured. And my dad said he’d love to have one in shades of orange (his favourite colour), with maybe some reds and yellows mixed in. I didn’t want to do Yet Another Mexican Sunset colour scheme, so I began by playing with graded stripes, from cream and pale yellow through orange to deep red. But it looked a bit too subtle and ‘flat’, somehow; it just wasn’t getting my colour-mojo going! It got me thinking though, about the grand riot of late-summer-garden colours that I love so much.
Oranges, reds, yellows, russets and browns – just looking at the calendulas and ripening tomatoes against the mellow brick of the old shed made me want a blanket full of these colours, all jumbled up together!
As with the other two blankets, I chose my yarn from the Stylecraft Special DK range and found all the colours I wanted. I dropped the cream and deep red and added russet brown and gold instead. I wanted it to be cheerful and colourful, but a bit more ‘masculine’ and, dare I say it, subdued than my usual psychedelic style! Here’s a close-up of my final colour scheme ripples:
I only started this project just over a month ago, so I’m definitely getting quicker at this pattern! It would be lovely to finish it in time for my next trip down to visit my folks in October. By then, the summer colours will have faded and blankets will definitely be required! But for now, I can still sit out in the garden some days and crochet away amongst the flowers, veg, and happy bees!
Wishing you all a warm and colourful weekend 🙂