I can’t believe I’ve actually finished it. Way back at the very start of January, with a determination to be more creative in 2013, I learned to crochet and embarked on a rather ambitious project to complete a granny squares blanket. I thought it would take me 144 days, a day per square (I conveniently forgot I’d have to join all the squares and then edge the blanket), and by my calculations in reality it took me 204 days (taking into account my yarn-related false start). Some weeks I raced through the squares, and then on busy work weeks my hooking often slowed to a complete halt. In fact, you’ll notice the blanket has some squares hooked in a single colour – I reserved this tactic for weeks when my brain was so stretched I was unable to make colour combination choices but in an effort to continue to create squares I simplified the design.
It’s not the hugest blanket in the world, but it’s a perfectly adequate lap blanket for me when I’m sat on the sofa, and I love the colours that were inspired by our living room rug.
This blanket is far from perfect, but that doesn’t bother me at all – I like seeing the evidence of what I learnt along the way. The biggest challenge for me was getting the tension right. Once that was sorted, hooking became so much more relaxing and comfortable. Changing the tension halfway through did mean I ended up with squares of different sizes, but the blanket still came together when they were all joined.
The last detail is the edging. Rather than hook separate edging that then needed to be attached, I opted for a few rows of double crochet and then a very simple picot edge to finish it off.
When I finished the last stitch I felt triumphant, proud and bereft all at the same time. I’ve been working on it for so long that I felt lost without squares to hook when I had a spare minute. Sitting on the sofa in the evening without all my yarn, scissors and hook scattered around me felt exceedingly odd.
And so I did what any self-respecting crochet-lover would do. I immediately started a new project. I think this affirms my hooky addiction, and I’m happier now I’ve got something new on the go. As soon as I started to join all my squares and the twins could see the blanket take shape they requested one each for themselves. The hooky happiness is set to continue for some time yet…