Lots of loose ends that need tying up

I'm finally starting to feel a lot more like my normal self. My poor kids have had a bit of a boring start to their summer. When the doc said that the medicine can cause sensitivity to the sun, he wasn't kidding, so I've been stuck indoors. Crocheting always seems like a good craft for times when I'm feeling under the weather. It's easy to put down at a moment's notice without having to worry about trying to find my place when I return. So I decided that it was about time that I worked out how to do a granny square. nb. The light was a bit dull this morning, but you can get a better idea of the colours of the yarn used here.
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I originally started with these 2 squares from 101 crochet squares by Jean Leinhauser.
This one didn't seem sturdy enough. I liked this one, but then thought about how many of these squares it would take to make even a small blanket. That's the point that I decided to try the basic granny square, to see if it was any quicker. It was. Even so, these granny square blankets are pretty time consuming. I'm only planning on making a small lap blanket, though, so I think I'm about half way done. Ignore all the loose threads in the pictures - I've been too lazy to weave them in yet. Then there will be joining all the squares together. I think I'm too slow a crocheter to do this very often...
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My parents will be visiting soon, so don't be surprised if you don't hear from me for a while. This month of illness has put me a tad behind on my to-do list. The first thing should probably be finally planting the plants I bought the day before I became ill. Plastering and painting will have to wait a little longer. I'm still not anywhere near to catching up on what's in my e-mail inbox. I had better check that the camping stuff is all still in good shape. And I had better make it up to my kids for keeping them cooped up indoors for the last couple of weeks...
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Talking of which, I'm being nagged to get off the computer so that we can get out of the house, so I had better get going. No translation of the day for today, sorry.

33 comments:

  1. Glad you're on the mend, and yes, get of the computer and enjoy summer with your family!

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  2. It took me a year to make my granny square lap blanket if that makes you feel any better. Weaving ends in is very dull work indeed...

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  3. I love the colours of you blanket. I think blankets are always a long drawn out labour of love, so don't worry!

    I'm glad that everyone is feeling better now - enjoy the summer!

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  4. I love your granny squares. Isn't it funny that whenever you think of doing something you pretty soon see that someone you know is doing it too! I found a big bag of chocolate, cream and oatmeal (sounds like food!)colour wool in a charity shop recently and decided that it's to become a throw made from granny squares. I was thinking that it would be a very quick project - not having crocheted since my teens - but now I'm thinking it may be a longer term project! Bx

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  5. Love the colors. I have finished one lap blanket and am on my second. I have one suggestion (it was given to me at my local yarn store). I would choose one color (colour - UK style) to crochet around each square. It will help when you have to "sew" them together, as you can use that same color yarn and it will blend in. Here is the link the blanket I made.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/7230734@N05/sets/72157620503715363/

    ps (I've lurking for over a year - I really enjoy your blog!)

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  6. Hey those squares are wonderful! Such a different, but modern color choice- as usual. I've been stocking up on some colors for mine which I will be starting over the 4th. Have you seen this (http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/2008/12/the-hexagon-blanket-tadah.html) one?

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  7. very nice granny squares!

    glad you're feeling better - enjoy your family visit!

    :)S

    PS My little one will be in first grade, too and my oldest in the third! YIKES!

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  8. Glad you are feeling better too! Love the granny squares and your color choices! I'm taking an online vacation for the month of July myself, so we'll catch up after that. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

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  9. oh, i don't know how to crochey but i wan tto learn. i love granny squares.

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  10. Love those granny squares, that is going to look lovely as a blanket! :) Hope you are feeling better & able to catch up on everything! :)

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  11. I tried to crochet a granny square blanket, but gave up after one square. Just don't seem to have enough patience.

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  12. love these granny squares the colours are so rich. Thanks for the comment on my blog you're right though the comment box is a bit confusing might just have to change the lay out

    Val

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  13. Thanks for entering my giveaway. Your granny squares are looking great! I haven't tackled anything like that yet. Maybe when it cools down in the fall:o)

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  14. How about "under the weather" for your translation of the day? I think that came from British sailors... Hope you're feeling back to your old self in time for your birthday! Granny squares are looking good, you've got a lot more patience than I have - all that switching colours every round puts me off. Enjoy having your folks around.

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  15. Wow, I love your granny squares!

    Thank you very much for visiting my blog , I was really glad to read your kind words!
    Have a nice day! Manka

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  16. Your blanket (to be) looks great - I love the colours. I think it would be perfect as a dolls one as it is if you do decide to give up.

    Honestly the pudding is so 'cheats' worthy - it's all in the illusion of looking good!

    take care,

    Nina x

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  17. That is going to be a fabulous blanket, perfect for curling up in! Have fun with your family!

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  18. wow, you've been up to some great projects!!! my favorites are the two adorable tops you made for your daughter and the flattering apron!

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  19. Hope you're feeling much better now. Love the colours in your blanket. Hope your parent's visit is going well. Mine are arriving this week for a 2 week visit. They'll be driving me bonkers within 48 hours!

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  20. Love your blanket - colours are perfect. I am about to tackle a few flowers from my new book.( See my blog) Haven't crocheted much for years. Hope you are feeling better!

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  21. Hi Dawn! I miss your creations ...
    I hope everything is OK with you.
    many greetings:Manka

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  22. Hi! I've always been fascinated by Granny Squares, but I can't crochet. I better start learning.

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  23. Granny squares are a true work from the heart because does take time to connect the squares. But just think, you've made a treasured heirloom! :)

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  24. Missing you - hope everything is good with you!

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  25. My mum always did "a granny a day for the month of May" and ever since i left home I have too. Cant ever let May go by without a crochet hook in my hand! Lisa

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  26. have you finished that granny square blankie yet? We're still waiting for the end pics, you know.

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  27. Your squares look wonderful. Love the colors. OR should I saw colours? *S*

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  30. me gusto mucho tu blog...felicitaciones, se nota que lo haces con mucho amor.

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  31. I want to learn to crochet, even if I only ever make Granny squares, they're so captivating!

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