As you have no doubt gathered by now, my Creative Mind is a very busy busy busy place, it buzzes day and night with creative ideas. It's very messy and chaotic within my Creative Mind (much like my home) which can make it impossible for ideas to break free and come out into the real world. Ooodles of projects are stuck up there, waiting for their time to come. Having a CM like this is simultaneously amazing and frustrating. So much I could do!! So many many ideas!! But how to find the time??
Sometimes though, an idea comes to me as if from nowhere, like a surprise gift being delivered. It won't be anything I've been pondering on or mulling over, it won't be anything I've recently seen, it won't have been sitting in a tangle alongside all the other ideas up there in my CM. No, it'll be something completely unexpected and new. It's quite wonderful when this happens, as it did a few evenings ago.
Yes, a few evenings ago I randomly got to thinking about Granny Stripes. There I was, sitting quietly giving Little B his bedtime feed and I suddenly had this overwhelming vision of a Granny Stripe blanket. Do you know what I mean?? A blanket formed out of little clusters of treble crochet similar in construction to traditional granny squares, excepting the clusters would be worked in rows instead of in the round. So after putting Little B to bed, I immediately ran to get my hook and yarn, I couldn't get to it fast enough. I just HAD to try and make me some Granny Stripes. I thought briefly about searching the www for a pattern but nah, let's just get on with hook and yarn and see if I can work it out for myself. Can't be too hard surely??
Picture above shows my first three attempts. You can fairly see the frustration I experienced as I tried to work out how to begin and end each row without it going all wibbly. But by the third try I think I pretty much had it.
I then wanted to see how it worked in multiple colours (run downstairs to the Scary Cupboard chockablock full of stuff and locate leftover itty bits of Kool Kotton). Above picture shows me playing with it some more, trying out different spacings of the clusters (too far apart in the top pic, just right in the second pic where I omitted the chain spacings). Yes, I think by the time I'd made this fifth sample, it was looking OK. Neatish at the edges, cluster spacing just right. Pheww.
Ok, time to have a little search on Flickr to see if anyone else was doing this sort of thing. It suddenly seemed to me that this pattern will make a Most Excellent blanket, so why was no one else making Granny Stripe Blankies?? I eventually found this lovely blankie oh joy!! Thank heavens I'm not the only mad one thinking of this idea, and it IS do-able then and yes yes, I can see huuuuuuuuge potential for playing with colour here in an easygoing no nonsense way. Up and down, up and down, easy row upon easy row of colourful stripy grannyfied lovliness!!
Searched some more and found this aahhhh, look what happens when you work two rows of the same colour, it goes a little bit zigzaggy!! ooo I LIKE that even more, lets have a little play.....
.....what do you think??? Can you picture it all expanded and big and blankety?? Oh I can, I really can, and I think it'll be fanTAbulous. Now then, just need to think about what yarn to use (this is going to be for the Caravan) and I'll be away with it, whipping myself up into a frenzy of Granny Stripes. Can hardly wait :o)
P.S. Once I get going with this properly I'll write out a tutorial, I'm still tweaking it slightly but am pretty much there with it now I think (thanks to you lovely peeps over at Ravelry for feedback and info on this pattern) xx
PPS check out this Flickr group for more Vintage Stripe lovliness xx