Blog hopping

It’s been a bit quiet over here, but life has been a bit busy. My brother got married and as well as the wedding, there was the pre-pre-wedding dinner, the pre-wedding dinner and the post-wedding BBQ. So much fun but man was I stuffed after that lot! The wedding itself was lovely though. The sun shone (pretty impressive for Scotland) and there was lots of dancing, family and fun.

Lately I’ve not been doing much crafty stuff. I’ve been fairly focussed on houses (and houses for sale in particular) but I’m finally realising the market isn’t great and selling our flat is just not going to happen so there’s no point looking for something bigger.

So in the interests of trying to avoid house websites, I’ve been pinteresting. A. LOT and came across a couple of great blogs. {design seeds} and photo card boutique both take pictures and break out the main colours. I’m totally loving the way colours go together right now and these sites are providing loads of eye candy!

Here are some of my favs from {design seeds}:

And some from photo card boutique:

Women vs Men on colour

Thread

I was reading this post about Sylko threads and their names, so I thought I’d have a root through the ones I inherited from my granny, to see if I had any amusing ones. See the one in the back row, second from the left…

… Frivolous Pink. Love it!

Goodbye Denim…

One of my Blue Block Blanket colours is Denim. It liked the sample, but I have to say I’m just not loving it in the blocks. It looks way too grey and is just not pretty, especially next to Turquoise!

So I decided to audition for a different colour. Here are my contenders:

From L to R: Lavender, Wisteria, Violet, Grape (all Stylecraft Special DK).

Grape was out straight off. It’s just plain nasty and I don’t want it anywhere near my blanket!! Lavender was too similar to Bluebell, which I’m already using, so that left Wisteria and Violet.

It’s wierd how colours change when you’re looking at a ball of wool to looking at a block. On their own, I like Wisteria and Violet, just like I liked Denim. But once they’re in a block, Wisteria turns kinda pinky and doesn’t seem to fit with the other colours and there’s something about Violet that I’m just not sure about.

So I’ve decided to stick with 8 colours. I’ve redone my colour scheme and all is good!

Favourites

I just love, love, love the colours in these blocks…

What a difference a round makes

I’m really loving making all the little granny squares for my blanket and I’m finding it fascinating how different the block looks between rounds 3 and 4. Just that one final round has made this one go from really dark to really light…

Round 3:

Round 4:

The trials of deciding colour combos – part 4!

So where were we? Ah yes, I’d finally cracked my colour combos for my blanket! You have no idea how happy that made me, as although the saga has taken 3 posts (here, here and here), it probably took 3 weeks to get to this point!!

So I got started but the colours just didn’t work with the block I’d picked because there wasn’t enough contrast.

By this point there was absolutely NO WAY I was changing the colour combos. So I decided to change the block. Again. Meh. It was either that or give up entirely (and that thought had crossed my mind on more than one occasion).

Anyway, I spotted the Summer Garden Granny Square pattern on the Attic24 site. I thought it might work a bit better because the gaps between the trebles would help differentiate between contrasting colours. So I tried it. And liked it!

The only thing was that this square is 3.5″, which is much small that the Spinner block so I’m going to have to make loads more than first planned, eek. But anyway, I’ve got my colours sorted, I’ve got my block sorted. All I have to do is make the blocks. Simples…. And about time too 🙂

The trials of deciding colour combos – part 3!

In parts 1 and 2 of this saga, I’d solved a 3D sudoku puzzle and was about to pick three layers to determine for my block colours. But I had a nasty revelation! I realised that whichever 3 puzzles I picked, there were only 9 combos…

E.g. if I picked the top 3 puzzles, then if colour 1 was Aspen, colours 2 and 3 were always Aster and Turquoise. I was after more variety in the blocks so it was back to the drawing board. *sigh*

I was after for a non-random solution, with each block made out of 3 different colours. I wanted the blocks to be fairly different, preferably no two alike. So I took a trip back to my statistics classes at school (a very long time ago), particularly permutations (where a block made of [Aspen, Aster, Turquoise] is different from one made of [Turquoise, Aspen, Aster]) and combinations (where [Aspen, Aster, Turquoise] and [Turquoise, Aspen, Aster] are considered the same).

Turns out there are 504 permutations and 84 combinations of 9 colours. 504 blocks seems a bit much, but an 84 block blanket would end up as a 7×12 layout. Perfect!

So I typed out the 84 different combos and spent ages re-jigging them to get a balanced spread across colours 1, 2 and 3 i.e. not loads of blocks with Bluebell as colour 1 and only a couple with Turquoise.

And then I was ready to start. Or so I thought…

The trials of deciding colour combos – part 1!

So are you sitting comfortable? Well then I’ll being the saga of the colour combos…!

Having picked a block for my blanket, next up was deciding on a colour arrangement. Random? All blocks the same colours? Half the blocks in one group of colours and the other half in a different group?

I discarded random pretty quickly because it brings me out in a cold sweat! I like logic and order and that just plain does not work with random.

Enter Anna‘s husband Dave with a puzzle-based solution! He suggested I use 9 colours instead of 8 and use 3 sudoku puzzles to pick the colours. A sudoku puzzle is a 9×9 grid where every row and column contains the numbers 1 to 9, once only. If I made my blanket as 9×9 blocks (81 in total), each block would correspond to one square in the sudoku grid.

I number the colours from 1 to 9 and solve 3 sudoku puzzles. Puzzle 1 gives me the 1st colour for all 81 blocks. Puzzle 2 gives me the 2nd colour and puzzle 3 gives me the 3rd colour. So square 1 in puzzle 1 gives the 1st colour for block 1. Square 1 in puzzle 2 gives the 2nd colour for block 1. Square 1 in puzzle 3 gives the 3rd colour for block 1, and so on.

Still with me? I’ve tried to explain this to a few people and not done a great job, so yay if you’re still with me!

Anyway, it seemed like an awesome idea! I love sudoku puzzles, the blocks would look random without making me do random and should they would all have different colour combos. It seemed like the perfect solution.

So I picked Teal as my ninth colour and went in search of some sudoku puzzles…

  • Turquoise, Teal, Bluebell
  • Cloud blue, Sherbet, Aster
  • Royal, Denim, Aspen

But nothing’s that simple right…?!

The trials of deciding colour combos – part 2!

And thus continues my colour combo saga. In part 1, I’d decided to use 3 sudoku puzzles to decide the colour combos for my blocks. The plan seemed like a cunning way to ensure none of the blocks shared a colour combo without having to decide colours for every block in the blanket.

But there was a flaw in the plan!

I realised that if I solved 3 separate puzzles, I could end up with the same number in the same place in multiple puzzles, so the corresponding block would have the same colour multiple times, which I didn’t want. The only thing for it was to find a 3D sudoku puzzle (also known as a Dion Cube), solve that, then use three of the layers, which would guarantee each three colours would be different.

It took a while, but here is is – the 9 layers of the solved 3D sudoku puzzle, with colours instead of numbers. I think it’s kinda pretty…

So the next thing to do should have been simple – pick 3 of the puzzles and use them to pick what colours make up each block.

But the colour combo saga wasn’t really over…

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