The main square in this Month's BAMCAL was the Kaleidoscope Blossom Square. Looking at various other samples of this square, I found when the center was worked in a solid color, a snowflake pattern was evident. So I decided I wanted to play that up. The colors that I thought would work best for that (in my stash of heathered yarns) were Lion Brand Heartland in Mount Rainier (the light gray) and Willow Wash in Teal Heather (the dark gray is LB Heartland in Great Smokey Mountains):
I have some mixed feelings about this square. First of all, it was a piece of cake to make. I found the instructions very clear. That I liked. I didn't care, though, for the petals on this square. The way the pattern is written, the petals stick up (away from the rest of the square) and while it's cute, I knew that would bug me eventually, so I tacked the petals down as I was weaving in yarn ends. I'm not completely satisfied with how that turned out either, though. The end result is I have a square that I like enough to hang onto to see what I might make out of it, but didn't care for the design enough to try to make it a second time in colors that will go better with the "bright and colorful" vision I have for my BAMCAL Blanket. I didn't think this one through too well. But I did learn some things. So it's all good. :)
I love how this one turned out, but the pattern was a challenge. The directions were a bit unorthodox, but fortunately, the designer provided lots of pictures so it was totally doable - if a bit tedious and long to make.
Some ponderings as I work through my second month of blocks...
This Block-A-Month idea, perhaps needs to be thought of more like a Several-Blocks-A-Month (SBAM?), if I'm going to work up enough squares to actually finish a large blanket in a year's time. Poor color choices on my part, or designs that aren't to my liking, mean I'll probably end up doing a fair number of squares that are from sources other than the 2017 BAMCAL group. And that's fine. It seems everyone pretty much does that.
Like everyone else, I imagine, I spend a fair amount of time each month perusing Ravelry for other square designs, and I'm coming up with quite a collection of miscellaneous square patterns to choose from. Of course, that's all well and good, and the database of 1000's of patterns is one of the great features of Ravelry. But I'm thinking the end result is that my final project will not feel so much like an "A-Long", but maybe something more like "Hey, look what I made too!"
I guess when it comes right down to it, this picking and choosing different squares from various sources to use in my blanket suites me better than me feeling like I have to make the same thing everyone else is making. But it does raise some questions in my mind.
For example... if I pull a square from the Moogly CAL, or a weekly Block CAL, (or the Vanna's Choice group makes some beautiful squares!) is it proper to post a picture in the appropriate threads in those groups to share my square? That would be fun, but if I'm not actually joining in their longer "A-Long" is it appropriate to post my pictures there? I'm curious what others of you do in this regard. I'd especially love to hear from anyone who is a BAMCAL veteran, or a member of the other "Block CAL" groups on Ravelry. Do you make yourself known as a participant in other CAL groups even though you may pick and choose what blocks you make through the year? Is there a general consensus about who posts pictures where, in the case of people choosing square designs from various places? Is there a proper etiquette or protocol? Does anyone really care? Am I overthinking this? You don't have to answer that - I overthink everything. I overthink - therefore I am. Do my questions even make any sense?
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