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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Who decided a crocheted square is a "granny" square? The world may never know.

I've been busy getting ready for fall classes and receiving lots of great yarns to the store. This summer I fell out of my blogging habit.  Maybe because there isn't as much knitting going on.  Who knows? 

Mary and Michelle are both knitting the Noro Log Cabin Afghan. Mary is knitting with Noro Taiyo (Aran: 40% Cotton, 30% Silk, 15% Nylon, 15% Wool, 220 yards). It's got a more nubby texture than Silk Garden or Kureyon.

Michelle is nearly done with hers.  She used Noro Silk Garden (Aran: 45% Mohair, 45% Silk, 10% Wool, 110 yards) for the squares and Cascade Eco Plus (Bulky: 100% Wool, 478 yards). She totally loved doing this afghan! Her mother might knit one using one colorway in all the squares.  I think that would be really interesting because each skein would start at a different part of the color repeat.

She finished the Ara Pacis Poncho knit with 3 skeins of Filature Di Crosa Superior (Lace: 70% Cashmere, 25% Silk, 5% Merino, 330 yards).  This is a new sample for the store.  I think cashmere/silk as a blend is one of my all time favorites.  it's the best of both fibers!

Michelle's grandkids came to the shop and picked out yarn for new hats.  The pattern for this pink one is Snow Queen Hat (Knit) and has a pretty brim of crocheted "granny" squares.  I digress, who decided to call crocheted squares "granny" squares?  Really paints a outdated picture of crocheted squares.  
© Interweave Crochet 

This hat is very cute.

Irene found a lot of skeins of Berroco Bonsai in her stash.  Using a pattern stitch from the vest she's been working on, she designed her own wrap.  You can't tell by the picture, it's a lovely sage green.

Lois is knitting All Wrapped Up with Berroco Versa (Bulky: 50% Cotton, 50% Acrylic, 83 yards).  This is a terrific, variegated cotton tape yarn.  The colorways are very appealing.  I like wearing this accessory over a t-shirt or tank in the summer.

I googled origin of granny squares.  One blogger discovered they've been around since Victorian times. I found a second blogger who corroborated this with a little more detail on the history. If anyone finds out who the first granny was, let me know.  I'm really curious.

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