You never know what will inspire you when browsing through all the fantastic blogs out there. For my blanket, I first spied this over at Suz Place. You could sit for hours and look through all her pretty crochet. Then I found this post and I was smitten. I love linen. And that just happened to be the name of the color I used for this afghan.
Or the colorful little grannies with their white centers can sparkle like Edward when he steps into the sunlit meadow with Bella (You will only get that if you have seen or read Twilight)