WIP Wednesday: Forever Ongoing Crochet Blanket

This last week I have been so in the mood to crochet, I have abandoned my knitting bag and picked up these little granny squares.  This yarn was donated to me by my friend Ella, who’s mum had it sat in the attic for years after it had been given to her.  The bag containing it is MASSIVE – and every skein in there is tiny and a different colour. The most I could probably make with any of them is a 25cm square, and as I’m not a fan of technicolour clothing I thought the best thing to make would be a blanket.

As soon as I received this huge bag of yarn, the first thing I did (and you will laugh) is tip the whole lot out on the floor, and arrange everything by colour. It took hours and I still have no idea why I wanted to do that.  I knew it would all go back into the bag, I think I just wanted to see how much I had and if there were any duplicates! Just one of the skeins had a tiny tag on it, with the name of a mill in Yorkshire that I now forget, so I think originally this must have been a bag of samples meant for someone, somewhere.

The grey yarn I have used isn’t from the giant freebie bag of British wool.   It’s Polish – I bought a kilo each of cream (undyed), black and this grey from a stall in Zakopane.  I’m not sure if my friend was suprised or not when I filled his suitcase with the yarn so we could fly it all home, we’d only popped over for the weekend but I couldn’t resist! Sadly when I moved house I had to sell most of it as it was taking over my flat, and it’s pretty itchy so I couldn’t see what I’d make out of it.

So I’ve been making these crochet granny squares – it’s usually my project for when I have no project, so I know this is going to take me (possibly) until I’m a granny myself!  The square pattern is actually from the ‘Granny No Square’ bag pattern in The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller.

I’m not the best nor the fastest at crochet, and as I’ve been having huge breaks in between, I keep forgetting the pattern and having to refer back to it. I’m pretty sure some squares are a bit bigger than others too, but hopefully the more I make, the less this will happen!

17 thoughts on “WIP Wednesday: Forever Ongoing Crochet Blanket

    1. Thank you! I rather like it too, although it is a bit scratchy. It will need to be backed I think, but that means I can slack on weaving the ends in! I had a great break thanks 🙂

  1. I absolutely love your colour combinations and the grey just ties the whole thing together in a lovely mellow way 🙂
    It will look superb when it is eventually done. I wouldn’t worry about the different sized squares, I think it adds to the charm!

    1. Thank you! I feel really good when I look at these squares, there’s something about the colours 🙂

  2. I agree that using the grey this way ties the whole thing together. It’s kind of nice to have a ‘forever’ project, isn’t it? You can always declare that you’re done, and make the squares into something smaller (like a handbag) if you ever really have enough. 🙂

    1. I could do.. but I have this idea in my head that I want a giant blanket – like the size of a double bed, and going to the floor all the way around! So far I could make one side of a cushion..

  3. I think the blanket will be just lovely with the grey background. Thanks for the kind words about my new bike.

  4. It looks great! I love the colors. Blankets always take a lot of perseverance, especially when you have a lot of yarn to use up (which it sounds like you do.) Hang in there!

    1. Thank you! I’m loving the colours too. There’s no way I could commit myself to just this project though, I’d get bored! I love your blog btw 🙂

  5. Oh, so pretty. I don’t crochet much, but always wanted to have something like as my go-to project. It’s time I dusted off my crochet hooks.

    1. Go for it! The squares come together nicely, and I’m finding my crochet is improving (even though it is only a basic pattern). It’s nice to always have something when you don’t feel like doing a big project, or something that requires concentration!

  6. This is going to look great when it’s finished. I taught myself to crochet when I was getting married as a stress displacement activity and all I seem to make are blankets. I made a zigzaggy one and I’m nearly finished a Babette sort of one. They’re very satisfying but I don’t know what to do with them all once they’re done. I may have to make a fort.

    1. Thanks! I know what you mean – I can’t see myself crocheting much else as I much prefer knitting, but there is something about a lovely crochet blanket. At least you know you’ll never be cold!

  7. So glad you commented on my blog … now I have found you too! Can’t wait to follow! Nice to find a fellow Brit! 🙂

    Love your granny sqaures. The wool is amazing. I need a friend with an attic of wool!!!

    kate xxx

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