Friday, November 1, 2013

Technicolor Blanket and A Little Lesson in Color



Wow!  Now THAT'S colorful!  I just adore custom orders that include all this glorious technicolor!  With all this yarn....17 skeins.....I'm sure to get 3 or 4 blankets out of that kind of yardage.  This one measures 33" W x 48" L (83cm x 122cm).  I'm working on blanket #2 in a granny sort of pattern.  I'll be getting that one written up this weekend.

11/6/13 post script:  I've made 3 DIFFERENT blankets out of all this yardage and am working on a 4th!
 The colors are so bright and clear.  Picking out the right colors is very important when using more than one color at a time.  They must be of the same hue to all "go together".  Like when you are at the hardware store in the paint department.  The paint chip colors they have on display are of the same hue.  There might be 5 displays, all of them have basically the same colors, but it's the hue that makes them coordinate.  Same thing with yarn.  I've helped many a customer in the yarn department of a store.  Not that I work there, it's just, I can't help myself!  I see someone struggling with choosing from all the choices in texture and color.  I just ask them what they are making and a conversation starts.
For this order, I had 20 skeins lined up on the floor.  Switching them all about.  Bent over at the waist.  Putting some back.  Replacing others that didn't look right.  This is the result, 17 skeins in the order I had them on the floor.  There were about 3 ladies watching me, in silence, do my thing.  When I was done, I lifted my head and said..."well, how'd I do girls"?  They all laughed and were very complimentary.  One lady, about 20 something, wanted a little lesson in color.  I quickly put 10 skeins on the floor that were the same colors as in the photo above, but not the same hue so she could see the difference.  It was great fun as we all shared knitting and crocheting stories of who taught us, what we have made and what will be the go-to gift to make for the holiday approaching.
 I found a great etsy seller and had them make these custom buttons for me.  Twenty four wood buttons, for $27 plus shipping,  with my etsy shop info on them.  Angie and Brittany at Rememberwynn are jewels to work with!  Even if you don't sell your items, how cute would they be on a hand made with love pair of mittens, scarf or blanket you are gifting?  Hand Made With Love from.....
Well, I'm off to do another blanket and see how many I get out of all that yarn!  Will keep you posted.  Have a great weekend!  Find the pattern here.

Best,
Sheila
Yarn tip:
If you are a beginner, stick to light colored yarn.  Darker colors are harder to see.  Newbies should also try to stay away from mohair as it is very difficult to rip out.  And stay away from loosely spun yarn as it splits easily.

24 comments:

  1. you did a beautiful job and your explanation of selecting colours is right on. In my current project I am using ten colours and had to do the same but I mail ordered. two colours weren't quite right, so I took them out and added two others that were much better.

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    1. Thank you! I'd love to see your project.

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  2. very pretty blanket! I'll haveto check out that button idea for sure!

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  3. So beautiful! I love the rainbow colors. I'm considering making one for my daughter now...

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    1. I love bright colors as well! My closet is full of black, grey, cream and taupe, so it's a pleasure to crochet or knit in bright colors!

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  4. This is beautiful....visiting from Linky Link

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  5. Beautiful, I love bright colours, I find paler colours hard to put together lol. I grew up with bright colours though, my Mum's an illustrator and there were always pictures of hers round the house lol

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  6. You Afghan is beautiful. Thank you also for the information about the buttons. I just ordered a set. Such a great idea.

    Catherine

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    1. You are so welcome and thanks for commenting!

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  7. Hi Sheila,
    thank you for visiting my Blog and your kind words!
    Love your handcrafts too! This blanket is wonderful! The idea with the wooden Handmade Button is great!
    Happy week to you,
    Hugs
    Claudia

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  8. These are amazing colors--beautiful job!

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  9. Absolutely love the colour work on this blanket :)

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  10. Beautiful! Thank you for linking up at Hookin On Hump Day!

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  11. Wow! That is one fabulous blanket! We love rainbows in this house, I am inspired by your colours and hues! The buttons are such a unique and sweet touch, I must get me some! Thanks for sharing it on my blog, too! Chrissie x

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  12. Wow, what beautiful colours. I love jewel tones, and your explanation of how to make colours work together makes so much sense. Stunning :)

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  13. Beautiful work, lovely colors, top-notch details. Perfect.

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  14. Very fun blanket.... I love the way you have presented it... especially the 3rd photo.

    I especially like the button!

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    1. Thank you for the kind words. It's easy to photograph things drenched in color!

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  15. Awesome! Love thecolors you used!

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