Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Giving "Scraps" a New Meaning
Inspired by two little vintage mugs I bought on Etsy, I made this square using Block 76, from Jan Eaton's 200 Crochet Blocks. I followed the pattern except on rounds 2, 3, and 4 I changed colors half way through the round to mimic the design on my mugs.
With my growing stash of scrap yarn, I decided it was time to make another scrap afghan. My first "scrapghan" I made, (lovingly named "Ugly"), was a traditional granny square blanket. I kept scraps from all of my projects, and made several squares based on those projects so that I could look at one square and say "that was the blanket I made for so-and-so... and that one was a samurai bunny..."
Now for my second scrapghan, I want to put together blocks of all kinds and sizes. It'll be a bit more random, and a bit more challenging. I think it will be a great way to try out new patterns, and as an added challenge, I want to make blocks inspired by other things I'm working on or liking at the moment. This way, it becomes like a "scrapbook" just like my Ugly blanket did.
So, what's with the vintage mugs? Well, I love looking at the house tours on Apartment Therapy, and I just loved this tour because of the seemingly simplistic design with great colors, and the fun vintage pieces.... a nice mix of modern and vintage. The article also made me realize that the style of design I've been leaning towards is Scandinavian (well with a bit of Japanese thrown in there too). When I read that Drew Steinbrecher, the owner of this lovely apartment, had an Etsy store (Kitsch Cafe), I had to check it out! And then I had to purchase these mugs!
They are everything I love right now. Bright bold colors, and simple geometric shapes. Vintage, and tea containment capability. So "ME!"
I'm not sure how this project will go or how long it will take, but it will be interesting to find out!