If you read my last post, you will recall the lovely windfall of yarn that I received. Still so blessed by that! Anyway, I couldn’t wait to start a project using some of those glorious fibers. I picked out several skeins of the same soft-textured yarn. I had six different colors, but not the same amount of each. Undeterred, I began making granny squares. This was my first group. Those colors make me smile – so bright and cheery!
Let me insert here, that granny squares, while easy to make and great for scraps, are not my favorite things to make. Why? Because of all the joining you have to do to finish the project. Ugh. They do look so nice when they are done, though. They are also great for when you have just a few minutes of time. I like to take my bag while riding in the vehicle, sitting on the couch watching a movie, or even while the kids are doing seatwork. Before you know it, you have a stack of completed squares.
After using up all the yarn, I had an unequal number of squares of each color. That meant that I had to put together a random arrangement of squares – not my best mad skill. I really don’t do random things very well. But after about 30 minutes, I had the squares arranged in a sufficiently random-yet-balanced way that was pleasing to the eye. My eye, at least.
Then came the fun part – the joining of all those blocks. This is where I really wanted to shove it all in a bin and forget about it. Maybe bring it out for my grandkids to finish one day. But I did not quit. I steeled my nerve, and set to the task at hand with a vengeance. Once I got started, it was not too bad, and it went rather quickly. I used the single crochet joining method rather than slip stitching them all together. I think it gives a little more definition to each block, as well as a bit of texture with the raised ridge.
After I finished all the joining, I went around the edge with single crochet, then again with a shell stitch, giving it a lovely little scalloped edge. I love shells on the edge of my blankets! This is the finished product.
Project completed. Happy me! :) Now I need to sell it… Anyone need a baby blanket?