In addition to being “an emergency procedure word used internationally as a distress signal in voice procedure radio communications,” mayday is also the distress signal for crocheters everywhere when they wake up one morning and realize that all the time they thought they had to complete a project has evaporated into the ether.

Such was the position in which I found myself when I awoke this morning. The changing of the calender from April 30 to May 1 meant that an entire month disappeared overnight, and suddenly the deadline for this beach-blanket-to-be/wedding gift was looming much larger on the horizon.

With 19 squares to finish and join along with ancillary strips of crochet to fill in where needed before I could even begin to think of doing the border and blocking, I decided that I really needed to make a push to get some work done on the Granny Square Sampler. With my dog walked, coffee made, and my trusty 5.0 mm hook in hand, I got to work.

I started where I left off yesterday with Square A-2:

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The third granny squared joined

With just one more three-round granny needed to complete the square I got out my Red Heart Super Saver and in a move that felt both bold and foolish, I worked the first two rounds of the fourth square with lavender and carrot:

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The first two rounds of the fourth three-round granny square for Square A-2

Not entirely certain I had made a good choice, I persisted anyway and worked the third (and, in this instance, joining) round in magenta:

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Crochet Square A-2 completed

Satisfied that the colors of Square A-2 would fit with the rest of what I had done so far, I prepared to join it to the body of the blanket:

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I prepare to add Square A-2 to the granny square sampler

and got out my Red Heart Super Save gold and crocheted the final and joining round:

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Square A-2 joined to the beach-blanket-to-be

With A-2 securely attached, I then crocheted additional strips to square things up and even them out. From there, I got to work on Square B-1. After making several mistakes on the last two rounds that necessitated more frogging than I would have liked, I finally finished it:

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Crochet Square B-1

Pleased with how the square had come out (if not with how long it took me to get it done), I checked to see how it would fit onto the larger piece:

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Square B-1 ready for joining

and then joined it with Red Heart Super Saver claret:

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I join Square B-1

Knowing that I still had some daylight to work with, I continued on my quest to make measurable progress and finished Square I-2 with hardly any unraveling:

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Crochet Square I-2

Here is how it looked before joining:

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I prepare to add Square I-1 to the Granny Square Sampler

and here is how it looked after:

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Square I-2 joined to the blanket

While there were times that my crochet day did not go as smoothly as I would have chosen, I did achieve my goal of making measurable progress, and I am looking forward to going to sleep, so I can get up tomorrow morning and do it all over again.



4 thoughts on “Mayday!

  1. Love the progress from yesterday! And love the sampler nature of this blanket and that there are so many different patterns all combining together. Toying with the idea of setting myself a similar project as it would push the boundaries all the time although I like learning a repetitive pattern that after a bit one has memorised and is therefore very portable. Also am mulling over the compatibility factor – not sure all the blocks in my Jan Eaton book come out the same size. Could you tell me the name of the book you are using if it is a book? Hope today has some clear space for you to replicate yesterday’s advances! Elizabeth

  2. Go Leslie Go!!! I have Great faith in you and know you will get it done on time…Looks Awesome….(Now quit reading and get to hooking) 🙂

  3. I love the look of that…What issue of Better Homes and Garden was that in and what size are those squares??? Glad to see that I’m not the only one that uses RH Supersaver…They have some awesome colors…

    Knowing some of your previous endeavors: i.e. last yrs NC State Fair piece I totally BELIEVE in your ability to get this to deadline on time!!!!!

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