Tag Archives: granny squares

Killing Time, Granny Style

16 Apr

I have a dilemma.

I don’t want to start any long-and-involved projects before the baby gets here, but I also don’t want to sit around twiddling my (granted, Miss Piggy-esque) thumbs together & doing nothing.

I want to have a transportable project available to take with me to doctor’s appointments and hospitals to combat the “sitting around being bored” syndrome, but I don’t want to have to take a pattern with me, nor do I want something so involved I’ll have to stop counting and/or rip out a row to get back on track the next time I work on it.

Translation:  I want a project I can work on for five minutes, put down for three days, then pick up again & still be on track.

Solution?  Granny Squares.  And rectangles.  And pillow cases.  LOTS of them!

...a pillow case for the baby's room...

...a girlie granny throw made with alpaca homepspun...

...green-and-white-and-blue cotton WIP...

The problem is that granny squares projects work up quickly.  Like, Oh-dear-I-just-sat-down-and-now-I’m-out-of-yarn-again quickly.  Lucky for me everyone I know seems to be stocking up on babies, so I’ve got plenty of Welcome to Earth projects to keep me busy.  I’ve also used up my entire stock of scrap yarn – I started an awesome ALL-THE-COLORS granny quilt that will likely take years to finish (it’s an experiment in asymmetry…we shall see how my brain copes with the lack of perfection):

And, since I discovered that the amount of arthritis/swelling/pain in my fingers doesn’t subside even when I DON’T make lovely yarny things (and likely won’t subside again until baby gets here), I switched to some back post/front post double crochets and kept hooking – I made another pillow case:

And a throw blanket for Nina & Fraidy Cat, made entirely of scrap yarn from my Dr Who Scarf, which the kittens refuse to snuggle (because the box from our Roomba is a much more appropriate cat bed, obviously).

...handmade blanket-in-a-basket = definitely less comfortable than a cardboard box...

 

I’ve got enough yarn to finish one or two more projects… think it’ll last me until baby boy arrives?

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88 is a LOT.

3 Jul

Here, my friends, are 88 granny squares all yarned together.

That’s right! My super secrety project was an awesome granny quilt for my friends Dennis and Holly (the ones with the chickens, don’t you know), who are either about to get married or just got married (depending on when you read this post).

Isn’t it happy?

perspective: cell phone + kitten

And because we all know I think wrapping paper is one of the most wasteful things ever:

Congratulations, Dennis and Holly!  I hope you enjoy your 88 awesome granny squares for at least the next 88 years!

Stained Glass Awesome

15 Mar

*whew*  I made it back to Crochetlandia.

I also worked up this awesome stash buster, which started like this:

 

NO SUCH THING AS TOO MANY GRANNY SQUARES!

And ended up looking rather like a stained glass window:

 

Groovy, man.

I love how patchworky and rustic it looks… I think the fuzzy dark blue yarn (left over from my granny sweater, dontcha know) really adds to the effect. I don’t usually like things with this many different colors, but for some reason I really like this combination.

Anyway, it’s not big enough to be a blanket, but the only color I’ve got left is the dark blue.   Maybe it’ll be the front of a pillow or something.  We’ll see.  In the meanwhile, Nina thinks it’s the perfect size for her.    =)

 

Smells like a nap to me!

 

Granny What Now?

9 Feb

Did you know that there’s a difference between a Granny Triangle and a Granny Half-Square?

You did? Smarty Pants.  =)

For the rest of you, check this out:

 

Granny Half Square

Granny Half Squares are flat on the bottom and involve adding an extra dc into the first and last “granny group” of each row.  For a refresher course, check out my ridiculously awesome tutorial!

 

Granny Triangles, on the other hand, are worked without turning the piece, and have three distinct roundy edges (and yes, that’s the scientific term):

 

Granny Triangle

For an awesome Granny Triangle tutorial, check out Carina’s craft blog – she’s got pictures and everything!

Nina is extremely smart, as you may know, and was able to correctly identify the Granny Triangle on her first attempt!

 

Smartest. Kitten. Ever.

 

In case you were hoping for a kitten-less shot (though I can’t imagine why), here you go:

AND… in case you were hoping for a bit more humor in today’s post, I just want you all to know that WordPress recommended I tag Cloris Leachman, the United States, and Constellation Maps in this post.  Then, when I typed those three things, it updated my recommended tags to include Go Daddy and a related article about a Grannie attacking thug bikers (which I’ve included below).  WordPress ROCKS.

 

Half a Square, Squared. Sort of.

13 Jan

A helpful tutorial for your hooking pleasure, which, if you were to want to make tomorrow’s Free Pattern Friday, you might want to pay attention to…dun da da DUUUUUUUN:

The Half Granny Square

1. Start by chaining 6 & joining with a sl st to make a ring.

 

try not to let your kitten eat your crochet hook.

2. ch3, 3dc, ch3, 4dc (YES, I said 4!)

 

aww, isn't it cute?

3. ch3, 3dc in the space between the first 2 st of the previous row, (3dc, ch3, 3dc) in next sp, 4(YES, 4!)dc in the space between the last 2 st of the previous row.

4. forget to take a picture of step three.

5. do the whole thing over again — 4 dc in the spaces between the first & last stitches, 3dc in all the other spaces, & treat the top as your corner (3dc, ch3, 3dc).

 

it's the trifecta of triforce triatha-chets (except for that pesky 4dc shell on each end)...

6.  repeat the pattern over and over and over and over and over and…

 

three is a magic number (except when it's 4).

7…over and over and over and… well, you get the idea.  If you make this big enough it will turn into a pretty sweet looking shawl.  Mine is almost big enough for the Travelocity gnome (oh yeah, he wears shawls!  Airplanes get cold!)  Just sayin’.

 

More Granny Stars? Well… Okay then!

27 Oct

I may or may not be obsessed with Granny Stars.  I may or may not be turning them into everything I can think of, including…

…deliciously fuzzy baby washcloth sets…

sooo warm and fuzzy!

…coasters…

super cute granny stars!

…and, because a lady in Texas told me they were “adorable”,  some ultra tiny Christmas Ornaments…

tiny and cute!

Most of these items are available at my Etsy shop, but I’m saving a few ideas for my upcoming craft show in Alexandria, VA on December 4th!  Hooray!  Granny Stars ROCK, yo.  *grin*  })i({

I Don’t Want to Talk About It.

24 Aug

Attaching my delicious circles (https://ahappyone.wordpress.com/2010/08/13/circle-gets-the-square/) proved to be a bit of a challenge.  First I  laid them all out & chained the ends together like this:

Next Step, this:

It looked great right up until the point where it started looking like death:

So I tried this, which also looked like death:

And this (deadly, deadly death):

Next came this (which, oddly enough coincided almost exactly with a dramatic decrease in productivity):

And finally:

Aaaaaaahhh.  So neat.  So tidy!  So delightfully easy to hook together! So… rectangular.  *ahem*     I ran out of yarn & haven’t gotten any more yet, so you’ll just have to wait to see what the finished product looks like.  Happy Tuesday!  })i({