A New Crochet Project

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 A New Crochet Project via cottagemagpie.com

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.

 
 
 Crocheted Blanket via http://dottieangel.blogspot.com

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.

 
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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.

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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. :-)

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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.

 A New Crochet Project via cottagemagpie.com
 A New Crochet Project via cottagemagpie.com
 A New Crochet Project via cottagemagpie.com
 A New Crochet Project via cottagemagpie.com
 A New Crochet Project via cottagemagpie.com
 A New Crochet Project via cottagemagpie.com

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?

 ~Angela :-)