Never been so excited about pale beige yarn

Friends, I have to go ahead and thank Past Me for getting halfway through the borders of these granny squares some months ago. I finished the regular parts of these 340 squares back in April but had managed to get through the final border round of 180 of them before turning my attention to the centres full stop. Thank God I did that. Now I have “only” 160 borders left to finish, and since last week I’ve already gotten through more than 30. This is going great.

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Future me is not, however, going to love the fact that Present Me is flying in the face of all my own advice and not bothering to weave in any ends yet. I’ll get there. Future Me can handle it, she’s got a nice bar cart at home all set for these situations.

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The only thing I haven’t reckoned with is the yarn budget now has to get bigger since I added 36 squares to the whole works between the middle and the end of that escapade. Darn it all, I’ll have to visit a yarn shop again. (It’s totally a scraps project! I’m using up so many yarn leftovers! All I need to to is purchase 7-8 skeins of hand-dyed sock yarn for borders and final edging and that’s like hardly any yarn at all! HAH.)

Since I started this project, the thing everyone has said to me is “oh but it’ll be so gorgeous when it’s done.” And you know what? It IS going to be so gorgeous when it’s done. Can’t wait. Onwards with the borders and the ends.

Happy yarn crafting this Tuesday!

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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.

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7 comments

  1. Linda A · ·

    Divide and conquer. That should take care of it.
    Invite some friends over, open the wine, and give them each a needle and a stack of squares.

  2. Your blanket is turning out absolutely gorgeous! For the ends on that last round you can just crochet over them if your going to crochet the square together. Or you can “hide” them as your sewing your blocks together. Just sew over the top of them.

  3. …also, you can use those ends for sewing, if it is just the final end on the border round! Well done, Glenna.

  4. Just use the ends to sew them together, saves yarn and no extra ends to work in.

  5. This project is going to be fantastic! I agree that sometimes projects that start out as a thrify way to use scrap yarn sometimes get to be suspiciously expensive. I think it’s unavoidable.

  6. All I can say is that you are a brave, brave woman. I crocheted a small baby sized, 3-color granny square blanket 3.5 years ago for my friend’s first daughter. I didn’t tie in the ends as I went. 3.5 years on, my friend now has 3 children and that blanket is still has a million stray ends wiggling off of it like a terrible, terrifying jellyfish. I don’t know that I could attempt a project of human-sized proportions; but, it is absolutely going to be gorgeous!

  7. Karen Martinez · ·

    This blanket is going to be awesome when you get it all together! I love Linda A’s idea of friends, wine, a stack of squares, and a needle. Let me know when–I’ll be over with a box of wine and my own needle!

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