Granny Squares and Stripes

24 Aug

There’s been a WIP languishing in a plastic plaid bag in this house for quite some time. I started it in May 2007 I think, judging from the Liberty receipts I found tucked at the bottom of the bag. It was a common crafting theme around then – do you remember all the ripple blankets? This pattern echoed a carpet remembered from childhood, which actually moved houses with my parents so it’s still around.  The blanket is another story.

Why didn’t I get on with this project? Apart from the bout of RSI, and some crazy colour choices a bit further along after this photo was taken, I had issues with the edges (that makes it sound like someone else was responsible, which sadly isn’t true) because they meandered so badly as I hadn’t mastered turning very well. It looked like the coastline of South America, tapering wildly and I was kidding myself that I could somehow fix it with edging.

I fixed it with frogging.

Ironically, as our American friends would probably call this an Afghan, it also weighed about the same as a Labrador. And probably would have smelled the same when it was wet. In better new, there’s another alternative on the go now. Good old granny squares.

Why pick it up again now? Partly because it’s a good, portable project. Also as an avoidance tactic because Christmas is weighing on my mind – no, really. I’m hoping to do handmade presents this year – even though the last time I did that successfully, I started in April. Meep. I think I’m avoiding selecting yarn for eight pairs of socks/beanies/clapotis and fabric for snap-frame purses/quilts/bags. I’ll just keep crocheting!

It’s not perfect either as the tension with a 4mm hook and DK wool is still quite loose, in hindsight.  It might not make for the warmest blanket, but so far I’m liking the pattern, and the concept.

I’m not thinking about the sewing together. Shhhh now.

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5 Responses to “Granny Squares and Stripes”

  1. Thimbleanna August 24, 2010 at 9:38 pm #

    LOVE your new home here Ms. Flib! So bright and sparkly and clean. Beautiful pictures AND you’ve succumbed to the lure of the granny. I’m holding it at bay — which hasn’t been one bit easy!

    • Gail Haslam September 3, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

      Well thank you! I’m loving the fact that the crochet is so portable for travelling too – though I’m mainly working on something that’s knitted right now, ironically, and carting that around.

  2. Linda September 1, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    Try crocheting the squares together…..

  3. Linda September 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm #

    Whoops….it posted before I knew it…..!
    Try crocheting the squares together as you go. If you do it all from the same side it looks wonderful and is actually better than sewing it together, as it is a stronger join and holds together much longer.

    • Gail Haslam September 3, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

      Yes I think that’s a really good idea – it would be great if I can still get that yarn in the cream colourway…

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