This is better

The post-granny square life has been going pretty well this last week or so. Now that Rhinebeck is just over a month away (ERK, better knit faster), I’m also making an effort to get more of my vacation yarn on the needles, from my haul purchased back in July in Nova Scotia. I’ve got the sheepy Aran wool on the needles since last week, which is working out nicely so far. Then I finished the Jaywalkers I was knitting on for the month of August, so now I can put one of the skeins of sock yarn I bought in July into service for a pair of Nice Ribbed Socks.

RibbedSocks-29-Aug-16

This is a skein of Handmaiden Casbah, in such a nice multi-colour combo of green and teal that it feels extra good just to look at. The cashmere content certainly doesn’t hurt either though.

My goal is essentially to make some headway on my vacation yarn before I get a new haul of vacation yarn at Rhinebeck in October. I have never managed to be one of those people who knits all of her Rhinebeck yarn purchases in the year before the next Rhinebeck weekend, but I’d like to just do enough so that I don’t feel like I’m getting a backlog. (Also let’s be real, I still maintain a yarn stash – no need to rush all yarns onto the needles before they’re ready. It’s what stashes are for.)

Afghan1-Sept5

A three-day weekend gave me some extra sitting-and-crafting time as well, and it turns out that when I went to finish weaving in the ends on my granny square afghan, there weren’t that many left to weave in. I was so buoyed by this discovery that I decided to start in on the border right then and there.

AfghanBorder2-Sept5

Some folks have asked if this blanket really ‘needs’ a border. Oh, dear dear knitter friends. When it comes to this granny square project, we passed ‘need’ back on Day One. This is not about what the blanket needs. It would, of course, still be a beautiful and functional blanket without a border, but it would also have been a functional blanket with fewer squares, in different yarn, and in a different style.

I decided I wanted a border for this blanket because I wanted a final finishing touch to bring all those little edges together, and that’s what we’re doing. (Also, in case it bears saying, I would 100% never look down my nose at anyone who chose to stop here. If you’ve put together a blanket-sized quantity of granny squares into one item and like the way it looks, YOU DO YOU, FRIEND. Ain’t no heroes here.)

AfghanBorder1-Sept5

I’m doing a couple of ‘granny’ rounds all along the full edge first – which, let’s also be real about this, is going to take some time – and after that I might get brave and do a little flourish to finish it off with a round of scallops, or just some single crochet…that decision I’m delaying until I get there. My main goal with this finishing is to cover up the little uneven bumps where the squares have been seamed, so that it looks like one continuous edge. As long as that works out, we’re good.

Aside from that, I’m looking forward to having more sweaters and cable knitting to return home to this month. Here’s hoping for some fun knitting ahead in September.

Happy Tuesday, knitter friends!

 

*

Pattern: Nice Ribbed Sock, by me
Yarn: Handmaiden Casbah sock yarn

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.

*

*

*

*

Advertisements

15 comments

  1. OK, I see the difference. Yes, in my humble opinion, the blanket does need a border and you need to put it there for a more finished (and better) look. What’s better for one may not be for another but, I’ll bet if you took a poll, most would agree. Now that I see the pics, the blanket just looks better with the border.
    And, better finishing is pretty much a theme of this blog, isn’t it?
    (Along with learning, doing it well, and by golly – finishing the damn thing! ha)

    Your progress is an inspiration, particularly since I’ve been thinking a lot about all those UFOs
    I have stashed away (and beating myself for it!).

  2. I mean “completing” the damn thing.

  3. After all those hours and hours of work such a magnificent creation deserves the border finish.

  4. Beautiful sock yarn and I agree the border is a nice finish. Also it’s nice to have one last bit of time to spend with a project that’s turned out so well.

  5. “no need to rush all yarns onto the needles before they’re ready. It’s what stashes are for” – hahaha! That is a great statement and made me laugh. 🙂 I have never been to Rhinebeck, but I hope to go one of these years!

  6. The Granny Square blanket is stunning.

  7. I love your blanket! All those jewel colours… ♥ This post made me think back to the time when I was making a granny square bedspread – I declared it almost finished when I’d put together the squares, then went “okay, and then to the border!” Turns out it takes a while to crochet twice around a bedspread. It was worth it, though, and the finished thing is still in use every single day. 🙂 I like the way you’re making your border granny square style!

  8. I am in love with that sock yarn, so pretty!

  9. The border is going to finish it beautifully. Oh I love that sock yarn!!!! But where is the talked about Rhinebeck sweater???? Lol

  10. Borders are a must… this is a work of art and labor of determination…. in my old age i have learned to be THAT patient and persistant..LOL To really give it a “finish”.. how about the last row in “crab stitch” or ric rack some call it… I LOVE what it does for blankets:)) Kudos to you for this finish:)

  11. I’m always awed every time you show that granny square blanket. Keep up the good work! It is definitely stunning! And good luck with all of your projects. Being someone who just started knitting this year, I couldn’t understand how more advanced knitters in my class had so many projects going. Now I understand… I have yet to have multiple ones but I feel the next coming months I will. The more the merrier!!

  12. GeniaKnitz · ·

    As someone totally hooked on Casbah, please pretty please, which is that colorway? Maybe Nova Scotia?
    I’ve a new pair of Nice Ribbed Socks on the needles myself – one sock in Fibernymph Scarlet and the other in Fibernymph Black – knitting the two colors alternately. Think they’ll be perfect for Halloween because the Scarlet really is closer to a deep orange.
    But much as I love this/these colorway(s), I lust after the Casbah you’re using!

  13. The yarn for those socks: gorgeous. They will be amazing! Can’t wait to see. I finished my second socks on a pattern that wasn’t well written so now I’m moving to something very simple so they don’t take so long! I’m impressed with yours!

  14. I just happened to come across this delightful blog. I am too lazy to make and sew or crochet together all those little granny squares. People know I use yarn so I get all kinds of donations which I then crochet into a giant granny square and donate one every year to various organizations. Unfortunately, I can’t seem to attach pictures here.

  15. […] I did indeed finish my sweater! Then, a few days after I came back, I officially finished my granny square blanket by completing the border and then letting it have a wash and (air)dry. More on both of those 2 […]

%d bloggers like this: