Thursday, April 8, 2010

The girls are off!

Grannies to go

My grannies, that is. They are done. Finito. Off on their journey to 21 new homes. It's been fun but it was hard to let them go. They all had individual personalities by the end.

Okay, you are probably now wondering what kind of yarn I have been sniffing.

But seriously. This swap was so dang fun! It was fun to make the grannies, design the square color combos, check out the flickr group, check out the blogs of the other girls in the group (thanks to this great post by Becky at Strumpets Crumpets), research for more ideas and designs, and then crochet, crochet, crochet away until I had sweet little piles of granny goodness!

Stack o' grannies
Playing with the girls before I package them up

Okay, first off. I must disabuse you of any notion that I actually had my crap together for this swap. Because, as usual, it took me a while to settle down and get with the program. I did too much research, trying to decide which granny square design I wanted to go with....

A Granny study

I have so many different patterns saved, that I could have crocheted about 20 more designs (although I will still get to this. Sometimes I have to crochet a design myself to really get a feel for it). Anyway,then I freaked out and headed in the opposite direction - uniformity. I thought all my squares should somehow share a common denominator. But I couldn't decide what - only a few colors? Only flower patterns? Only circles into square patterns? Which size? Arrghhh...that's when my wiring frizzes out.

Some of my granny variations

Anyway, that's my convoluted thought process when I start to design anything. Scary, isn't it. But have no fear. I did persevere. And this is what I came up with: 4 round granny traditional granny square with wool-ease yarn (80% acrylic and 20% wool). But I made six different groups of grannies with different round combos. These are examples of the 6 different combos I came up with. Can you tell what they are?

The granny designs for the swap

Granny color combo #1: These squares all have different colors for all four rounds of the granny.
Granny Combo #1

Granny color combo #2: These squares have different colors for the first two rounds and then a third color for the last two rounds.
Granny combo #2

Granny color combo #3: The squares have one color for the first round, the same color for rounds two and three and then a different color for the final, fourth round.
Granny Combo #3

Granny color combo #4: These were fun and different looking, I thought. One color for the first three rounds and then a second color for the final, fourth round.
Granny Combo #4

Granny color combo #5: One color for the first two rounds and then a different color for the third round and another different color for the fourth round. I like the block-iness of thes grannies.
Granny Combo #5

And finally, granny color combo #6: These are fun too. A real color combo study. One color for the first round (kinda makes a little flower) and then a different color for the rest of the three rounds.
Granny Combo #6

So I finished them....then I played with them...
Grannies on the line 1Grannies on the line 2Grannies on the line 3Grannies on the line 5

And then I had a little pep talk with them...and sent them on their way.

Bye Bye ladies!

Here they are all ready to go, dressed for traveling, with a little something extra enclosed. Hope they like their new homes. I can't wait to see how they get used.
These grannies are heading out!

P.S. The girls in this group are so dang inspiring. Check out Itsy Bitsy's free ravelry download of some extra awesome granny squares.


  1. Oh my goodness! I can't wait to get these and sort through them. They are beautiful and you did a wonderful job!! Thanks for joining in on the fun!

  2. You are too sweet and I love the pics on the clothesline. Oh if I were so crafty....

  3. These are brilliant,
    what a fantastic swap,

  4. Oooh! Thanks for all the crochet porn - I am salivating here! I think I like numbers 4 and 6 best as they are so unusual - I might have to give them a go myself. The colours look gorgeous together - well done!

  5. gorgeous, all these lovely bright colors!!

  6. beautiful squares!!