Thursday, May 17

Breakthrough!

I know I have a minuscule readership, and that I risk losing it by harping on the crochet topic, but I have to mention my recent breakthrough.

Mom found a 1974 Leisure Arts Granny Square booklet that claimed to feature "Extra Easy Instructions". I thought "Ok, let's put that claim to the test." I decided to hunker down and figure out a granny square once and for all. I mean COME ON! How hard could this thing be? Enough already.

After the aforementioned elephant man square:


I made a slightly improved square:


and then I had my light bulb moment. I made this square:



and magically, I knew I could do it.


Tonight I made this square:


I'm so excited! I realize it's not neurosurgery but the mystery of this yarn craft thing has been conquered and I'm thrilled. I can even semi-understand charts now. It's a miracle! I'm so glad I didn't let my knitting block keep me down.

Instead of the ripple blanket, which has got to be incredibly repetitive, I've decided to try a granny square blanket (something like this). I'm hoping to gain a sense of accomplishment with each square and therefore maintain momentum. I tend to have the attention span of a gnat so I'm thinking squares are a good way to plow through.

The yarn I've used so far is about 10 years old. Although, I still have a lot of practice to do, I think it's time to go shopping for my extra special blanket yarn.

So that's the update on the crochet obsession. I'll let you know how my progress goes but I'll try to resist non-stop updates as, I know, they can be boring. Honestly these crochet posts have been mostly for Kb and Shandon. I know they appreciate a good craft and can understand my little breakthroughs. Thanks guys!

3 comments:

Stacie said...

LOOK AT YOU!!!!!

Way to go! I love that you have taken pictures so that you can see how wonderfully you've progressed.

Rock on!!! :D

shandon said...

I am SO excited for you -- I know I said I could give you a lesson, but now you're going to have to teach me! Your work is just wonderful. Thanks for posting all the pictures, and for being brave enough to include your Elephant Man version. Granny on!

Shellster said...

Like your blog, Ms. She-Blogger! Generally I have no comment, but find your writing entertaining and think you can be pretty darned funny. Once and awhile I learn a thing or two as well. It's good to see the victories as well as the goobers (a la Elephant Man). Keep up the great work!