Comments heard around the room:
- "My grandmother/mother/aunt tried to teach me this when I was little, but it didn't go well/I've forgotten everything."
- "God Bless the child who gets this blanket!"
- "And we thought weaving was complicated!"
- "This is humbling."
All this talk about the awkwardness of crocheting for the first time. . . Here's what I made:
The nice tight parts were mostly done by Natalie by way of showing me how. I was mesmerized by her beautiful hands flying and looping, then patting down the new line or corner. "See, Like that." she said. The wonky parts were done by me by way of trying. Needless to say, my hands did not fly.
Ashley shared two good videos. This one shows how to do a granny square in a single color: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qxW4k-8moRs
And this one goes at a very slow pace (which I found helpful) and shows how to change colors every row. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O_5nIpXg8OM (This is how Chain of Fools started running through my mind -- she kept saying "Shell, Chain, Chain, Shell. Shell, Chain, Chain, Shell", my brain shifted to Aretha Franklin.)
Thank you Ashley.
Here's what I was able to do after watching videos:
Here are a few more tips to remember from Ashley:
- There are lots and lots of ways to make granny squares. If you have another way, or if you find a video that shows a different way and it works for you, Go With It.
- Ashley (and the "Jayda in Stitches" video) does one chain stitch on the sides and 2 chain stitches at the corner. Some people do two stitches on the side and 3 between the "shells" at the corners. Either way can work. Pick one and stick with it.
- A blanket can be lot of granny squares put together (that's another lesson). Or you can just keep crocheting around and around (single color or changing colors) until you get to the desired size.
- 36" x36" is a small blanket for a child. "40 x "60 is crib sized, or could be a lap robe for an elderly person in a wheel chair.
- More experienced crocheters -- do your favorite thing within these size parameters.
Luanne had been to a workshop learning a new paper piecing technique. Look at those sharp points -- Beautiful!
Summer Flies, available on Ravelry, made with a variegated silk/acrylic/cotton/rayon blend. The ruffle is an undyed raw silk).
Sonia admits she usually just spins to "get it done" and doesn't focus too much on the end result. But this time, she purposely slowed down and intentionally tried have this skein turn out the way she wanted it to. She was quite pleased with the result of this "mindful" technique -- not for all the time, but a good tool for the toolbox.
Fabulon in West Ashley!