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Hi, everyone! I’ve been reading posts on Crochet Along for about two years now, but just decided to join.¬† (I know … what took me so long, right? ūüôā )

Anyway, here’s a question I hope someone can help me answer.¬† Last summer I started on a granny square afghan for my fiance’.¬† I still haven’t finished it because it keeps ruffling on me, and I’m afraid he’ll be disappointed by it.¬† (It was my first attempt at anything larger than a scarf.)¬† What am I doing wrong????

 Thanks!

                ~Ri

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Finally!

Okay well I was *desperately* trying to finish this afghan before I posted, but due to some other projects that came up (pirate-themed baby booties, for one… no really!), I only finished one strip of 6 for the Rose Garden afghan.

The pattern was one of Annie’s Attic’s free-pattern-of-the-days awhile back, and was called Vineyard or some such thing. It was supposed to be plums and purples, but the colors they recommended weren’t available anymore. My daughter loves rose colors, so I went with dusty rose, a wine colored accent to it that seemed to match (and which I had a metric ton of), sage and ivory. It really will be pretty when it’s done, but OMG those multi-colored grannies! All 70 of them! Update: OH I’M SORRY DID I SAY 70?!¬† I meant 96.¬† NINETY-SIX.¬† 16 squares per strip times 6 strips.¬† Isn’t there a song called 96 Tears?¬† I may start crying, especially if I don’t have enough base grannies sitting and home.¬† Yeesh.

Eventually it will be lovely, but in the meantime here’s a preview (and thanks Val, I will post the finished product when it’s done!):

Rose Garden

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Hello Everyone!

I’m new the¬†group. June kindly explained to a blogging newbie that I did not need to have a word-press blog just a user-name to join your wonderful group! Thank you June! I am based in Scotland and am brand new to blogging and running my own website, but not to crochet! I am a huge Granny fan who wants to learn how to make Amigurumi which is why this group seemed so ideal. The work on here is beautiful and now I am ‘official’ I can actually comment instead of just going ‘ahhhh’ all the time.

My own Grannies are pretty basic and mostly blankets for charity but I have tried the odd bag, sachet, cushion etc using Grannies too as they are so versatile!? This blanket is fresh off the hook and I thought I would share it. It is a combinations of stash squares and yarn and a burst of inspiration that finally helped me to see what I could do with them together:

Denim Blanket 

I am looking forward to getting to know everyone and admiring your lovely work some more.

Best Wishes, Lindsay :0)

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Around the Block

 

This is kinda like a granny square, only a bit different. It’s the beginnings of the Round the Block afghan from the book 24-Hour Crochet Projects. Instead of making a lot of smaller squares, the square on this one will only get bigger until it becomes a 50x50ish-sized blanket.

I love the ruffles, and right now, I love the shades of pink, but that will change. I’m stash-busting as I do this project, using up worsted weight yarn in my stash that has no particular purpose. I’ve made this afghan once before and really liked the results. I think sometime I may actually make one in just the pink/reddish hues, but it’ll have to be at a time I’m not trying to use up yarns I already have. Will post the finished project when it’s done!

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kitty closeup

mouse closeup

baby afghan

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I’ve started!

I’ve picked out my colours and bought the yarn for my granny throw.¬†It’s exciting! These are my first squares:

first granny squares

Now I just have to make another 36 squares like these…

In other news, now we have so many group members I’ve been wondering who we all are! I’ve added a new page called Users (the link is at the top, above¬†the banner), with a list of our members and their webpages. I took the list from everyone’s wordpress accounts. If you’re not on the list and would like to be, let me know your username and website and I’ll add you! Check them out and see who else is Crocheting Along ūüôā

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Double Grannies

I had a variety of baby pink yarns and thought this grannie along would be perfect to use some of it up!¬† What great inspiration!¬† So, here are some grannies I’ve been working on.¬† I am using 2 threads at a time to make it a bit fluffier.¬† It will be a baby shower gift for a friend.¬†¬† I will be adding a couple crochet critters… on 2 of the squares and will submit that post when finished.¬†

double grannies

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Hi all!! I lost internet connection back at the farm and have not been able to post since the Amigurumi Along ended. ūüė¶ But I did check in whenever I had a trip to town and tried to keep up with the theme. So sorry this is a little bit late, but here was my Christmas present:

a little tea set (minus the tea pot!).
 
And now here are my granny squares that I plan to make into a little throw for my expected bundle of joy ūüôā

  

Thank you again Crochet Along for the wonderful themes! And I am so happy to see so many participants! Happy New Year everyone!

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Hello!¬† I am a brand spanking new member of Crochet Along and glad to be!¬† I wanted to share a project that I made for my friends brand new baby girl.¬† Her name is Beatrice the Bunny.¬†I’ve only been crocheting for about 4¬†months¬†or so and this is one of my very first completed Amigurumi and I think she came out pretty well.¬†¬†I especially like that her¬†dress is removeable¬†so that I can make all kinds of cute clothes for her.¬† Please let me know what you think.
beatrice-the-bunny.jpg

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new look!

Hi again – I’ve been making some more tweaks to the site. I just noticed that the old site design did not say “by planetjune” etc at the top of each post, so we had no way of knowing who wrote each post, unless they signed it. Oops! So I’ve changed the site theme to fix that. I like the new look – what do you all think?

I’ve also added monthly archives and a Search box into the sidebar. I hope you like the changes! Let me know if you think of any more improvements I can make.

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A quick note from Eve

Hi everybody,

If you have been following the crochet along for a little while you might have seen that we have made a couple of changes in your administrators. I (Eve) unfortunately have not got enough time to keep going as an administrator but Tracie was happy to take over my job. Thanks Tracie it is really much appreciated! And June is still here co-administrating as well. So I guess you are in great hands. 

It seems the Crochet Along just keeps growing and growing and that’s just awesome. 50 members already!! Don’t forget to keep spreading the word. If you have a blog please put up a link there is a banner on the top right that you can use as well. The more the merrier right!

Anyway I will step down but will definately keep crocheting and will be posting my things here.

Love Eve

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dusting off the grannies

granny squares

I started these last summer sometime, but then other projects started encroaching, pretty soon my older daughter started Kindergarten, then it was Halloween things and Christmas gifts to make.¬† So my cotton grannies were stashed in a bag and thrown into the spare room (= messiest room in the house).¬† But now, with this new theme in January, even if I don’t finish the blanket/throw/whatever it is I end up making, at least I’ve remembered them again, and can hopefully make a little more progress.

Thanks for the incentive and the gentle push!

Michelle

http://www.greetingarts.typepad.com

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how are you doing?

We’ve been getting lots of new members recently – I’d like to extend a warm welcome to all newcomers! Please feel free to write an introductory post to tell us a little bit about yourself so we can welcome you properly. To anyone else who would like to join, e-mail me and I’ll set you up – the more the merrier!

I’ve been doing a bit of clean-up on the site to make it easier for us to use. The links in the sidebar now just relate to the current theme. If you’re looking for all the other links (from the Amigurumi and Christmas themes), just click ‘Past Theme Links’ from the top of the page (just above the Granny Squares banner) and you will find them all.

How’s everyone doing with their granny squares? Personally, I’ve decided to attempt a mini-granny¬†afghan to liven up the back of my desk chair. I just need to choose my colours and go yarn shopping (oh what a hardship that will be!) and then I’ll be ready to start.

Don’t feel like you have to wait to post until you’ve made a whole blanket, hat, purse, or any of the other granny square projects – if you’ve just made your first square, why not show it off? Can’t figure out how to make one? Post your question and we’ll help you figure it out.

This theme runs¬†until the end of February, so we still have plenty of time to get started and make something. And even if you only have time to make one square… well look at that, you’ve just made a nice coaster or potholder ūüôā

 June

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Hello

Hello Eve & Crochet Along Group Folks!!

I have been accepted obviously..lol,well Thanx for having me.

I look forward to talkin to all of you,but for now just wanted to say H!  & Happy New Year to All!

Right now I am sick with a cold/flu symtoms,so I feel pretty yucky rite now,and to boot someone took my F crochet hook and I cannot go until I am better Dr says stay in and rest..:{ I am suppose to be starting my New Grandaughter’s Christening Gown,I am trying to do a whole set,( Gown,Coat,Blanket,Shoes,Bottle Cover,Bonnet)

I have almost completed the bonnet,just need to add ruffle and some decorations,finished the Blanket,and baby Bottle cover,I have till March I think!! Head is clouded.. But now I have no F-hook ,I cannot beleive someone borrowed it and has not fessed up. oh.well such is Life! So anyway folk that what I am up to or not at the moment.I am a 47 yr old married woman in upstate NY,I have a small Gift shoppe, I am currently closed for winter,I make a lot of stuff myself,but am fairly new to crochet,I have crocheted the basic straight stuff,you know,ie,hats,scarves,blankets and thats it! But I have recently gotten the itch to learn more,what better way than to make a Keepsake for a Family member! So that is it,about me,I hope I have not chewed your (eyes) ears off. I can be a chatter bug…lol.

Well again nice to meet you all,and look forward to talking to all soon again.

Blessings & Smiles

Bella_Tess( Theresa)

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Grey small squareGreen SquareCream squareFlower in a square

These are the four squares I did up on Sunday. Just thumbing through an Afghan book to see which blanket I wanted to make next. I think I will doing the one on the left bottom. I like the pattern and it is really simple.

The Flower in the Middle square was a bit of a challenge for me. Had to do a lot of frogging but eventually got the hang of crocheting the point of the flower to the square behind it.

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Happy 2008!

Hey, gang! Most people know me as iCrochet, especially in Ravelry, but my first name is Tracie. I’ll be helping out here on the Crochet Along blog as Co-Editor in this new year. I’ve been crocheting for two years now, and as the overworked pun goes, “I’m Hooked!” I really enjoy experiencing what a hook and yarn or other material can become, so I’m looking forward to seeing what all the crocheters here come up with through all the different alongs.

I live in Kansas, with my husband, daughter, & pets. Not only do I crochet & attempt to write some of my own patterns, but I also dabble in other crafts as well. I enjoy everything from scrapbooking to sewing to playing with buttons. I also enjoy writing, although I don’t do it as much as I used to.

It’s going to be a great year, and I really look forward to sharing the fun of crochet with all of you!

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Let’s Get Grannying!

I’m back! We’ve dug ourselves out of the snow and my internet access has been restored (and wow that was a traumatic 2 days without internet LOL). So, without further ado…

grannysquare.jpg 

Welcome to the Granny Square Crochet Along! I’ll be your resident expert (haha)¬†– I’m newly-qualified after making my first ever square¬†for¬†our new banner ūüôā¬†¬† I’m sure other members of our group will be able to help if there are¬†any questions¬†I can’t cope with.

Now don’t be fooled by the name; it may be called a Granny Square, but that doesn’t mean it has to be old-fashioned! With modern yarns and colour combinations, you can¬†crochet some fabulous creations.¬†

Here are some beautiful examples of what people do with their finished squares:

I’ve compiled some links for the sidebar, with some great help from Melissa and Cassandra (thanks ladies!). I’ve split the links into 2 categories: Granny Squares (how-tos and different square patterns), and Granny Inspiration (project tutorials¬†for¬†things to make from your squares). If you find any more links, please send them on to me (craft@planetjune.com) and I’ll add them to the list.

For my square, I used¬†a great tutorial from the Purl Bee on how to make¬†a classic granny square. If you’ve never made a square before, I recommend you try one using this tutorial!

Now, ready, steady… let’s get Grannying!
June (planetjune)

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New Theme has started

Hi Everybody,

I just received an e-mail this morning from June she is snowed in without internet connection!! Arrrgghhh!!! So I have put the new banner up, designed by June as well. Hope you are all nice and warm where ever you are in the world.

Eve

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

Hi Everybody,

Happy 2008 to you all!

I think today is also the start for the new theme… so let’s get granny squaring…!!

eve

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