So it was that I started crocheting 5" granny squares in the prescribed colors of purple, yellow, white, and hot pink. The design's range was broader than that, but these were the colors of yarn I had on hand. Other crocheters would come up with the lime green, bright blue, and orange squares to complete this design:
On the third Saturday of March, I returned to CAFAM to sew alternating-colored blocks of nine, together with contrasting blocks of two and nine, into larger blocks representing traditional multi-colored granny squares (like the pieces between the upstairs windows in the picture above).
So what does this have to do with mushrooms?
I came home from CAFAM feeling that I, after hanging out with fiber artists, might be a fiber artist myself. I picked up some yarn left over from a hat I'd knitted, and quickly crocheted a realistic mushroom -- freehand and asymmetrical -- about three inches tall. Steve made a wire support that would stick into the ground and hold the mushroom upright with a coil in its cap and a spike in its stem. Under cover of darkness, I took the mushroom next door and planted it under a neighbor's chocolate-berry bush:
See a mushroom chronicle, part 2.