As you probably have realised by now I spend a lot of my social networking time on Instagram, after all I do mention it quite often :-)
I have discovered its a really handy for market research.
I can see what other people are crocheting, which colours and yarns are being used, which designs are in trend and what everyone else thinks about them.
Plus I love seeing what everyone else is making and sometimes get a bit carried away with my "likes"
I have slowly come to the realisation that there seem to be several unwritten rules that most crocheters follow.
I'm firmly convinced that not all rules are good and some of them need to be broken and are being broken by me, so I'm writing this blog post in the hope that some of you might join me in my rule breaking rebellion :-)
If you're not happy about breaking rules, please don't take this blog post too seriously, maybe its probably best you don't read any further as I respect your opinions and choices and really don't want to offend you.
The rules to be broken and the reasons why are as follows.....
Rule 1 - Baby colour's
All baby crochet items must be made in pastels, pink for girls, blue for boys and yellow for the unknown sex babies who haven't been born yet.
Although unknown sex babies can end up with a variety of neutral colours including brown!
Reasons for breaking Rule 1
Babies are stimulated by bright colours, just take a look at baby toys, lots and lots of bright colour, texture and noise to help stimulate a baby's development.
I've done a small amount of research into babies and colour, because I don't understand the whole pastel thing, having had 3 babies of my own I discovered pastel doesn't stay pastel very often and science seems to back up breaking the crochet pastel baby rule.
In fact I found one Doctor's website that even went as far as saying use soft pastel colours and you might as well blindfold your baby.
Rule 2 - Neutral same colour edging
If you make a motif blanket you always need to use a neutral colour to edge and join the motifs together, preferably black or white or sometimes brown and very occasionally dark green or orange!!!
Reasons for breaking Rule 2
Both black and white kill colour, I've seen so many piles of beautifully coloured motifs murdered by their edging. The colours get lost and either look too saturated or too bleached.
All the blankets end up looking like they were made in the 1970's so unless you are purposely aiming for a retro/vintage look its time to try something different.
So if you want to edge all your motifs with a single colour why not pick out one of the colours you have already used, it will visually pull your blanket together rather than separate it into little boxes.
Rule 3 - Using the same yarn/colour as the designer
You must use exactly the same yarn and colours if you want to end up with a blanket as beautiful as the original made by the designer.
Reasons for breaking Rule 3
This rule has always caused a problem for me, as when I was the yarn supplier I couldn't provide the exact colours of the original.
I couldn't dye the same colour twice, even if I dyed it on the same day to the same recipe and I think most hand dyed yarn is nearly always slightly different shades from different dye lots and for that matter so is a lot of commercially dyed yarn, if you are a knitter its a huge problem and you should always buy from the same dye lot if you don't want to end up with stripes.
But if you are a crocheter who make motifs slightly different dye lots shouldn't be a problem.
AND..... if you want to make my blankets different yarn brands/fibres shouldn't be a problem either in fact they are preferable
I don't like flat colour, it has a dulling effect, I like lots of texture and complex colour which gives a blanket depth and detail and kind of mysterious as you never know what you will find if when you look really closely.
I've always made my blankets as scrap blankets, using whatever was the right colour, but most right colours were actually several different close colours due to my dyeing restrictions.
So I would recommend choose the colours from your stash and then add to them from which ever yarn manufacturer makes a similar colour yarn weight.
I've written Rule 3 in preparation to publishing Cornucopia this week as I know its going to cause a flurry of questions as to which yarn I recommend.
Coruncopia is made of several different shades of 10 core colours and uses Skein Queen, Easyknits, Drops Alpaca, Cascade Heritage Silk and some NDS.