There’s something very special about the unveiling of a long-term project.
You didn’t hear my loud sigh of satisfaction as I unfurled this blanket at its moment of completion. You weren’t there when I shared the marvel of its smoothness with DH (no rippling edge on this baby!). You didn’t get to see the many smiles and pats I gave it while I waited for just the right weather to take its last set of outdoor photographs, nor did you see me standing on a chair out in my yard as I photographed it. Yet, I don’t think you’ve really missed anything. Seeing my granny here, in all it’s glory, is all that matters now!
Doesn’t it seem luminous? The patches of color are like little flashing lights, pulling your attention from here to there, and then, over there, as your eyes continuously move over the blanket’s surface.
I admit it; I’ve fallen in love with this thing!
I also admit, there were times when I just wanted it done! The day when I unsuccessfully auditioned several different stitch and color combinations for the last three rows of the border was certainly one of those times. That step did not go smoothly! Sometimes ideas easily come together, and unfortunately, sometimes they don’t. In the end, I chose to make three more rounds of granny clusters. This border fits granny well; sometimes simple is best.
The subtle pebbled edging, hard to make out against the texture of the grass, (Chain two, skip one stitch, slip stitch in the next, and repeat.) brought the three-and-a-half inch wide border to a total of eight rounds. The first was a decreasing round of plain double crochets, then six rounds of granny clusters, and, finally, the chain-slip stitch edging.
Granny’s finished size is 39″ x 61″.
Although this project was far more arduous than my usual ripple afghan, it wasn’t without its own charms. I love its scrappiness! I was able to use small bits of colorful scrap yarns in every granny square. The aqua has become a uniting force that brings these otherwise unrelated color combinations together. I delight in the surprising liveliness I found within the simple traditional granny afghan pattern.
Even immediately following this blanket’s many tedious challenges, my mind just can’t resist tinkering with ideas for another granny! Given a little time, I won’t also think about how many ripples I could have made in the same amount of time or how many blessed ends it had, (wasn’t it 640?) and then I’ll be ready to make another Granny Square Afghan.
P.S. A special thank you to psmflowerlady/Tammy for granny’s wonderful name of “Cool Jewels”! I found it in her comment on my May 12 post about granny’s planning stage.