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The answer to finished squares: More squares!

The whole time I was finishing up the border on my three-years-in-the-making granny square baby blanket, in the back of my mind I was thinking, I should do this again but with a girl blanket in mind. Because pretty as it is, that long-time blanket is definitely boy-oriented.

You can guess the rest. A new, girlier version of about the same dimensions is now in the works.

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The challenges are a little different this time. Going in, I have perhaps half of the baby yarn I did when I started the first one, and many of those are much smaller balls now. I didn’t want to sacrifice any more inches than necessary to stops and starts and the extra weaving-in room that they require, so I did each of the first bunch of squares with all four rounds the same continuous color.

Then, I felt obligated to use up the even tinier bits left after that. So the next bunch of squares–what I have in progress now–is a polka-dot of color within a white square. With this pattern, I was able to use up precisely all of the peach, the gentler of the two pinks, and the soft gold.

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Which leaves me with that other pink. The one in the shade that defies description. The one that is so much more plentiful and I feel compelled to use because like all the others, it was a part of Tillie’s stash, which has such sentimental value to me. It’s also a nice feeling, easy to handle, yet washable yarn that would be a shame to exclude simply because the color isn’t something I, personally, would choose.

But here’s another wonderful thing about granny squares: They invite mixing and matching. And even this pink that I find noxious on its own…well, it just isn’t objectionable when tempered by a surrounding color. It’s like some people I know, I guess. It improves when taken not in isolation but as part of a group.

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What about you? What are your favorite ways to use up a yarn that you don’t personally like but that ended up in your possession?

…and now that my hands are busy with (late) lunch instead of a crochet hook, I’m heading over to Ginny’s and Nicole’s to peek at other people’s projects-in-progress. See you there!

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Annie

A wife and mom, a worker bee, a churchwoman, a reader, and a crafter. What more is there to know? :)

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