So as my prevous post hinted, I’ve been working on a giant granny square. I picked up this project from Joelle’s Giant Granny Square at The Purl Bee; I used their Granny Square Tutorial and Crochet Basics Tutorial to figure out to do it (with generous help from a lovely friend who works at Purl Soho, actually delivered the yarn when I needed it and some cheering up, and is generally awesome). I’m using Koigu Premium Merino (link to Purl) a.k.a. KPM (link to Ravelry). Having gotten some link soup out of the way, it’s time to talk about how awesome and exciting this project is.
First of all, it’s my first successful atttempt at learning to crochet! I bought a book a while back and attempted to learn at Jewish supplementary summer camp even longer ago (I believe I made most of a yarmulke before getting to a part where I was supposed to use a contrasting color to spell out a name or the like and proceeded to get bored and give up) but I never managed to get quite interested enough to keep up with it. The endless color palate of KPM and the soothing, repetitive nature of this project called to me, so I asked the aformentioned friend if she could possibly pick out a cheerful palate for me and the results were stunning. (See above pictures for how enthralled I was and am!)
Of course, the first batch was not nearly enough for the full splendor one of these giant squares, and I had to return to the store for more. It’s a special, giddy kind of fun to line up all the colors I have already and all of the colors I’m considering and sort them out to different spots and and find that perfect progression that just satisfied my color sense in exactly the right way. It’s a different, slower type of enjoyment to see the colors layering onto each other as I crochet them on.
(I may have picked two more. Um. And I’m waiting on purples to be stocked.)
I also had what may be a first on this project; I didn’t like the way a color order was coming out so I just ripped an entire round and started over. I didn’t have one of those emotional “THIS PROJECT IS CRAP I GIVE UP LET’S THROW IT INTO A CORNER SHALL WE” moments or anything like that. I just pulled it out, wound it up nicely, and took some pictures to comemorate the moment. Then I crocheted the next round.
I’m starting to feel like I’m perhaps compelled to type out this much content becuase I feel awkward about putting in too many pictures without some intermediate filler. Well, um, phooey to that. This is a pictures post. So there. And if you suspect that maybe I had a little too much fun with iPhoto, well, phooey to that, too. There’s no such thing as too much fun editing photos. So there.