I have wanted to make a Babett blanket for a while, too. Just looked at all 15 pages closely; if you look at them you will see that folks have used many different kinds of blocks to make their own variations of the pattern. I don't think if would be very difficult to do. I would not want to do all granny squares, but that is my personal opinion, some of the blankets were all granny squares - that's the beauty of crochet, you can pretty much do whatever you want. Some of them were in color schemes, some used all the colors of the rainbow and then some. I even printed a few pictures for inspiration and will use them when I start my own. Go for it, use your own thoughts and inspiration, anything goes. I loved looking at the skeins of yarn, stacks of blocks, and the many different variations of blankets. Make it your own!!!!!!!!
That is really gorgeous; if you are interested in freeform, you should join the International Freeform Yahoo Group. They have the world's best and most well known freeform artists there and the most beautiful things you have ever seen. Wonderful inspiration.
I love all the colors together that I was taught not to put together. When I was first learning things about fashion we could never combine pink and red - a terrible no no. Now I love those colors together. Aqua and green together would have sent my home economics teacher into tantrams - LOL.
I love your necklaces and bracelet; I know my granddaughter will love them too. I will be sharing your ideas with her. She is just learning to crochet and I'm teaching her the fun stuff first, before the old fashioned things. LOL
I have a few of these, maybe a dozen or so, and I have been trying to think of something to do with them. I'm leaning toward a mobile. Maybe using them to attach baby items at different levels from a small parasol using the clothespins as the things to attach the baby items to. Does that make sense? I'm thinking amigrurumi toys or something like that. I thought I could maybe make 3 mobiles with the ones I have.
Personally, I would just hang it on the wall as art, but if you really want to do something else with it, you could make a tray bottom from it. You can buy trays from Micheal's, Hobby Lobby, etc. then paint it. Put a sheet of glass in it and you have a great tray.
The easiest way to get the smell out of a lot of acrylic yarn is to stick each skein into a knee high hose, tie it up and throw it into the regular wash. Then be sure to dry it through at least 2 dryer loads. It will take all the smoke smell out and any nicotine stains out. If you don't have knee highs, put 3 skeins into a small lingerie bag from the dollar store (the ones I get come 3 to a pack for a dollar) and wash and dry as usual. You may have to tie each skein up so they don't get tangled, but it really isn't difficult to get the smell out. If you have already used the yarn to make something, just throw the item into the wash; this will not only take the smell out, but will soften the yarn, also. Be sure not to use the hottest setting, it could 'burn' the yarn and make it scratchier - or just be sure you don't run the dryer too long. I've been doing this for at least 40 years and it works every time.
I absolutely love this afghan. I was around during the 70's, not a hippie (way too shy back then) but I think I will try to make one of these. I have been on a freeform round robin and will be making a wall hanging from the pieces I have been receiving, but I'm going to make one of these for me, too. You did very well, grasshopper.