Crafty inconsequential randomness in all its glory
Thursday, April 8, 2010
The girls are off!
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!
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....
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.
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?
Granny color combo #1: These squares all have different colors for all four rounds of the granny.
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 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 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 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.
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.
So I finished them....then I played with them...
And then I had a little pep talk with them...and sent them on their way.
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.
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.
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