Friday, June 22, 2007

Granny Square Love

Well here she is. The beloved granny square blanket and/or afghan. I really love it. It was a pleasure to make and it is yummy to curl up in. I tried to base it on the afghan in the "Nanny McPhee" movie. There are a few that are really similar but some of Nanny's had a real mustardy yellow which I found very difficult to find. I used the basic granny square pattern and sewed it together using the whip stitch. Up to this point, I never even knew what a whip stitch was and really not 100% sure I do now. I had to kind of wing this whole project as I do not know anyone that knows how to crochet. Does it look old fashioned? Could it have been crocheted by a little old granny two or three decades ago with the remnants of yarn from old projects? That was my aim.

I used mostly a wool/acrylic mix, just for laundering purposes but as it got bigger and bigger I needed more and more yarn. As a result there is some pure wool in there so laundering will, in fact, be a delicate operation.

My favourites are the greens, mauves, pinks and blues. Everybody seems to have an opinion on what one is the prettiest. I do like the odd black one though. They add interest somehow.

Well there you have it.

Oh, and I wish to thank all the bloggers out there that inspired me. You all know who you are. How influential you are to me. Really. Next thing you know, I'll be sewing.


Elizabeth said...

The 'ghan! I love it. Yours is a lot more girly than the Nanny McPhee one. Just thinking of that bedroom scene makes want 'secret bread and jam".
So when do I get to see it in person?

Alex said...

Oh, there it is!
I, too, think this is a bit more girl-ish, pretty Nanny but scrappy enough to have this real, cuddly, old fashioned look. I love it!
Enjoy your blanket!!!

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Alex said...

Wanted to mail to you but I am being bounced... I just linked to your pattern for knitted hexagons over on the Granny along, in a comment because somebody was looking for one. I hope that is fine with you!
Cheers, Alex

Alex said...

Again, me... I thought I just let you know I got the DVD now and some yarn in Nanny McPhee-ish colours... so excited to finally working on such a blanket!

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Oh, Alex, I am so excited for you! It really was one of the most enjoyable crocheting experiences I have had. Instant gratification. Good luck and very anxious to see your colours.

Kelle said...

Love your afghan! I think it is perfect. I am getting ready to try my very first one and I hope it turns out like yours!

Knitty, Vintage and Rosy said...

Good Luck, Kelle.

Thank you so much for the compliment. It sits on my daughter's bed and she loves it so much, really worth all that sewing up!

Let me know if you need any help.


PattieJ said...

LOVE your granny afghan! Very pretty! I LOVE to crochet!

Pattie said...

Two years ago I saw the granny square blanket on Nancy McPhee and began working on it then with similar colors to that in the movie. Now, 405 squares later, I am ready to whip stitch them together. My problem is that I do not know which color yarn to use in joining them. I do not want my squares to have any border. I like yours. You do not see any joining color- just the beautiful squares. How did you do this? Please let me know! Thanks!


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