When I first started crocheting, I saw so many wonderful and inspirational blankets on other people’s blogs, and I wanted more than anything to be able to make blankets that were as brilliant as those. But I was no good at choosing colours! I had never done anything creative at school or university, and crocheting was really the first time I had wanted, or needed, to work with colour. The colours I picked didn’t look great together and I didn’t have a local yarn shop to see the colours in person. Ordering colours online was a bit hit and miss.
In the end I started using the exact colours and yarn as the beautiful blankets I saw online, which did give me what I wanted: blankets as beautiful as the ones other people had made. It also helped me to learn more about how colours worked and over time I became much more confident in my own colour choices.
One of my favourite things to do now is to come up with my own colour combinations; I make a lot of blankets as gifts and it’s great fun to create colour combinations that I know the recipient will love. I enjoy that challenge, and I frequently play about with my yarn pegs to make new combinations and it’s a good feeling when I come up with something that looks just right. I love it when other people like these combinations as well! I love it when people send me photos of blankets and other projects that they have made in my colour ways. My favourite one recently is a queen bed sized version of my Beth’s Rainbow blanket. It looks fantastic!
Since having my children, I have had to be more efficient in how I use my crocheting time and I find that I am far more productive if I already have my colours picked out, as I can use my crocheting time just for crocheting instead of wasting time deliberating about which colours to use and where. I’ve been thinking about this a lot recently: if I find it helpful to have a colour scheme already picked out, maybe other people might find it useful as well.
I have also been wondering how I can start earning again too. It feels a bit uncool to talk about money and making an income from blogging, (nobody seems to talk about it!) but honestly: I have the potential opportunity to go abroad for a few days next summer, and I need to be able to fund it myself as there isn’t enough flexibility in my budget to save up without some extra income. I have been toying with the idea of colour packs for a while but kept bottling the idea. But, bolstered by encouragement from my friends, I contacted Wool Warehouse to see if they would like to work with me. I held my breath when I opened their email reply as I really expected them to say no, and then I jumped up and down when they said yes! (Tiny Tin Girl was not impressed and did not understand why I was excited.) Wool Warehouse will give me commission on each of my packs – it’s important to disclose that.
I am hugely excited (and actually quite nervous) to present to you my first colour pack with Wool Warehouse: Bright Rainbow by Little Tin Bird. 16 bright colours of Stylecraft Special dk for you to enjoy, create, and love. It really makes me happy to provide this inspiration and I can’t wait to see how you use this colour pack. I’m full of ideas of how I would like to use it and have lots of plans to share with you on my blog!
My preferred way to create a project is to use simple patterns such as stripes and granny squares to really show off the colours of the yarn. I find it fascinating to see how colours can look so different just from changing their placement, quantity, frequency, or simply changing the neighbouring colours. One more stripe or round on a granny square can change the feeling and appearance of it completely. The colour pack doesn’t contain a printed pattern, nor does it make one specific blanket: it is an inspiration pack, a starting point for your creativity.