I've been eyeing this pattern for awhile and finally decided to jump in. I would love to make a traditional granny square blanket but at least for now I just don't have the patience to weave in all those ends. This one big granny square blanket is working up fairly fast and with only two ends to weave in per round it's not nearly as taxing. It's made from Cotton Ease which is one of my favorite yarns. Being a cotton blend it is much softer to work with than 100% cotton and rates high on the squeeze-ability scale. I love the colors that are available, I just wish there were more of them. My youngest son has already claimed this blanket while Stripey goes to my oldest son. Next in the queue will be a blanket for my daughter.
My sister and I were talking the other day about what great gifts blankets make. I love that I can make this for my 9 year old son and he will be able to use it just as well now as he will in college, his first apartment, married life, etc. When you think of it that way then the time you put into it seems so minimal and worthwhile.
This is my other WIP that is just for me. It's a long (about 6') and very soft shawl/wrap (shawl sounds so old lady-ish and wrap doesn't sound warm enough). Done in shell stitch, I'm going to edge it with that rust color (in the picture it looks more orangey than rust but it's not). I'm about half way on this project but it's moving along pretty quickly too.
For the wrap, I was inspired by the color combination of the Cafe Curtain (pictured above) from Vintage Crochet - one of my many favorites from this book.
I'm hoping to have some things in my shop for Easter too but with it so early this year and my studio a huge mess it won't be easy. I do have plans for Mother's Day though!