Thursday, February 4, 2010

My Creative Space: Patchy Warm(er)

Just in case anyone thought I had abandoned the granny square, I haven’t. It remains the staple PASSENGER SEAT car craft (nothing dashed off at red traffic lights) and from everyone’s perspective, a win-win. Much to the relief of all, the irritating back seat driving tendencies take, well, a back seat when I’m lost in trebles.

When last I bloggily checked in with my circle-in-a-square blanket, this was the state of play:



Three-ish months on, this is where things are at now:



Still a somewhat draughty blanket and with barely a loose end woven in (ugh), I’m 142 squares down with 56 squares yet to happen. I confess I’m experiencing the beginnings of ‘antsy’. I can crochet these squarelets blindfolded with both hands tied behind my back. I may have an impatient eye on that final push to the finish line (oh, how breezily I waft over all that end-weaving bizzo).

Not that I have a clue quite how to manage that finish line bit once I’m there. I don’t think I want a ridge where the squares join (do I want a ridge where the squares join?) and if I don’t, is my half lorry load of cream yarn enough (knew I should have stockpiled the entire lorry), to achieve some alternative fancy pants solution? All fancy pants solutions heartily welcomed...

Pop on over to Kirsty’s and see what the rest of the crafty blogosphere is up to. Then, if you’re after some highly commutable car craft, check out Tam’s Circle-in-a-Square pattern here.

45 comments:

Kirsty said...

This made me think of bandaids ??? They look truly excellent. I know that your pile of beauty will NEVER go the way of the brown grannies. Let's never speak of those again!

74 Lime Lane said...

I love these photos of the granny squares ~ they are so beautiful.

Pippi creates said...

Looks like you've got double the trouble happening there. No crochet wisdom to impart sorry, I can barely cope with a single chain. Good luck with it!

Melbourne Vintage said...

I think no ridges. But then again I'd probably go for the least bothersome option and just join them in whatever way is least confusing! I love the colours you picked - similarly to Kirsty I have a black and white granny experiment in the cupboard that I don't really ever want to go near again!

Passionfruit Lane said...

ohh i'm so going to make one of those this year..that is if I can master this crochet bizzo!!

Mel said...

I love the not-so-impressed look on the middle kids face ;)

God I have no idea when it comes to the weaving in bit so am absolutely no help. I wonder if you could outsource that to the Mr again?

Little Ted Canvas said...

Your granny's are gorgeous, I love the bright colours with the light outer!

Meagan @ecoMILF said...

I have no fancy pants solutions whatsoever... but I must say all those little squares look great and I am sure you will figure out how to get them all together the way you see fit. xo

thornberry said...

Tania those squares are looking fab! Great photo of them scattered around the kids. I like to use the Flat Braid join - there is info over here - http://web.archive.org/web/20080112104311/http://members.aol.com/_ht_a/lffunt/flatbraid.htm - and I think that if you google "flat braid join" there are even some helpful videos on YouTube. I've used it for larger squares but I think it would work for yours too.

red or gray art said...

thank you thank you...for a smile and a refreshing look at squares...the kids loved it i am sure!!

dillpickle said...

I'm still completely in love with those colours! I'm joining my grannies together with a whipstitch in the back loops which gives 2 ridges and a dip between the squares which I quite like. I won't mention that I started joining it over 3 years ago and managed to get all but 2 rows joined. Haven't picked it up since....oops. Another goal for this year??

Leonie Guld said...

can't speak pissing my self laughing!! Poor kids...look what mum made them do!!! HILARIOUS!!

Fer said...

he he he....
I can't get past 20 granny squares so I'm not the one to come up with a naff idea.

I'll knit in the car instead, so I understand the happiness derived therein!

Catherine said...

Wow I love those granny squares and I so can understand where you're coming from, hopefully you find your bit of oomph you need to get it done.:)

Kate said...

Wow! I LOVE those pics. I offer no solutions what so ever. My first crochet project is still sitting in my to do pile waiting for its ends to be sewn in...not likely.

Madeline said...

Whoah Nellie! Now that is a pile-o-granny squares! I have zero suggestions for you since I've never crocheted a granny square much less joined them together. Sorry! Much luck to you in the avoidance of ridges.

crzylady said...

beautiful photos! I hope you frame them!

Neen said...

Fantastic photos, not sure I can advise you about the crochet bizzo though I'm afraid. I'm sure whatever you decide it will be fabulous:)

Kylie said...

That is so impressive! Love your photography, as always :) I'm still chugging with my crochet hexagons and I was thinking of doing the fancy-pants option of joining them once I get anywhere near halfway. I'm sure you already know about this amazing lady, but she does my tutes-of-choice if you want to have a peek:
http://attic24.typepad.com/weblog/joining-asyougo-sqaures.html
Kx

Bianca said...

Your squares are very pretty - even as an airy blanket. I clicked to comment to tell you about Attic 24's join as you go method, but Kylie beat me to it!

You could just use your half -or otherwise - load of white yarn to join following her method. Your squares will end up bigger, by it's a ripper method.

Linda said...

these photos are soooo gorgeously cute!!!

SmitoniusAndSonata said...

You're winning ....you've made 142 more granny squares than me .
Love those colours and whichever method of joining up you use , it's going to look lovely !
P.S. Aren't your children obliging !

Sophie Isobel Designs said...

Oh those photos are just fabulous! Your blanket it coming along so well, can't wait to see it it all finished.
Sophie x

Janette Kearns Wilson said...

You could sew then together with stitches like crazy patchwork.
About a million years ago I was very excited by Kaffe Fassett and his approach to joining his test pieces....
I have done quite a few with donated sqares of all different sizes...it was a great challengs...we were trying to solve the cold in an eco way in our church and then it got bigger than topsy

Olivia said...

This is going to be amazing!
I think you should sew it together without a ridge, even though I'm not quite sure what the ridge look is exactly?? Looking forward to seeing it all together.

Thea said...

Yes, your work is gorgeous blah, blah, blah.. but I really want to know is how you really got these kids to cooperate?

Cath @ chunkychooky said...

I am intimidated by your granny squares! lovethem. i love the photo too- i do love a phot with lots of the same thing, piles and collections- tbis is great... to ridge or not to ridge- I don't kow what that means... but I am sure either will be good.

vadjutka said...

wow - so many granny squares - it must have been decades to make them...

Stephanie and Carlos said...

Oh my.. that would have taken ages... what did you bribe them with hehehe?? Great photo though I must say...

xo Steph

melissa said...

I know nothing about crocheting but I just had to say I love the photos! I think they'll look great however they are joined together - such a great colour combo. xx

kellyi said...

Nice squares. How long did it take you to lay them out like that? Little bit jealous that you have children that would sit still long enough for you to do this. My lot would have thrown them all over the place.

And LOVE your daughters hair - BEAUTIFUL!

One Flew Over said...

fantastic photo and I really admire your persistence! I started a circle in a square blanket on holidays, joined as I went but still got impatient and it is now a scarf!

Happydacks said...

Love the squares, love the patient, still models in photos - how much did you pay them?
Go the flat join!? Show us when you are done...ie...bribe kids more! Good stuff.
Michele x

yardage girl said...

Gorgeous pics! - it's gonna look a treat when you're done. Nic

quirkygranolagirl said...

you probably have a lot of other great ideas here, but I have a flat braid join bookmarked even though I don't crochet (yet). Here is the link:
http://web.archive.org/web/20010710001544/members.aol.com/lffunt/flatbraid.htm

Andi said...

Fabulous shots!!

Sally said...

Love your photos. What tolerant children you have there.
Love all your circles in a square too. Beautiful. Awesome. Good luck in the dash to the end.

trishie said...

What you've done so far looks amazing, i really can't wait to see the finished product.

GUGAW said...

what good little models you've got there! keep going and get through the antsyness :)

Gina said...

Don't speak crochetish, so have no advice to offer, except that maybe you could just get your KIDS to stand around holding the squares together? Because frankly that would be super cute. And very warm.

Sandrine said...

Now Tania I can not wait to see the next photo!Sorry no help on attaching squares together but I am sure you will come up with something special!Maybe I will start to learn to make one of these pretty square...that might make my girls read?:)

michelle said...

not sure what i love more the grannies or the kids. those photos are fantastic. it is going to look amazing and tou are so close to the home stretch now. go girl

Nikki Cardigan said...

It is worth making these squares if for no other reason that the absolutely beautiful photos of your kidlets.

No suggestion here but I do look forward to seeing what you do...

Melanie Gray Augustin said...

Love love love these photos!

pennygj said...

Love those photos...hate sewing up!