Sometimes when you start on a project not knowing where it will take you, it can get a bit of a anti climax to finally finish it. But not this one. I truly think I have suffered from separation anxiety with this project and as much as I have wished for it to be over and done at times I have dragged my feet to fasten off that last end... It actually took me 3 weeks to just sit down for 10 minutes and do that, fasten off the last ends...
To write this post I went back to see where it all began and when doing that I found it very interesting to read and see the growing process of this WiP. I have collected my milestones below in pictures and also in blog posts. To read old posts in full just click on the dates. Beware there are a lot of photos shared here today... Hope you will enjoy them as much as I do.
It was the yarn and the colors that inspired me to make granny squares. Once I figured out that I wanted to make 3 row granny squares and join them as I went on with my project I was hooked.
4th of August 2010:
Loving it! Playing with my 20 colors in different combos crocheting like crazy.
22nd of August 2010:
Depression hits! I develop a crochet elbow and suddenly I can't crochet anymore. The pain is so bad that I need cortison injections and have to put away all my crochet into the attic... It is put to rest for 5 months while I am slowly recovering.
18th of January 2011:
I am back with my hook. Just 5 minutes a day. Slowly my blanket starts to grow again.
27th of April 2011:
I am now up to 117 squares and I am starting to wonder how big I want this blanket to be.
3rd of November 2011:
I have a good 166 squares joined together, fastening off ends as I go to make it easier. I am planning on making 86 more squares to reach a decent size.
14th of June 2012:
Distracted by life, a lot of side projects and a fast growing blog my blanket has been at rest on and off and I decide to pick it up and make a last push to finish it.
5th of July 2012:
Everything is about granny squares at this point. I am piling them up and I realize that I need to make even more squares as I want the blanket to be even bigger.
22nd of January 2013:
I have reached the size I want. 320 squares. 1920 ends are fastened off. Now I have to decide on the edging.
1st of February 2013:
I share a tutorial on how to join the squares as you go.
19th of March 2013:
While my son Luca Bo is having an operation I finish my simple edging next to his bed in the wake up room in hospital. Suddenly my blanket has a bit of new history hooked into it making it even more special.
11th of April 2013:
I am sharing this story here at My Rose Valley. Dancing, laughing, singing and being so proud.
My Gypsy blanket is my pride and joy. She didn't need a frilly lace trim. I tried, believe me, but no... Her beauty lies within the colorful dress, not the accessories she is wearing. She is a natural beauty, just big enough to cuddle up in under in the sofa. Every end is carefully weaved in to avoid ends falling out and damaging the blanket. I worked with a small hook and the squares are delicate and relatively small. This blanket will follow me until the day I die and I will make sure one of my children will continue to love and treasure it after that...
THE GYPSY BLANKET FACTS
Yarn: Sports weight, Ideal by Bergere de France, 40% wool, 30% acrylic, 30% polyamid
Hook size: 3 mm/D US (squares) and 3 1/2 mm/ E US (border)
Colors: 20 different colors
Amount of yarn used: Hmmm... I can not even remember anymore. Probably around 30.
Size of blanket: 45 x 55 inches/ 115 x 140 cm
Squares: 320 small 3-row granny squares
Weaved in ends: 1920
Thank you for visiting and sharing this moment with me today. It is a very precious moment indeed.
The pattern for The Gypsy Blanket is available here.