I got the itch to crochet something recently (like I don't already have too many projects in the works) and I wanted to do something cooler than the simple scarves and hats I've made in the past, so I started looking up granny square patterns! I'm REALLY not a good pattern follower, and the secret code crochet patterns are written in doesn't help that at all, but with a little patience, I was able to decipher some basic stitches. I started out practicing with some ugly leftover yarn I had and once I'd mastered one I bought some pretty cotton yarn.
I've had this cute basket forever sitting around empty, and it turned out to be the perfect thing to hold my new project!
I really like the look of balls of yarn. Though they're obviously kind of useless as they are, I always think they lose some of their charm once they've been made into something! I would kind of like to have a big shelf of lots of colors of yarn, like a yarn store. I could just sit and feel it and look at it all day.
So here are my squares so far! this is called the Summer Garden granny square, because it has a flower in the center. There is a great tutorial for these (and lots more) on Attic24's blog. Her work and colors are so inspiring, I love it! This is a great place to start if you're interested in learning crochet.
I am planning on making all this yarn into squares, and then outlining/attaching them all together with another color, maybe a darker turquoise or pink, and then I'll have an afghan.
This is a great project if you need something to keep your hands busy watching netflix movies like I do. Once you get the hang of a square, you'll be able to crank them out pretty quickly.