Hello Dear Readers, how are you all feeling on this sunny Sunday morning (adapt appropriately for your weather/timezone!)?? As the title suggests I have had a week of pondering. Pondering positioning…. here?…. or here??? Pondering joining methods???… how? And pondering colour combinations…. this one??…. or this??… or maybe that???
And now you’re pondering about what I’m pondering…. teehee!!! (Jill, you are right… I’m so funny…not!!!).
Okay, well here is what I have been pondering…
Yes, its the Cottage Garden CAL.
You see the problem is I have quite a few ideas for things I want to crochet next but joining isn’t one of my favourite things so I want to get it out of the way. All my ideas are quite big ones…. blanket sized, and I haven’t anything small started to keep me going. I didn’t get to the yarn shop last week so I haven’t started another cowl. So there has been a distinct lack of crochet action round here. I have been feeling at a total loss in the evenings. So I decided I would get on with something I could get on with.
On Friday morning I got all the blocks and laid them out. They have been laid out on the bedroom floor since then and every time I go in I have a look, maybe move something, try it somewhere else and squint my eyes at it. I think its an affliction affecting crocheters and patchworkers… “the layout squint”!!
So here it is, as it was when I laid it out on Friday…
Its not exactly like that now as some of the blocks have moved around and that whole column on the left has disappeared. The theory is that this is my Cottage Garden Blanket, one I am going to keep, so I am going to use the best blocks and the ones I like to make it. I have a preference for the blocks done in the round and that is what is included here, there are none of the side to side blocks. Its not all of the in the round blocks because there were a few that didn’t come out so well or that I didn’t like. I also want it to have a sense of unity which is another reason for only including the in the round blocks. What am i going to do with the side to side blocks?…. errrr…. not sure yet.
Over the summer I have spent much time collecting crochet sampler blankets on Pinterest for inspiration. I have also collected a folder full of links to a variety of methods for joining blocks together… who knew there were so many ways and some of them look very interesting. However, because of the decorative nature of the blocks themselves, and in order to let them be the stars of the blanket, I think the method of joining needs to be fairly plain and simple.
Colour has been another ponderance. What colour to join them with??? As I mentioned, it’s all spread out on my bedroom floor, so when I wake up I can see it and this morning I got out and sat there in my pyjama’s and did colour pondering. Should it be one of the colours I have already used? Should it be a new colour?? I think I have decided to add in a new colour. It’s a bit of a compromise as it’s not really the colour I would like it to be but its the best I can manage with the yarn I’m using.
I feel like I should add a huge DISCLAIMER to this post. These are just my current decisions, feelings and thought processes. This blanket is evolving and may change significantly still. It will be very interesting to see what happens with everyone else’s blankets and what decisions they all make. As ever suggestions and advice from you all is very welcome.