Wow – it’s been quite a couple of weeks here and thanks to problems behind the scenes I am completely behind in blogging about any of it. There’s a whole list of posts in my head that need writing up, but I’ve also had to move my blog over from one hosting platform to another, so I’m having to learn about a whole new interface to be able to do so. So, what to do at a time like this? Reach for the crochet and stick my head in the sand of course! If you follow me on Instagram you may have seen my giant crochet granny square in progress, but I don’t think it’s made an appearance here on the blog before.
I started work on this whilst pregnant with Master C and without realising the significance I started in blue and grey. Little was I to know that Little Miss C was going to be getting a brother. Once Master C arrived it was put to one side for a while, especially as I came to terms with my Dad’s death coming so close to Master C’s arrival. Over the last year I’ve picked up the crochet hook again though and this has become my go to project for when I find I have a spare five or ten minutes, or whilst say watching LMC’s swimming lessons. The big advantage of crochet over knitting is that you can just pick it up and put it down when ever you want and you don’t need to worry about counting stitches – very useful when you have two small children to look after at the same time!
My initial plan was to just grow it for as long as I wanted to and to only use leftover yarn that I already owned. This plan started well and I’m really loving how the rounds of colour have been building up over time based on what I could find leftover from a previous project. After a while though the square became too big for the remnants I could find at home and I have to admit to having started to buy cheap balls of 100% acrylic from various pound shop type places. I figure that this blanket will end up on Master C’s bed, meaning that it will need to go in the washing machine every now and again, so being machine washable will be a huge benefit.
My crochet skills are somewhat limited to granny squares so there’s a slight fear as to what I should do when I eventually decide that this blanket is big enough. I’ve plenty of books to teach me how to do a border on it, but I’m a tad nervous if I’m totally honest. There’s also the subject of blocking – again not one of my strong points. Comparing it in size to the blanket I finished knitting after LMC was born, I need at least another two rounds on it to make it a similar size. So, maybe time to get brave about the next steps whilst I crochet round it a couple more times.