One of the results: I had all of those swap blocks from last fall that needed to be joined into a blanket. Getting them worked up into the blanket would free up some needed yarn shelf space, and I'd have a new blanket to go with my newly rearranged living space. A fine plan, no?
Sooooo ... here it is - my Froggy Swap Blanket:
This used 16 of the 18 blocks received. The block joining was fairly straightforward and done as I went; I only had two ends to weave in from the joining. Sweet.
The edging I basically created on the fly -three rows in all (although it looks like four because of the joining round), and I designed it to use up as much of the remaining stash yarn from the block swap as possible. I love the delicate touch of the final outer row, if I do say so myself.
However, I had two blocks left, and knew I wanted to use at least one of them ... to create a small pillow. I had some great flower-inspired fabric that coordinated well with the color scheme, so I cut an appropriately-sized block of it, seamed the edges, then added a crochet edging all around
with some coordinating silk fingering weight yarn. I then edged the entrelac block in the same yarn, seamed the two together with a round of single crochet on the outside for decorative effect, and stuffed the pillow with some fiberfill I had on hand just before doing the final few single crochet stitches closing the pillow.
And, finally, some post-scripts on La Peinture Blanket: it was published in Crochet! Magazine; Talking Crochet is a newsletter hosted on their sister publication's website (Crochet World Magazine) and it has an interview with me about it and the painting. It's still amazing to see the painting and the blanket side by side. If you read through to the end, you'll find a link to a Universal Yarn give-away - they've generously made a kit of all the colorways used in the blanket and will be giving it away to one winner from all those who enter on the Crochet! Magazine Facebook page June 18 and 19th (that's next week, everyone - yipes, June is half done already).
Now head on over to Wisdom Begins in Wonder and see Andrea's latest installment from the farm - will she be weaving, or knitting, or dealing with farm animals?