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.
I 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.
I 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!
When 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″.
Now 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