More of The Bridge, and Blobs and Holes

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The first fifteen. They're eight inches square, arranged "randomly" but mostly not sewn together yet. I'm using all the same yarns that I used for rippling — mostly Baby Cashmerino with other sport- and DK-weight yarns mixed in, chosen for color more than anything else. Most of the yarns are still from the stash, but I've spent a few bucks at Close Knit supplementing what I had with a few more-neutral colors — grays, olives, an aqua. I need some mustard, but otherwise, I'm happy. The mint green — it's okay. It works for me, in a weird way. It reminds me of that color they painted old garden tools, and shed doors. If I'd had my druthers I would've gone with gray, but it's a LOT of yarn. I had ten skeins of the mint but I'm pretty sure I'll only be able to finish the square-y top part with that, and I'll have to get more for the side part (all mint).

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Kim's seriously got the fever. She's organizing the 'ghan Olympics, I think, with events for everyone: today, the Granny-Along. (There is also a companion Flickr group and I forgot I was a member of the Grannysquares group, and there is also this granny-along group. I know that a few people mentioned that they'd started some other groups, too — there is a lot of super-cool granny-squaring going on out there!) I'm a terrible and unreliable joiner, historically, but I'm going to join the -along, my very first -along. I like seeing how everyone interprets these classics in their own ways. The variations on theme are infinite. It's wonderful.   

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For anyone who has written and asked me questions about the 'ghans, please read backwards through the posts here on the blog — I've tracked my sources and progress as thoroughly as I am able to, and any answers I have are already here. I made a decision early on with this to crochet on top of all the ends as I made color changes. I don't tie knots, I don't weave anything in — I am just holding the ends of the previous yarn on top of the previous row and going right over for several inches, and then leaving about a half-inch sticking out the back. I suspect this is not a very hardy way to handle ends — that is, they will most likely start snaking out, eventually, or after washing (though this will be hand-washed when necessary). But, knowing myself as I do, if I had to stop and weave in all these ends this thing would never get done. It just wouldn't. So I'm going with this method and we'll see what happens. I actually have no idea if it's the best thing to do, you know, for the health of the 'ghan — but at this point, for me, if there is to be a 'ghan at all, it'll be a 'ghan with its ends tucked uncomplicatedly into its rows. So it's the right thing to do to ensure the mere existence of the 'ghan. There could be a better way I don't know about, so I'm not necessarily recommending it, mind you — I'm just saying, this is what I'm doing.

I do very much hope that approach meets with Bridget's approval. As ever.

Squares13

Yeah. She's not buying it.

57 comments

It is so cute. Cats have such a way of being in the middle of things and yet sooo alooft. Only cashmerino on these tootsies. Such good taste. I am not surprised that she is not next to you purring her thoughts as you work. The grey is great with your colour palette. Too cool!

I do my ends like that, too, and so far so good. And I machine wash everything. If i can't throw it in the washer I'd go nuts! To many things to potentially hand wash with a pre schooler and a toddler about.

I second Claire's comment. I do my ends like that and machine wash and have only had a couple string unthread, which is easy to fix if you really want to. Who's gonna notice a few loose threads though? (only every other crafter that comes to your home right!?!) And more importantly who cares if they do!

It's looking great! I really like the mint green. Your reference to the garden tools has a soft spot in my heart. One year, my mom started collecting those, and kitchen tools with the same handles. She even hung them up next to the stove, but we were forbidden to use them. That drove me nuts!

Wow, that is coming along beautifully!

I love the mint green! Bridget will learn to love it!!

I've been following along with the progress - you are a granny square machine! It looks fabulous. Isn't it great how all the colors are looking very Alicia-ish!

Oh - and a hint on the ends.

Leave them long - about 1". Then delicate machine wash the afghan on a very short cycle (or handwash) after the project is finished. The washing will set the ends and then clip them off close. They usually won't pop out after.

You are tempting me to get out my crochet hook. I have always loved granny squares.

It reminds me of the Denyse Schmidt log cabin quilts! I love it!

Amanda Ferroggiaro says: March 07, 2007 at 04:27 PM

Alicia,

Your talents are amazing. Love the colors you have selected -

It's looking great! You're inspiring me to use up all those odds 'n ends of yarn in my stash to make granny squares.

That is just beautiful!! I LOVE the mint green.

I love it!

well, all i can say is bee is one distinguished lady. such grace!
btw, i do the same thing with the ends... if it goes all to hell, i am going to be angry!

Wow, that cat does love that afghan -- and so do I! It's looking beautiful!

OMG, you're killing me here! I'm working away on my ripple blanket. I like the mint green, is it Baby Cashmerino also?

I have the current issue of Romantic Homes on my nightstand but didn't know that was you until I just came here via Decor8. Congratulations on the coverage. Your blog is adorable, too.

Surcie

Not much to say, except gorgeous!

I looooove the mint green. It's so not a "background" colour and yet it works really well. My favourite square is the peachy-olive one, two down from Bee in the 2nd picture.

I especially like the colors used in your granny blocks. Also they look like they were made with a smaller hook than traditional grannies. They have a more 'feminine' look for lack of a better description.
BTW, I haven't noted yet which country you are in. I ask only because on my blog I link to several bloggers and I include their country. Just an afterthought. I do enjoy reading your blog, and I LOVE the embroidered cakes and sweets in your photos - they are what initially caught my eye on my first visit to your blog. Thanks!

Ohhh that is so delicious I'm tempted to learn crochet. I knitted a single sized blanket a few years ago but it took me a year to do... I just love your colour selection

I love it! Stunning. And the mint green is just lovely. I hope you can get more the same. I love the comment from Kristin about what to do with those ends. I'm crocheting straight over the top of them too with my ripple. As if there would be any other way!

That is, seriously, without a doubt, the prettiest afghan I have ever seeen.

You will get me to crochet another afghan before you are finished with all of this! I resisted ripple, too monotonous for me (I'm already 46 cm into a monotonous afghan.) But this granny square! It's calling to me....

Elizabeth says: March 08, 2007 at 08:20 AM

Beautiful colorway!

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My name is Alicia Paulson
and I love to make things. I live with my husband and daughter in Portland, Oregon, and design sewing, embroidery, knitting, and crochet patterns. See more about me at aliciapaulson.com

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