A new theory of crochet

When I wrote my last blog post, I mentioned that I had begun work on a long overdue crochet blanket that my mother had promised her then pregnant neighbor, and after what seemed like ages of focusing on finishing the sangria granny square bag, I decided that the strategy of doing one thing at a time was not working and a new crochet project was in order.

A blanket for a baby turned toddler seemed like a good place to start, and not only have I finally started on a long overdue gift, that act of beginning loosened the grip of whatever was blocking my path with the sangria granny square bag and propelled me toward the finish.

After completing the fourth round of the new granny square baby blanket with Red Heart Super Saver light periwinkle, I found myself unable to settle on a fifth round, and as can be seen from this photo, I tried several things:

granny square blanket
Figuring out the fifth round and beyond of the granny square blanket

Eventually, I settled on Red Heart Classic sea coral, and then, in a color move I considered bold, I crocheted a round using Craft Smart fuchsia which (to my mind) added a touch of the vibrance of summer to the quieter flamingo palette I had been drawing from:

granny square baby blanket
My progress on the crochet baby blanket

Satisfied with my progress on the crochet toddler blanket to be, I set the square aside and got out the sangria granny bag.

Before I had begun the process of deciding on colors for the fifth and sixth rounds of the blanket, I had pinned the still damp crochet flower strap to blocking boards to dry:

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The crochet strap for the sangria granny square bag drying

and by the time I was ready to set aside the blanket, it had.

Meanwhile, in some of those moments that I was consumed with color decisions, I had come to the realization that I really wanted twisted yarn cords along with the crochet flower strap, so I made four, and this is a detail of how they look when paired with the main crochet strap:

crochet strap and twisted cords
The main crochet strap and four supporting twisted cords

Next, I added some beads to a ring to create a decorative, but not totally inconvenient zipper pull:

beaded zipper pull
The zipper pull tricked out and ready for adventure

and then, because I really wanted to get this purse done, I finished attaching all of the cords and the main strap:

granny square purse
The finished sangria granny square bag

I love the way the twisted cords worked out, and at this point, my plan is to incorporate as many of them as I can in future projects.

As for my new theory of crochet it is this: in order to propel oneself of the finish, it is necessary to begin anew. 

Bottom line, a crocheter’s work is never done.

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