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Saturday, February 5, 2011


Warning: shameless bragging below

I've cracked it.  I am a super star crochet genius.  LOOK!

And it's square.  See.

Okay, so it's not a whole blanket or anything.  I am learning that Ta dah! moments are reserved for fabulous creations like Lucy's at Attic 24, but it's a start.  And at least this is clearly recognisable as the first step. And an improvement on the earlier effort.

In the end my sister came to the rescue.  She sent me an email yesterday giving me the link to a series of videos on YouTube which starts with this one and takes you all the way through each step while the nice lady talks to you.  While I love the videos at Meet Me At Mikes, in the end I needed the words as well to get the rhythm of it.  (I told you I trust words...)  And now I feel like I know what I'm doing enough to attempt another one without the video.

But I LOVE this one.  Okay it may not be perfect.  But I had an idea about the cream inside and outer edge of every square, with variations of the other blue/grey colours in the middle.

And I can imagine now how this might work for a whole cushion cover or even a blanket.  Hurray!

AND (cue look of smug self-satisfaction) I have sewn in the ends so it's all neat and tidy.  We'll see how long that lasts...

Before today, I was hedging my bets a bit.  I bought the five skeins, but I had only wound two of them into a ball.  Just in case I couldn't master it and had to bring them back.  But now, I'm in.   All the way.  I'm a crochet queen.  Tomorrow I will wind the rest of my wool.  I discovered Annie and Laura's blog at Nimble Fingers and Steady Eyebrows (what a great name) the other day and they have a wool winding contraption like the one they have in the shop at Purl Soho which looks like this.  Maybe I'll get one one day.  For now, I am happy with my own low tech version.

Granny would be very proud.



  1. I think your square is more than worthy of a Ta Da moment! Looks great! :)

  2. Ruth, thanks so much. I have a childish sense of glee every time I look at it, to the point where I want to carry it around with me and show it to random people on the bus. So far, I've resisted the urge though. Claire
    PS - looked up your husband's new blog which is fab - thanks for the tip.

  3. Your square is great, my first one resembled the one of yours in an earlier post, now you have learnt to do that you will fly,well done!! happy hooking.Carole

  4. Back again Claire! Just following on from the comment you left on my blog about personas. I just wanted to say I really like your style of writing - it shows you as you are and your personality too. I personally think you should keep your writing style as it is. Have a great Monday! :) xx

  5. There is no greater feeling than the one you get when you complete your first granny square after hours and hours of frustration and anger and failure! Well done. Next stop, Blanketville.

  6. This is a bit of a delayed comment but your square is so square I would be stopping random strangers in the street to show them if I could manage such perfection!

    Oh and the swifts are great but not really that necessary.


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