In the end, though, while I appreciated the kind comments and suggestions, and though I liked a couple of the color combinations I had worked up last week, I knew I wouldn't be satisfied working with those sweet colors for a year's worth of blocks. So I went back to Ravelry and looked at more examples of finished blankets made with various types of blocks. I concluded that what excites me most is not the carefully selected and perfectly tended color schemes (as beautiful as they are to behold), but rather, my heart always does a little flippity-flip over the really colorful blankets -- blankets that are crafted with bright, often riotous, sometimes dissonant colors. They don't just make my heart happy, they fascinate me. I need to study these blankets some more (to understand better how and why the really spectacular ones work), but I've decided this kind of colorful blanket is what I truly want to create in my first BAM CAL (that's Block-A-Month Crochet-A-Long, in case I haven't mentioned it before). Even if mine doesn't turn out spectacular, I want to try my hand at making one.
I think, in my heart of hearts, what I really want is to make a true "scrapghan", but I don't have enough scraps to actually do that so back to my stash I went.
In my previous searching through finished blankets, it occurred to me (or maybe I actually saw) that Lion Brand Heartland yarn would make a nice looking blanket - with its slightly heathered look in a good number of different colorways. I had some skeins of Heartland in my stash and with a sale at Jo-Ann's (plus another discount coupon =^) I pulled together some colors that I thought might work:
this square much. It's flimsy and floppier than I think I'd like to have in this blanket, but I'll keep it in case it comes in handy.
Then I made this:
Oooh... Oooh yeah.
First off, I love the design of this square (it's called Floral Dimension). While I was going for something of a fall mum effect with these colors, I'm hopeful that some other (non-autumn) colors will work alongside this square (in a "scrappy" sort of way). If I end up with a year's worth of autumny colored squares I can't imagine being unhappy, but I'm holding out hope here at the beginning that I can work in more colors - colors that aren't (at first glance) natural companions of the colors above.
So! Rather than an actual color scheme, I guess I have a yarn theme for my blocks. Using the Heartland yarns as my inspiration, I will plan to use various colors of heathered worsted weight acrylic yarn to make my BAM CAL squares this year. And we'll just see how varied the different squares actually get - and we'll see if they actually go together. I definitely feel like I can play with these (and more) colors for the next 12 months.
And for some instant gratification, yesterday I decided to whip up these little Crocheted Stars:
Mine are made with Paton's Grace 100% cotton and a size F crochet hook, so they turned out really small (2 1/5 inches from point to point). The pattern was offered up in Our Happy CAL Place for last week's CAL Challenge and what a happy, easy challenge it was. :)
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