I have no idea where the week went. I woke up to a Sunday morning which seemed half over before I even managed to get out of bed. Not wanting to waste any of what remained of the weekend, I tried to choose a project to work on and while I didn’t know it at the time it would be square 13 and square 95 that called out to me the loudest.
I have so many undone and half done project, I often don’t know where to start, but this morning (what was left of it after “springing forward”), I reviewed my various project and saw that if I am to not get any further behind on the Jean Leinhauser 101 Crochet Squares crochet-a-long, I needed to make at least one square, and if I wanted to continue to gain ground as I have been, then I needed to make at least two.
In reviewing the squares that had been added to the to-do queue, I was delighted to see that Square 13 had finally been chosen.
I have had my eye on this square for awhile now, and after making it, I can say that I love this square. Drawing on my pajamas for color inspiration, I used Red Heart With Love boysenberry and navy along with a vintage green acrylic I bought from my son’s trumpet teacher. Here is the result:
I liked everything about making this square. The use of front and back post stitches adds interest and texture and highlights portions of stitches on previous rounds that usually are not visible. There is a lot to be learned from this square, and while I don’t think I absorbed all of the lessons it has to offer, I am sure I will turn to it again for inspiration.
For my second square, I went with Square 95. I mistakenly thought that because it was “only” four rounds, it would go quickly, but given that I misread the directions and had to work round 3 (the round with all of the stitch dense popcorns) twice, it ended up taking as much time as five rounds would have, but I found the addition of the popcorn stitches in the third round is an interesting technique that could be used to good effect in other instances.
When I begin work on a project I know that no matter what the outcome, I will learn something, and it is this process of learning and discovery that makes crochet an indispensable part of my day.