Monday, January 30, 2012

Lessons from Granny

Granny Square Love by Sarah London
North Light Books, pub 2011
ISBN: 978-1440312946 

Last year I decided I was going to learn how to crochet. As a knitter, I was always confounded by crochet. What are you supposed to do with only one hook? Once I got my mind wrapped around using one hook instead of two needles, I got to work on what else? Granny squares! - which were my motivation to learn to crochet to begin with.

One of my favourite Christmas gifts this year is the book Granny Square Love. So colourful and inspiring! The projects range from quick and easy to more elaborate and quirky. I just finished a giant granny square blanket which isn't a pattern in this book but was most definitely inspired by it and I can't wait to start another granny square project.  I really like how the sections are broken down by rooms (i.e. Living Room, Bedroom, etc.) Many of the patterns I have seen elsewhere (there's only so much you can do with granny squares) but there are a few fantastic fresh ones like the Christmas Stocking and the adorable tea cozy. The headboard cover is a bit odd and I can't imagine what bedroom decor would go with it - but an original and interesting use of the granny square. A fresh take on a classic and a great book for anyone who appreciates the granny square!

Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Rating: ★★★★★