I can see the exit from here

Guys, you’d better believe that when I finish this crazypants granny square blanket (no, seriously, what was I thinking, who can remember, that was so long ago now) I am going to do a whole big post about it and collect up a bunch of notes about how long it took and my process and why I did things the way I did and in what order and what colours and what yarn and so on and so forth. For now, though, this can be neatly summarized as: this seemed like a good idea at the time, and I wanted the finished blanket.

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Wanting the finished thing, though, turns out to be a pretty good motivational strategy when you have done a full lap of the calendar with a project. I mean sure, we’ve all got Unfinished Objects hanging around well past that amount of time, but you sort of get used to the UFOs that stick around unfinished because you abandoned them for other things. This is different from anything like that. This is a project that I have been actively working on for a year (well, minus that month or so that I took as a much needed respite after finishing all of the centres) and it is still not done. This has never happened to me before.

Why did I even start this? Well, because it’s starting to get put together now, and it looks like THIS, that’s why. It’s going to be the most cheerful little sock yarn blanket ever, and actually it’s not going to be very little (the goal is 5 feet by 6 feet), and I have used up so many stashed sock yarn leftovers that I can even feel a bit of resourceful pride about it, even if I did have to buy new yarn for the borders and seaming.

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The seaming up is happening now. I’m combining the squares first in groups of four, so that I can make sure I randomize the colours a bit (by the last 40-50 or so, I had quite a repetitive pool of reds, purples, and blues), and THEN seam up the clusters of four into the full thing. And well, it’s going to be 17 x 20 squares, so actually some of those will be clusters of 6, not 4, but you get the idea.

(I’m using a slipped stitch crochet seam, example tutorials here or here, just as two examples.)

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It may in fact end up looking a bit crazypants. The colour scheme is not exactly uniform. But I can look at each individual square and recognize the yarn in it and remember the projects I knitted with that yarn, and I like that. I’m sure I’ve already repeated myself many times about this project, but once more with feeling: I can’t wait until it’s done. Onwards and onwards.

Happy crafting this fine Wednesday!

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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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19 comments

  1. You are almost there and it looks beautiful! I can’t wait to see the finished product 🙂

  2. Linda A · ·

    Looks great! You’re going to love this!

    Hmmm …. and then there’s the challenge of blocking the thing once it’s put together. Lately, I’ve been blocking by washing a towel. Then I put it through the
    spin cycle, place whatever I want blocked on it, roll it up and pop it in a big plastic bag
    overnight. The item comes out good and damp but not soggy wet … which may be the way to go
    with this blanket? (Would have to use several towels, of course.) Or another way?
    Just finding the space to do this could be a challenge!

    I look forward to the next chapter in what’s becoming something of a historical novel! ha!

  3. OffTheHookByChrissy · ·

    Wow what a great job!!! Beautiful!!!

  4. Wow, that is impressive!! I can’t wait to see the finished product. I started a knitted blanket that ultimately would have squares coming together. I finished one square and decided to just do a regular blanket instead lol I applaud your resolve!

  5. dwatts2012 · ·

    It is really beautiful though. I admire your determination to get it done!

  6. It may took you forever to finish it but in the end it will so worth it! 😉

  7. It’s beautiful!!!!

  8. Peg Biever · ·

    Glenna, it’s beautiful! Love the sock yarn granny squares❤️

  9. It is so beautiful. Labor of love. And your choice of border color us purrfekt.

  10. Fantastic. I love it.

  11. wow – you are so close! I don’t think I ever had something I actively worked on for over a year before it was done. and the sock scrap yarn blanket I did make does look like a crazy thing, could be wider, and is my most loved blanket – I often am wearing socks that match it, lol. I love that you did the border of all the squares the same, it looks very planned and organized that way. Maybe I will take mine apart and redo it… nah, it’s good. Keep on going, you are almost to the perfect scrap blanket. 🙂

  12. Annette · ·

    Glenna, this is stunning! I love the cream color you’re using for the borders. It really makes the colors pop. I’m planning an epic sock yarn blanket myself. I’m thinking stockinette squares joined with crocheted borders. I can’t wait to see yours finished. 🙂

  13. It looks amazing. I get it taking forever. I Have so many things still in different places, thanks for the encouragement. I cant wait to see this finished

  14. Laura Sahlberg · ·

    It is lovely!

  15. You were thinking that it would be awesome to both use up some scraps AND have a lovely big warm thing to cuddle under when winter gets here (because it will. It always does). And you were RIGHT! That blanket is turning out just so, so beautiful.

    I may have to rethink my current plan of doing a mitered square one with my sock yarn leftovers….

  16. Leslie F · ·

    You were thinking that it would be a bright and cheerful blanket to snuggle under from January through March! Hip Hip Hooray for your persistence!

  17. So pretty! I love scrappy projects although I don’t think I could persevere for a full size blanket!

  18. Such a good idea for left over yarn! Looking forward to seeing the finished product

  19. It’s beautiful but I know how working on such a huge project feels; I jumped on The Beekeeper’s Quilt craze. After a year and a half, I had just over 40 hexi puffs. To finish it and get the project monkey off my back, I made a wall hanging instead of the throw I was planning on making. It felt good to finish! This is not to say that you should do the same, but rather that you’re so close to finishing so keep going; it’ll feel great when you finish it.

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