...wrapping your mind around discovering creative color choices....
There are some incredibly talented people in the crafting-blogging-world who have an amazing eye for color! Even in the pitch dark, you know they could easily put together an eye-popping color combination! Then there are those whose photos of their color combinations make you curse the human race for not punishing those responsible for such travesties.
I'm clueless when it comes to color theory. My color wheel has a flat. Someone mentions primary colors, and I'm all, "I love John Travolta in that movie!" And while I love the stories and symbolism behind colors, books on how to make 'em complementary completely bores me. That is why I am constantly looking for entertaining and unexpected sources for color schemes.
All Wrapped Up! Groovy Gift Wrap Of The 1960s by Kevin Akers is one of those ways. Think about it: how many times have you received a colorful wrapped present and exclaimed, "It's too pretty to open!" And 1960's wrapping paper definitely has some of the prettiest prints and patterns — from pastels to the psychedelic! All Wrapped Up is out-of-print and only available used, but in addition to what's on Kevin's website, you can also find a lot of other vintage gift wrap images through Google Image Search and the Flickr Vintage Wrapping Paper Group.
Wednesday evening I sat down to crochet up a few granny square samples to show how the book helps envision color combinations. It must have been the combination of the relaxing, rainy weather, the soothing repetition of the simple stitches and the unbelievable freakin' excitement that I finally totally understood how to make a basic granny square after trying for seven years that compelled me to shout, "To hell with samples, I'm making another afghan, right now!"
So I am now making one of the granny square blankets I always wanted since I started crocheting seven years ago. That is, when I'm not smacking my hand against my forehead for being so stupid for seven years. I just can't believe I found the basic granny square so damn challenging. I mean, over the years I have made a handful, but I don't have a clue as to how. Am I understanding it better now 'cause I no longer have an endless supply of Vicodin? Seriously, screw what it could do to my liver, I'm laying off the V so my crocheting dreams come true!
Below are several of my granny squares next to the wrapping paper image that inspired 'em. I'm going for soft, early spring colors, like when you're still thinking it's only the beginning of March, but it's nearly the end of April, and you're already looking forward to November.