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    Thursday
    May192016

    Granny square love

    It's funny, how sometimes something is just a bit meh, and other times it's all you think about!

    Crochet granny squares have always been my most popular class by miles. Maybe because I spent so much time teaching them, I was not especially bothered about them.

    But I decided to take a break from teaching the class, and stressful things happened and my creativity reduced. One day I thought about just why granny squares are so popular, and I picked up my hook. A couple of granny squares later my creative brain started pinging. And an almost fully fledged book idea appeared in my head, entirely by itself.

    Granny squares? Really? They are such a cliche!

    But more & more I felt that I might be onto something. I had a chat with some friends (including the lovely and very helpful Joanne of Not So Granny & half of The Crochet Project - thanks!) and I started to play around with some of my extensive stash. And the things I made were good. We were going through the annual stress with county over our son's education - but even more so this time as he is 16 and that's the time that is most likely to trigger a school move. We also had to go through the process of applying for PIP (Personal independence payment) on his behalf, which anyone who has done it knows is a horrible process. But the simplicity of granny squares, the repetitive stitches, the feel of good yarn, the interplay of colours, all worked their magic. No deadlines. Crochet as therapy. And ideas kept coming.

    And so there will be a book. A physical, printed, self published book. I prefer physical books for crafts - useful to have electronic patterns so I can print out and scribble on them - but on the whole I prefer books. The patterns will also be available as pdfs so people who prefer e-patterns don't need to worry! I'm tweaking the patterns I've already made, and I've planned the missing designs. All accessories, no blankets. Simple, stylish, easy to wear accessories, all of them based on granny squares & using that construction. Some are not square - there are triangles and hexagons too - but if you can make a granny square you can make these.

    I need to find out how much the tech editing, photography & printing will cost, and I am planning a modest Kickstarter campaign to help to fund those, but mostly to gauge how many books I will need to print in the first* run. I don't want to impose a deadline on myself, but I do want to get it done reasonably soon. Ideally I want to have the book ready for sale this autumn.

    Here's one of the hats blocking - I love the simplicity of the stitches & shape that showcase the pretty yarn so well. I will tell you more about the inspiration and the narrative of the book later. I'm so happy with it!

    *assuming I sell some & don't end up using a pile of self published books as a night table or something.......

    Reader Comments (7)

    Yay! So pleased for you. Hat is beautiful as was the shawl you wore to wonderwool!

    May 19, 2016 | Unregistered Commenterjoanne

    About time too! You are a very talented lady who needs to share. 😘

    May 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterJuliaWatt

    I can't wait to see it - and stock it, and crochet from it xxx

    May 19, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterTina

    Thanks all. It's all coming together pretty well so far :)

    May 19, 2016 | Registered CommenterJacqui Harding

    What a coincidence. These are what I have been making for similar stressful reasons. Let me know when you want some funding. Love the book idea.

    May 20, 2016 | Unregistered CommenterRita

    Thanks Rita! Hope your granny squares are helping too xx

    May 20, 2016 | Registered CommenterJacqui Harding

    How exciting! Can't wait to see it!( And lovely that you found such a productive way of handling the stress!)

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