Granny Squares Ahoy!

16 Jul

So for a long time I’ve wanted to make a blanket out of my yarn leftovers, like how grandmothers make blankets for their granddaughters out of scraps from the dresses she’s made them. I hadn’t started it because I was worried about when to start it, as in, “When do I have enough scraps that it counts as ALL of my scraps?”, and also because I couldn’t decide on an afghan pattern.

And then, through this blog, I found my way to this blog, where I found this pattern. And then it was all over. Not only had I found the right pattern, I needed to start RIGHT NOW THIS VERY SECOND. After doing a little bit of oh-no-I-haven’t-crocheted-in-about-a-bajillion-years remembering, and two ripped out beginnings, I was on my way.

This is my first square:

Lumpy square is lumpy.

Square Number One (16/7/2011): Araucania Nature Wool Multy, Nashua Handknits Champlain and Cascade Jewel Handpaints.

As you can see, it is far from perfect. I ended up with an extra set of 3tr in the second round, which made it rather lumpy. But I’m pretty proud of it, because it’s the first thing I’ve crocheted in years. The middle green is Araucania Nature Wool Multy, which I made this hat from, the middly bit is Nashua Handknits Champlain, which is one of my many monsters, Kat the Kitchen Monster, and the outside is Cascade Jewel Handpaints, which is another monster, Claude the Closet Monster. All three of these came from two different Webs grab bags (an unhealthy addiction), and I promise the colors looked better together in scrap-form rather than square-form.

But, despite kind of gross colors, and a lumpy appearance, I forged on.

Tails, or tentacles?

Square Number Two (16/7/2011): Malabrigo Chunky, Misti Alpaca Chunky Solids and Cascade Yarns Lana Grande.

Square number two is a Beast made from chunky yarn. The middle blue is Malabrigo Chunky, which is both Charlena the Ceiling Monster and Florence’s cosy, the lighter grey is Misti Alpaca Chunky Solids, which I graciously made these mittens for my mom even though it is the softest yarn ever and I want all of it for me forever, and the outside is Cascade Yarns Lana Grande, which is my Hufflepuff Scarf. It is decidedly less lumpy, though of course needs to be blocked. It is also reeeeeally soft, thanks to all that Malabrigo and baby alpaca goodness.

It's all cute and little and princess-y!

Square Three is the square that really made me realize how much I knit with grey apparently. The middle is Noro Cash Iroha, which was a square in a different afghan, the second round is Malabrigo Worsted, which was both an elephant for my friend spending a semester in Africa and a teddy bear for my mom for Christmas, and the outside is Classic Elite Moorland, which is Lurleen the Laundry Monster. I knit things other than stuffed animals sometimes I swear I never knit things other than stuffed animals apparently.

It looks like it's scratching its head! Life as an afghan square must be awfully confusing.

Square Number Four (16/7/2011): Debblie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky, Valley Yarns Lenox and Rowan Cocoon.

Square Four is probably the neatest square, in terms of pre-blocking goodness. The middle is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Chunky and was my needing to knit to stay alive mittens, the pink is Valley Yarns Lenox and was another project I can’t believe I gifted, and the outside is Rowan Cocoon oh my god I had forgotten how much I love this yarn I need to knit everything out of it but currently only have a cowl I don’t wear for no good reason.

So! Here it goes. Giant afghan out of mismatched sized squares that I have no idea how to attach together. I am super excited about it, but unfortunately, despite the fact that it kind of ought to be, it isn’t actually portable at all, because this is what the collection of yarn I’m using for it looks like:

Can I just roll around in it for the rest of my life?

A giant pile of yarn.

It lives in an overflowing Webs bag that explodes yarn out of it whenever I pick it up. Hence, it is an at-home project, but that’s good, because then I’ll still work on my other WIPs which are totally getting worked on as soon as I’m done with this post.


One Response to “Granny Squares Ahoy!”

  1. Maia July 17, 2011 at 12:57 am #

    Granny squares are awesome! I’m currently working on a blanket as well made from them. Remind me to show it to you when we get back to LU!

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