Autumn all year round?

I checked my older projects finished by me in the spring and summer time, when the fall seemed far away… well, obviously not in my mind! I’d like to share here some of the autumn-related projects I made back then.

First, one more pair of fingerless gloves with a matching hat, made of mohair lace:

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Tangled in the web

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Some time ago I bought a few skeins of black Sirdar Soukie – a shiny, polyester, acrylic and cotton DK yarn with tiny sequins. I seldom use black yarn (and black in general), I’m not really a fan, but there are some things for which it suits. For instance hats or scarfs, especially that I prefer my winter/ fall jackets not to be black (my latest purchase is deliciously red!), so using it in accessories is fine. That’s why, when I saw this yarn on sale, I thought about a nice new scarf or hat and bought it without much thinking.

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It’s still summer, but I’m preparing for autumn

I miss Polish autumn here in Ireland, where all seasons are pretty much alike: rain or more rain, oh, and did I mention rain? Although I don’t complain, I like this mild climate here and I certainly don’t miss Polish winters!

My first year in Ireland I spent in Galway at the Atlantic coast and the constant storms and cold winds were quite a challenge for me to survive, especially that Irish houses are not very well built or isolated: every day our dehumidifier was full of water and no amount of heating could make the house actually warm. That’s still nothing compared to friends’ house where some lovely mushrooms (I mean real ones, with hat and all) grew on the bathroom wall from the humidity…

Now, after moving to Dublin, I appreciate its milder, calmer climate a lot. It’s just pleasant and I got so used to the rain that I even stopped carrying the umbrella with me all the time. It rains? So what? In Poland weather often made me feel down, and when it rained, it REALLY rained – sometimes even for weeks. Then other times we had weeks of drought and heat. It all just lasted way too long. Here on the contrary, they say that if you don’t like the weather, worry not – it will certainly change in five minutes. And it does! And I just can’t feel worried with the rain when I know that any minute it can be very sunny again.

But let’s get back to the Polish autumn – this is what I miss a lot… I don’t mean gloomy and sad November, I mean sunny, bright, colourful Indian Summer of September and October. I miss all the amazing colours, the fresh smell in the air, and the sense of new hope as this is the time when new school year begins and new plans are made.

Irish fall has its own beauty and I enjoy it a lot, but in my heart, there’s no comparison. Perhaps I’m a little biased too 😉

But why am I writing about it? Well, I finally managed to shift my focus from toys to other stuff. And what I made is definitely perfect for autumn. Before I write about it, a disclaimer: no, I am not paid by Garnstudio, although I know it might seem suspicious that I’m mentioning Drops yarn again (and I surely will in the future). It’s just because some time ago I made a big order in an online yarn store in Poland selling Drops and now my stash is full and I am slowly using up all this wool, alpaca and cotton. Some are cheaper versions, others less so, of better quality. And the purchase I enjoy the most is Drops Delight – fingering yarn, wool and acrylic mix.

I bought this yarn in three colourway versions, all of them self-striping: Green, Raspberry Cake and Autumn Forest. I have actually nineteen skeins of Raspberry Cake and a few ideas how to use them, but at first I decided to test Green (I bought two skeins of this colourway and four skeins of Autumn Forest):

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Toys and… more toys!

I have some big plans for equally big projects: a throw, a shawl, and some smaller accessories… yet here I am again, stuck in the amigurumi land, and I can’t seem to be able to get out of it. In fact, I really don’t want to get out of it!

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