Friday, May 1, 2015

WEEK 1 - Granny Rose CAL: Gather Supplies

Hello Everybody!
And a BIG welcome to you if you are new to this site
and a BIG welcome back in the event that you have been here before. :-)

Today starts the first step of the new and improved granny rose crochet-a-long.
(Each Friday the next step will be posted, for a total of 5 steps.)

Gather supplies

The yarn pictured is Stylecraft Special DK.
And those are the colors.
There's one skein of each.
I ordered mine from
A 100 g skein is less than $3 and shipping is free from the UK with an order >$50.
It takes two weeks to arrive (from UK to Utah).

I am going to make an afghan for a baby girl.
I like square blankets for babies. 

The afghan will be made up of 8 x 10 granny squares for a total of 80 squares.
I also like even numbers for afghans, as they seem to fold better.
They fold on a joining seam for a neat and orderly little package
 when not wrapped around the baby.
Please adjust the pattern to your preference i.e. size, shape
 or even make a pillow, as demonstrated in the pattern.

Here are the supplies you will need:

Can be purchased by clicking here.

 As stated above, but please use any yarn you would like.
This project has great stash-busting potential, too.
White will only be used to join the squares and for the edging.
Meadow will only be used for the "leaf" row.
There are nine additional colors for the flowers and granny row.
(The nine colors will be used for the centers and flowers, 
I know it's 8 x 8 - but I have a plan.)
Either Candy Floss or Soft Peach can be used for the roses, or both if you would like.
I got confused and mixed them up, so most of mine are Soft Peach,
but I think Candy Floss would be better if you want an afghan a bit brighter than mine.

The Roses will be explained in more detail next week in Week 2 - The Rose.

Crochet Hook
 Size "H" aka 8 aka 5 mm

A Mug or Cup or Glass
For your favorite hot beverage. :-)
Mine is creamy half caf coffee!
This is the mug I intend to use:
What will you be drinking?
And in what?

Each week I'll include tips to help you along the way.

So take a look at this great tip from The Felted Button:
Mini hair clips to hold in the ends of the yarn balls!
I found these at the grocery store.
(Make sure they are the very tiniest ones though.)

Oh and if you are a crochet lover, check out the Felted Button site.
I think you'll be glad you did!
(She's in Utah too!)

OK so I will be back next Friday May 8th for 
WEEK 2- The Rose
Be sure to rest up and get your energy boosting drink ready
 because we are going to make 80 roses!!!
(That's less than a dozen roses a day.)
It can be done, but it doesn't have to be - 
that's the beauty of the internet - the posts will be there when you are ready,
so go at your own pace...and perhaps learn from our mistakes. ;-)

See you next week!

P.S. Please let me know if you have any photos you want to share and I will post them.
Please email them to
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  1. Ooh, how exciting! I'm in, Astri! I've been wanting to make one of these for a long time.

  2. Oh, sounds exciting!! I will look forward to reading along although I won't be crocheting at the moment! Lovely to hear from you as always Astri! xx

    1. Thank you Amy. You ahead always such a supportive friend!

  3. Oh it sounds like so much fun. Hugs and good luck to all participating.

    1. Awww sweet Meredith. Thanks for stopping by. 😊

  4. Hi Astri. How I would love to do this CAL! I am afraid if I do, I will be over extending myself though. I am doing a sew along with the Vintage Farm Girl book too. And trying to learn how to use a new embroidery machine as well. The roses are lovely! I adore that yarn! I should order more!