Lessons learned

I started writing this blog post on March 1, 2011, and it presented an unwelcome opportunity to reflect on lessons learned.

It was supposed to be a reflection on what had happened in the past year since I wrote my inaugural blog post, about how I came to crochet, and a little bit about the woman who taught me.

But as I was attempting to upload a photo, bad database things began to happen. At first it slowed to a crawl, then it stopped. The blog host was called in the middle of the night. A case was opened. The database would be refreshed. It would take 15 minutes. An hour later the case was escalated. At two o’clock, sleep overtook me.

This morning, I no longer had the necessary permissions to access my blog. I wrote rude tweets and ate chocolate. Then later in the afternoon while my blog was still down, the internet service to my neighborhood was interrupted, and that is the point at which I surrendered, left the house, and got myself a diet coke.

But yesterday, while I sat through my son’s assorted lessons (he had both trumpet and Aikido), I crocheted and reflected on all that had happened in my crochet life this past year.

March entered like a lamb, and I started my day by continuing to work on organizing my crochet empire/guest room.

I got out the pile of longer yarn scraps from the previous day:

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The pile of scraps to be added used for my great-granny square

along with my H hook, and managed to untangle or unravel almost the entire pile and crochet it into my great-granny square before it was time for lunch.

In the time I had after lunch and before my son’s trumpet lesson, I turned by attention to a Square B-2 from the Granny Square Sampler afghan featured in Better Homes and Gardens Crocheting and Knitting. I had originally written a post about this square on April 8, 2010, and at the time I had included the directions for what I had done that differed from written directions in the book, but resulted in a square that much more closely resembled the one pictured in the book.

And my directions would have been perfect except that they weren’t, and I was not able to tell by looking what had been left out.

So with my copy of Better Homes and Gardens Knitting and Crocheting, along with the trusty 4.5 mm hook that has seen me through so much, my Red Heart Super Saver stash, and my completed Granny Sampler afghan where I could easily see it, I began to once again work square B-2, and in the process, I found my mistake.

It turned out that I had neglected to include the directions for what should have been round 5 of an 8 round granny square. Instead, I skipped right over it and then incorrectly labeled rounds 6, 7, and 8 as rounds 5, 6, and 7.

This time, however, I took reasonably good photos of how I worked the errant round that comes between rounds 4 and rounds 5:

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Round 4.5 attach a new color with a single crochet to the right of any chain one space of round 4

After joining the new color with a sc into the stitch to the right of any ch-1 space from the previous round, work a second sc into the same stitch, *sc in next ch-1 space, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 5 stitches, 2 sc in the next stitch*; repeat from * to* 3 times more, then sc in next ch-1 space, 2 sc in next st, sc in each of the next 5 stitches, join with a sl st to the first sc made. [50 sc]

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Square B-2 with the missing round completed

I got to this point just in time to take a photo before we were off to the next thing which, as it happened was my son’s trumpet lesson.

I grabbed a skein of the vintage yarn I had purchased from his trumpet teacher two lessons ago:

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Vintage acrylic yarn from Kmart

my J hook, and started on another stash bag while my son worked on his scales and The Imperial March from the movie, Star Wars.

This is how far I had gotten by the time his lesson was over:

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What I did at my son’s trumpet lesson

Then the database debacle happened, but at least for the moment the debacle has subsided. I have a few pictures that need to be restored on three days worth of posts, but it is, at least, manageable, and I finished the new stash bag and still have some chocolate hidden away, just in case.

7 thoughts on “Lessons learned

  1. Its great to have you back, Crochetbug. Yesterday’s mishaps messed up my morning. All is right with the world now because your colors are back in it.

  2. Thanks for the instructions on B2! As I was waiting for the correction, I moved on to other squares so have about half of them done.

    Am embarking on the D squares this weekend.

    I wasn’t sure if I wanted to continue on with the B squares – my hubby doesn’t care for them and I am carrying psychological baggage from them.

    But when I asked my son which square was his favorite, he choose a star square.

    I am in awe of you and your persistence in redoing the poor instructions from the book. I have difficulty with even slight variations in the instructions, so am quite in awe of your abilities!


    1. @Denise, Honestly, it took me 13 years to get to the point that I could attempt to tease out what was really going on in the individual squares.

      One day, I plan a second attempt using the joining method actually used instead of the one given in the directions.

  3. I wonder, on the bad instructions, did any of them turn out to be a workable design even if they weren’t as pictured?

    I’ve gone the easy way on the D squares and am stitching the designs. My husband walked in and said “why in the world are you doing giant cross-stitch?!!” He gets points for recognizing cross-stitch as opposed to crochet.

    I am going to use the joining method you recommended on your blog.

    Oh, oh – I wanted to ask….did you block each individual square before putting together?

    1. I think your cross-stitch method is a great idea. I did one of the D Squares as pictured, and the other I did as instructed. The one I did as pictured was very dense and stiff with stitches and ends woven in, the one I did as instructed was a little tougher to fit into the space, but I made it work.

      As for blocking, I should have but didn’t. The next one I do, I will definitely block the squares as I go.

      The joining method I used as a single crochet through both stitches. I like the sturdiness of that stitch and the visual detail that it creates.

      And yes, your husband definitely gets extra points for knowing cross stitch from crochet. Go Hubby!

  4. The thought of doing another one seems impossible, but then I think “wouldn’t one with these colors be great….”

    My son wanted to be assured this one is for “us” so perhaps I’ll make him one of his own…after some distance on this one of course!

    Thanks again!

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