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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

The Starry Night

I got this crazy idea back in April that I couldn't get out of my head.  I wanted to make a huge blanket made of tiny squares so it looked pixelated.  I've seen some pretty cool ones of 8 bit cartoons but this... I wanted it to be spectacular.  Something that would take at least a year or two.

I decided on The Starry Night.  It's a wonderful and iconic painting and instantly recognizable.  I've always felt drawn to this painting, not only for it's beauty but also to its connection with mental illness and the fact that Van Gogh considered it a failure and didn't see it fit to be mailed off with the rest of his paintings from this time in order to save on postage.

In order to do it any kind of justice, I decided on 2 inch squares.  3,604 of them.  I've already bought all the yarn I need and it's doing a wonderful job of keeping me distracted on my commute.  I'm not sure how many squares I have done at this point.  A few hundred probably.  I think I might construct pieces of it and photograph them so I can see what it would look like when it's done.

Colors laid out in excel (great way to count and label squares)
16 chunks with color labels


  1. I love this idea and everything behind it.

    How will you join the squares?

    P.S. If you finish it by next spring, you should enter it in the CGOA design competition for the Knit and Crochet Show 2016. It would be a stunning entry.

    1. I'm so flattered you commented on my post! You're such a celeb to me.

      I'm not sure how I'm going to join. Join-as-you-go is out because I wanted to be able to take it with me so I was thinking either stitching them together with a yarn needle or single crocheting or slip stitching. I have a while to decide yet. I might try a few methods and see what I like.

      I've never entered a design competition before. I'm a little shy. It sounds like it could be fun though!