Saturday, February 19, 2011

Commitment

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I don’t know why, but I’ve been reluctant to commit to making a blanket with this pattern.  I think I took the leap last night when I started making a bunch of the middles.  I know I’ll love it when it’s done.  I just hate starting projects and then not finishing them so I’m trying to put more thought into it before plunging in.  I’m definitely NOT making 100 squares like the one in the previous post.  She must have used sport or DK weight yarn that made smaller squares.  I’m going to email her and ask her a bunch of questions.  At 10.5” inches each, I’ll probably make 25 or so and then add a nice wide border.  That’s my thinking at this point, but we’ll see.

Speaking of making the middles, when you make a blanket out of squares (or any other project that requires multiple squares), how do you make yours?  Do you make all the middles first?  Do you crochet each square to completion before moving on to the next?  Which way works best for you?

 

I’ve found that making the first two rounds of each granny square or the middle circle of each square first works best for keeping me motivated to finish.  It just doesn’t seem as daunting a task once you have those middles all stacked up in a basket waiting for you.  I’m just curious how everyone else does it and why.

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I’m excited for the Daytona 500 tomorrow!  I’m making a big pan-full of chicken & cheese stuffed jalapenos today so all I have to do is bake them tomorrow.  YUM!

Okay, have a wonderful weekend, y'all!

20 comments:

  1. Neat new pattern! I like the colors too. It'll be fun to see this project move along.

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  2. Love this pattern Pammy Sue:) It is beautiful ... and your valentine blanket is lovely...
    Thank you for visiting today!
    Have a wonderful we,
    Angie

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  3. I love the pictures but am I alone in finding the font hard to read?????

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  4. That looks like it's going to be a cute one. As far as square production, I have to make the whole thing at once and turn the ends in as I go. I once made a blanket where every round was a different color and waited until I had all 164 squares done before hiding the ends. NEVER AGAIN! It took me a month to get them all cleaned up.

    I just started on the Groovyghan from Tangled.com. You can find the link on Ravelry. Talk about a '70s flashback. I'm actually going to update my blog for this one!

    Sorry for writing a novel...;)

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  5. Oooohhh, loving this pattern and your colors. Definitely keep going! My process is to make a few full squares to decide on color combos. Then I go into robot mode and do all the centers first, then move on to do Row 2 on all, and so on and so forth. Recently I've done the join-as-you-go so I can save time by doing the final row and joining squares simultaneously. For your squares above, however, I would join with slip stitches to give it that clean formal finish. It's going to be a lovely blankie when it's done!

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  6. Making it... The whole thing. 25 should be good.

    I do what you do and try a few test one's first. Then, make all the round centers. Then go back and do the outsides, which go quickly. But, I do sew in my tails on each as I go along, so I don't have to do them all at once.

    Finally, firmed up first two weeks in TPA. The first SOLO....yipeee....

    But, the sun is out, so we are off to do some errands and get some fresh air here. Will check back later, sweetie.

    G.B.

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  7. I like the colors choices... prettty. I am contemplating a circle afghan... but have yet to find a pattern to settle with.

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  8. i like to make the grannys all separate and then do the final border color on each one at the same time....then lay them all out and find the perfect pattern and then sew them together

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  9. I feel your pain ... ooh, the starters. Once you have the middle bits done, though, the rest of it will fly!

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  10. Hi - I'm the make a square etc and join-as-you-go straight away type person. Instant gratification for me to see it grow ☺

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  11. I really like this pattern worked in three colors like that! The colors feel like spring.

    I like the idea of working the middles of squares first, but I usually don't-- mostly because I like to tweak the color distribution as I go, which I find easier to do when I make them all in one go. Also (like Steph), I once had a bad experience of waiting too long to weave in ends. (In fact, I *still* haven't woven them all in, shameful as that is.) I find that working one square at a time helps "force" me to go ahead and do the dirty work, too.

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  12. Lovely pattern in the square :) the colours are great.. happy :))
    I like to make a few colours of the square and then make a pile middles then the next row of that particular colour.. Always sew in ends as you go...... Sure saves that headache at the end :))
    Thanks for stopping by my blog have a great day :))

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  13. Oh, Pammy Sue. I am in the same boat you are, as long as we are headed somewhere warm. I have just started a flower granny blanket, and yes, I try to do just the middles too. I like to join as I go, so the last round has to wait. I do like your squares. I can't wait to see more. I will be posting pics on my blog soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. You inspired me so much to learn to knit, I spent way too much time today at JoAnn Fabrics, Micheal's, & Hobby Lobby looking at yarns and stuff. Im gonna do it! I am gonna take a class or something before Easter! That's my goal. With giving up Facebook for Lent, I will have extra time lol...
    I actually was looking for a type of sequins to repair a Cocktail dress for my daughter. But I keep wondering over to the beautiful yarns & thought of you & my other knitting & crocheting friends.
    Have a great Sunday!

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  15. I love them! Love them. Enjoy your race!

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  16. Pammy Sue,

    Your crocheting amazes me. I love the blanket you are making and the colors are beautiful. How's your arm feeling?

    Cindy Bee

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  17. These round to squares grannies are adorable and I love the color choices!

    Am I the only one that is having problems reading the pale blue on the white back-ground? My eyes must really be getting bad...

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  18. Seeing as how I have a hard time with commitment on large projects, I can answer you that I like doing the whole square. I have at least 3 that come to mind wip's blankets. And if I start this one that will be 4!!! But I think I will wait, or check your previous post. Didn't you say there were a couple of errors that you found and corrected? At the least, if you make a 15 square blanket and the squares are 10.5 inches, that's a good size lapghan isn't it? 52.5x31.5 That might be easier for me to finish. xoxox

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  19. Yes!!! I had seen Prairie Mouse's lovely blanket when she first finished it (that's how I started reading her blog) and LOVED it, with those pretty pastels. Her squares are just so... SQUARE, nice and neatly formed.

    Like you, though, I'm not sure how she had the fortitude to see that through unless she WAS using DK yarn, and I think in the UK, that IS the more common weight to use. I realized (after some time) that Attic24's Lucy was also using DK-weight yarn for most of her projects, since the pattern always called for a G hook, and I couldn't see using anything smaller than an H with our typical worsted weights.

    Also, like you, I do well when forming a sort of assembly line. Perhaps 10 at a time of the middles, and then keep going from there. If I already have a color placement in mind for the final layout, I might even start seaming or crocheting them together as I go, to keep my momentum up. I also might weave in all my ends every 10 squares or so, just to keep from derailing at THAT critical point near the end of a project.

    Do whatever works for you, lady! Your squares are just beautiful - love that each one has white "petals" with different inner/outer colors.

    Erica

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  20. When I made my Black Beauty throw I made all the centers in each color. Then I added the next colors to the granny squares. The last round was the black color which I crocheted as I used the "join as you go" method. It just depends on my color selection if I make the full granny square (minus the last round) or do just the centers first. I did the ends as I finish each granny square because I would go crazy with millions of ends to do at the finish. When I am finished I want to be finished completely.
    I like your glass covers they are so pretty. I've never made any of them but one of these days I will.
    I'm making another throw and hope to post about it soon. Have a lovely day Pammy Sue! You are so lucky to have warm days now. We are back to cold weather again here.

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