Just one square

First, thank you to everyone who took the time to comment or message me with regard to my uncle’s recent passing.

Second, (as a follow up to yesterday’s “Crochet redux: If Frank Stella crocheted”), I did finally finished the Frank Stella inspired granny square on February 17, 2011 – eleven days after Super Bowl XLV was over. Here is a photo of the completed piece:

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My If-Frank-Stella-Crocheted granny square as of this morning

But life is, as we know, persistent, and today I found myself having to persist when I would have much rather sat on the sofa crocheting and eating bon bons.

Instead, I had something that needed my attention most of the day; this left my dog, Clooney, free to gaze out the various windows of the house and report to me, through his barking and expressive vocalizations, the comings and goings of people and dogs in the neighborhood.

Finally, at three o-clock, I relented and took him over to a neighbor’s to play with other dogs.

With my dog’s social needs met, at least for a time, I set out with my son to his trumpet lesson.

I have come to love my son’s trumpet lessons.

Once a week, for forty-five minutes I experience a curiously uplifting solitude. Nothing at the trumpet teacher’s house is my responsibility – not even my child – and in that three-quarters of an hour when I am absolved of most of my responsibilities, I can do what I wish, and today what I wished was to work on the vanilla textured squares afghan.

I need twelve more small textured squares to be used in making three more medium textured squares which will then be joined (along with five other medium textured squares) into two groups of four which will then form the last two large textured squares I need for the project.

Once that is done, all that is left is a border and weaving in of ends.

But first, I need those twelve small textured squares.

With my 4.5mm hook and a partial skein of Red Heart Super Saver aran, I crocheted a small textured square. By the end of the lesson, I had finished one square:

Here is a photo of the front:

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The front of one small textured crochet square

and here is a photo of the back:

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The back of one small textured square

Sometimes progress is measured in leaps and bounds, but sometimes progess is made one square at a time.

Related video tutorial: How to make a textured crochet square

6 thoughts on “Just one square

  1. love that last line!!! I am working on a rather ummm lovley(many steps) 6 inch stained glass square.Got uptight when i did not get it done all at once. But because it is several small squares at first,I got a lot done.. Like comments about Cloony, my Casey lets me know when it is time to put the hook down with her “sick cow eyes”look. Getting excited about vanilla Go go go have a happy hooking day (productive??)

  2. I just received my copy of Maggy Ramsay’s book set the task of some version your vanilla afghan to be completed before the summer. I hope to tap into your’s and Mary’s persistence and also the pleasure and power of “just one square.” Now there’s a motto for more than just crochet!

  3. Some days we just don’t get anything accomplished. And some days we just get one square done. 🙂

  4. while I think each and every one of us like to work from a place of giving or doing our best: what I think we each need to remember – is that each and every day ‘our best’ is going to be different than it was the day before!!
    from my experience with crochet I have also learned that some days one square does not work up as smoothly or as easily as the previous one just made….
    Leslie thanx for a wonderful week of crochet insights 🙂

  5. a P.S. finished my stained glass square!!! thinking about “just on square” the whole way… luv kris’s and Lyns insightful thoughts. Maddy; persistence is NOT my middle name.thank you for thinking so..LOL So glad to have “met” all of you through Leslie.. I know this is not a chat room.But I am not real computer savy thanx for sharing space Leslie… NOW what to hook next…mmmmmm

  6. Love the afghan, the writing and the last sentence. “One square at a time” really works, no matter what we’re talking about.

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