Wednesday, 17 March 2010

Crocheter's Block

Oh dear, I am stuck. I can't seem to make a decision about colours.

I have been thinking about making a throw, or blanket for the Airstream. I like the cosiness and familiarity of retro or traditional afghans, but our trailer has a modern interior with a fairly monochromatic colour scheme. I am happy to mix up contemporary and retro styles but I think the colours need to be just right. The granny square blankets lend themselves to fun colours but in this interior it could dominate. So I thought about sticking with the monochromatic scheme, or would that be too boring? What about adding splashes and flashes of colour?

I tried a few sample squares. They were too awful to even show here on the blog. Pete said they were a bit pearly king and queen, which is definitely not the look I'm going for. Maybe squares are too grannyish after all. Perhaps stripes would be better, or one big square radiating out from the centre.

Ooh I don't know. My indecision is making my head hurt. When we had our 1973 VW campervan we could just put in anything red, orange, rainbow-coloured, stripey, spotted and it would add to the grooviness. Mind you we didn't have to live in it.

As a reaction against the black and white disappointment I started a new project with as many random colours as I could muster. This piece is going to be felted and then cut into petal shapes and sewn together to make a flower. At least that's the theory. I'm following instructions from a Nicky Epstein book, except her colours are more restrained. I clearly need to get something out of my system.

Meanwhile I also continue to add to the monster menagerie.

I can't post pics of the finished wonders yet because they are destined for new homes and I don't want to dilute that first encounter.


Andrew said...

I'm really into teal at the moment. I like the top design although I think there is a teeny bit too much red in it... possibly keep the red border but have the middle bit in teal? Or vice versa?

Or what about crocheting something almost exactly like the grey & black of the sock? That's nice!

Good luck, Shoe! x

Tracey said...

Yeah, I just posted that pic of the square because I liked it, in reality the colours are even more intense than they appear on the monitor so I think it would just give us a headache!

I'll probably wake up one morning and know just what to do.

Ta for the feedback.