The past two days as I have sorted through the crochet bits and pieces of my life in an effort to turn them into something that can be used by someone, somewhere, I put a lot of emphasis on the crochet rose granny squares that were originally created to be part of my 2014 North Carolina State Fair project:
Due to design considerations (as well as the size and weight of the final piece), I had to abandon the roses, but I had had to make quite a number of them in order to find out that they wouldn’t work, and I had left them with long tails for ease of joining.
As such, the squares had a very high propensity to tangle, and I thought that if I made them into something and wove in the ends, I would not only make something useful, I would also reduce the amount of time I would have to spend untangling the original squares.
By early afternoon, I had completed two five-inch four-patch crochet rose granny squares for Project Amigo, and one nine-patch crochet rose granny square for which I had a different project in mind.
All I could think was “who would not want to do this?” and while I packed boxes and prepared to move, I had in the back of my mind that as soon as I got settled, I would make something so that I too could participate in this endeavor.
So today, when I had gotten this far with my rehabbed crochet rose squares:
I decided that I would make at least two, and the first would be one to honor my maternal grandmother, Violet Benjamin.
In addition to being known for keeping a very tidy home, she also had a talent for growing roses, and I decided that while the square did not yet meet the size requirement for the Biggest Crochet Blanket project:
it had potential. So using a 4.0 mm hook and more Red Heart Super Saver cornmeal yarn, I got to work, adding a round of assorted double crochet shells which was followed by a round of single crochet to fill it out, and happily for me the square went from being “too small” to “just right”
Contributing granny squares for what is hoped to be “The Biggest Crochet Blanket in the World 2018,” is (to my mind) a worthy goal, and I hope that some (or all) of you can join me in my crocheting some 20×20 cm (8″x8″ for those of us still using The English system of measurements) for this project. For those of you who do participate, the deadline for single granny squares is April 30, 2018, and you can send your squares to:
De Hofwijck, Dirk Zeperweg 2, 8917 AZ Leeuwarden, The Netherlands