I love the Babette blanket from Interweave Crochet back in Spring of 2006 and I would love to make one. While I'm quite happy to crochet a hundred-odd squares, I'm not prepared to purchase the requisite 17 skeins of Koigu Premium Merino. So, the colour scheme - if you are going to substitute, what to do about the colour scheme?
This is where my cerebral tendencies kick in and I completely overthink the entire thing. First of all, I had to get an idea of what the entire blanket actually looks like, so I printed out the schema, enlarged it and coloured it in (added bonus here of acquiring 15 new markers).
Which is all very well and has left me with a pretty piece of paper (and a great marker selection) but more uncertain than ever. I'm dilemma-ing about what ratio there is of one colour to another; how often are certain colours adjacent to each other and on what scale; how did the designer come up with this colour scheme, randomly or according to some great underlying organising principle; and what was it? Trying to work that last one out may well be the end of me. It is probably also completely pointless because in the end I think that the colour thing really is just intuitive (which irks me no end in its own way).
Anyway, there are dozens of wonderful Babette projects on Ravelry, quite a few of which I like better than the original, particularly one that is Gustav Klimt inspired, all yellow and gold and ochre. While they are not my colours, I could maybe see using something by Hundertwasser as inspiration.
ps. My FedEx package has left Orlando, Florida and the next scheduled tracking update won't be until Thursday. Perhaps it's on a train? Where will it end up? Stay tuned!