When last I reported on the epic granny squares project, I had happily reached the point where I could start to feel the momentum coming back. Like when you’re running a race and start passing mile markers that show you’re actually farther along than you thought you were, so you don’t have quite as far to go to the finish line as you’d assumed.
This weekend, with the bonus of a bit of long-weekend holiday time, I busted through a bunch more squares and am amazed to report that I now have just 20 squares left to go. Full disclosure, this does not include borders or the final assembly – though 180 of the final 304 do already have borders, and several dozen have been partly assembled, so go me – so reaching that 304 number will still mean there is some work left to do. BUT, this is pretty huge.
Some gathered wisdom from The Almost Finish Line:
1. In the beginning I felt a lot more fussy about the colour combinations for these squares. I wanted things to look good, one square at a time, and didn’t want to repeat a lot of combinations if I could help it. Now, 280-ish granny squares later, I can tell you that with this many colours going into the whole blanket, colour combos don’t matter. If I had carefully selected only 5 colours for the whole blanket I would definitely be counting out exact colour combinations to arrange in some specific order. That’s not what this is, though, this is years of leftovers going into the same blanket soup. Some squares will be like brights on acid, some will be morbidly dull, and most will be somewhere in between. The nice part is that choosing a different colour combo every couple of squares is the thing that breaks up the monotony of having to do so effing many of them.
2. If you don’t sew in the ends as you go, I don’t know how you would ever get this far. If you’re starting a big project like this, don’t leave the ends to the end. Don’t do that to yourself. Weave in the ends in batches of 10 squares at a time if you must, bait yourself with chocolate treats or wine if you have to, but please do your future self this favour and weave the ends in as you go.
3. Most of the small-amount colours I started with are now gone. It was sort of wistful when this started happening, but now I see them as goals – oh, that small bit of fuschia is almost done, let’s see how many little centres I can whack out with it. I’m down to just a handful of little leftover balls, and the larger full-skeins or mostly-full skeins I supplemented the pile with are still mostly pretty large. As a result I also don’t regret that I pulled a few of those full skeins from the stash to put into service for this project – I’m glad they’re getting used even partially, rather than continuing to sit un-wound and un-used, or attached to WIPs that won’t be finished any time soon.
4. There is a lot to enjoy about a big project like this, not the least of which is delighting over each pretty little finished square. But it is an enormous commitment, and it has definitely stolen time away from other knitting projects that i thought I would have either started or finished by now (or both). I wish I’d finished a knitted sweater or two this winter. Instead, I have this almost-done blanket. Not that I won’t be glad to have the blanket, but still, there are bargains to be made with any project. Big projects don’t happen in a vacuum, they demand their time and space even if you don’t notice.
I hope your week is off to a good start, blog friends. And that you have some unfinished projects getting some soon-to-be-finished attention.
Project: Granny square afghan squares (classic granny square pattern – tutorials widely available on the web and YouTube – Google search for ‘basic granny square’ and you’ll find several options), 3.0mm crochet hook
Yarn: Miscellaneous sock yarn stash leftovers, including Tanis Fiber Arts sock, Blue Moon Fiber Arts Socks That Rock, Madelinetosh sock, Dream In Color Smooshy, Van Der Rock sock (no longer available), Indigodragonfly sock, Miss Babs sock, and more. Border yarn is Sweet Georgia ‘Tough Love Sock’ in birch.