Well hello my lovelies, so good to have your company today. Yes, especially today as I am almost popping my socks off with excitement and need desperately to share it with someone who gets it. Husband is most certainly not one of those people, he does try I think, but he isn't very convincing. He indulges me in the same way that you would indulge an over excited child who is a teensy bit irritating with their over excitement.
So what am I going on about, shall I come to the point? Well last night just after I had finally settled Little B to sleep, I took up my hook and yarn in an attempt to work through a design idea that had popped into my head whilst I was milk tankering. It was a design for a square that I've been pondering over for a few weeks now, even though it was all quite vague up until last night. Yes, last night, the Vague Idea suddenly went POP!! And there it was, all very clear and exciting and inspiring and no longer vague at all. Ahhh, it was a great moment!
Do you remember when I wrote this post a few weeks ago and I showed you the Wagon Wheel square that I'd made from a pattern in the oh-so-dated granny square book? Well...I really wanted to try and design my own version of this kind of square. I felt sure that with a little effort I could do it, could make a granny circle fit neatly within a granny square. I wanted my version to be a bit denser too, without so many holes and gaps as the one in the book. But more than anything, I wanted to design a square that would be simple to make. I wanted to create an easy pattern to work but one which would still have great visual impact and loads of possibility for colour-play.
And do you know what?
I think I've managed it!!!! I've really gone and done it!!!!!!
Yay for me!!!!
I can't tell you how excited I am about this new design. Yes I am, really, really, really, really, really pleased with it. Really I am! Jeez, I was sooooooooooo excited last night I could hardly get to sleep, my mind was buzzing and quite honestly if I didn't have a needy seven week old baby to care for, I think I would've sat up all night and made dozens of these squares just for the absolute pleasure of it.
So what do you think?? Do you like them?? Oh I do hope so, please tell me you like them?!
The above photo shows the Wagon Wheel square from the book on the left, and on the right is my own "Granny Wheel" square. See how mine is less spokey and holey? I also got rid of the rather irritating 4th round of chain-loops which I didn't much care for in the wagon wheel.
And here is a reminder of the delightfully frightful Hostess Apron which is the inspiration for my next blanket. I'm going to be joining my Granny Wheel squares into rows and linking them with stripes. But in blankety format of course. And in beeeaaauuutiful colours too.
I tell you, I am waaaaaaay beyond excited about all this (hmmm can you tell?) I am fizzing and popping and bursting to get started, but I am still deliberating on which yarn to go for. Can't rush that decision cos it's so important to get it right. Plus I'm also still working slowly but surely on my little zigzaggy StashBuster blankie......but soon it'll be time.
Yes, soon it'll be time for a New Blanket to begin.
Oh Happy DAys!!!!!!!!
ps Will I be sharing this pattern? Why Yes of course! I do intend to make a full tutorial for my new Granny Wheel square, but not for a little while yet. I'll keep you posted xx
Edited to add :: thank you all so very VERY much for your wonderful and enthusiastic response to my sock-popping hooky excitement! I'm really pleased you like my new creation and I can't wait to get my greedy mitts on a new yarn stash and begin churning these out. It's going to be huge fun, I can just tell :o) xx
((thank you )) again, you lot are the best xx