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Crocheting a Rough Draft with the Granny Stripe Blanket


Another day, another work-in-progress!  I'm working on the Granny Stripe pattern from Baby Afghans


One of my friends from college is expecting her first baby this fall and I wanted to make her this blanket.  I love rainbow-type color combinations and I thought the dark brown would make this look extra warm and cheerful right as the weather will start to get chilly.  I realized early into the project that I wanted to go up a hook size.  Or two.  My gauge was fine with an H hook, but the end result feels a little too bunchy and stiff. 


But I kept going.  I wanted to see if this would stretch a bit as it grew heavier.  And I wanted to try out this pattern so that I could make this little afghan as beautifully as as I can for my friend and her baby.  One of the reasons I like to make a pattern repeatedly is because it always makes me a little sad and confused when I finally get the hang of something and then I have to go onto the next thing.  I just got good at it!  Why not try it again to make something better?! 

It's not going to get better than these colors, though. I just want to put that out there.

When my friend and I were just a few weeks into college, we started giving each other our papers to review if we (fine, I) had them finished a day or two before a deadline.  We would check each others work and offer feedback.  This time around, I'm really taken with the idea of mailing her a blanket that's been fully planned, well-composed, and carefully crafted.  I think I ripped off a syllabus section about essay answers in quizzes.  I've been reminiscing a lot about our time together in school and my memory takes me on some strange detours sometimes.  Anyway, my point is that I don't mind that this blanket isn't The Blanket. 

I've been thinking about the color arrangement and I do believe I'm going to follow the instructions and repeat the color repeats twice instead of mirroring them like I'm doing with this one.   I'll figure out how to weave in these ends discretely. 


And, of course, I'll make this larger. I don't know what I'll do with this rough draft of a baby afghan.  But I have one more row of the border to crochet and then the real work of making the next version will begin.  I'm really looking forward to it.

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