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November blanket….time to cosy-up!

Halloween is over, yesterday we had the first frost, so as the temperatures plummet, no excuse is needed to wrap up warmer…and that is what I am aiming for with the NOVEMBER BLANKET.

I like the colder months very much, I do not mind shorter days, the cold, the wind and the rain as the key to enjoying this time of the year is to surround yourself with the softest, cosiest textiles around and maybe the odd hot chocolate or two….

Chunky knit, throws but also some soft cushions, maybe a sheepskin rug, some lovely scented candles, mood lighting ..it is all over magazines and shops windows as a way to create a perfectly plush refuge from the wind and rain and to lighten up your home as the days get shorter.

This trend is getting more and more popular, and has a few names: it is called Hygge, Gezellig and many other names…all of which encompass this desire for something cosy, nice, homey, friendly, snuggly, fun, comfortable or enjoyable…I guess it’s a feeling rather than a word.

It is everywhere… I went to IKEA a couple of days ago to get few bits and pieces ( they have the best and cheapest unscented candles…)  so I took a couple of snapshots with my phone of some neutral interiors set-ups, I always feel IKEA is a good indicator of what is trending and what people are seeking.

 

 

so I decided for this month I am going to go cosy, chunky and neutral!

 

neutral what a word for me!!!

I love colours and I am always surrounded by colour but for this month I thought would be fun to step out of my comfort zone and try something new and go NEUTRAL…

How scary!

so where to start..

the first thought that came to my mind was my nightmare hue, the unnameable one …it starts with an “M”…

the colour of the 90s: If like me you are 50 something you know EXACTLY what I am talking about, it  was omnipresent and everywhere, public spaces, hotels, new homes, old homes……well I bet you guessed what I am referring but I might write it down just ONCE: “m-a-g-n…” I bet ALL of you have used, have lived with, have bought a tin of…

MAGNOLIA!!!

I still have nightmares of designing houses and been told that the colour for walls, ceilings, woodwork and everything else that could be painted, was going to be magnolia, because “it goes with everything, it looks clean and fresh…” and me thinking “gosh not AGAIN!!!!”

Now I think that nearly 20 years later, neutral rooms don’t have to be a bore.

the trick is to create contrast and avoid everything been ” too plain and too matchy”  because that is what causes dullness is the same tonality;  so what is vital is to play with the saturation levels and undertones to create a warm, calming, inviting environment that has still freshness and crispness.

Another key to ban dullness is TEXTURE, and that is chunky yarns, sheepskins, washed wood, earthy pottery, candles, greenery and maybe even a pet!

Now if you go in a DIY store you find rows upon rows of neutral colours and undertones available for your home.

What I find really funny is that they aren’t called white, cream, beige, pale grey anymore…

they are called…

newborn, falling snow,lambskin..polar drift, icing sugar ..hahhaha you name it!

said that one thing is true…neutral colours, when used properly, work anywhere and everywhere.

So this is my challenge this month a neutral blanket!

 

I have already made a sample or two, I cant make up my mind yet about which one of the 3 colours to choose …so I have to sit on it for a little while I guess…

 

 

 

Chat  to you soon,

love you all,

Lucia xx

 

 

17 Comments

  1. Annabelle

    November 3, 2017 at 9:55 am

    Why not use the three neutrals together?

  2. Sarah

    November 3, 2017 at 10:16 am

    I love all 3 – I know you are going for neutral but the oatmeal and cream would be a beautiful mix together. I don’t see neutral as just one colour though.

    Absolutely beautiful work as always.

  3. Rae

    November 3, 2017 at 11:26 am

    You are a breath of fresh air for a drab morning in Balloch Lucia. Can’t wait to see this blanket in soft colours. X

  4. Jo Whittaker

    November 3, 2017 at 1:10 pm

    All 3 look great together, hmmm maybe that means a super cosy 3 blankets, 1 in each colour!!! Jo x

  5. Cindi

    November 3, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    When I saw the box of yarn, I thought you intended to use cream as the main color with pops of the grey and oatmeal. I think that would be neutral yet intriguing.

  6. Gaile Boudreau

    November 3, 2017 at 2:01 pm

    when I saw your post I was hoping you had designed a crochet pattern like the sweater? next to the box! I love that design and have never seen it in crochet. Would love to do a blanket with that design..?? hint hint. I, too, have gotten on the neutral band wagon. just bought the same colors as you are pondering on, but combining them in to a blanket.

  7. Tinke

    November 3, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    Oh dear, I can’t choose which one. Take all please. Makes it more easy for me ;>p

  8. Joan M

    November 3, 2017 at 2:32 pm

    Beautiful colours! Love all three! I’m anxious to see your finished blanket. I know it will be gorgeous.

  9. Across the Pond

    November 3, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    I’m with Cindi – I thought it was your intent to use all 3. Perhaps a mix of all three would satisfy your color yearning but also the neutral color vibe. Though perhaps I hate “magnolia”, “eggshell” and all the rest because they are impossible to keep clean. It’s not neutral if I feel anxious when I look at it! ROFLOL

  10. Isobel

    November 3, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Love all the colours, and the square looks amazing, very Christmassy looking

  11. Linda Young

    November 3, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Hi I am new to your site,I love the pattern the neutrals are done in. How does it work do we need to buy the pattern download it or ?? Thank really loving it so far have always been a fan of attic 24 and have now added you to my list .

    1. admin

      November 4, 2017 at 6:20 am

      Hi Linda, thank you I m glad you like my blog. about the pattern I have just started to make a sample, I haven’t written the final version of the pattern because most of my patterns I work “live” as I go along, I don’t write a pattern before I blog about it , I blog along it really, I think it makes more interesting to see how things develop. said that I will write all down as soon I figured out what I am going to do for the border…:D

      1. Linda Young

        November 4, 2017 at 9:53 pm

        Thank you so much especially for your prompt reply I have been thinking about the pattern all day. You are a very talented lady .x

  12. [email protected]

    November 5, 2017 at 9:10 am

    Can’t wait to see this masterpiece, your squares look delicious!
    Lxxxx

  13. Anita

    November 13, 2017 at 7:15 am

    I agree with many other, a mix of all three would be lovely. Can’t wait to see what it will be.

  14. Laura

    November 20, 2017 at 8:21 pm

    Ciao Lucia!!
    Just found your blog while browsing for some knitting/crochet inspiration!!
    …I am an architect, too (and Italian, too!!).
    I love the colours you use in your works and love the geometries of your latest blanket!! Cinque Terre is not far from my hometown. The colours you chose really reflect those villages!
    …I am curious to see how your neutral blanket is going to look like!!
    Buon lavoro!!

    1. admin

      November 20, 2017 at 9:36 pm

      Ciao Laura!
      mi fa’ molto piacere, grazie dei complimenti!!!
      lucia xxx

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