This has been my most challenging project yet! It turns out that co-designing with a 7 year old boy is not easy!
First of all he asked for SQUARES – not my favourite things to crochet. Secondly he asked for the colours to be PURPLES and GREENS – not an easy colour combination for me to enjoy.
I started this project in July 2016 when he was just 6 and in my mind young children like bright colours so I set to work creating squares that combined purples and greens with other colours (of course, now I realise it is me who likes bright colours!)
I didn’t like the look of this and neither did he. I scoured Pinterest for inspiration.
So next up, a selection of smaller squares, grading the colours
Master R did not like them, he was very polite about it and spent some time explaining his reasons …….. I knew that this idea had to be abandoned …….. so, what to do? ……
In the process I have amassed and huge pile of squares!
They will probably go into a blanket for refugees, I know Mrs Snail is contributing to the 60 million trebles project, so they might go that way.
I was at a loss to know how I was going to come up with something for Master R that he likes and I like well enough to want to make it. His two sisters have blankets they love: Miss E has this one
and for Little Miss M I made this one, which, of course was perfect for all those occasions when you want to be a ghost, or a monster.
Both were made with nice easy relaxing ripple stripes – but Master R is set on having squares.
How could I make the colour combination work – I looked to garden design – there was a lot of purple and green at Chelsea and now this Hampton Court Flower Show garden is a beautiful example. Photo taken from the BBC website.
Then, like a knight in shining armour, galloping over the hill in February, along came the Nuts About Squares Crochet Along (CAL)
Hurray! Something I would enjoy joining in with and a blanket made of squares.
The patterns are quite complex, I would learn new things. Some excitement about the project began to creep in.
Week 1 – Esme’s Winter Cottage by Dedri Uys
Master R’s loves this square. He tells me he loves “the design and the texture” – he knows what he likes!
I’m not so keen on the diamonds so I made this variation – thankfully Master R thinks this design is ok.
Although he doesn’t really like the introduction of the Cream colour, his favourite colour after purple is khaki green – Oh lawks! Can I bear to stick to only dark colours!
He is pushing me way out of my comfort zone here.
Work in Progress! On we go!