Sunday, August 10, 2008

Not Your Ordinary Block Exchange

The NYOBE is a group of knitters and crocheters on Ravelry. The group was divided into several circles based on the individuals' color preferences. I joined the Buttercup circle whose focus was on neutrals. With a circle of 12 people, we were each to make twelve12-inch blocks, send out eleven to the other members, and keep one for our own blanket.

Now, if you've never joined a swap or exchange circle, I do recommend least once. While not all swaps are successful due to well-intentioned folks who flake out on their commitments, most are a fun way to exchange ideas and make new friends.

The NYOBE was very well organized by Tanya. Cindy, our circle leader, did an excellent job of keeping track of folks and encouraging all the members, even taking on additional postage charges for the international portion of the exchange. The end result was a mixed-media blanket, made by many hands from all around the world.

My blanket details:
I made four additional squares in order to enlarge my finished blanket. This was also a fun way to try out a few new stitches and color combinations.

Not all the squares I received were 12 inches. (One was as small as 9"X10".) In order to make them uniform, each was blocked and then edged. I crocheted around the smaller blocks with matching yarn using either single, half-double, or double crochet to bring them all up to the same dimensions. Then each block was edged with the darker brown.

Then, using Priscilla Hewitt's Flat Braid Method, all the squares were joined together. I had never used this method before, but it quickly became my favorite!

I finished the whole thing up with a simple Picot Edging. Tah-dah!!! A cozy new blanket ready for our cool weather this fall!!


Anonymous said...

Woah. That, my dear, is amazing!

HomeMadeOriginals said...

I love the neutral colors and textures, very nice!

KnitWit said...

That's really neat. =) It turned out very nicely.

j. said...

VERY nicely done! I've never participated in a swap, but your blanket is tempting me to reconsider for sure!

YowlYY said...

I love it! Maybe one day I will join a swap, if the squares are all knitted ;-) I am still at war with crochet and would need a 1to1 tutorial ideally... books just don't seem to work for me! :)

JanKnit said...

Thank you, all! It was a fun project.

Yowlyy...I wish were weren't on opposite sides of the planet...I'd love to help you learn!! Don't give up. :o)

Melissa said...

oh my goodness. this is such a beautiful blanket. i'd love to be able to make something like this one day! :)

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful blanket....I love the colors.