The further I've been involved on the blankets the more I've learned that I like the theme, or instruction blankets, as, in my mind, they tend to look a little more cohesive. You can't always guarentee that the next knitter is going to follow the instructions though, and every once in awhile you get a blanket that looks a little... um... off?
A popular "instructional" blanket to sign up for is one that incorporates mosaic patterns- which always really pop. I've, for a long time, had in my head an idea for a mosaic blanket that incorporates Rainbow colors in the traditional "Roy. G. Biv" order. And, well, as you recall, I bought a "schwack" load of rainbow acrylic on boxing day. (Much to the shock of well, everyone.) I just decided to indulge my curiosity.
First I needed to swatch out a few ideas.
I realized then that I had a bunch or leftover acrylic in the exact same brand, so I could swatch AND get a gauge swatch- so I switched to green and yellow.
I knit a lot of swatches, but I kept coming back to liking the "Swirly" pattern.
And so, satisfied that I had a decent plan, I cast on and was immediately transfixed. To be honest I'm not sure what I'm going to do with the blanket. If I love love LOVE it- I'll probably keep it and gift it to someone who would prefer the "upkeep" of acrylic over the "upkeep" of wool. If I don't love love it, I'll probably donate it to the WCOBB group.
I already know that I'm going to have leftovers. Like, a lot of leftovers. So there's going to be another rainbow blanket after this one. I haven't decided it's direction yet- but needless to say I'm having fun with all of this color. My little goal would be too try and eek out 2 rainbow blankets this month.
What a great way to make up for the lack of color in January than to knit with Rainbows! (Even if it IS acrylic.)