It started when I bought a load of (very cheap) Garnstudio Drops Loves You III to make another project still on my WIP-list, the vintage pattern A Swagger Coat from Susan Crawford’s book A Stitch In Time: Vintage Knitting Patterns, 1930-1959, Volume 2. It is a very soft yarn and very nice to work with, and while in the end the varying thickness of the yarn wasn’t perfect for that coat pattern, I did really love the look and feel for it. Since this was in the phase where I still had a fear of missing out on limited edition items, sales, etc, if I didn’t buy them RIGHT NOW – I bought a shedload of that yarn. I didn’t even really know what I was going to do with it, I just wanted to have it.
It’s kind of funny looking back now how stupid my financial decisions were in that period. In my mind, I had unlimited space (because I still considered my parents’ house to be a valid place to store MY stuff) and unlimited funds (I never went really overboard with money, no 500 euro handbags etc, and in my mind that translated to being good with money). Now, even though I have considerable savings and a spacious flat, my outlook has completely changed and I regret those hamstering impulses I indulged in just a few years ago.
So, there I was with this lovely yarn in five colours: white, light blue, light pink, dark blue, and bordeaux that was left over from the coat. I don’t remember the thought process leading me to decide that this was perfect for making a granny square blanket, but that’s what happened. I decided to collect as many granny square patterns with flowers or a floral motif as I could find for free or in my existing stash of patterns. I would make one or two of each until my yarn ran out and then combine them all into one big blanket. I considered this a project I could do ‘on the side’: I’d do a granny square here and there when I was bored with other projects and in a few years, I’d have my blanket.
Yeah, it sounds like a really bad idea now.
For one thing: What on Earth am I going to do with a blanket? I just finished a crochet blanket which I gave to my mother. I am working on a quilt which will go on my bed. I never have a blanket on the couch or in a chair.
Another thing: While this years-long project was taking place, I would be stuck with skeins of yarn boxed away somewhere. Having yarn just lying about is exactly the opposite of what I want to achieve.
And third: In theory, a mixed-floral granny square blanket perhaps sounds good. But after only a few squares, it became clear that in practice, it would be an ugly chaos.
The upsides to this are twofold. First, I only need 9 squares per cushion cover, making an envelope back with fabric. At the time of writing, I have two African Flower squares, six completed assorted florals, and two assorted floral WIPs. This means I only need to finish those two and make nine more squares plus assembly to finish both projects. At a rough estimate, I think that’s only a quarter of the work that would have been needed to finish the blanket, possibly less. The other upside is that I can now use most of that really pretty yarn I like so much to make things that I will enjoy more. In particular, I will be able to make a shirt or sweater with the two blues and the white, and an accessory with the pink and bordeaux. This will really increase the amount of joy I get from having bought this yarn.
The only downside to the whole plan is that my current WIP-list now has an extra project: two cushion covers instead of one blanket. But I’m sure that if I put my shoulders to the wheel, I’ll have that fixed in no time.
* Online patterns used beside the African Flower square are: