Although I started to crochet back in the eighties as a youngster, it was only when I became an auntie, a decade ago, that I got into making granny squares. I’d seen a baby blanket made from an oversized one, in pale baby blue. I decided I wanted to make a colourful one and, it’s fair to say, got a bit obsessed.
As time went on I made lots of baby blankets from granny squares, trying to match them to my friends’ tastes. Some were striped, some plain, variegated wools worked really well. I even added an elaborate picot and shell frilly border to one in a contrasting shade which worked nicely. Cottons for summer babies, warm wool for winter babies. They are just so adaptable and easy to make.
When my own kids were born I particularly liked making them in bright colours and matching them to buggy fabrics and car seat colours.
Granny squares are so satisfying to make. I made a few really big ones as throws too, like this petrol one in 41 rounds of acrylic.
So between mostly making baby blankets and scarves for the past decade you could say I was in kind of a crochet rut, happy enough to potter along making the same kind of things really and able to chat to friends or watch TV without having to concentrate too much on my crochet. Until late last year when I started Cherry Heart/ Black Sheep Wool’s Spice of Life Crochet Along. Here is my finished one in Cherry Heart original colours but with a red border to match my colour scheme and I think it looks great with my curtains and this beautiful patchwork cushion made by a very talented friend.
I had so much fun exploring new stitches and revisiting old favourites. It’s inspired me to start trying some new projects and also got me interested in reading crochet blogs (and of course having a go at blogging as an extension of my hobby too). Which I find I am enjoying quite a lot after over thirty years of crocheting in my own little world really. It’s certainly making me want to get those unfinished objects done.