I consider myself an experienced knitter. I am pretty sure that I have spent somewhere between 7000 and 10,000 hours over the past 10 years working on some knitting project or another. I have experimented with color work, cables, lace, and sock techniques. The projects that used to seem like a challenge are now my favorite relaxation.
No so with crochet. As is the case with most knitters, I have acquired only those crochet skills that I absolutely needed to finish some of my knitting projects.
But lately I have become obsessed with making granny squares.
My guess it that the Fall/Winter issue of the Flea Market Style Magazine had a lot to do with it. There was an article on repurposing vintage granny squares from old, possibly damaged afghans. These adorable hand warmers are now in my queue.
Fortunately my meager crochet skills are quite sufficient to make these lovely granny squares projects. The only yarn I needed to purchase was enough of the edging color (usually black) to create any project I want. I have loads of stash and enough colorful scraps to make a boatload of squares.
Another article I found on the Confessions of a Yarn-a-holic website describes the history of the Granny Square:
According to a 1946 article attributed to the Oregon Worsted Company, the thrifty women of early America would carefully save scraps of yarn and fiber unraveled from old sweaters and socks. As these scraps accumulated, they were crocheted into small squares; the colors combined on the whim of the craftsman. The squares were then sewn together to make a blanket which was both functional and colorful. Because grandma was no longer up for manual labor, she was often the one to sew the squares together, thus they became GRANNY SQUARES.
What is your latest needlework project? I will gladly post any project pictures on my Ballycastle Knits FB page.