I've just spent a wonderful time here in the Attic24 house with old friends. The sort of friends who will willingly drive 40miles over the hills to come and spend a few hours with me, because they have a few hours to spare. The sort of friends who are such good company because they know me so well. We could easily chatter the day away over cups of tea and homemade caramel shortbread (now remind me to give you this recipe, it's fantastic), and I am so very thankful for such friendship.
We used to spend so much time together when we were first friends, when our first babies were little scraps and as first time Mums we were desperate to find others in the same wibbly-wobbly boat of early Motherhood. Those weekly Mums-n-Babies meetings were life savers at a time when life could be quite challenging. And now 6.5 years later, each of us with two children, we don't get chance to meet very often, especially as I upped sticks and moved across the hills to a new town. So it's always a happy time when we can get together and do pretty much what we did back then (we are expert tea drinkers and chatterers), only minus the extra noise, mess and distraction of babies/toddlers.
Two of these friends are also my original crochet buddies. We learnt to make Granny squares together at the end of the Summer in 2007, and as we bought the same yarn from the same little local shop, our respective Granny blankets started out looking remarkably similar. As D took a little more time to complete hers than me (er, that will be a year longer will it D?), she is just now completing the edging and bought it with her to show me today. Oh how lovely to see these two Grannified blankets together! It was quite a moment when my green-edged creation met D's purple-edged creation. One hundred and seventy six squares between them, and I couldn't resist a photo to share with you all.
Granny Squares do something to me that I can't quite explain :: they make me feel nostalgic, happy, cosy, warm and fuzzy. They are so simple yet so totally captivating, the perfect example of homespun, handmade creativity and beauty. They form a reminder of childhood days and family homeliness.
Granny Square Blankets, I like them new, I like them old. I like modern versions and vintage versions, although I don't own any vintage granny blankets, not for want of trying to find them I might add. I've just never been lucky enough (yet) to stumble across one, except for a very garish acrylic one that i couldn't bring myself to purchase.
Yes, I pretty much like them any which way they come, and every time I catch sight of one it's like an electric spark goes shooting through my consciousness.
The above image is a snap taken from the Saturday Guardian a month or
two ago. I had a lovely heart-skippy moment as I immediately zoomed
in on the pink granny square cushion to the left of the sofa there. I
loved the whole room because of the delicious colour of the painted
plant stand and that pink crocheted cushion.
This is a snap of a magazine page, think it's Country Homes and Interiors, a winter issue obviously. It was a spread about making food for a winter picnic. I did quite enjoy reading about the food, but it was the "Vintage Accessories" which really pleased me the most here. How wonderful that Granny Blanket looks against old wood and snow!
If like me you love the humble Granny Square, either modern or vintage, there are oooodles of images over in Fabulous Flickrville to ooh and ahh at. In fact I am just about to while away an unfeasibly long time I expect trawling through on your behalf.....excuse me just a moment while I toddle off and go get us some Grannified Inspiration.....
Oh yes, what about this for starters? Isn't that just WOW??!!
All so inspirational and desirable, can't you feel yourself itching to go churn a few out? Like Right Now???
Just need to mention that yesterday afternoon when the sun came out briefly, I spent some time hooking and photographing and beginning to write out a tutorial for my method of joining granny squares together. Thank you for being patient on this one, I know a few of you have been waiting for it. I haven't quite finished yet, but am hoping to get it done to post up tomorrow.
In the meantime, can I just say, as always, how much I continue to love having you visit with me in the Attic. Your comments of late have been awesome, and I read every single word of what you all have to say with true heartfelt delight. I'm only sorry there aren't enough hours in the day to enable me to send replies back to thank you you all individually, but please know that I am so thankful for your words.
Enjoy the rest of your day, see you tomorrow...
Edited to add :: Thought you might like to see the Granny blanket from my own childhood, made by my Mum many years ago from odd scraps of wool...
...much of the wool came from
little jumpers and baby blankets Mum knitted for me and my younger
brother, which were later unraveled when they were outgrown and the
wool re-used to make this blanket. So many memories lie within those
stitches. This is a large blanket, it covers the little single bed in her spare room right down to the floor, and is quite hard to photograph as there is usually one hundred and one things on top of it and no room to manoeuvre! xxxx