Sunday, October 18, 2015

My first afghan

An open air bazaar is yearly held in my husband’s home town 
on the occasion of the patron saint celebrations. 
It’s an important event even if it does not appeal to me.
However, the youngest member of our family finds it very funny 
and cool and never wants to miss it. It’s actually a huge fair, a street
 market and regardless if you are going to buy something or not, 
sometimes a walk among the stands can be revealing. 
She was determined to spend her pocket money on trifles, 
that is what she did. I come to the point. 

Five euros for five skeins of yarn, an inspiring gift for the mom! 
It automatically made it all worthwhile. Cheap yarn, not so bad after 
all, chosen by my girl! That’s how I have got around to starting 
this afghan, my first one. 

I bought some grey yarn to join the squares and here it is! 
Despite autumn’s fall the sun keeps shining and my little blanket 
was exposed outdoors, on the roof terrace and in the garden.

Experienced crocheters will certainly find many mistakes but it is
 inevitable in crocheting, isn’t it? I'm not sure which house this blanket 
will end up in ... Maybe in the country home; it will fit perfectly well in 
our rural living room I think.

If you have read my blog for a while, you will know that I willingly 
succumb to the charm of a real and authentic autumn season 
that is not our case, alas! Indian summer has 
no intention of surrendering… 
  Isn’t it time to go inside, put a large sweater on, take a warm cup 
of tea and curl up with a book? Counting on the cozy feeling 
of my little afghan, hope fall will finally make a decent appearance!
Sending some of that superfluous sunshine where there is need of!



  1. I am not a crocheter at all, so I don't see any mistakes! The blanket is wonderful, I hope it will give you so many warm moments during cold days.

    Sending warm wishes,


  2. Πολύ όμορφο το κουβερτάκι σου, Ολυμπία μου!!! Μου αρέσει πολύ το γκρίζο που διάλεξες για να το συνδυάσεις με τα άλλα γλυκά χρωματάκια!! 'Οπου νά'ναι έρχονται οι δροσιές και σίγουρα θα το χρησιμοποιήσεις και θα το χαρείς.
    Να έχεις μιά καλή νέα εβδομάδα!!!! Φιλάκια!!!

  3. I learned to crochet from my mom and remember making squares for a similar covering. In fact I still use the one she made back in the States. I love this post and what prompted the start of this project. But please don't rush away this beautiful weather. We've ordered the heating oil and the wood is stacked at The Stone House on the Hill, but I don't want to see these warm sunny days end. . yet. Hugs to you from your friend just down the road, Jackie

  4. Dear Olympia, your afghan is beautiful, even if I prefer different colours. I cannot see any mistakes.
    It seems you have summer days! Here we have temperatures below 10°, and it's misty all the day. I miss the sun already.
    Have a nice week.
    Donna G.

  5. Te ha quedado precioso, me encantan los colores que usaste, las fotos una maravilla.

  6. I like the combination of colours Olympia - you must be delighted with the results of your first venture into crochet work, the blanket is lovely.

  7. What a beautiful blanket you made! I don't see any mistakes at all. But i'm not an experienced chrocheter :).
    Have a nice week! Greatings from Aleta

  8. It has been a long time ago that I was crocheting and I´m sure I made lots of mistakes too. I think that´s no problem, your colourful blanket looks wonderful and it keeps you warm and cozy on colder days. It should be nice you could send us some sun and warmth, you can have the gloomy autumn days we have. I like autumn, but not too many dull days.

  9. I love afghans. An afghan was the first thing I ever crocheted, and I still have it. (I must confess it was also the last thing I ever crocheted - a lot of work, only stubbornness made me finish! ) As usual, your photos are beautiful.

  10. Its beautiful! I like the gray accent color.

  11. Lieve Olympia,

    Complimenten voor de jongste telg en voor jou, het is een prachtig haakwerk geworden waar je op kille dagen binnen en buiten veel plezier aan zal beleven.
    Bleef even langer kijken naar die prachtige roest bruine haarlokken die één kleur zijn met de warme herfstkleur in de deken.
    Deed me ook denken aan de haarkleur van mijn kleindochter die ook gezegend is met zo'n weelderige koperkleurige haardos.

    Fijne week en lieve groet,Ger

  12. What a beautiful blanket you crocheted!
    There you will have the time to come a lot of fun.
    Nice that it's still nice autumn weather at yours, here's the big rain.!
    Have a nice week!

    Love, Gerry

  13. A lovely blanket Olympia! I used to crochet, now can't remember how! We have echoes of our summer reappearing when unexpected like when you've got the heating on and suddenly it is way too hot and outside even warmer! Wishing you a lovely week. Sharon x

  14. This is a very special blanket, Dear Olympia, made from the sweet gifts from your precious daughter! It turned out lovely and a perfect focal point for your pretty autumn photos. I love to crochet, but have yet to make an afghan. You have inspired me. Right now I am working on a sweater for my new baby grandson. Wishing you cooler autumn weather soon, my dear! Hugs xo Karen

  15. I am so impressed with your first blanket congratulations I hope you will enjoy it over the winter months. Your daughter chose some lovely colours for you. Sarah x

  16. What a gorgeous blanket! I really like how well the colours go together, especially in the sunshine.
    Cathy x

  17. Cara Olympia. Sei stata bravissima a fare questa coperta, e mi piacciono molto i colori che tua figlia ha scelta. E poi vorrei tanto sapere come fare il crochet ! Un abbraccio e buona settimana.

  18. Hello Olympia,
    I love your afghan.. its lovely colors.
    It reminds me of my dear mum.. she crochets so many things..she even crochets jackets and dresses for my daughter..ponchos and blankets.. my daughter folds hers at the bottom of her bed , still after all these years.
    From one read head to another ):- the afghan suits you.
    your flower photos are beautiful. I see you still have some sun there in Greece. We have had heavy rain here.. but very much needed.
    lovey post..
    wishing you a happy Tuesday
    val xx

  19. Πανερμορφα η πλεκτή κουβέρτα ...γεια στα χερια σου Ολυμπια !!!
    και ωραία χρώματα διάλεξες ....μου αρέσουν πολύ η πλέκτες κουβέρτες ...(έπλεξα τρεις )
    καλο απογευμα !!!!

  20. It's beautiful, Olympia! It's hard to believe it's only the first you've ever made, it really is gorgeous and I don't see a single mistake anywhere. :)

  21. Just beautiful! Some day I'm determined to learn crochet. Hope you get some nice cool temps soon. Xo

  22. You made a beautiful blanket! And nice pictures to show it!

  23. Your blanket is beautiful Olympia, you must be so pleased with it. I'll happily take some of your sunshine to ward off winter a little longer. Hx

  24. I love you beautiful afghan O!!! I love that you used the grey to join the squares! I also always love to see whats blooming at your house my dear. Maybe even sometime soon you will even need to nestle yourself under it and read a good book :)
    sending hugs...

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  26. Olympia
    Such lovely colours ... you must be very pleased with it.
    It is a gift to be able to crochet or knit, my dear mum loved to knit, for some reason I just couldn't get on with it - a shame

    They do say you're never too old to learn ... we shall see!

    All the best Jan.

  27. Dearest Olympia,
    I didn't know that this kind of blanket (or the pattern?) is called afghan, but it really looks pretty and very cozy! I'm crochetting a granny-blaket, too, but very simple, each square in just one color, at the moment I've three colors but I think I will need a 4th one. I'm not an experienced crocheter, so I can't see any mistakes here. Oh, and I love al our photos, especially those with the blue sky! :o))
    Lots of hugs and happy autumn time to you and your family,

  28. Dear Olympia,

    You have crocheted a beautiful afghan and love the colours and it will be cozy for kepping you warm in winter.
    I love all your wonderful photos with the pretty blue sky and looks like your Autumn is lovely.
    Enjoy the weekend

  29. Oh, Olympia, how lovely! You are all set for winter.

  30. Such a beautiful afghan, Olympia! I love the colours and the pretty looks so cosy and soft. How sweet that your daughter bought the yarn for you too! I have so enjoyed seeing all your bright and happy photos in this post.......and we would always be happy to take any superfluous sunshine here :)
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Helen xox

  31. Hi Olympia,
    Have a nice weekend! I am waiting for the arrival of Indian summer, too.

  32. Wow!!
    What a colours of yours blanket!
    Hugs from France:)

  33. Just lovely colours on your blanket Olympia! You are ready for a chilly autumn...
    Have a great weekend, take care!

  34. Your first afghan is wonderful, Olympia, and I don't see any mistakes in it at all haha : ) I love the colors - the grey and blue is cozy looking, and you have a touch of orange in there for Autumn. You did a great job, and it will keep your loved ones warm this winter.

    Have a splendid Autumn weekend, friend.

    love,, ~Sheri

  35. So beautiful Olympia! Your first in hopefully a long row and what a lovely way to start the autumn season. I can really see you there with your lovely blanket, a cup of tea and a good book. :) And thank you so very much sweetie for your kind words on my blog. They warm my heart.♥


  36. Gorgeous photography as always Olympia. This is such a gorgeous piece. You have chosen a beautiful color palette. It turned out exquisite.

    Autumn blessings,


  37. Μπράβο Ολυμπία!
    Μ΄αρέσουν τα χρώματα που έχεις χρησιμοποιήσει. Αυτές οι κουβερτούλες είναι τόσο αξιαγάπητες και όταν ξεκινήσεις
    να τις φτιάχνεις, η μία οδηγεί στην άλλη!!
    Καλή, δημιουργική συνέχεια και καλή εβδομάδα.

  38. Je suis impressionnée par la qualité de ton travail !!!! Ton afghan est superbe !!! Tu es douée ! J'espère que c'est le premier d'une longue série .... Je te souhaite un très bon week end ! Amicalement,

  39. Well done on your first blanket nice and cosy ! autumn is definitely a time for getting cosy ...with blankets and candlelight .... good that your daughter bought you some nice wool ! ....Gail x


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