I have been thinking in the past few weeks what I should make this year, and I have come up with a rather ambitious plan:
one blanket for each month of the year.
I know it might be far too much, and I won’t be able to keep it up, but I still thought I could try!
ALSO, there is another reason:
If you remember I have been thinking about making some posts about colors principles, but it can be quite a dry subject if handled on a theorist base so I figured it might be better showing the ‘rules’ of color’s harmony applied to an actual piece of work, hence, the blankets.
It is an experiment, so please bear with me, and if it becomes too verbose or boring we scrap it, and we think of something else!
We start with JANUARY’S BLANKET:
For the January’s blanket, I picked a very simple well-known pattern, a starburst square, and mine is Jane Brocket’s version, if you don’t have her book, please do not fret as there are lots of free very similar patterns available on the internet.
I am using 2 different type of DK yarn :
Stylecraft’s SPECIAL and Stylecraft’s BATIK
I selected 22 colours…I know a lot, but I took vantage of the fact that Batik comes on 50 grams balls so I can add more colours and still have the same average weight for the blanket.
I mixed the 2 yarns because this blanket is about HARMONY . Harmony , in my opinion, is a balance between contrasting colours.
The easiest way to achieve harmony , is with desaturation of the colours.
what that means?
we need to make a step back and see what defines a colour. three parameters defines a colour:
hue is what we call any colour from the visible light spectrum . basically the rainbow.
Saturation is how intense the color is. High saturation is rainbow bright, while low saturation is close to greytones.
value is how bright the color is. Full saturation, full brightness is a rainbow colour. No saturation, full value is white. No value is black.
If you use paint you can obtain that in 2 ways : mixing a prime colour (red,yellow,blue) with white or with a black. That is easily done with paint, but with yarns it is a bit more complex as you can imagine especially if we use solid colours. That is why the BATIK yarn come really handy because it resembles very much to paint by not been a solid colour as each hue is mottled with white.
does make sense? maybe not ,at this stage , but you will see it applied as the blanket comes along.
So let see these colours in more details…
you will notice that I haven’t use any prime colours but variations of them.
so we have blue’s hues plus or less saturated, Blue is well known for its ability to relax the mind,
then we have a touch of ‘reddish/raspberry hues.
I say reddish because I am not using a prime color, the hues are more towards the orange which is for physical comfort, food, warmth, and the pink, which is a tint of red, also affects us physically, but in a soothing way, rather than stimulating, again plus or less saturated,
then some greens Green being in the center of the spectrum, it is the color of balance
I have made so far four rounds; now I have a FEW ends to sew in and then I am ready for the last round of half trebles! That will frame the square ready to be joined in…
more to come soon