I have been going granny square crazy since last week. I got inspired when working on my post for I Love Yarn Day to go through my scrap stash and get started on some charity projects. And, I’ve been eyeing the amazing work of three of my favorite bloggers…
- Keri at Yarn Dharma – Crochet is My Sanity, who recently completed an amazing blanket for a friend using many of her block a day crochet squares,
- Adaiha at things to make and do, who frequently posts pictures of her crochet squares as part of her granny-a-day project, and
- Leslie at CrochetBug, whose version of the Granny Squares Sampler Afghan by Jackie H. Curry inspired me to find a copy of Better Homes and Gardens Crocheting and Knitting on Paperbackswap.com,
…so I decided to work with some grannies. They are so portable and fun! I decided to use join-as-you-go for each row, and I wanted each row to have squares of the same size, so I had to make some adjustments to each pattern as I went along.
Here are the pictures of my first row of blocks. I should say here that I took these after work on my commute, trying to find a relatively clean surface in New York City (hah!) and ended up holding my phone (camera) so high above to take pictures that I couldn’t actually see what I was doing. Hence some un-photo-styled flowers .
Block 4 – 6: From the Sampler Pillows in 101 Granny Squares. African Violet by Betty Jones, Impatiens & Emeralds by Diana Sippel, and Yellow Petals by Roberta Maier.
I did another row with 4 larger squares using a variation of the Star motif from the Granny Squares Sampler Afghan in Better Homes and Gardens Crocheting and Knitting, but I don’t have pictures to share today.
Since the motifs I’ve picked aren’t particularly infant friendly (there are overlay stitches, for example), I will need to make this project large enough for an older child. This is definitely one of those projects that I will pick up for a week at a time over the course of a year or so, and then will have it ready when I next package up my crafty donations to mail out.
…and a dirty little secret
If you’ve been buying luxury yarns, or yarns from independent dyers, you have probably found that the yarn is in hanks and hasn’t been wound. This creates quite a conundrum, because you may buy yarn but it isn’t immediately available for use. How many of us have stacks of yarn hanks that we haven’t yet wound? This is the dirty little secret of yarn lovers, I think.
One of my other works in progress this week is to wind up all the hanks I’ve accumulated in the last few months that have been waiting patiently to be used. This includes yarn I picked up at the Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival, at the NYC Yarn Crawl, the lovely skein of yarn I won, and all of the yarn for my design to be published in Cooperative Press‘s Fresh Designs Crochet (Kids). No pictures, but all of this winding is almost more of an undertaking than actually making something!
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