This past week I was inspired to try crocheting a rounded ripple baby blanket. The pattern name is actually called Rainbow Ripple Baby Blanket, but the most beautiful I've seen aren't rainbow-hued at all. For my first one I opted to go bold and bright. I didn't have to think too hard about color that way. As long as the colors complimented each other in some way, I figured it would work.
I like how crisp the colors I'm using look together, but I confess... I'm a little unsure over whether it's too much - maybe a little too bold for a baby blanket? I'm thinking as I'm working on this that while I love colorful things, my eye is also very drawn to neutrals and more subtle color shifts. Now that I know how easy this pattern is to do, I'm looking forward to trying to make a gradient one soon.
I do love the pastel rainbow ones for a newborn, and I've "favorited" so many various ones on Ravelry I could spend the rest of my days making these and never run out of new ideas for color and color-placement. It is a rather addicting pattern. Well written and very easy to do.
Another project I finished this past week was this hat:
This is another well-written crochet pattern and very easy to do. And interestingly...I found out (when I turned it inside out to weave in the yarn ends) the hat looks great on that side too. I don't know if the pictures show it well, but on the outside the pattern makes rows of bobbles, but on the inside, it appears there are subtle ridges. As long as the yarn ends are woven in carefully, this hat is totally reversible. While it's the same color inside and out, it's still kind of cool to have two patterns that could work as the outside. Below is a picture of the hat turned inside out, showing the ridges:
And I can't resist posting one last picture this year of my fuschia plant. We've had such a wonderfully mild autumn so far I still have some blooms left. I haven't even really protected this plant from the frosts we've had (maybe I pulled it close to the house a few times, but that was all), and it's just kept on blooming. I don't know when cold weather will overtake it, but for now I'm still enjoying my pretty purple and red "dancing ladies".
Speaking of how nice the weather has been... today it's in the mid-60's (in central Indiana) and I decided to trim up my potted mums to see if I can't coax some more blooms out of them in time for Thanksgiving.
To see what other Year of Projects participants are working on this week, check out our thread on Ravelry.