Granny squares kept me sane on my holiday

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Trips are a trip. When leaving home, there must be a strategy to keep from fiber deprivation. And so for my last trip I set out to make a crochet baby blanket.

granny4I used worsted weight cottons, mostly all were from knitpicks.com. The quality was nice and the colors were pretty close to what I was looking for. To round out my selection I had to buy a few other colors at my local yarn shop.

granny3I had been looking on Ravelry.com for inspiration, and I found a granny square sampler that sounded perfect for my trip. The pattern is free and you can find it by clicking here to get to this blog. I printed out all of the directions for the different blocks, and grabbed a handful of yarn and started the first blocks on my outbound plane ride. I couldn’t wait to start. And as it turned out, I had extra long airport waits when one flight was cancelled and I missed all of my connections! Thank goodness I had my hand work to keep me from total meltdown!

granny1When I arrived my project saved me from any boring moments (usually TV), and gave me such an excuse to relax and listen to the birds and smell the flowers. I had enough time to complete the blanket by the time I was ready to pack for home. The finished size is about 36″ x 36″.

granny2Now that it is completed, I want to make another blanket for home. I am not sure if I will do the sampler this time or a repeated design. I am leaning toward the sampler because it is so playful and never boring like a repeat design might tend to be. I will use softer colors like khaki and rust and olive. I like using cottons because cotton is perfect for Oregon’s climate.

I am so enjoying my crochet Renaissance. Granny squares have been with me for many years, and the nostalgia of them just adds to the pleasure of making them.

Whatever your art, have a creative day ~ Karen

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17 thoughts on “Granny squares kept me sane on my holiday

  1. It is absolutely enchanting and so colorful. The colors are beautiful together. I love cotton also. How many different colors did you use?

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  2. I love your granny squares, the colors are wonderful and the design of the squares. Maybe I’ll have to get my crochet needles. Thanks for the inspiration.

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  3. Wow! that blanket looks like so much fun! You got me started with crochet (after many years!) with the colorful bags–I’ve made two! one mixed colors and the other a bit more planned. Blues, cream, and a bit of yellow. Now I may just check Ravelry for the patterns for the granny squares– O well–here we go again !

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  4. Too funny as I inherited the Treasury Book of Needlecrafts and started that exact same afghan a couple of years ago! I love the nostalgia of going back to the craft books of the 60’s and 70’s and 80’s. I should have attempted this with weekly goals too so that mine would be finished and in use… Oh well perhaps this winter:)

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    • how fun! so you have the book! i just chose the squares that appealed to me and made as many as i felt like making. plus some that i found online to add in. it is just so fun it is ridiculous…

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  5. I had the BH book years ago and today found one in a thrift shop with your crochet squares. One good way to use up left over yarn. Will give it a try.. Love your colors.
    Carolyn Boutilier

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