Saturday, April 28, 2012

What to do with a plain background

 

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Sometimes, I just start crocheting squares, and decide later what they’re going to be.  Is it a bag?  Is it a pillow cover?  Do I love them enough to make four hundred so it can be a blanket?  These started out that way, just a combination of colors from my yarn basket that got piled together at random and looked kind of inspiring together. 

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The gingham blanket begs for some color.  It is such a blank canvas, a fresh and empty backdrop, waiting for paint.  [Wow, I really do miss knitting that blanket.  So soon, that happened…I just now thought about starting another one just like it.  Beware, gingham blanket-makers.  This project has mojo.]

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I can’t resist that gingham backing, too.  I just have such a need to put a little pioneer-girl on everything, and I guess this threatened to be too, I don’t know, vivid?   A lot of yin, needs a little yang.  Balance. 

Edit:  the pattern source for the squares is the book Little Crochet by Linda Permann—here she is. 

29 comments:

  1. Kristen your pillow is gorgeous as usual. Love the colors, you have an amazing talent of putting colors together so they work perfectly together.
    Have a great weekend,
    Meredith

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  2. Love it - just the perfect pop of color (as they say ;).
    G

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  3. It all works together beautifully :)

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  4. Thanks for the peek into how your creative mind works. I don't think I've ever started a project without knowing what it's going to be:) Your pillow turned out lovely as ever!

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  5. You're so right Kristen. Pattern is great but too much and it's like a bad hangover!!! Your cushion on that STUNNING new blanket looks perfect. xx p.s. I sense the mojo and I haven't even started mine yet.....

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  6. I love the little pop of colour of the cushion on the subtle background of your gingham blanket. I know what you mean about missing projects, as soon as I have finished a big one I long for another!

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  7. Hi,

    I have a thing about rectangle cushions I seem to be drawn to that shape more than others,therefore that bright colorful cushion in your I was drawn to it straight away. Very attractive and the motifs make it stand out. Needless to say the knitted blanket is also impressive.

    Keep well

    Amanda :-)

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  8. Gorgeous, beautiful cushion....please can you share the pattern source??? I need to make those, they are singing to me and would be fab to use up the leftover baby cash from my ripple blanket.
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  9. Whoops, I meant to do that: it is the Basic Circle Motif, from the book Little Crochet by Linda Permann. :)

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  10. The blanket looks even more stunning on the bed. It must be hard to find colours that will give the gingham effect. I would love one in inky blues or may be rich reds. Lily. xxx

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  11. Gorgeous cushion... it looks right at home on the bed with your fabulous gingham blanket. x

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  12. It looks great up against your blanket. Love the fabric you picked for the back. Makes is go with your blanket even more. :)

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  13. Wow hon you have been busy! I am always amazed at the amount of gorgeousness you can create in what seems like such a short amount of time. Your cushion is stunning - it looks perfect with your beautiful blanket. I love the gingham too.

    Leah
    xxxx

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  14. Love the colours combination!!!
    xxx Alessandra

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  15. I am loving that little pillow! The color combinations are so happy! I would love to give it a try.

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  16. beautiful pillow! i love it and will add to my list of things to make (or just dream of making)
    :)

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  17. The pillow is lovely! I think my best creations sometimes come from those projects that started out without a plan. Your gingham blanket looks great on the bed.

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  18. I love your pillow it's beautiful, lovely colours :)

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  19. Hi Kristin. I have only just found your blog and already I have pinned your cushion, quilt and bedroom photo from this post (and I don't pin that much on pinterest- compared to others that is!). I like that you approach your crocheting with a mix of structure by using a pattern for the blocks and free style with the spontaneity of its final form. Lovely. xx Fi

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  20. Your pillow looks lovely with the blanket, and such a cute quilt as well! What a treat to snuggle under all that homemade goodness : -)

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  21. I love it - there is something deeply appealing about granny squares with cream - and I am a sucker for gingham.... all in all - perfect!

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  22. Very pretty, love the colors!!!

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  23. What a great pillow! I love the gingham backing, and it looks beautiful on your blanket :)

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  24. I love the knit blanket, the pillow front and back, the quilt....I love it all! Beautiful work!

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  25. Oh Wow! Send your cushion to live at MY house! ;) It's gorgeous! Would you, could you, consider letting me in on the pattern? pretty please?

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  26. Very funky cushion! Love it! I'm new to your blog, and am really enjoying it.
    Maria x

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  27. Love the colors on this! You're so creative!

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  28. Love that pillow!!! The colors are so charming.

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