Monday, 21 January 2013

Granny squares and shearing sheep

I look at granny square blankets in a whole new light since I started making one myself. I think about all that time spent crocheting, and then I think how I'd weep, I mean really weep if I knew someone had bought mine for just a few pounds...
And they don't tend to go for very much in charity shops, which is obviously brilliant if you want one but don't fancy spending hours and hours with a crochet hook and a growing pile of grannies.
I wouldn't even like to think how much time I've invested in mine, and it's still nowhere near a blanket. I don't want it to become a project that's always not quite finished.

So somehow it almost felt wrong to buy one, but I couldn't resist this crocheted throw I found in a secondhand shop in Hereford.


The colours are gorgeous I think - even better than in the photo, and it's more lovely than my attempt. Really it is. The blanket cost £8.
£8 for all that work.


Another woolly secondhand buy last week - two balls of white Fancy Yarn, well that's what it says on the label - 20p each. It's great for knitting sheep, though this one does look a bit like a shaggy fuzz ball...


...a quick shear with some scissors and there you have it - more sheep-like?




Linking up with Liz's magic Magpie Monday

19 comments:

  1. Oh my word I LOVE those sheep!

    I'm just learning to knit - are they hard to make?

    I'm also learning to crochet. A blanket like that would take me about 10 years to make at my current rate! x

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    1. They really are a labour of love - I'm on my second year!
      The sheep are very easy to make - body and head knitted in one piece. If you'd like I'll post the pattern x

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  2. I love those little sheep! How cute! x

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  3. I love these sheep. Gorgeous blanket too. If you ever want to sell one (rather than buy one!), you should check out the vintage market in Bridport - I saw a couple there for sale for £40. Still not much given the work that goes into it, but considerably more than £8. Although you'd probablky spend the difference in petrol...

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    1. I've gathered up a few secondhand crocheted/knitted blankets over the years, and my sister said the same thing about selling them on. She knows some places near her in London. Thing is I'd find it impossibly hard to part with any of them!

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  4. As someone who also makes my own granny square blankets, I do feel exactly the same when I see them in the charity shop. So much work goes into them. I always buy them when I spot them, and I truly treasure them x

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    1. I do appreciate all that crochet work more now I'm experiencing it for myself! And though I'm good at moaning about how long it's taking, I really enjoy crocheting, and usually have a ball of wool and hook in my bag!
      I do remember spotting a gorgeous granny square blanket over a sofa in one of your photos x

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  5. I have a great granny square blanket made for my father by an admirer - Mrs Clark - when he was a young curate. I rescued it from my mother's charity box - maybe she wanted rid of memories of her old rival for his affections? He would have been 101 last week if still alive, so I guess the blanket must be over 70 years old. There are only two identical squares in 345, and I spent hours as a child finding them - I can still pick them out today, instantly. It's far too precious ever to let it go.

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    1. I can absolutely understand why! That's such a lovely story - good job you managed to rescue it, what an wonderful thing to have. I bet the blanket is beautiful - amazing that only two squares are the same. I have lots the same and haven't reached the 200 mark yet! Still a way to go.
      Thank you so much for your comment.

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  6. LOVE the sheep! The colours in that blanket are beautiful! Just wait until someone features them in an interiors magazine or similar! Then I bet they won't cost £8! :D

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  7. That is a glorious blanket - and £8 is a bargain! I hope you are snuggled up in it as protection against the snow! I just started my own little collection of granny squares and 'm only starting to appreciate how much work these blankets are. It's such a travesty to think there are so many unloved granny square blankets out there that have been worked with love.

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    1. You're so right! Really pleased to hear you've started making your own GS blanket - I know all the work is going to be worth it in the end, whenever that might be! And the lovely one I bought has been over our knees the last few nights :) Very snug and warm it is too x

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  8. What a gorgeous blanket! I want to make one myself but I'm terrible at crochet, maybe I'll manage one one day!

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  9. I love your sheep- do you have a pattern for it you can share with us?

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    1. they're based on one in Knitivity which is such a great knitting book - lots of nativity figures and animals. Really fun. I will get round to posting my pattern - had put it off because felt I needed to check it again first.. If you'd like it soon, let me know and I'll send it to you :)

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  10. Glad I found your page.....I enjoyed reading your comments have been making granny blankets for years ,have a large stash of baby single double and king size blankets ,I look out for cheap yarn all summer at the local bootsales ,I never tire of making them rather than sell them give them away to friends and family,i too buy them when I see them at stupid prices knowing the effort that goes into each one ,yes i have granny blanket mania,glad I am not alone ,each one unique lovely ,carry on with the good work everybody even if they don't sell for loads,I'm glad there are other people out there sharing the same passion ,Marian

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    1. Great to come across another granny square blanket addict! Sounds like you've got a wonderful collection. Wish I was as good at making them as I am at buying them..if I spot one, find it very hard to walk away!

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