May 10, 2011

It's About Time...

If you've been reading my blog for a while (well, actually a long while), you might remember when I started making these granny squares. (August 2009!) Handsome and I took a long road trip, and I crocheted granny squares while he drove.

I made lots of squares - eighty to be exact - and bordered many of them in a beautiful solid cream color. I had a project in mind when I did them, but they've been sitting in my project bag all this time patiently awaiting my attention.

I decided that I would take my Nantucket Diddy Bag, loaded with all my squares to Panera's last night and try to finish adding the last creamy border to each square. My friend, Krisann asked what was in my bag. I showed her one finished square and she said, "It's been a long time since I've seen you crochet. How many are there?" I proceeded to pull them all of them out of the bag as we counted.

Now, you need to hear Krisann's laughter to know how absolutely joyful it sounds. When she saw how many there were, she just broke up. We all laughed together, as her laugh is so infectious. I had to explain that I had crocheted them all, only in the car, while we were on our 5,000 mile round trip.

I'm not getting back into our vehicle to finish them, but I assure you this project has been on the back burner long enough. Time to wrap up a UFO, don't you think? I haven't been able to sit in the studio to work on my Summertime quilt lately. I'm just too restless to concentrate right now. But finishing this project should be easier.

I'll get to work on completely all the squares and then I'll show you my grandmother's inspiration so you get an idea of where I'm going. (Hint: It's not an afghan.) There is not pattern, but I think I'll be able to finish it with a little help from my crochet mentors Adele, Beula, Tammy and Krisann. More pictures soon, I promise.

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Twyla and Lindsey said...

I was wondering about those granny squares! I can't wait to see what you are making with them. If not an afghan, I am stumped! Twyla

sweetjeanette said...

I haven't crocheted in years! I'm more a visual person than read-the-directions (I usually sit down with someone who shows me what they mean and I write the directions down for me LOL)
I remember, though, as a teenager taking my crocheting with me on a long trip. Sitting in the front seat as my dad drove... somehow (honestly, I don't know how!) there was yarn caught up in the air conditioning vents! When my dad sold the vehicle years later he was still pulling strands out!!! I'm looking forward to your finished pics.

Patty C. said...

I can't wait to see your project - The squares look lovely ;)

Sunnybec said...

I have some squares too, I am using any scraps of wool I have, even old cardigans I have unpicked. Its a long process but eventually it will be a blanket. My Mum did one, which now my niece has. Looking forward to seeing your finished project.

Mandy said...

Welcome back! I'm intrigued by the crochet squares and how you will put them all together. Have fun!

Quiltin' Sandy said...

Hi Donna, I haven't done granny squares for years, but I still remember how relaxing it was. I love the colours you have used, and I'm looking forward to seeing what the final result will be. :)

Sherri said...

Donna, I can't wait to see the project complete! I'm sure it will be wonderful just like all your other beautiful things!! My great grandmother made an afghan out of granny squares for all her grandsons (one being my father) wives. That is 4 in all. She made them all different colors and outlined each square in black. My Mom still has that afghan saved in the hope chest that was my great grandmothers!

Madame Samm said...

I never learned to crochet, I do knit though, sew I am thinking a shawl..you are making a shawl ...?
lovely yarn btw.

Carol at Serendipity said...

Donna,

Good morning! So good to see you back. I can't wait to see what non-afghan project you are making???

See you Friday!

Carol

Carol said...

Verrrrry Intresssssting! All those squares and not an afghan. I am guessing a shawl. What else could you turn 80 squares into. Hmmm. Give us a hint!!

I love to crochet. Its my transitional craft, transition from fall to winter. The time when you can't be warm outside, can't get focused sewing and brood over the change in season. Its a very mind occupying craft, yet allows you to chat while you work.
BTW, I like the yarn color.
xx, Carol

Mary Ann said...

Good morning Donna! The granny squares are so pretty. You are such an inspiration with your many creative talents!

Raspberries and Rose Petals said...

Good Morning Donna!

LOVE the colors of your granny squares! Can't wait to see what you're making with them...I can't imagine anything other than an afghan with this many! I'm curious!

Hugs!
Lori

Createology said...

I adore your granny squares in those soft creamy colors. I love to crochet and yes my Grandma taught me how to make lots of patterns and things. I do not have a clue what you will do with these if not an afghan and 80 squares would make a really large pillow. It will feel so good to complete your granny square project. Happy crocheting...

MosaicMagpie said...

Not an afghan??? I remember learning to crochet from an elderly lady in our neighborhood. My friend and I went to her apartment and she taught us the joy of crochet. Still crocheting 40 years later.
Deb

BLISS angels said...

I start crocheting when the weather starts to turn cooler ,while watching tv with it getting bigger and bigger.. when it keeps my whole legs warm it's done...then I start agin with new colors next fall... I want to try a blue one this year, robin blue.

Michelle May (Shell) said...

I love those. There is something so cozy about them. I can just see you sitting in the car working on them. Too funny!
xx, shell

Stephanie ~ Angelic Accents said...

So glad to see you back, sweet Donna! Love the new look to your blog!

Big TX Hugs,
Stephanie
Angelic Accents

GerryART said...

These colors are sooo you.
This is going to work up into one beautiful afghan.
I am envious.
I must get back to my knitting, then crocheting.
hugs,
Gerry

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

I absolutely ADORE your color combo. You always have a GREAT eye for that! Hmmmm, I wonder what beautiful thing you will make! I remember we used to have vests made out of granny squares WAY BACK WHEN! but you have too many for that! I'm so happy to see you busy!
Big Hugs to you,
Donna

Sarah said...

Donna, there are several UFO in my stitching basket. LOL
I look forward to seeing the finished project. ~ Sarah

Firecracker Kid said...

OMGoodness, now you have put your heart and soul into these squares luv. This will be a beauty:)
xoxo~Carol

Sharon said...

Oh Donna I have not been able to visit any blogs for awhile and I just got to yours. I am crying so hard. You know how much little Fez met to me. I have the video you sent me of him swimming. I am oh so sorry Donna.Just know that my heart is breaking for you. I am so sorry I didn't know sooner I wish we lived closer I'd be there with a big hug for you. He was truly a special little dog....

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