The Making of Like Maybe You Are Magic - Part 1
Between creating my own designs and doing custom work I often have a project by another designer on my hook or needles. My current such project is the beautiful crochet blanket, Milla Magic by Magda de Lange, which was featured in Issue 23 of Simply Crochet, (digital version available).
I'm calling my version of this blanket Like Maybe You Are Magic, which is part of a quote attributed to Frida Kahlo -- "take a lover who looks at you like maybe you are magic". While these words are spot on in terms of romantic relationships, with a little finessing they can apply to your handcrafted home as well...surround yourself with items that make you think that maybe they are magic when you gaze upon them! Your heart and mind will thank you, I promise.
The colour inspiration for this project was provided by Mexican folk art, which was a big part of Southern California culture and something I miss from my 20+ years of living in Los Angeles -- the food, the celebration of vegetation and life and, of course, the margaritas!
While I've never been one for bright colours in either my wardrobe or home decor, I find that has changed over the the last few years. I still don't wear bright colours, but they are popping up more frequently in my home. I attribute this, at least in part, to the greyness of the English weather...when the sun shines almost 24/7, as it does in Southern California, you don't need the same lift.
Since this blanket will be for my own home, I'm using it as an mood enhancing accessory. Anyway, I used 22 colours of 4 ply cotton in this crochet blanket, most of which was Scheepjes Catona. (I've listed the colours on my Ravelry project page if you're interested in specifics.) There are a few bright brights, but most are more muted brights, (if that makes sense), with a few duller tones for contrast, (and to use up some bits and bobs in my stash!). Because I used a lighter weight yarn than the pattern called for, my squares were smaller , (about 4" each), and therefore I needed a lot more to make the blanket size I wanted.
I followed the pattern for the squares closely, with a couple of small changes in the final round. I've used 5 colours for each square, (as per the pattern), and each of the 100 squares I've made is unique -- no repeats! Each square takes about 7.25 grams of yarn, so I've used about 725 grams of yarn so far on just the squares.
With 100 squares completed it's time to start laying out the squares. For me this is usually the challenging part -- making sure colours, hues, and tones are properly dispersed in a balanced and aesthetically pleasing arrangement and filling in with any new squares that are needed to achieve this balance. It's usually a 1-2 day process at minimum as I have to take breaks and come back to it until I'm pleased with what I've got. I'd probably drag it out even longer, but part of the challenge is just finding a place to lay out even a relatively small blanket such as this in my tiny cottage house! Stay tuned to see where I go with the layout and border of this blanket.