Here are the squares I received (all but one which is coming in the mail soon), trying to decide how to arrange them
And I thought the fun was over….. Nope, a whole new phase of fun is just beginning: I got my box of squares yesterday from the ‘Beige Afghan Swap’!! Oh what fun! Oh what excitement! Oh, how just like a little kid at Christmas!! The bloke stood there and snapped photos as I pulled square after square from that little box, and oohed and aahed over each and every one. I love them all! So now, I get to decide: How do I want to attach these together? Do I want to go conventional and make a tidy little 4′ x 5′ afghan to stretch across my bed? Or do I want to try something clever and creative, since this is my very first swap ever, and make it a bit special? I think……um…. the latter! Something unusual that I can hang on the wall, and be reminded, each time I glance at it, of all the new friends I’ve found since I joined the Yarnplayers Afghan Swap group. To remind me of the fun I had creating all those squares, and of all the fun that is in store for me in the future! (Yes, I’ve already committed to three more swaps!! )
I had already seen photos of the squares, so I knew what I was getting. But there’s nothing like getting my hands on the real deal! Studying and examining, figuring out who did which ones, and how they did it. This one still has me stumped:
That amazing knitted block that I saw online..... just as mysterious in person!
I’m going to give it a try. I can tell it is knitted corner to corner, in garter stitch. But that center openwork area?? Clueless! It may be as simple as repeated yarn-overs and decreases. Or it may be some intricate combination thereof, which I can only imagine. When it comes to crochet, I can usually study a piece and find a way to duplicate it. But knitting….that’s an entirely different story. It’s still all pretty much magic to me when those intricate designs come together and create a pattern!
Doug took two dozen pictures, all pretty much the same: me holding up different squares and grinning from ear to ear! But what the heck–I’ll post ‘em all! I’ve got plenty of server space! He-he-he!!
Let's start at the very beginning....
Look at Dodie dig in! She's pulling those squares out of the box so fast, the bloke's camera can barely keep up!!
Okay, let's see who made this thing.....
So.... if it has a turquoise marker, it must be......
Yes, it's definitely turquoise!
This one, from our fearless leader, the lady who started it all
A very nice, creamy knitted piece in bulky yarn
Oh, what tiny, delicate stitches!! This lady must be really fast! I prefer to work with large size hooks and needles because I am so s-l-o-o-w!!
Brown marker.... now who made that? I know, I know!!
It took me a while to decipher this color, but I finally got it!
Yippee!! I got one of the dragonflies! And there's my name tag, worn by my proxy who went to the exchange and picked my blocks for me (and a good job she did, I might add!!)
What? Another dragonfly??? How cool is that?!
Yep, two--count 'em--two, dragonfly squares! And both with the same color marker. Oops! I lucked out, didn't I?
Some more knitted magic--I could probably do this, if I had very accurate instructions, and followed them precisely. But I guarantee, I would still be amazed if it worked out! All those little lines snaking all over the fabric.... it's all magic to me!!
I KNOW this yarn--I have a stash of it in the back room! Very nice! (And the crocheting is pretty awesome too!)
Oopsie!! Here's another hot-pink marker! That's okay..... I like this one! Double strand, large needles... produces a very soft, drape-y fabric. One of my favorite things to do!
Here's another one that's easy to figure out--gray marker, right there at the top. Check out that nifty center square. Neat-o!! (OMG, I'm 61 years old--did I just say 'neat-o'??)
Super-soft, chenille! Like velvet.... love it!!
Delightful and delicate, like a snowflake.... better enjoy it quick, before it melts!
And here it is again.... that mysterious knitted piece that I have become so fascinated with....
Peek-a-boo!! Not sure why I'm hiding back there. I guess I wanted to peek through the holes that make up the heart.
**giggle** This looks suspiciously like the very first block I made for this swap! But I know it can't be--mine had a tan border. Great pattern--great minds must think alike!! He-he-he!
And last, but not least--a square I made for.... myself!! By 'stealing' someone else's idea, I was able to whittle this one down to size!
And there you have it–I think that’s enough photos of me for tonight… Tomorrow…. on to the design and connect phase!!