Babette on my mind

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babetteblanket-interweavecrochet.jpg Babette has lots of colors - 17 to be exact! And she's been on my mind...I want to make her for myself! I love granny squares! A blanket of grannies using a bunch of different size squares in lots of colors is just my thing!

Of course, I could have created this type of blanket on my own (Cherylette? Cherette?), but all the work of charting the colors and placement of squares has been done for the Babette Blanket pattern, so I recently acquired via eBay the Spring 2006 issue of Interweave Crochet in which the Babette Blanket pattern is detailed. [UPDATE January 2008: Interweave Press is offering the Babette Blanket pattern on their website!] Wool yarn can be itchy, so I won't be using the Koigu Premium Merino wool yarn called for by the pattern. Besides, not all the colors of Koigu are available (at least from the online searches I've done) - and I'm not willing to spend $12.95 per skein for 21 (more to make the blanket larger than 43 inches x 40 inches) skeins for an afghan, regardless of how lovely the finished product is.

Caron Simply Soft is available in a variety of colors - and it is on sale starting today at Michaels Craft Store! I told Bill I could heard Michaels calling me to come buy some yarn...he laughed as he waved goodbye.

These are the colors I've (probably) decided to use for the Babette Blanket. They don't exactly match the colors used for Babette, but it's a granny blanket with lots of colors so that's what I have: lots of colors.

Koigu colorCaron Simply Soft color
TaupeBone
Sage GreenSage
Tomato RedRed
French BlueBerry Blue
Vicious GreenLimelight
Purple-GreyHeather (darker and not purple-toned)
Golden BrownIris (a very deep purple since a brown wasn't available)
MelonMango
Deep Blue-GreenBlue Mint
Citron (seems to be a soft baby green)Soft Green
TurquoiseDark Country Blue (Blue Mint would have worked too but it's used above)
Bright LilacGrape
Baby BlueLight Country Blue
Robin's EggSoft Blue
RosePlum Wine
Bright PinkRubine Red (a hot red with a pink tone)
Dusty LavenderOrchid

I must finish a wedding gift for my stepson and his wife-to-be before I start Babette, so I have time still to switch colors...find more appropriate colors...change my mind and do something else - like a monochrome color scheme or whatever.

Here's an orange-yellow-brown version of Babette. Check out other Babette's at Babette Blanket photo pool on Flickr.

[Update - June 22, 2007] I changed my mind about the colors!

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I love that pattern! i'm making one now for my sister's new baby (not so new now). i'm also loving caron simply soft. i didn't match the colors though like you. i just picked colors i liked... LOL living dangerously i guess. i can't wait to see your's done

Those are pretty cool-looking!

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Enjoys crocheting, gardening, cats, NASCAR (especially Tony Stewart and Kyle Busch!), reading, photography, snorkeling in Kailua-Kona with sea turtles, Sizzler's Mega Bacon Cheeseburgers, hot and iced decaf coffee, dark chocolate, color (yarn, fabric), playing around with web technologies - not necessarily in that order! Still very much a beginner with quilting, knitting, and sewing. Donates crocheted lap blankets.

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