I started on Granny Squares several months ago and then set it aside when my interest turned to Amigurumi. Well now that I found myself without a project, well for a purpose anyway, I decided to revisit the squares.
My intention is to make a Granny Square Afghan as I have never completed an afghan, I’ve started several but always ended up with new scarves! My daughter and I had chosen the five basic colors; Red Heart yarn in colors: Medium Thyme 0406, Cornmeal 0320, Soft White 0316, Lavender 0358 and Delft Blue 0885. We both liked each individual color and thought they would also look nice together.
So I started making basic granny squares, changing colors on every round. As this is my first attempts at granny squares and (at that time) my first changing colorsI I was completely thrilled at how well it was going! I had worked up what felt like a bunch of squares when I was distracted by Amigurumi projects.
A few months pass….
Looking back at my squares I was surprised to see I hadn’t really completed that many….hmmm, it sure felt like more when I was making them!! I figured I better concentrate on finding a complimentary yarn color to bring all this squares together. In my mind’s eye I saw a brick, burgundy or some shade of dark red. Off to the store I went but no matter what shade of red I brought home, not one looked quite right with the squares! I thought, maybe red isn’t going to be the right hue, so I brought home blues and browns and even greys…no good, no good at all!! Well aside from my growing collection of yarn that is!! Will I ever find the right color? I decided to put it out of my head and just work up more squares. Then, just like that, in the same store I always go to, there it was Red Heart Claret 0378…I took it home and it was absolutely perfect!! I felt it complimented all the other colors nicely, it’s just what I had pictured in my head!
It looks so much better in person, I need better lighting!
I am about twenty-five squares in and I ran out of the new Claret color and wouldn’t you know it, there was none in stock!! I fount it online and am having it shipped so what should I do until it arrives?
Well everything I’ve read says that blocking will make the whole process of connecting the squares easier. So I better get to it! With discount coupon in hand, I was off to Joann’s for a June Tailor Quilter’s Cut’N Press II Board. Another blogger suggested this board as the ruled lines make it easy to block on. So I purchased the board and started blocking my first squares. Since the board could only hold two squares at a time, I took another blogger’s advice and drew ruled lines onto my ironing board and blocked on that as well. This worked well and I was able to block out six squares at a time. In retrospect, I could have saved money and not purchased the board, but I like I do like it and believe I will put it to other good uses in the future! (Plus I nabbed it for half off! Gotta love coupons!) I used my handheld steamer to steam the acrylic yarn and left them overnight.
Wow, what a difference! I mean I knew what to expect from reading other blogs and tutorials, but still I half expected them to bounce back to the original shape after removing the pins…NOPE, they stayed perfectly square… Blocking is definitely worth the effort! The way I hear it, the blocked squares stay square even after washing and drying, I wonder? Maybe I should test…or am I just being a Debbie-doubter? Maybe someone out there can answer that for me and save me from testing.
I just received a notification that my package of Claret yarn will be arriving shortly, so I’m off to get started on more squares. Until next time, Have a Great Day and Happy Hooking!