I'm sharing my progress working through the Chain Reaction Afghan Project. It's been great fun so far to really expand my repertoire of crochet techniques. Each square in the blanket is designed by a different person using different techniques/skills, and is only 12x12", so I'm never bored. Although I've been crocheting for many years and even have a few of my own designs under my belt my own abilities haven't really moved beyond the basics. This blanket has been a great way for me to push the limits, so to speak!
As a brief diversion before discussing my next crocheted square, I'd like to share this amazing spam comment that has been showing up repeatedly:
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Really! Dreamland! So flattering - my blog a dreamland. Although I'm concerned about what Santa's been up to. Ah spam, so poetic sometimes.
So back to crochet, away from spam poetry: the square pictured above is the Lotus Blossom Square by Robyn Chachula. This was actually the first square I made for the afghan, which was a completely stupid move on my part because I am a super big fan of Robyn's designs and was totally bound to love this square, then feel vaguely disappointed by all other crafting. (Seriously - super cute crochet right over here.) The construction of the square is completely straightforward; the pattern is clearly written (although the collection as a whole was edited by Interweave not all the writing is created equally, if you get my drift); there is also a really helpful chart for those of us who are more visually-inclined. Really, I don't have a lot to say about this one besides that it is a totally cute square.
Regarding the chart, however, I came across this really interesting video on youtube the other day while idly perusing crochet videos (as one does). Basically, Robyn breaks down the language of crochet charts and explains how they can be helpful for people who are visual learners, such as myself, or dyslexic, like she apparently is. It's interesting stuff! She's talking about a different design in that video, but the chart reading skills definitely apply to this square, which I would say lends itself particularly well to being represented and understood in chart form.