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...
I don't want to babble to much about this project but I know that many of you will have questions so I have collected some facts for you below. I will tell you everything about the yarn in a separate post, and I am also preparing a Join a new color tutorial for you.
GYPSY BLANKET FACTS:
Yarn: Sports weight, Ideal by Bergere de France, 40% wool, 30% acrylic, 30% polyamid
Hook size: 3 mm (squares) and 3 1/2 mm (border)
Colors: 20 different colors
Balls used: Hmmm... I can not even remember anymore. Probably around 30.
Size: 45 x 55 inches/ 115 x 140 cm
Techniques: 3 row traditional granny squares joined with the Join-as-you-go method.
Weaved in ends: 1920
Border/edging: First row around the blanket is made after Jacquie over at Bunny Mummy's How to make a flat border for granny square blankets - tutorial. The next 6 rows are granny clusters and the last row are trebles (UK)/ double crochet (US) in every stitch with 7 stitches in each corner.
Please indulge yourself in my crazy Gypsy blanket collage of photos above, pin if you want but please leave a trail back to my heart right here. This is where her origin is. This is where she belongs.
Thank you for visiting and sharing this moment with me today. It is a very precious moment indeed.