That was until I stumbled across Cypress Textiles. OMG I love how she combines color! The details are simple yet striking when you add it her color choices. I picked up two of her patterns, but decided to start with "Cozy Flowers" as I had the yarn on hand to make it. This pattern is free at her site, so check it out if you'd like to make one for yourself. This would be terrific with scraps.
One of the nice things about this pattern is that it starts with circles, which I love making. And, they are only a few rounds so they work up quickly. This was perfect for all those December outings and road trips. Here are all my stacks and the final pile. I ended up using seven colors as I was using my yarn stash versus what she calls for in her pattern.
I took a picture so I could use it as a reference as as I worked. NOTE: Of course I made stacks of the rows, but I know my cats well enough to know not to count on said stacks surviving for long.
Here are some close ups of the various sections. Yummy!
Overall the design on this is fantastic. The pattern is not for beginners and there are some steps you have to infer and figure out on your own. If you decide to tackle this, see my notes on my Ravelry page as I provide some of the detail that I thought was missing. Still, this is well worth the time and effort.
P.S. Cypress Textiles is in Texas, ya'll, so be sure to stop by and say "Howdy!"