Tthe last few days I’ve been laid up on the couch with a bad back. Those of you who have been around awhile know that I’m not particularly good at being ill. It’s not that I don’t like to relax on the couch, I do. I love a good cozy book and blanket, or a bit of handwork, anytime. But when I’m ill I’m stuck and I’m using up all of the good will of Mr. Magpie and the kids, and for what? So I can sit here, being frustrated. That’s when I get cranky.
The best thing for me when I’m stuck on the couch is a project, so this time I decided to start a new one. Admittedly I have other unfinished projects I should be working on, but this time I decided to just be indulgent and start something new. New and shiny. I fell in love with this blanket I saw on Dottie Angel while trolling around on Pinterest, and since it just so happens that I have a collection of doilies burning a hole in my pocket, it seemed like the perfect thing.
I went through all kinds of agony over the colors. I didn’t want to just copy the original, since I find that while I love the results of copied projects they never really feel like they belong here. Worse yet, I still don’t actually know what I like (vintage? modern? cottage? retro? shabby?), and I didn’t want to work that hard on something and end up not liking it. I went through all of my yarn and sort of had the whole mess on a pile on the coffee table, and even went so far as to crochet the first two squares in an aqua and a lime green just because that was the only thing I felt fairly sure about.
Then, late last night I noticed this old vintage blanket we have in the family room, and it hit me that I loved it, and I should just use those colors. I think I do best when I use examples from vintage fabrics and crafts to guide me with colors.
I pulled everything I had from my stash that was close, and I have a few more things on order to round it out. Some softer greens, for example. Fortunately my first two squares aren’t so different that they won’t blend in when it’s done.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether certain furry members of the family are going to let me work on the project at all. 🙂
Isn’t she just so cute? She did eventually settle down and nap, and I was able to crochet away.
Meanwhile, it all looked so pretty in the January sunshine that I couldn’t help myself and took about a billion pictures.
I’m really happy with the colors so far. I hope I like the finished blanket, too. Of course I second guess myself constantly and am worry that I should have gone with random width squares instead of regular, should have done stripes, should have done a V-stitch or ripple, or, or, or. I’m trying to just enjoy the process and actually finish this one.
What about you? Do you second-guess yourself?