After finally finishing my ripple blanket, my fingers got itchy for another long-term crochet project. Many great options presented themselves, a bobble blanket maybe chief among them, but I had a lot of yarn left over from the ripple that I felt like needed to be used. On the other hand, I didn't want to make something in exactly the same color way, so I ADDED to the yarn collection I was trying to use up (there is a twisted logic in there somewhere, I hope:) by purchasing all the rest of the solid colors in the I Love This Cotton yarn that is sold by Hobby Lobby.
|Completed squares so far|
Anyway, my inspiration blanket is Kristen's summer cottage blanket. If you love beautiful crochet and knitting -- among other things -- then you will love her blog, aptly named Cozy Things. I don't really imagine that mine will end up looking quite as lovely as that, especially not with the colors I am using, but I am making it like hers, and will use her directions to join the squares when I get to that part.
For the granny square itself, I followed Jacquie's instructions here, on her blog Bunny Mummy, which is another very happy and helpful crochet site. It's an 11-round granny square, changing colors each round. The colors are random, and once I use a color I don't reuse it until all the other colors have been used. That forces me to pick the colors that are not on the 'favorites' list. There is no master plan, I just start with a color and then the next is chosen, and then the next..... Each square is a 'surprise' when it is finished, which adds to the pleasure and anticipation for me.
|Yes, it's a little psychedelic|
The only bad things are: 1) it is not super portable, since you have to drag around ALL those colors of yarn and 2) this:
It will be a good while before this is done, maybe not until next winter. But I have a totally unreasonable fear of running out of things to do, and I certainly don't have to fear that as long as I have projects like this to keep me busy.