Longtime readers of this blog may have noticed my crafty endeavours of choice: I bake. I sew. And I cross-stitch like it’s the only thing keeping me alive (or if not actually doing it, thinking about it and wishing I were).
But turning yarn into something wearable and/or snuggly has always eluded me. I can knit scarves, provided they only use garter stitch, and years and years ago I had been taught by my grandmother to turn out rows of single crochet, but that had been long since forgotten. It was too bad, too, because I have always liked the look of granny squares and wished I could make them.
When a newsletter from the local humane society came out asking for volunteers to make blankets to send home with new adoptees, I decided it was time to bring out the big guns, er, hooks, and learn once and for all how to granny-square. It took a few different sets of instructions to finally click for me, but for the past few months, I’ve been turning out squares on a fairly regular basis. It has absolutely gotten easier the more I’ve practiced, and it makes such an excellent and productive television-watching activity: it takes much less concentration than any kind of cross-stitch, and it’s a lot easier to undo a stitch or two if I slip up.
After a few months, fully confident in my double-crochet-and-chain skills, I decided it was time to try something a little more challenging. I found an easy tutorial on Craftster, and now I feel like I’ve created an exciting new variation on that old playground greeting:
“Guess what?” “Cat butt!”
(You can see the originals here: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=440074.0) (This pattern is not my creation – I’m not good enough to attempt something like that!)
Mine’s definitely not perfect – kitty looks as though she’s got a little bit of a dislocated hip or two – but I think this was due to not being able to keep track of where my rounds started and ended. Still, for my first non-square attempt, I’m pretty pleased!
And yes, there will be pictures of blankets forthcoming.