Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Party at Maybelle's


Five and a half months on, Maybelle is still in progress. I'm getting very close to being finished now, though, with just 28 squares left to make. I'm still enjoying the work - these squares are easy and fun to crochet - but I have to admit that I'm starting to get a little antsy. I want to be joining them and watching the blanket take shape. But as I keep reminding myself, I'm almost there, it won't be long now. Maybelle will be a blanket before I know it. (Maybelle is made with this pattern from the blog My Rose Valley).


I think this angle gives a good idea of the sheer quantity of squares. There will be 169 when they're all finished. I've made more than that for a blanket before, but they were smaller, and faster to make. I've been bundling the squares when I've finished with each center color. This has really helped me keep track of everything as I've worked. I'll do this again with the next blanket that has individual motifs. I've come to appreciate this kind of blanket more lately. I generally prefer stripes, for the soothing back-and-forth crochet. I still love that, but I'm realizing that the instant/delayed gratification of individual squares is not to be underestimated. Me working: there, I made a square...45 minutes later...there, I made another one.


I like all of my nine center colors (all my yarns are Stylecraft Special DK), but I think the squares made with Parma Violet are still my favorite. I like the softness of this color. Sometimes I think my color aesthetic is sort of stuck in the early to mid 90's, when I was a teenager and really started noticing such things. I loved the lived-in, casual, semi-preppy look - washed-out jeans, rugby tops, button-down Oxford shirts, cotton sweaters. I often bought boys' or men's clothes because they were even more worn and faded-looking. Everything I wore was blue, teal or purple. Those have always been my favorite colors. Looking at this blanket, as well as the past few I've made, I see now that those will always be my colors. Even now, it's almost everything I wear too. I'm happy with it - to be frank, I'm kind of old, soft and faded myself.

I'm so excited to have this blanket on our bed. For one thing, it's cold back there in the winter, our bedroom being at the northwest corner of the house, with little sun exposure and plenty of wind. But also, I can't wait for the colors and the visual interest. Our room is boring. That's deliberate - we both feel more relaxed in a very neat, lightly-decorated bedroom - but I think this blanket will go a long way toward making the room a little more interesting. I still might want to replace the duvet cover and pillow shams; I'm leaning toward plain off-white, just crisp and bright. Right now, we have a small floral pattern. I had told myself that when I finally finished an afghan for the bed, I'd treat myself to a new duvet set, but now I think I'll wait and see how my blanket looks with the current one, which I really like and is still decent. Decorating is fun to think about, not to mention all the online cart-filling-up (the online cart-deletion is decidedly less fun).


Grape and Petrol are numbers eight and nine. I'm halfway through my Grape squares, and after that, it's just Petrol left. Then it's a-joining I will go. I'm still thinking JAYG, because I like the lacy look. And would you believe that I'm already thinking seriously about my next blanket. I know...cart before horse and all that. But I have a good-sized stash of worsted-weight I Love This Yarn that I need to pare down. I'm thinking about large solid-colored grannies joined in cream. I really thought I'd want to run back to the comfort of stripes after making squares all these months, but I'm feeling the love for squares now, thanks to Maybelle.

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I'm starting to think about my Winter Project Link Party for 2017-18. I hope you'll want to join in! You can read more about my link party by clicking on the photo in my sidebar. The first party will be in early October. I'll be partying with Maybelle, at least at first. Thanks for your consideration!

21 comments:

  1. Your blanket is going to be gorgeous! Well done, Jennifer! I love your systematic thinking!

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  2. Hi Jennifer, Ive been AWOL but am glad to be back:) I love your maybelle squares, and your chosen palette is gorgeous. I'm also a little old, soft and faded :)
    I sort of missed out on your winter link party last year, looking forward to joining in this time!
    Jillxo

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  3. All those piles of loveliness, it must feel very rewarding watching them grow so high. I love the colour choices and can't wait to see it all made up xx

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  4. Jennifer, those squares are amazing. Maybellenis coming right along. I'd love to just touch and squish each of those piles. You're getting so close to being finished. Thank you for sharing with us.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  5. This looks like a superpower to me!

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  6. I really enjoyed reading about your thought process and the progress of your blanket. It is going to be so beautiful! You are definitely not old. I like soft and faded though, it is a lovely way to be. I also prefer a sparsely decorated bedroom. I just treated myself to pure linen bedding - it is amazing to sleep in, well worth the expense (it is said to be longer lasting than cotton). It is plain, a soft darkish orange. An autumnal orange I would say. I am really looking forward to the winter project link up! xx

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  7. Loved reading all about the Maybelle blanket, can't wait to see it finished. Yes I'm so looking forward to the Winter Project Link Up. I missed it last year so will take a look at past entries. Cathy x

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  8. Not long to go now, Jennifer. Yay! :o)

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  9. It's looking lovely Jennifer, it's going to be so pretty on your bed. Those are some of my favourite colours as well, I've noticed I always return to blues and purples and greys. Faded and soft is a very good thing. Nothing too bright around here! CJ xx

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  10. I'm excited to see your blanket all put together too! I love the colors that you chose and I think it will just beautiful!

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  11. I love old, soft and faded! This blanket is going to be lovely!

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  12. Your squares are really piling up! Love the grey you are using for the borders. It really looks nice with all the centre colours too. Sometimes we can't wait for big projects to be finished, but the ongoing progress of them is so enjoyable. I'm so glad you mentioned your Winter Project Party!! I've been hoping you were going to do that again. I need some incentive to get working on something this fall ;)
    Wendy

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  13. It's going to be lovely Jennifer I love the colors in this blanket. :) x

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  14. I am spurring you on for over here, enjoy the last pile. Jo xx

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  15. I too am spurring you on. The colour palette is a delight and it was a joy reading about the process of colour choice. Looking forward to seeing it all together and seeing it on your bed. Enjoy the process. I have lots of small Winter projects on my list this year as well as indoor decorating.

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  16. It's going to be a lovely blanket, and big too with all those squares. I often start planning the next thing I'm going to work on whilst I'm still working on the thing before. No blanket planning for me though, I've still got two to finish which haven't had any work put in them for quite some time.

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  17. You've good progress on your squares. This blanket is going to be so pretty when it's finished and draped on your bed! Looking forward to the winter projects party too.

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  18. Oh wow, that is going to be one gorgeous blanket.

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  19. Hey Jennifer,
    Such lovely colours. I prefer my bedroom to be plain and simple too; nothing to distract the eye. As for stuck in the 90s, I've been wearing Breton t shirts since I was 16! That's a long time, but I like them. Besides, what else would I wear?!
    Leanne xx

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  20. The colours are great Jennifer. They work so well together. I really admire your sticking power. I'd have started twenty other projects by now at least! It was the late eighties when I had clothing woes, but also wore men's shirts, some from my Grandad because he had those lovely checked flannel shirts that were all the rage at the time!

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  21. Gosh, it seems like you've flown through those squares! They're going to be lovely together. I'm thinking shawls and scarves at the moment and have spent many happy hours browsing patterns and fancy skiens of yarn. X

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