I have only just learned how to crochet! This is my very first project so wanted to share it with some one, and I have chosen you… When I was a little girl I remember my Grandma was very keen on crochet, I always thought it a bit “Granny bee-ish” and didn’t pay much attention, that was the late 1960’s – 70’s so style, as I remember was a bit psychedelic . I was more interested in what my other Grandma was doing, which was sewing… (I would like to tell you a little about my Grandma’s another time if I may) Now, sewing I could go on and on, and on about!
So this is how it all began for me when I realised I REALLY wanted to learn!
I looked at a few books at the written instructions, also the little charts-diagrams you come across, just could not make head nor tail of what all the ‘stitches’ were… I asked a few friends who were very patient, but still the penny did not drop. Then I came across this you tube site http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q55fHGE8iLg sat with my lap top, a crochet hook, ball of wool, and my finger hovering over the pause button one evening and learned how!!
Off I went to buy more wool in lots of yummy colours. This wool is KING COLE MERINO BLEND DOUBLE KNIT 100% super wash wool at about £3.00 (ish) a ball. Now, how many do you need??? No idea… I thought I would keep going… especially as I had the knack and couldn’t stop with the enjoyment of producing these lovely little fellas! In the end I stopped at 100 as I thought is was a good number, and the pile by my chair in the living room was quite big.
We had an off cut of carpet in the loft that I thought might do to “block” the grannies out on. It was a perfect base as the pins went into the hessian backing and stayed put even under a little tension. Out came the iron with steam setting which I hovered over the grannies. I left them on the carpet until they dried out naturally.
I was happy with the random mixed-up colours so left them as they were laid out ready to join… My next dilemma. Do I stitch or crochet together? Oh what to do??? In the end Lucy at http://www.attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-granny-sqaures.htm (just C&P this in your address bar!) gave me these tips and off I went. I was a bit fed up to start with as the grannies had minds of their own and wouldn’t sit nicely! I tamed them and got them all together.
This is the 100 grannies joined but not blocked into shape.
100 grannies all blocked out on the carpet!
I was very happy with my grannies so decided to treat them to a nice colourful boarder! I really enjoyed crocheting this part too as I had the ‘clusters’ perfected by this stage in my crochet lessons.
The boarder a little closer…
So, that is my story, and my very first blog…
Please leave me a comment, just skip past the email section, hope to hear from you soon, bye, Jay x