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Squares and swatches.

Posted on by Mary Heather

Recently, inspired by our new ability to add fiber stash in its own special place, I updated my entire stash on Ravelry. Yarn, fiber, all of it. Whee! I also sorted out a huge box of awesomeness to destash. While organizing everything, I pulled out a bunch of solid and semi-solid fingering-weight yarn with the goal of making a granny square afghan in spare moments. 

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I'd like 120 squares total: 100 made up of 8-round granny squares, and then 20 made from smaller 4-round grannies, pieced together in groups of four.  I was fine with this taking years and being a nice, back-burner project for a while. A square or two a month? Sure, whatever.

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Then Breaking Bad's final season started. The thought of making something I have to really look at or think about while watching that show is laughable - and honestly, that show can get so tense it's probably not a good idea to work on something in which consistent gauge is super important, either - so this blanket, so far, has gotten a little extra time in the hands, and is coming along faster than expected. It still may take a good long time, and that's fine, but it's nice to see my stack of squares piling up. The start of football season (FINALLY!) means I'll have some more TV time ahead to devote to these squares. I'm all for it! (Just hoping my Steelers give me more to cheer about in future games than they did yesterday...)

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In other news, the swatch above might look familiar if you saw Ysolda's recent announcement about her upcoming book, The Rhinebeck Sweater, on her blog. In the photo, you can see the back of my unbloggable project from this time last year. You can also see the front in this post, in the photo where I'm WALKING A BABY LLAMA! His name was Andy and I love him. It was such an honor to participate in the project with my cardigan design, and I just adored the sweaters that all the other designers contributed. I think Ys created a really special book, and I'm so excited for her to share the full details.