Friday, January 15, 2016

Granny Square, revisited

 

Winter is here. I'm still resisting a little, though I try not to. I want to love it, with it's sideways wind and little pellets of ice hitting me in the face like a thousand tiny knives. Winter, show me your appeal, truly! I will be your servant! Sigh. I light candles and imagine fair isle ski sweaters and hot cocoa with whipped cream...mmm....the catdog scoots up onto the sofa, and sprawls her whole toasty self on my feet, which is so nice of her, and wedges her nose behind my knee. Gives a long, rattly sigh and goes inert. No dog has ever been as happy to snuggle as this catdog is. I can't believe our luck that we've found each other.

I am crocheting, a giant granny square using up the scraps--and I mean to actually use them up, too, even those teensy leftovers, which is going to mean a million ends to weave in, but let's not think about that just now. Obviously, leftovers and scraps are continuously regenerating themselves, so it's lucky there can never be too many granny square blankets, am I right? What is it about the grannies, anyway, that make them so appealing in so many ways? They have the comforting repetition of simple dc stitches, and the bohemian virtues of thrift and color, so abundantly. Goodness, I love granny squares. I try to crochet other motifs, for the sake of variety, but none are as wonderful as the original, so I come back to it, again and again. Granny, you are the bomb. And so, another big blanket begins.

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  1. There is nothing more satisfying than a granny blanket to snuggle under in these wintry days.

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  2. I love granny blankets too and scrappy ones are my favourites. Yours has a lovely mix of colours, hope it keeps you warm :)

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  3. I love granny square blankets. These colors are really great!

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    1. Thanks very much--there will be a lot of gray coming into it in the next few rounds. :)

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  4. Hi there! I've been a silent reader here for a long time, but I couldn't help commenting this time. Have you ever tried a Russian Join? It makes color changes a challenge if you want them in a precise spot, but it eliminates weaving ends completely (well, except for the very end of course). If you don't mind your color changes going willy-nilly all over the place, it's great. I hope that helps, and thank you for writing such a lovely blog! ^_^

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    1. Oooh, great idea! This is the perfect project for Russian Joining--I hadn't thought of it, but am going to start doing it right away. Thanks for the tip! :)

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  5. Love this blanket! And you are so right, granny squares are the bomb. Perfect project for the Winter. : )

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    1. It's big enough to start keeping me warm already, yay! :)

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  6. Hi Kristen! What a lovely new blanket in the making, it looks soft and squishy!!!
    Happy crocheting!
    Ingrid xx
    Myfunkycrochet.blogspot.be

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  7. Your blanket is looking lovely! I'm working on a Granny Stripe (my first) and it's so very comforting and satisfying - winter just landed properly here in the UK too and it's such a soothing way to spend the dark evenings. But as I have so, so many scrap pieces of yarn a giant Granny Square will be my next project, thanks for the inspiration. xxx

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    1. The Granny Stripe is a wonderful one, too--I'm glad you're enjoying! Happy crocheting! :)

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  8. I am a lover of the 'true' granny square with bits of left overs. I even made a blanket using 8 row grannies so that I could keep going back to my tiniest pieces to make the first few rows. It is still today one of my favourite crochet makes ever. Yours is going to be really vibrant and honest - like a granny blanket should be. Jo x

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    1. The scrappier they are, the better I like them! :)

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    2. Thanks for popping over and taking a look at my white shirt, I am definitely going to do it again with my favourite bobbly black skirt. Jo x

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  9. You know where you are with a 'Granny'. Keep cosy.x

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  10. I feel the very same way about grannies!

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  11. Even though it's summer here, you've got me completely inspired to make a giant granny square blanket now!! A perfect way to use up the ridiculous amount of wool I seem to have accumulated.

    Have a fab week hon.
    Leah

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    1. Leah! Hiya, friend! Yours will be smashing, I know it already. :)

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  12. Beautiful with perfect colors!!!!!!!!!!!Have a nice day my friend!!!!Kisses!!

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  13. Love your description of your dear catdog sighing as she settles in. My dog does that too. Gail

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    1. Oh, it's the best ever, isn't it? :)

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  14. you don't have to think about the granny, that's why it's so appealing plus they are just so easy to do & easy on the eyes (usually) they are always very cheery!
    love your blanket & your catdog!
    thanx for sharing

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    1. So true. Simple, cheerful, economical--they really do check all the boxes, don't they? :)

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  15. Hello from the tip of Long Island! I recently found your blog and it swiftly is a favorite. Our weather is similar, probably slightly milder. We also have a rescue dog, from South Carolina. He also is extremely cuddly and lovey, probably a little bigger than cat dog, and he even looks a little like your dog.
    I am teaching myself to knit and crochet. I resisted learning from my mom as a child. It was hard for me to sit still then! She has been gone for many years. The arts of knitting and crochet are not widely known now, thus my internet search for tutorials, tips, patterns which ultimately led me to your blog.
    I recently acquired two granny afghans my mother crocheted in the 1970s. One is blue, one red, each is a giant granny square, similar to what you are making but the colors aren't as creative.
    This week I have been pondering a simple beginner's book (thrifted!) and watching YouTube clips on how to crochet a granny square. I've been knitting for about 4 years, still a beginner, progressing slowly. With crochet I am all thumbs, but I will eventually "get it." I plug away in my free time. I live in a small, tight knit (!) community where women will sometimes offer hands-on teaching, and sometimes just laugh, because my learning attempts are clumsy.
    I'm glad I found your blog. Many things you write about, also preoccupy me. I take apart clothes and re-sew them into something new. Before I found your blog, I crocheted a trim onto the bottom of a favorite cotton sweater, in an attempt to mend it and make it more current. I was amazed when I found you had done the same thing! I see I should keep going, make it a bit longer. Inspiration!!
    Thank you! Your blog is wonderful. Emphasizes good values, not being wasteful, recycling, creativity, artistry, thriftiness. I am a baby-boomer. There are so many of us -- Earth probably cannot sustain all wanting brand new items every time something goes out of style or needs mending. I think about this often and feel it's important. I don't have a blog but I do write a local newspaper column.

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    1. Thank you very much, and congratulations on embarking on your (hopefully very long) yarn journey! Welcome to the tribe, and may you enjoy many happy yarny hours at your hook and needles. Blessings to you. xoxo

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  16. You manage to make even your bits look artistic. How do you manage that, Kristen? I agree with your love of granny anything--rows, squares, gigantic rectangles.

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  17. Aaahhh the most cozy winter project. Grannying away with that beautiful bowl of yarn bits. It's going to be glorious.

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  18. I love it! I think things made with scraps have so much personality to them.

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  19. It is going to be a beauty. Love the cat-dog stories, such a snuggler.
    Hugs and stay warm,
    Meredith

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  20. It is my favourite! Granny square in immortal! :)

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  21. I love this colorful granny square! I remember that my granny had absolutely the same thing at her old house! it reminded me of childhood.

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  22. I love everything you make! And you do it so fast!
    For your granny square blanket do you use different types of wool (different thickness) or you use only one type of wool in different colors? Ala

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    1. There are all different things in my granny squares. Since gauge is not important, I choose yarns based on color and weight (though I will use DK, worsted, and aran all in the same project) and not so much about fiber content. I don't machine wash them, so it always works out just fine. :)

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