Wednesday, 29 June 2011

WIP Wednesday (29/6/11): And so we venture to "Borderland"

We had a huge thunderstorm yesterday evening which cleared the air and cooled it down enough to finish my squares (for those who asked, it gets into the mid-30s here but can be very humid, so it's not the heat that's unbearable but the clamminess and grime). 

It's taken two weeks so far but the 100 squares are all done! Today's plan was to try laying them out in different formations to see which looks the best, but once I had done THIS.... 

'scuse the poor light

... I didn't want to move it again, so I think that means I've found the layout I like - although I suspect there may be one or two tweaks yet. It's 9x11 rows and there is a bit of purpose in the order of the squares without wanting them to look too regimented. What do you think? 

Now to get it joined up and onto the border - there is still a bucket of yarn left over which I'm hoping will give a fairly wide border. Unless convinced otherwise (feel free to try) before I get started, I plan to follow Lucy's tutorial as this blanket was very much inspired by the circles-squares throw from her Chair Makeover where that join was used, and I'd like to maintain that 'look'. Most of the ends have been crocheted in as I've worked - with the exception of the final one of each square and a few escapees that do still need to be sewn in. You can see here how much 'wasted yarn' has been cut off in this jar - I feel like I should do something with them, although I can't think what. Maybe the kids can use them for a sticky picture or something. 
Thank you so much for all the encouragement I've had with these squares. It's been quite enjoyable and hasn't taken too long either. I can't wait to see how it looks when it's joined up and the border starts to take shape, but I am also starting to look forward to my next project(s)

As usual on Wednesdays and Fridays, I'm linking in with the lovely Tami's Amis and you can see what everyone else is making this week by visiting there and clicking on the links.

Bye for now


  1. Wow, it's looking fab! I think the layout looks lovely, and I can't blame you not wanting to lay it all out over and over!

  2. You can use scrap yarn to stuff amigurumi. :)

  3. I can't see a purpose/pattern in your layout. It's going to look great when it's done :-)

  4. I can't believe you have nearly finished. The layout looks great too.

  5. The blanket is going to look great. I also have used scrap yarn to stuff my crocheted eggs.

  6. It's fabulous. Love lvoe the colors. I often take a picture of a ghan I've laid out so I can look at several options...sure can't remember them. Plus, then you don't need to leave it laid out while you work on it.

  7. OMG- that blanket looks AMAZING! Rock on!

  8. Can't wait to see it all finished on Friday ;)

  9. I cant believe you have made it in 2 weeks. Very very impressed. The colours are amazing - I think I need that Stylecraft pack plus your pink storage tub. Send that thunderstorm over to Wales for once the rain has missed us! x

  10. This looks amazing, I want to make one!

  11. omw you are a mean crochet machine! amazing you have finished 100 squares so quickly! can't wait to see it all done as the layout looks gorgeous.

  12. Crochet with Raymond29 June 2011 at 21:25

    they are looking amazing! you are very inspirational, I am gearing up to make my first blanket after watching this come into creation!

  13. All those squares--amazing! It's going to be a gorgeous blanket. And do have any plans for the 100th square now that your blanket only needs 99?

  14. This blanket-to-be is gorgeous! Such great colour combinations and I really love the order that you have placed all the squares.. very nice! Can't wait to see it all joined together.

    Thank you so much for that lovely long comment you left on my blog, it was so nice to read through. It was very reassuring to hear the things you wrote.. I now realise there is no 'right' way to do things..! I think I must have also been having a bit of a bad day and worrying too much!

    Ashley xxx

  15. Awesome colours! Looks great :)

  16. So beautiful!! It says "happy" just looking at it!! I have to say, I do not envy your now having to join them all together though! I can't wait to see how it comes out all done!

  17. Oh wow, I love that! So bright and colourful :)
    I think your jar of end looks rather pretty as it is. Scraps for the kids sounds like a great idea! I usually use my ends as stitch markers.

  18. So bright and cheerful, you've been really quick.
    Some time ago I saw on a blog a good idea for 'ends'. I think it was a clear plastic file insert, on it was drawn a shape (e.g. a bird), this was cut out, machine sewn almost all the way round, then it was stuffed with the ends, the opening was sewn up and voila, one bright birdie decoration. Sadly I didn't keep the link.
    Carol xx

  19. Wow, that is awesome. The colors are terrific! Christina

  20. Sarah, I can't BELIEVE you did all of that in two weeks. That's just down right amazing. The colors are AMAZING. Totally awe inspiring.

  21. Wow it's lookign fab! And you've done all this in two weeks! Can't wait to see it finished and with the border

  22. Wonderful colours in your blanket!

  23. Your squares look great! I would just leave that jar nicely in a window to admire and remember all of your hard work.

  24. Oh what a beautiful design. How I wish I had the talent to make one of these. I love Granny square blankets. The colours you have used are so lush and creative.

  25. This is looking lovely, really colourful. Can't believe you've managed 100 squares in 2 weeks! Looking forward to seeing it with the border :-)


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