Thursday, March 28, 2013

Granny Square Variation

This idea has been in my head for awhile now. I've seen quite the variety of Granny Square blankets. It's amazing how one basic design can look so different based on something so simple as color change. I decided to do a little Granny Square Variation study to explore the most common styles of Grannies.
Basic Granny Square, 7 Ways

Square #1 -  Solid Granny. No color changes; the purest granny of all.

 Square #2: A different color every round, this granny is perhaps the most chaotic, but also ideal for stash-busting projects.

 Square #3: By using one color for the very center round, and a solid color surrounding it, this granny ends up with a tiny cross in the center. This style is simple and beautiful, especially when used in large groupings.

 Square #4: In this granny square, ever other round is the main color. When colors are separated by 1 round (or odd rounds) a wonderful striping occurs as the square gets larger. I think I'd enjoy a large, continuous granny square blanket with this pattern repeat. ;)

 Square #5: Alternating colors for each round results in a busy, yet cohesive look.

 Square #6: I've always thought grannies done in this style were like a faux-flower. It definitely saves the time of making a flower-square!

 Square #7: Um, hello gorgeous. Few design elements are as stunning as a color gradient, in my opinion.  A blanket full of these guys would be incredible and drool worthy.

I'm sure there are more square variation. I know of one I haven't included: a ric-a-rac style granny, where 1 color is repeated for 2 rounds, creating a zig-zag effect. I opted out of including that style, because I didn't think it would show very well- I tried to keep each square to 5 rounds.

I generally blog about things I'm already making, as opposed to making things specifically to blog them. This is a pretty rare instance where I made these guys with no other reason but to post them here on the inter-webs. This leads me to my next question: what to do with 7 seemingly random granny squares??

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Yellow! (Finished!)

 I can show off this project now: Tah-Dah! A super simple blanket I made for a friend! She's getting married in approximately 2 months -today was the bridal shower- and at the moment is a quite in love with the color yellow (as well as her fiance... should probably mention him too).

I found some granny square blankets on Pinterest that were solid like this and found it surprisingly beautiful. I like the hidden "X"s that pop out when you look from afar.

Just a 7 round granny square, joined-as-you-go, with an ecru white border (I opted for 2dc clusters, as you see, for a speedy finish).

It's not huge; just a throw size. JoAnn's stopped carrying this color yellow. Good thing I bought as much as I did!!

Tasseled corners. They're for fun.

Here's an up close view of the tassels. I love the simplicity of the blanket- as long as the color matches, this blanket will look appropriate anywhere. Of course after I wrapped it up the thought occurred to me to add some doilies to it Dottie Angel style, but oh well. It is what it is, as they say. :)

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Flowers Inspired by Lucy

Daffodil Pattern via Attic24!

Japanese Quince Flower: Pattern via Attic24!

Flowers are my favorite thing to crochet. And Lucy's Attic24 blog has been a favorite of mine for years now! My ultimate plan is to make a whole slew of these flowers, string them up on a garland and display them on my front door. Can't wait to finish it!

Project Storage 101

If you frequent the internet (blogs, in particular), you'll notice that quite a lot of things are perfect. Perfect hair styles, perfect houses, perfect organization, perfect project rooms.
Since I have a blog, but I'm not a "blogger" (I do not update regularly, nor do I have sponsors), I thought I'd share a bit of the real life with you all.
Project Storage 101
Step 1: Buy excessive amounts of yarn.
Step 2: Stick it in a bag. Out of bags? A box will do nicely...

That's it! Project Storage in the real world for all B-Types and Right-Brainers.
My mantra is "good enough!"


Thursday, March 7, 2013

Knit Picks is the BEST

Whenever someone asks me
'who has the best yarn?'
I always-always answer:

Beautiful colors,
beautiful textures,
beautiful results.

 Fingering weight merino/cashmere blend. Another hat for myself.
"Another hat?" my charming husband echoed.
"Yes, another. It's not like you can have too many," I replied. I thought that much was obvious.

 Some colors I was wanting to see in person. They may or may not become a gift for a very special person. Not a word more from me on that subject!!

 Okay, so their "Golden Heather" was a Goodbye item. Call me crazy, but I have a general yarn policy that if you find a good yellow you buy it up. Because, for some reason, yarny yellows are lacking in general. Too buttery, too orangey, too acidic. Just one big sweeping "miss".

 Mhm, yellow! I have a cardigan pattern that may be perfect for this....

This is "Planetarium" - it's the base of a baby boy blanket I'll be working over the next couple of weeks in anticipation of a new arrival (my cousins, not my own). I love baby blankets, so full of joy and hope and excitement. And then you wrap newbie up and they spit up and drool and their diaper explodes all over the precious handmade blanket, and you sigh with relief that it's washable.

Hope you enjoyed your look at my new yarn!