Phantasmagoric is a word I discovered in high school, and have adored ever since. It is the word I think of when I’m crocheting with these colors. (All squares in this project are made up of Caron Simply Soft yarn and an I9 5.50mm crochet hook.)
I have shamefully neglected my blog, but with good reason. I came down with the dreaded flu before Christmas which led to a sinus and ear infection. After several weeks of antibiotics, I kicked that, only to find myself back at the doctor two weeks ago with strep throat. Yuck!
But now….. I am FINALLY back to share some of the exciting things I’ve been working on.
I have adored the “Yvaine” square by Polly Plum since I first saw it, and I wanted to create a project based around this square. I might make another blanket, or, instead, I’ve been thinking about putting these squares together to create curtain panels for the window in my workspace.
Here you see the Yvaine square, combined with Polly Plum’s “Ilsa” square, as well as several textured squares from her “Stardust Melodies” book. I am still working on that textured square on the bottom left. It’s a real doozy. I’ve had to undo it several times to get the series of “X”‘s to lay just right.
Initially, I thought about making the “Tristan” square for the center of the blanket, if I make a blanket. This square lives up to its classification of “Advanced.” I have had to pay very close attention to each challenging round, and I’m still not finished!
Next, I have been re-mixing the colors of the original Yvaine square into different combinations in the following “Ilsa” squares. My favorite color combination so far is the last one, of which I have featured a close-up at the top of this blog. I just love all of these colors: that raspberry pink, egg-yolk yellow, the soft green and the fun little lilac berries, all framed in a gorgeous teal.
Please forgive the uneven edges. Nothing has been blocked yet.
Speaking of blocking, I purchased blocking wires for myself and am going to attempt to use them for the first time to block the next blanket: “Granny in the Sky with Diamonds.”
This is a Corner-to-Corner crochet blanket made with Lion Brand’s “Mandala” yarn, a variegated DK weight yarn. While I enjoyed making this, it requires a little extra attention, as you need to cut the yarn and reattach it in order to “pool” the colors in an orderly fashion.
This blanket still needs to be blocked and have a border added. I’ve enjoyed working with these pinks and purples. I am usually not drawn to the pink end of the spectrum. As to whom will be receiving this blanket when it’s finished: I have no idea yet!
All of Polly Plum’s patterns can be found at her website: www.everytrickonthehook.com.
You can also find them on Ravelry: https://www.ravelry.com/designers/polly-plum.
Thanks for reading, and enjoy this W.B. Yeats poem:
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half-light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.