Friday, August 31, 2012

A Block-Swappin' We Will Go

Happy Friday, my friendly fiberistas.

After publishing my open letter from blankets and squares, I decided I wanted to make myself a new  blanket. I went to the previous Ravelry group in which I had swapped blocks, but it's virtually defunct. After a few inquires, I was directed to the Vanna's Choice Fan Club group, where block swap groups form with regularity. I pretty quickly joined the "froggy" block swap - the color theme is various shades of green and brown. The goal: swap 2 blocks with each of nine people, then create yourself a lovely blanket with the blocks you receive from your fellow swappees.

Here are my first four blocks, two of which are about ready to hit the mail stream:

Bold Smocking from Nicky Epstein's Knitting Block by Block.
The pattern page photo in Ravelry is not the best.
JulieAnny's Stained Glass Square
Duckbill Dalliance, and
Circle Star, one of the blocks from Interweave
Crochet's Chain Reaction Afghan project from 2010
I do want to point out that this is 100% acrylic - not my usual yarny fare, but it is a good choice for something that I plan on machine washing and drying with regularity. And I am a fan of Lion Brand yarn generally, so a little Vanna's Choice use is a good thing.

The swap period ends on September 30th. I'm creating blocks at lightening speed. Lightening, I tell you.

Now don't forget to go, like lightening, over to Andrea's blog and see what yarny adventures, swap or otherwise, people are getting into this week.

And for all of the U.S. readers out there, happy Labor Day weekend - the traditional end of summer. Don't work too hard (unless it's at a fun barbeque) and remember all those unseen, unsung workers who have in the past, and will in the future, toil in ways large and small.


  1. Lightning speed, you say? :-)

    I love those squares. It will be fun to see what you get in the exchange and then how you make the blanket.

  2. Swaps are so much fun, aren't they? I love the surprises and the special friendships that come out of them (if you're lucky). fact, being friends with YOU is one of the best perks I've ever gotten through a swap!! XXO-

  3. Those are very cute squares! My first yarn purchase was Lion Brand Woolease, so I'm a fan of their yarns too.

    Now I'm itchy to make some squares too :-)

  4. Your blocks are beautiful - I would love to see what you get in return and how your blanket turns out.

  5. Beautiful squares! I've been wanting to do the stained glass squares for ages, maybe I should just do it :)

  6. I love them all! Your blocks look great hanging together like that. Have fun with your swap. Happy Labor Day!

  7. You know, I really must re-consider the granny square. Your squares are sooo not granny. :-)

  8. Thanks for the link - don't know how I missed this post :-) Please, would it be possible, when you make blocks - could you grade them for ease ? ie.beginner, intermediate, etc :-) Just so I know what I'm looking at ;-)