Year of Projects, Year 2: Therapeutic

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I guess that crocheted motifs are my go to project when I’m feeling stressed, which is how I managed to finish 9 during another busy week.


My running total of grannies for charity is now 25, so I have 27 more to go.  Let me tell you a little about these squares.

1) First up is my version of the Rosebud Square from 75 Floral Blocks to Crochet by Betty Barnden.  The center is actually the block from the book, but to get it up to 12″, I added several additional rounds.  I think the block would look best in one sold color, as it is in the book, but I ran short on that color while crocheting.

2) This is my version of Squaring the Big Circle by Kate Jenks, and 3) is Puff Pastry, a great block by Donna Kay Lacey, who I interviewed a few months back.  I used up plenty of little yarn bits in my version.

4) Here’s another great pattern by Donna Kay Lacey called Bubblegum.  I had a moment of fear when it looked like I ran out of the yarn in the last row, but I was able to find another scrap in hiding to finish off my block.

5) This square is a variation of Precious by Julie Yeager.  I’ve been seeing a lot of her blocks popping up in my friend updates on Ravelry, so I thought I’d give it a try.  6) Then I got creative and designed my own block!  I’m working on a new version now that should clean up the pattern a bit.

7) By this point in the week, I thought I’d try something a little different.  I decided to look for a pattern that was in my collection but didn’t have a picture posted on Ravelry.  Of course, that meant that my version couldn’t have modifications, so this one is straight from the pattern: Square 17 by Colleen Gilbert from Contest Favorites Afghan Squares.

8) I also followed the pattern very exactly for Pineapples by James G. Davis from 50 Fabulous Crochet Squares.  The pineapple effect would have been visible if I used a solid yarn, but I’m glad I took the chance to use up as much of this variegated yarn as possible.

9) Finally, I tried to add another picture to Ravelry’s pattern database by making my version of the Owl Granny Square by Sarah Zimmerman.  Normally, I wouldn’t have made this block because I always think of owls as being harbingers of death rather than cutesy craft motifs.  It turns out that Sarah’s the only editor on Rav so I can’t add the picture to the pattern database anyway :(.  Any suggestions on what to do with this block?  I sort of feel weird donating it to charity because it has buttons which present a potential choking hazard…

That’s it for me this week.  I wish I could say that I think next week will be more peaceful, but I’m sure it will be equally rushed.  Most likely, that means you will see more grannies from me!

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