Hello, my friends, I hope you all had a wonderful Easter weekend and that you enjoyed your well-deserved Spring break. I spent most of my Easter weekend (that is three days for us!), braving wind and rain and getting very cold in the pursuit of vintage treasures.
I found quite a few goodies, but they are awaiting their makeovers and their time in front of the camera, so you will have to wait a bit for the big revelation.
When I say that it was cold out while thrifting, I am not exaggerating. It was so cold I needed some serious recuperation time when I got home. So I spent quite some time sitting in front of the heating in my nice and cozy and warm attic.
This is what kept me busy.
In June I showed you the yarn I had bought to make myself a crochet grannie blanket.
I was off to a good start during the summer, totally slacked during Fall and found a second wind in the new year. All my grannies are finished but I decided they needed some work before I would crochet them together in my new blanket.
This is why. Here is a before granny (on the right) and a ‘after’ granny (on the left). At the start my crochet skills were a bit rusty to say the least, so the first set of grannies where significantly smaller than the last. And even those grannies weren’t nicely squared.
So I did a bit of research and learned that it is always a good idea to stretch your work (also called blocking) before you start attaching the various pieces together. You can buy really handy boards for that, but since I am not sure there will be a second grannie blanket, I decided to go for the homemade version.
I had an old corkboard that I covered with white paper. I drew squares in the size of my finished grannies, covered the paper with saran wrap and started pinning.
When I had my board covered with the grannies. I wet the grannies thoroughly and let them dry up again.
When you look real closely you can see the tiny beads of water on the pins and on the wool.
The blocking and wetting makes the grannies wonderfully soft and square and looking very good. Not at all like a granny but more like a young filly, and although it is a total pain to pin them all in (literally pain, that thimble in the picture is not there for show!) it is so worth it.
I have one batch of grannies still to pin and then I can start crocheting them all together.
I am looking forward to my finished grannie blanket, I think it is going to be gorgeous.
So what did you do, in your Spring break?
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