Thursday, 27 June 2013

The Brave Beginnings of a Blanket

Granny square mania has swept the world of McAree Brothers recently.  At last count, blanket squares were being worked on by Sophia and Susan (both having just learnt to crochet), by Magz and by Maddie (who is actually working on two blankets simultaneously-- industrious or what?)!  Two weeks ago, I finally stopped resisting the urge to join in and bravely decided to work my way through some of my stash and hook some squares of my own.

Square made from Adriafil Regina and Rowan Pure Wool DK
The idea of a granny square blanket is one that has tempted me for literally years.  I love how they look draped over an armchair or a bed: bright and cosy, but also decorative in a kind of kitschy, retro way.  The perfect balance between good and bad taste.  Since I so obviously think they’re pretty wonderful, how come I’ve never even begun to make one until now? 

In truth, I was very concerned that I’d never finish it.  Such a giant project was daunting for someone who likes to speed through projects in quick succession.  Sure, each square wouldn’t take that long, but when I thought of the total time it would take to make a whole, bed-sized, blanket, I remained utterly convinced that I’d never maintain interest for long enough to actually complete the darn thing.

As I saw everyone else working on their wee squares, however, a little hope starting to raise its head and I realised that I might be able to make one after all; I would just have to change the way I viewed my crochet projects.  Instead of being something to race through as quickly as possible, in order to be able to start on my next idea, this would have to be a longer term investment piece, to be worked on alongside other projects.  It’ll eventually be finished, I hope, even though that seems a long way off yet.

In the meantime, at least I have everyone else’s lovely squares around me to keep me motivated, as well as the thought that a blanket will one day emerge from my piles of squares!

Why not have a go at making some of your own Granny Squares?  We've got a few books to help you on your way...
Learn to Crochet
Patons Booklet 3826: Learn to Crochet with Wool Blend Aran 

20 To Make: Crocheted Granny Squares

Or, if you're near Stirling, why not book a place on our Learn to Crochet Workshop with Carol Meldrum?

Post by Heather in our Edinburgh branch

Monday, 3 June 2013


Are you free at lunchtime next Wednesday (12 June, 2013)?  Between 12pm and 2pm we’re hosting a wee Knit in Public event to celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day (which is actually a week long, so that it can be celebrated simultaneously all over the world).

Bring along whatever you’re working on, or pick up some supplies to start something new. We’re going to take all the chairs outside, so feel free to drop by and join us for an hour or two. Coffee, tea and delicious cakes will be available for purchase from Bon Papillon cafĂ© next door.

The weather looks promising, so remember to bring suncream.  Best to also bring a woolly jumper though - in Scotland, the clouds are rarely far away.  In case of rain, we will relocate to Bon Papillon and continue to knit away merrily!

Crocheters are also very welcome. Hopefully see you there :)

Post by Heather in our Edinburgh branch