I've been having a lot of fun doing the Dada Neon CAL. This is a Crochet-a-long for freeform crochet. Each week there is another piece to be added to the blanket.
If you're interested in joining, here is the first week: http://dadacrochet.blogspot.de/2014/05/your-personal-freeform-cal-week-1.html
Week 1 was an abstract shape, week 2 was a hand.
Week 3 was a flower garden: Here's mine:
Next came Vincent Van Gogh's "Starry Starry Night"
Here's my version of that:
Week 5 was favourite pet. This is very difficult for me, because I'm not really good at art, as such. Also how do I crochet every animal in the world? They're all my favourites. I decided to go with a cat. It looks a bit like one of mine.
I decided rather than crocheting around it, I would do a netted background. Once it was joined on, I felt it needed something else, so I made a swirled ruffle in the corner. I will probably still need more, but I'll see as the blanket grows.
So this is what it looks like after week 5.
I'd gradually "loosened up" while going through the weeks, and I started to "play" a bit more.