Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Slow crochet - A Gypsy Blanket update

Here in Blogland people whip up a crochet blanket in no time. Sometimes I wonder if these incredibly productive ladies do anything else but crochet because no matter how many hours I spend crocheting a day I could never "whip up" a crochet blanket in no time.

This blanket has a story of its own. All to be shared the day I actually WILL finish it. I started this project in July 2010. Yes... 2010!!! And today I am letting you have yet another sneak peak... I have fastened off all 1920 ends... Finally. And I have started on the edging. Hopefully soon to be revealed in full - My Gypsy Blanket. Enjoy the color therapy.

Happy Tuesday
Kärlek
Annette

47 comments :

  1. Love it! I work slow too Annette. I am new to join-as-you-go, in the corners,how many squares do you join a square too? For example if you have 3 squares that make an "L" shape, how many squares do you join the final square too in that corner where they all meet - 2 or all 3? I am not sure if I am making sense. Thanks, Jodie

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  2. What patience ! It's a good work, I love your color therapy. I am eager to see the fully completed.

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  3. I'm with you on this one, I'm still making a cushion, it seems to take forever, yet grow quickly? How does that happen?
    Thanks for you quilt advice, I have a plan.....just need to put it into action now! :) x

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  4. Oh Annette it looks amazing so far! :) With the border it's going to be perfect. I can tell ;)
    I love it!!!
    xo,
    wink

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  5. so so beautiful Annette!!!!
    xxxx Ale

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  6. It's gorgeous, love your colortherapy!!!!

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  7. Annette it is ab fab!!!! So bright and delicious!!! Can't wait to see it finished. Mine drove me bonkers but now i am crazy about it now its finished. X

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  8. Be sure - i enjoy it!!
    XO,
    Martina♥

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  9. Soo agree with you. I was actually thinking last night about this and to do a post about why my blanket is taking so long to make (apart from the fact that I have 2 small children and a part time job). How many times I have to un-do a circle granny from a blanket I'm making at the moment because I no longer have the 12 stitches I need, as somewhere along the way I skipped one. . . and how many times I wonder that I should try another technique of joining them together as I'm not completely happy with the way I'm doing it at the moment (the join as you go technique). . . and then I see a hole in the middle of one of the grannys that it is actually back at the first row :-( so it is make and un-make and so the blanket project could well last me a year (if I'm lucky) . . . .

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  10. It's nothing short of magnificent! I'm slowly working on one also (emphasize slowly). I just love all the scrumptious colors! So much fun.

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  11. My goodness, that is so beautiful! I can only imagine the hours of work you must have put in to it.
    I'm just about to start on my first ripple, I'm very excited.

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  12. Wow! That is gorgeous! I don't know if I would have the patience to do all of those tiny squares! I'm pretty sure I will have to teach myself the 'join-as-you-go' method!
    The two afghans I made last year I whipped up in approx 3 weeks each (and I have a full time job!) I do have another large afghan in my queue - a rainbow ripple! I have over 20 skeins of yarn at the ready!

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  13. I'm amazed at the speed some people crochet with too! Your blanket looks wonderful, can't wait to see the end result!

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  14. So so lovely, congratulations!!

    Lluisa x

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  15. I totally agree with you - I am also a 'slow' crocheter and am a tad envious of those bloggers who can whip up something amazing in a trice. Although I am retired I can usually only crochet in the evenings, so my projects do take a while to complete. But I just love your gypsy blanket and I can tell you have spent many a happy hour with your crochet hook.

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  16. Hi from Australia! Can you tell me how many colours you used in your blanket Annette and did you work them randomly? Smiles from Julie

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  17. Oh Annette, it is such a masterpiece! I love the colors and the lay out of them, you couldn't have done any better. Can't wait to see what edging you decide to make! It will be gorgeous and we all will be jealous, that's for sure.
    I too have half finished blankets in the closet that have been there for years... since 2010 indeed when I learned how to crochet. Oh well, they will be finished. One day.

    xx

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  18. Oh it is beautiful!! No wonder it has taken ages - all those colour changes!! Love it xx

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  19. No wonder it's taking you a long time, that's an epic project you've undertaken! It'll be so worth at the time though when it's finished, it's looking absolutely glorious already. I'm in complete awe of you starting this, it's my dream to have a blanket in this style, 3 row squares with a colour change every row, but I'm not sure I have the stamina to see it through :) At least you are on the home straight now!

    S x

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  20. it´s already beautiful! i´m looking forward to the edging pictures :-)
    hook on!
    pami

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  21. I am so glad it's not just me who thinks that everyone else seems to crochet SUPER quickly. How do they do that???
    It really puts me off starting a big blanket as it will take me AGES to finish it and I'm worried I'll get bored half way through.
    Maybe I need a blanket that is lots of little pieces to stick together.
    Something like your gorgeous gypsy blanket perhaps??? ;)
    xxx

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  22. Stunning, I can only whip up smaller projects! no blankets for me! well maybe oneday?
    D J

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  23. Slow work works well! That way there are more memories crocheted info the Blanket!
    Very very beautifulđź’•đź’–đź’•đź’ś

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  24. WOW this is truly one of the most beautiful colorful crocheted granny blankets I have seen. I love it.

    Danielle

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  25. Looking good!! I am happy to know I am not the only person who does the math to figure out exactly how many threads are being woven in!! At first count, it usually seems so overwhelming, but as you watch them gradually disappear, it's a good feeling for the progress you have made. I just have to find a use for those cut-off pieces of yarn. I think I have now collected enough to stuff a full sized bed pillow, and I've only started saving them for the past 2 years. Can't wait to see your completed blanket!!

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  26. Beautiful work Annette :)
    I too wonder about all those fast finishers. It takes me ages to finish projects, unless they're really small items like hats.

    I prefer to take my time and enjoy the knitting or crochet process, to feel the yarn between my fingers.

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  27. Wow. Beautiful! I've just recently found your blog. It's so lovely and refreshing. It's a relief to hear someone has a similar progress rate to myself. Some blogs make me wonder if I'm slow at crocheting or just don't do as much as others.

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  28. Many thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, Annette!
    And congratulations for your gorgeous blanket! I loooooove too....

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  29. It's gorgeous! I wish they could just magically appear in about five days under our hooks, but alas it never works out that way does it? Good luck!
    Jenn

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  30. This blanket is a beauty, love it. I sometimes feel inadequate as so many knitters and crocheters seem to get so many projects finished while I am working away on just one!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  31. I'm slow too. I usually only crochet when we sit down after our evening meal and watch some television. Of course, our children are grown and on their own so I don't have any mommy chores to distract me either. Blankets do take a while, and I don't crochet very fast--I know this because I've tried to crochet along with a video and I can't keep up! Just take your time, because no matter if you're fast or slow making things for others, they'll love the finished items.

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  32. I'm so relieved to see another "slow" crocheted. I am overwhelmed by bloggers who appear prolific. I love your blanket and I have just embarked on one myself. 5 rounds per square - every round a different colour. My own "Nanny McPhee' blanket! Yours is so inspiring. Thank you.

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  33. Its so beautiful Annette - it doesnt matter how long its taken(and hey, think of the loads of other sewing and crochet projects you've completed too!)what matters is that its nearly finished!Well done!
    I too have a crochet blanket started a couple of years ago, as yet unfinished - I don't know how these superwomen make them so quickly!
    Gill xx

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  34. Annette...it's beautiful and you'll enjoy it for years a and years to come. Don't worry ...I'm not a whipper upper either. But we get there in the end x

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  35. I don't know how some people manage to be so productive with their crochet either. I have a friend who always has a huge list of finished projects everytime I speak to her. 1920 ends is an awful lot - I bet you are glad that is all done. Your blanket looks stunning - I love the colours. I can't wait to see it with a border. Lily. xxx

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  36. Oooh trust me, I don't just whip up blankets and especially not big ones like yours (which is amazing!! Go you) and don't you just wish you would have gnomes for weaving in ends... weaving in ends, pff so last Tuesday ;-)
    Esther.

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  37. Stunning! I'm the same; I have a blanket I started 18 months ago that I put down and haven't looked at since!

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  38. What a fun blanket! And what a massive amount of ends. I just weaved in about 50 today, but that was nothing compared to this!

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  39. I love it! What size are the squares? Is there a pattern? Thanks

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    1. Hi
      I don't have a tutorial for how to make the Granny square on my blog but you can find it at many other blogs; Bunny Mummy and CreJJtion to mention a couple. I make my Granny squares with chins in between clusters and three chains in the corners.

      The squares are made from a Sports weight yarn worked with a 3 mm hook and measures probably about 3 inches each. I use a Join-as-you-go technique which I recently published on my blog.

      Good luck. Pls let me know if you received this message as this is my only way to reply to your question. Thank you for visiting and hope to see you around again.

      ❤ Annette ❤

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    2. Thanks so much for your reply... I was just completely captivated! I LOVE a granny square and the overall look of the small ones is just too cool. I will go to your blog... I was on on my phone when I saw it... and got so excited... I am trying to learn to crochet.. My 101 year old grandmother has been trying to teach me for a long time... getting ready to turn 55 and this has inspired me to go back to the granny square... which I can do a little... my grandmother still crochets a couple of patterns... her eyesight is bad but she does them by feel... and they turn out awesome... thanks for the inspiration!!

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    3. Hi Christy
      What a wonderful little story you are sharing with me today. Sounds fantastic to have a 101 year old grandmother. That is something real special. Good luck on your crochet venture. WOuld be lovely to show your Grandmother a square after you have accomplished one. It will make her proud. And 55??? It is never to late. Never. Enjoy.
      Crafty love
      Annette

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  40. hola soy una seguidora enamorada de tu blog me encantan todo lo que haces sobre todo las mantasn estoy buscando para hacer alguna para mis futuros nietos pero ya he visto que tengo que pedir permido a ti para hacerlos si lo hago te lo hare saber un saludo de paqui desde españa

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Thank you so much for visiting my world. I love reading your comments and I do my utterly best to respond to questions and sweet messages. Thank you again for popping by.

Kärlek
Annette

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