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Friday, September 15, 2006

I Yam What I Yam: A Colorful/Colourful WIP Tale

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.

Originally uploaded by Green Kitchen.
Inspired by Yarnstorm's most excellent photo of a English beach cottage interior I decided to crochet a stripy afghan. I love Jane's photos, especially her colours. There's always some coral or pink jumping out of a minty background, or something equally exciting. Jane is so famous for her colours that she even gets bloggy gifts that are inspired by her palette. After examining the photo of the afghan I worked up a couple swatches and decided on a double crochet, working into the spaces instead of the stitches. It might not be exactly the same pattern in Jane's photo, but at least it's similar and very easy, too.

The fun part was trying to find a Yarnstorm-based palette in my stash. My stash is perfect for this kind of project because I'm the queen of the individual skeins. I have three big totes full of single skeins. The majority are thrifted (acrylic and blends, some wool), but some are new (wool). It has just starting to sink into my thick skull that you have to buy six skeins for a toddler dress or twenty skeins for a baby blankie. I had no *idea,* especially about how much people are spending on all this knitting going on—I digress. So, I dug out some of my colors and referred to the photo for her colours. Each row (250 stitches = 8 feet long, 2.4 meters), crocheted lengthwise, brought heightened anticipation of choosing the next color. It was quite fun. I tried to include as many corals and mints as I could. I *heart* picking color combinations. Then, I got lazy and stopped looking at Jane's photo and just worked any ol' way I wanted. I found myself fighting the urge to make a rainbow, but the pull was strong, so I included a bit of the ol' ROYGBP. Next thing you know I had something straight out of the 70s—the ladies at the yarn store made polite grandma jokes. It's not at all the cool, British seaside colour palette I anticipated, but in all honesty it is very me. I am a bit 70s—you know, you can take the kid out of the 70s...

I've failed in the past at trying to emulate someone else's palette.
Remember when I tried to recreate the sophisticated Nordic-inspired colours of Swedish designer Camilla Engman and her Bedfellows? Now that I think about it, in the olden days of yore, I used to make purple and orange bouquets at my first job. Hmmmmmm? I guess I should just stick to my own wild color ways.

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Blogger futuregirl said...

I'm loving the color scheme! I always joke that if it looks "70's housewife" then it's all me. Give me a harvest gold fridge, the tuperware dishes in yellow, orange, green, and brown (the forth color was brown... wasn't it?), a macrame plant holder, something with an owl or mushrooms on it and I feel right at home.

I think my affinity comes from the years I spent sitting in the aisles of the library as a young'un, looking through outdated home decorating books. Nothing says "home" like shag carpet and huge racing stripes on the walls.

Tue Sep 19, 05:51:00 AM PDT  
Blogger PJ said...

What a wonderful wave of color! I love your afghan. Nice post!

Tue Sep 19, 08:11:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Jane said...

I love your afghan, I love the colors, the 70's look!!! and I wish I knew how to crochet because I am also a One skein kind-of-girl! Maybe I could just knit one like that?

Tue Sep 19, 09:13:00 AM PDT  
Blogger Paula said...

I think it's alot of fun - (of course, I remember something similar thrown over the arm of my Grandma's couch in the 70's!)
I'm also a one skein kind of girl, so have a hard time finishing any large projects. Good job!

Tue Sep 19, 01:37:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous Rose said...

I'm all for the sticking to your own color ways idea! I think the afghan is groovy!

Tue Sep 19, 02:15:00 PM PDT  
Blogger PamKittyMorning said...

Very fun.

Tue Sep 19, 04:33:00 PM PDT  
Anonymous gracia said...

A stripy afgan rug - oh, how I want one! Marvellous colour combos... love it!
take care, g

Tue Sep 19, 05:00:00 PM PDT  
Blogger littlejennywren said...

I love afghans, my mum has one my grannie made in colours very similar to yours.

Wed Sep 20, 06:12:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous kristin said...

it's absolutely beautiful michelle!!! the colors really catch my inspire me to want to learn to crochet!!

Wed Sep 20, 12:22:00 PM PDT  
Blogger Aurora said...

Aha! Another Yarnstorm addict. If I only have five minutes, that's the one I hit.

And you can thank your kindergarten teacher for teaching you that rainbow order...stuff like that makes me so happy I teach kindergarten. *sniff*

Bring a project to the Friday knit club at Luxury, OK? I want to see you again!

Wed Sep 20, 02:56:00 PM PDT  
Blogger norththreads said...

These colors are fab as always, so yummy! What a gorgeous holiday throw that would be!

Thu Sep 21, 10:56:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Jane said...

I just love the colours you have put together. This isn't the first time I've come to look and admire. It's beautiful!

Sun Sep 24, 08:35:00 AM PDT  
Anonymous Cassi said...

Okay, now you've inspired me! I've got bags of "one skeins" (just like you) so it's the perfect project. The colors in yours are fabulous!

Tue Sep 26, 08:14:00 PM PDT  
Blogger pbcb la said...

I am referencing lots & lots of 70s wallpaper right now for my current paintings so I really love your blanket!

Wed Sep 27, 03:28:00 PM PDT  
Blogger AmberCake said...

NICE! And I don't know if you noticed, but I think your color scheme inspirations are working opposite of what you think. That Camilla bunny you made is TOTALLY a Yarnstorm palatte.

Oh, the 70s. I had a blanket that started with 2 beautiful yarns and as I picked out some additional yarns to go with it... I realized it was totally 70s. I go back and forth between really liking that project and really not being able to believe I'm making it.

Fri Oct 20, 07:24:00 AM PDT  

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