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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Granny's squares

Or maybe I should say "granny's granny squares". Confused? Let me explain.
 
granny squares, crochet, crochet throw

My maternal grandmother passed away in 1993 and while going though her things, my mother found a bag full of granny squares. They were clearly made with leftover bits of yarn but followed a similar color pattern: red in the center, black or dark blue in the second row, then lighter blue, then grey or beige and finally white.


granny squares, crochet, crochet throw

Although there was a large number of squares, my grandmother hadn't sewn them together, there was still a lot of unused yarn and we had no idea what she intended to do with it. My mother took everything home and decided to make a throw, since it seemed the most obvious solution. Along the years I'm sure she made some additional squares, but even though she's an awesome knitter, she really doesn't like to crochet and I'm pretty sure she forgot all about it.


granny squares, crochet, crochet throw

Since during the winter at our house we use lots of throws (we have them in our living room, our home office, the guest bedroom, our beds, etc) I decided it was time to finally put it all together and actually use it. However, as usual, it was easier said than done and the poor bag sat in a corner, again, untouched, for quite some time.

granny squares, crochet, crochet throw


In my current quest to declutter the house, I finally got round to crochet the final squares to have a rectangle of appropriate size and finished sewing them together. I still have to wash it, as it has been in storage for too long, but at least now it is out of the unfinished objects pile.

granny squares, crochet, crochet throw

On a side note, my kids have already started to argue which of them will be using it first...

Enjoy,

20 comments:

  1. I love that you have this!!! My grandma made everyone in the family a crochet throw when I was younger and I love it! My daughter still uses it :-)

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    1. I also have several others made by my grandmother, but this was the only one I got to finish myself and I'm really proud of it.
      Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. I'm currently in the process of decluttering my home, so I can totally relate though my dilemma is just the opposite - too many throws. I really need to find another home for them where they can be appreciated.

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    1. We have lots of throws too, but while they are being used I'm OK with it. Thank you for stopping by and have a wonderful weekend!

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  3. Beautiful!! and a family heirloom!! Thanks for sharing on My 2 Favorite Things!! I hope you come back next week!!

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    1. Thank you Elaine, have a wonderful weekend!

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  4. Very nice, I am sure plenty of hours were put into making it. I have always admired people that do these things, while we are crafty in other matters we have never engaged into this art.

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    1. Thank you for stopping by, have a great week!

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  5. Not only do I love this granny square afghan, I LOVE the story behind it :) Wonderful job putting it all together.
    I would love for you to share this at our Yarn Fanatic Link Party - http://eyeloveknots.blogspot.com/2015/01/yarn-fanatic-linky-party-19.html.

    Alexandra
    EyeLoveKnots.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Alexandra. I've shared this post to your party and I'm now following you on Bloglovin not to miss the upcoming ones. Have a wonderful week!

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  6. This is such a pretty granny square blanket. I know that these take many hours of work!

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    1. They do, although I pretty much had the easy task of just finishing it :). Still, I'm glad it's now ready to use. Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. How fun! I love that it was touched by so many members of your family. Grannie's Granny squares are wonderful. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  8. Olá Teresa, que rica recordação que ficou da sua avó. Adoro a combinação de cores e o conforto que são essas mantas.
    Boa semana,
    Beijinhos,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com



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  9. I love that it got started years ago and you finished it. Its something you can keep forever. I have a few things my mom crocheted, but not lucky enough to have any of my grans. I'm jealous! I love the squares. I found you on The Philosopher's Wife's yarny link. I follow! Thanks!
    ~Crystal
    Crochet A Day In The Life
    http://krystlewv.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you for stopping by Crystal. Yes, I'm lucky, I have several throws that were made by my grandmother, though this was the only one I got to finish...

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  10. That is awesome that you were able to finish the blanket! Seriously. I love when projects span generations and have a special meaning. Thanks so much for sharing.

    (I hope to "see" you at the Yarn Fanatic Party again!)

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