Monday, July 13, 2015

Choosing joining color

All pictures from my Pinterest Rag Rug Love board, find links to source there.




I am picking a joining color for my "Circle In Square Granny Blanket" project. About 130 circles are made and I'm now adding a square row of white to each one. 

My inspiration for this project were Scandinavian rag rugs. The kind that is made from old bed linen and odd fabric strips which often creates a light washed out color theme consisting of whites and beiges, blues, greys, pinks, pale greens and accents of deep red, black and maybe even some purple or aqua...

I want this blanket to be light and summery. I want it scrappy. I want it timeless with a fresh twist. All yarns used are from my acrylic and wool stash and most bright colors are left out on purpose. I don't want to much contrast...

So my initial thought for a joining color was White. But then I thought white was boring... It is fresh, but just a little bit too predictable, plain and boring for me... So why not Denim Blue as I love denim blue? I gave it a shot and really loved it, but I decided to continue to explore. I tried the Duck Egg Greenish Blue, the Warm Cream Beige. I even tried Light Grey and Pastel French Blue... I was pondering a pale pink for a while... but I'm not really a pink lady so that idea was quickly abandoned.

I have to admit, my heart beats for them all but the one I'm choosing is the Duck Egg Greenish Blue. And of course that happens to be a super expensive merino wool... Well oh well... I think it will do the pale pastels justice in the long run and a border of some kind is starting to evolve in my head as well. Even if the joining yarn will cost a bunch, the rest of this blanket are made up mainly from thrifted yarn - it all equals out in the end.

When choosing a joining color I find that it is good to try out some samples before really deciding on THE color to use. Even though you might have a clear idea in you head from the start that this blanket shall be joined with Denim Blue (in my case), you might actually find yourself not so sure after you've tried it out and have seen the results for real (in my case). So spend some time trying out different alternatives. Make a few blocks with different joining colors, pin them up on a wall somewhere and let them sit there for a few days. Just like picking paint color for a wall, you will soon feel which one is the right one. It will be well worth it in the end, even if it might be a bit time consuming.

This will be a summer project. I've decided to not have more than one. Less is more. Summer is for resting my mind. Easy living. So I'm gonna start my easy living right now and I'll see you around when the days are shorter. I'll show you my progress when I return. Have a lovely summer!


Kärlek
Annette


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26 comments :

  1. I love the duck egg colour Annette, it compliments the circles so well, it will be beautiful when it is finished! x

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  2. Olá Annette, eu amar ver esses circulos coloridos em fileiras me encanta,amiga eu prefiro a cor bege acho chique,rsrs.Bom verão amiga.Beijo.Valéria.(Brasil).

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  3. It's a gorgeous colour, is it made by Sublime? I think I have it too, so soft :)
    Jillxo

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  4. I think the duck egg is my preference too, I think the blanket is going to be beautiful! I am not a fan of either white or black - both too stark for me. I like grey or other neutrals though as well as complimentary colours which look lovely.

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  5. Ahhhhh, you chose the one I was drawn to most when I saw the images! such a beautiful colour, restful, yet fresh at the same time. It's always the way, that the colour (or anything out of a bunch) is always the priciest one! It happens to me ALL the time! xxxx

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  6. The duck egg is beautiful! Look forward to seeing it at summer's end. Enjoy your easy living of summer!

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  7. Picture #2 im assuming is the choice? Excellent choice. It gives it a more sophisticated and natural calming feel.Cant wait to see the finished product. Happy Hooking!

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  8. Oh, I really love these rag rugs! My grandmother had them in each room at our old home. It remind me my childhood. So, we have one rag rug in our living room :)
    Dear Annette, have a great summer with you projects!
    Jolana

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  9. I would have chosen the duck egg blue colour as well. It brings out the colours in the circles beautifully. What a sensible idea to have just one summer project to work on. A very relaxing way to work. I unfortunately have gone to the other extreme and have a mountain of projects! At least it gives me plenty of choice.

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  10. Oh my goodness Annette, this is going to be GORGEOUS!!! :) xxx

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  11. Those are clever, colorway names. I love them both.

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  12. It's a beautiful colour - and unusual too

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  13. I like the blue color. All the colors will make it unique.

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  14. I totally agree with your choice for the Duck Egg blue. So beautiful! Have a good summer!
    x Ellebel

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  15. So pleased you chose the duck egg blue! That was my preference before I even read of your decision! It complements the circles beautifully, and gives it that vintage, heritage feel are after xx

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  16. Before you announced your choice, I was going to say the duck blue as well. Although I do really like the last option as well. :-)

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  17. Another vote for the duck egg blue - it looks gorgeous. Can't wait to see the finished article. xx

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  18. Greenish is perfect! :-) Go for it!

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  19. Goodness, these are look great in different ways, the choice of joining colour can change the whole project can't it? A tough decision sometimes. Love these beautiful circles though and from the examples you've given it looks like you can't go wrong!

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  20. I think you chose the perfect colour, not too dark and not too light. It was the one I liked best after seeing the photos and before reading what you finally did. Yay! :-)

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  21. I'm in the minority here, but I love the denim blue. It really makes the other colors pop.

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  22. You made some good points here. I did a search on the topic and found most people agree with your blog. Thanks

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  23. Muy bonito y los colores preciosos,bss

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  24. Love the rag rugs and would love to learn to make them. I love the soft blue - it's going to be beautiful when it's finished

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  25. Hello, is it all ok/?You didn ' t write last time.How are you and what about your family? Greetings from anna

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  26. greetings...such a lovely blog and your crochet is beautiful

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Kärlek
Annette

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