We are going to the lake next week to swim and sit on the beach and do lots and lots of nothing. I saw some beautiful linen towels online and thought I could pick up a couple yards of linen and make my own to take with us. I wanted to get 100% linen, but this striped rayon/linen blend was too awesome to pass up. I got 2 1/4 yards, left the salvages as is and hemmed the raw edges, then using this helpful tutorial (by the fabulous cal patch) I crocheted right into the fabric.
The edging pattern comes from the book Crocheting on the Edge* by Nicky Epstein, which has tons of edging patterns (duh) all given in both charted and written directions, which for me is super helpful.
*I have joined the amazon associates program, so if you follow this link and then buy the book you will also be putting a few pennies in the elsie marley cup. I've wanted to do this for a while, but been quite hesitant to because I don't want to get all advertise-y on your ass. But I'm not going to link to any random thing--wow, that be annoying. I have books that I genuinely love and want to tell you about and, all told, the profits I'll make will probably be enough to buy a cup of coffee. So if you'd like to buy me a cup of coffee :) you can go over to my amazon book store and check it out!
Back to the project: I obviously haven't finished the pattern yet--I have to put the fringes on, do the other side of the blanket and block it. It is a little more shabby chic then I would have liked, but next time I'll just make the edging a little simpler. The "yarn" I used cotton twine and I freakin love it: it's smooth, just the right thickness (I'd say worsted weight size, but I could be talking out by ass here) and cheap as all get out. I have already started another--bigger--project with it. And with any luck it will be full of sand and finished by the time we get back.