I thought I would share an update to this post from a couple weeks ago Granny Square Madness, and let you where I am on making my first granny square afghan.
At the previous update I was here in my progress – 46 blocks completed:
And here is where I am as of today – 63 blocks done:
Since I am making the afghan 9 x 10 (90 blocks), I have 27 more to go!
After laying out the completed blocks, I checked my remaining blocks in various stages of progress to make sure I had 27:
And yay – I have 27 in progress! This was important to check as I am getting low on yarn. I’ve already exhausted the magenta and most recently the oatmeal colored yarn; and now I only have 1 skein each of the dark gray and of the light gray.
So I really need to conserve my remaining yarn to complete the rest of the blocks. That was once a full basket of yarn! It does feel good to use up 15 – 20 year old yarn I’ve had in my stash.
I did find a YouTube tutorial that I think I am going to use to attached my blocks:
I like the join in this one. I have not made my final decision yet and plan to check out some more videos before deciding.
But as I mentioned earlier in this post I am running low on yarn, so what yarn will I use to join the blocks? Well – a couple weeks ago I found a giant skein of dark gray yarn (darker than the gray I am already using) at a thrift shop that I think I will use to join the blocks. Today I auditioned it with a couple blocks:
I plan to try joining a couple blocks as a test with the dark. dark gray yarn and see how I like it. I did take a look around the yarn department of Joann’s Fabrics, the same national chain where I bought the original Lions Brand yarn in Seattle, Washington in the early 2000s, and they did not carry any of the exact yarns I am using. Too bad I think it would have been cool to join the blocks with the magenta color!
Once again Mike the Mini Schnauzer tried out the afghan after I laid it out on the carpet:
He continues to grow impatient with me as he wants to snuggle in and fall asleep in the finished afghan.
When he got up from lying on the blocks one of the block got stuck on his foot and he “rearranged” the blocks a little…
Well that is an update for now, back to working on finishing the last 27 blocks!
I am already thinking about my next granny square afghan (not sure when my first one is complete that I can stop the “madness”) and I realized a couple weeks ago I do not have much acrylic or wool-acrylic blend yarn in my stash. I mainly have wool yarns for knitting.
So on my visits to thrift stores to build my home library (future blog post), I’ve also been on the look out for yarn that will work for granny square afghans (acrylic and blends) and slowly building my stash (quite inexpensively):