Earlier, I told you about the Nuts About Squares Crochet Along and then fell flat, lol. My niece had a tonsillectomy that was pretty severe and came to stay with me for a week during the day while her mom worked. The following week, we had Spring Break and my niece, my step-daughter, and my son all joined me at home. Then Easter…but I’m back and only really missed one week of blogging thanks to scheduling out posts two weeks in advance but I’ve run out my queue, so time to get back at it!
Now back to the CAL. I made a mistake, new patterns are released weekly NOT every other week. Then I discovered (much to my horror), not only were the patterns weekly, but you had to make three squares from each pattern. Shit! Why is this so horrible for me? Well, I’m a seriously slow crocheter. Like, turtle slow. It’s taking me about an average of 45 minutes for each round per square. There’s 18 round times 3 squares times 45 minutes = a really long time. SO I’m going to change up this little series and I’ll update you on progress weekly, however I don’t promise that update will include the finished squares each time.
Now for the FUN part. I really am loving the patterns!! I mean they’re absolutely gorgeous!! I was going for a muted colorway, thinking the grays would take over, but it’s the jewel tones that are stealing the show. At least for this week. I really wasn’t expecting that and it’s a great surprise.
The most amazing thing about the project is that with every round, my favorite square changed. At first it was the one with the teal center:
A few rounds later, I was loving the one done in mostly tans.
In the end, the square I liked the least while working on it, ended up being my overall favorite:
These all are going to need some seriously blocking. The term makes me shake my head. I started fiber arts with quilting where you make blocks and “square them up”, if needed. Now in my fiber art journey, I’m crocheting squares and blocking them out. Just makes me giggle, it’s all the same thing. So I may bounce back and forth in my terminology, just forewarning. I still mean I’m making my finished piece even on all sides, lol.
This square is named Esme’s Winter Cottage and I love her description of it: “Esme’s Winter Cottage has a busy center, surrounded by less and less ‘busy’. It is like the calm after the storm for me and I wanted something that was busy but also quiet and peaceful.” It reminds me of the beginning of winter, cold and harsh but softening out towards Spring. Although honestly with my color choices, there really isn’t much calmness anywhere.
Especially sometimes with my variegated yarn. Normally I stay away from it, because I’m too controlling with my work to be comfortable with spur of the moment color changes. And I’ll admit, in some of these squares, it had me grinding my teeth. Like this one, the white spots in the black border are from the Stormy Weather ombre by Caron Simply Soft. Then I looked at these spots and realized the colorway was very aptly named. When we have a bad storm approaching, there will be a gray overcast sky with a “shelf” of dark clouds rolling in. Every once in a while, you’ll also see pockets of white or blue where the clouds just aren’t reaching. And because of that visual, I was okay with this. Besides, the Caron Rosewood ombre also caused my two-toned diamonds which I absolutely love!
The Nuts About Squares CAL is going all year-long and it’s really not that difficult, if you’re interested in joining me. It is all crochet, none of that is embroidered. For us novice crocheters, there are video tutorials. At times it was difficult to figure out from the written pattern exactly which stitch I was supposed to work into. I admit, I used the video and it was a lifesaver. I knew right away if I was working it correctly instead of finding out at the end and having to frog the round.
I will be beginning week 2 this evening and will show what I have done of it off next Wednesday. I also have a Hairbow Holder in my post queue! I actually made it awhile ago and decided to bring it here because it’s so cute and easy. Tomorrow, I’ll be taking photos and writing up the recipe for some yummy Orange Cranberry muffins. So until next time.
Keep creating. I know I will!
Esme’s Winter Cottage Pattern can be found at Look What I Made.
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