Tuesday, 13 September 2011

A New Obsession ...

I have always been known to whip out the knitting needles at various times throughout my life. Recently I had a strong urge to get the needles out again and knit Henri (my fur baby) a wee jumper in preparation for the colder months.

I found a pattern, bought some wool and set to it. Along the way, I changed a few of the instructions and made it to fit my wee boy. It's no masterpiece but my objective was achieved to the best of my ability. I'm no pro but had the confidence to change a few things along the way.

Crocheting - on the other hand has always been a bit of a nemesis to me. I have bought a few books, had good intentions but alas I have failed in the crochet stakes.

That was until a few days ago ...

Having found a pattern for a Retro-style crochet throw in a magazine I could not help but fall in love. I decided that this was going to be my next 'evening' project that would keep me from playing scrabble on facebook (another obsession!!!).

I have long desired a blanket for the back of my sofa in cream with oceanic colours.

Finding the right wool was the first hurdle, I found Rowan Pure Wool Aran which I loved the feel of but wasn't sure if the colours were quite right. My lounge is more of a duck-egg blue. But eventually I decided that no, I couldn't wait (my obsession was that great).

I spent about four hours making a classic 'granny square' - much undoing, throwing it on the floor and swearing before I had my 'Eureka' moment and finally got it!!

12 Granny-squares later and I am loving how this blanket is coming along.

I've decided that it will consist of 10 squares in each row by 10 rows!!

Am I mad???

I love how the colours come together but I have ordered a few softer tones to balance out the darker turqoise, grey (mole) and dark green. I can't wait for them to arrive.

I reckon it will take me most of the next three months to complete it but it's so therapeutic to crochet a square here and there that it really doesn't feel like a chore.

I am in heaven with my crochet.


barb's creations said...

I've been crocheting on and off for over 30 years and once you start you'll never stop,you may take a break because it's too hot to work with wool but once the cooler weather arrives out will come that trusty hook again.
Welcome to the crochet club :) Barb.
P.S:I've just blogged about a knee rug I'm crocheting at the momet if you want to have a look :)

susan said...

Can't go wrong with a granny rug. Got one or two myself. Love the colours you are using.

The AfterCraft said...

This is THE project I want to do when I start crocheting.. I can do a chain... however quilting seems to occupy my time.

I do have a faux granny square quilt pattern.. is that settling?

Ly + Alan said...

Caroline that looks so great! I am awful at crocheting and have tried so many times to no avail...perhaps I should dust off my needles and yarn again to give it another go...

Lynda said...

Go for it! Aything which exercises the old grey cells and gives you a buzz is great! You're not mad, you're inspired!

Wendy said...

Hey, well done you for giving it a go. Your squares look fantastic! Let me know if you need any help along the way. Have you thought about how you're going to join the squares?