Sunday, May 25, 2014

Granny Blanket Done!

Greetings from the back porch!  The weather is gorgeous, and my company has four legs and the sweetest face ever!  I am a happy camper.  I finished my latest granny square blanket.  I am so pleased with it.  I am also pleased with the fact that my leg is definitely on the mend.  I was actually able to get out on the porch and clean off the pollen and get my plants outside.  This is progress!

Now the blanket...what do you think?  My favorite part is that teal blue border!  I get crochet giddiness when I ree that blue with red.   I love the combo!

Then when I see it pop agains the black in this ottoman, well, I have no words!   Don't you want to dive right in this photograph!   

Phoebe gave it her approval too.  :)   

Just a few notes on the blanket.  

1 - I joined my squares as I worked the blanket.  I am really getting to the point where I prefer this method.   

2 - I put in a round of small solid grannies.  It slowed the whole process down, but the effect is completely worth it.   It is important that you be mindful with the rows after the single squares...I had to go back and take rows out down to that row of solid grannies because I had too many stitches and it would not lie flat.   

3 - it is my preference to have a nice thick border on the blanket.  I worked it in half double crotchets.   

4 - I apologize for all the red, but I just can't help it!!!!    

5 - This is the perfect project for using up those scrap acrylic yarns.  I did supplement mine with some more colors, but it is mostly what I had on hand.

Now that the blanket is finished, it fueled the fan for more hookiness.  I am now obsessed.  I want to start another blanket, but cannot decide what I want to do so in the meantime I am doing...

See below

How fun are these!!!   Perfect creative outlet.  The possibilities are endless.

Blinged out with some embroidery and little crochet flowers, or

Crocheted up in a nice fluorescent green.

I threw I this triangle granny...not sure why, just pondering.

I have more done, but they are drying and blocking.   

I hope everyone has a great week!

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Granny Blankets Are Good For My Soul!!

Thank you all for the encouraging emails and comments!!!!   I do believe my little black cloud has lifted!

I am a happy girl!  I have become obsessed with my latest granny blanket.  All I needed was a reason to start one.  I have a family member that will be going through some major surgery very soon, so I decided to make him a blanket to recuperate under!   I had two tubs full of acrylic yarn and started out with no plan at all, although I did have an idea of what I wanted.

As you can see it has grown to blanket size, and it is very bright and cherry.  We had such a pretty day yesterday I took it out on the deck to snap some pictures of it.   

And Phoebe was so willing to pose with it.   

Here is a close up of the center.  I am joining the squares as I go.  This is now my preferred method....I used to sew my squares together.   

I love the moment when a project comes to life.  This one took awhile to get to that point for me.  I think it is because I omitted the black.  I love that traditional granny bordered with the black.   And I was really kinda hating I had left it out for a while, but not now!!!! 
I am now working on the border.  I should have it done this week....but then I have about a zillions ends to weave in!!!  I haven't wove in a single thread!!  (It's not easy being lazy!). 
I am happy to report I am walking boot free and cane free!  But still not pain free.  PT started last week.   I am following orders and doing my therapy at home.too.  Boy!  This is not easy!!!   I can walk up a flight of stairs normally, but I still cannot go down them normally, I am having to do one at a time.  But it is definite improvement over just a couple of weeks ago!!!!
I am also going to the grocery store and cooking again!!!  Yay!!!!  Tonight we are having roast with some carrots and potatoes.  I also have some homemade soup done for lunches this week.   Hubs has done a great job with getting the meals done, groceries bought, etc....but I was seriously missing some of my favorite dishes!
I hope everyone has a great week!!!!