|like a vintage teacup|
On Wednesday afternoon I finished my Koolhaas hat but before casting on anything else I figured I'd better turn my attention to the blanket square I had promised a few weeks ago. SIBOL announced that they were collecting squares for an Irish Rose blanket and I decided that I had the perfect worsted scraps in my stash to make one. As it turns out, this square used every last inch of bordeaux red. Perfect!
It's a very interesting square to crochet because the finished project is so three dimensional. The rose petals sit atop the square in two layers. The leaves are crocheted above the square as well, but their tips are pinned down to the square to keep them organized - probably for the best since my leaves were curling up on themselves before that. The red hdc border is a modification of the original pattern for the SIBOL squares, and I think it's the perfect thing to add a bit more of the petal colour and to finish the square with a firm square edge. Presumably all the squares will be crocheted with white backgrounds and joined with white borders. I can't wait to see the entire blanket assembled.
I hesitated over the colours before deciding on these. After seeing the sample squares shown on SIBOL's website I wondered whether I should go with lighter, more pastel choices. But these colours really do put me in mind of vintage tea cups and fancy bone china sets that the ladies used to collect when I was a child; I just had to try them. Although I was prepared to make another if I was uncomfortable with how this square turned out, now that it's done I couldn't be happier. It'll be in the mail to SIBOL this weekend.
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