Blankets. To some, they are huge big projects that are simply intimidating. To others, blankets are addictions. I have customers who have 4 or 5 blankets on the go at once! For me, they are oh so therapeutic. That final stretch when you are sewing in your ends and you can see the end in sight... bliss.
Last week I decided to start making a blanket, as it has been sooooo long since I have done one. I ummed and aaahed about which stitch, which colours, what size (no really? I hear you ask - but you are always so decisive? *snort*)
I have a giant bag of Stylecraft Special DK colours all left over from when we used to sell shade cards and I thought I should really do something with them. So out they all came for some inspiration. I had an idea in my head of roughly what I wanted it to look like - autumn!
We already have the Leafy Walks pack which we put together to celebrate the new Special DK colours from last year...
But for what I wanted to do, this wasn't *quite* right. So using that pack as a starting point, I (as well as a whole heap of lovely customers) started adding and taking away shades. 2 hours later, and I had a colour scheme. I even had an order.
But by the following day, when I started crocheting up iddy biddy samples, I didn't like it. It didn't work, and I was grumpy. So all of the shades came out again, and I once again (and again, with lots of customers!) moved them all around. We went from a mixed up funky order, to a movement of tone from one end to the other, which made it 'gel' more. It was going to be interspersed with 'Stone', just like with the original layout.
However, by the time I had got home, I had changed my mind again! Mr Sconch had a look at it. He is one of those annoying people who can put a pack together in seconds. He looked a bit puzzled, then rearranged the colours to the original layout, then took out Stone. Funky, young, and autumnal. Apparently. It was all Stone's fault...coming into my blanket pack making it all wrong...
So now just to decide on the stitch. I briefly considered V stitch, but the colours are too bold for such a delicate stitch. Ripple or Chevron maybe? I kept coming back to stripes though. Stripes are so comforting in a blanket, especially with heavy and bold colours. So a new iddy biddy sample was made and I was off... and actually, I was also a little bit in love...
Will keep you updated!