WIP Wednesday

manghan Nuts About Squares

Embracing the dark side.

Progress so far with the Manghan or rather Boyghan I’m making for Master R aged 7.

His choice of colours.

He thinks the Square in the middle on the left is “Epic!” and the Moroccan window, middle on the right – which is a pig to crochet – caused a sharp intake of breath and a ‘Wow!” when he saw it.

Many of the crocheters in the Nuts About Squares CAL have finished stunningly beautiful blankets, and whilst it is a genuine delight to see them, I do find it frustrating as many of my squares do not end up being the right size – lots of ripping out and adjusting still to be done. By the time I’ve finished this one – please let that be not too long ahead!!! – I will have crocheted enough for about 5 blankets, with only one to show for it.

I’m not moaning (well I am, but don’t listen to me! or give me any sympathy!) the high class problem of a crafting Granny!

For now I will enjoy the gasps of joy and appreciation to keep me going.

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50 responses to “WIP Wednesday

  1. The colours make it look like Moroccan tiles – shame it’s proving to be such a pain πŸ˜€

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  2. An interesting blend of colour , good luck to the end result Sandra.

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  3. I think you have managed to sneak in a lot of light shades and (to me) it is not dark at all, it looks quite intricate and not the simplest of patterns, watch out or the Misses may decide they want more intricate patters too, πŸ˜‰
    how wonderful that your hardwork is appreciated with such wonderful reactions, bless him, Frances

    lol, I’ve just realised he has almost chosen the suffragettes colours of mauve and sage, sorry but it is making me giggle,

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  4. His “seal of approval” makes the whole thing seem reasonable, doesn’t it? It really is such an intriguing mix of colors and patterns!

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  5. The perfect reaction from him – brilliant!

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  6. Murtagh's Meadow

    I love all the squares. I think the colours work really well. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

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  7. I am just working the border for this lovely cal and have found the video tutorials by Esther were invaluable. My first square took a week following the written pattern, but after finding the videos I managed to keep up pretty well. Joining the squares as Esther shows really works and gives a great finish. Keep going, it will be worth it in the end !

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  8. I am just working the border for this lovely project and found that the joining of them was fine using the method that Esther demonstrates in her great tutorials. My first square took me a week following the written pattern but after finding the video tutorials I kept up with the cal easily. Keep going, its worth it!

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    • Thank you so much for your encouragement Carole. Well done for getting to the border. Gosh I’m impressed you stuck with the written tutorial – i’m sure I would not have done any without the videos. Are you part of the Facebook Group? There are some wonderful finished examples being posted there.

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  9. This is so beautiful, Daffy and my favourite square has got to be the same one as Master R called ‘EPIC!!’ -)

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  10. I think he’ll be taking this with him to college unless it falls apart from overuse first!! EPIC really is the word for this.

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  11. What a keepsake and how especially wonderful that his self is part of the process! So intricate and beautiful!! Is there much more to go?

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  12. Ditto on epic! That’s going to be some blanket when it’s finished.

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  13. I am with the Master, I think this whole blanket is EPIC. I love the colors. It is quite royal with the purples and quite manly with the camo colors. Perfect.

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    • Royal and Manly! Maybe that is what he is going for! I saw him in his end of term drama play last night and at one point he was dressed up as the Queen – at another he was a Ninja fighter! “Royal and Manly”, I am going to embrace those two qualities and see if that helps me get to grips with this colour combo. Thank you Lisa – I think you might have given me the key i needed. πŸ˜‰

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  14. Just think of the feeling of accomplishment you’re going to feel when it’s done. πŸ™‚ What you’ve done already is gorgeous… or should I say epic.

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    • Thank you Robin, all encouragement gratefully received. I am going to feel a huge sense of relief when it is done to mutual satisfaction – but I’m sure the sense of accomplishment will also kick in! πŸ˜‰

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  15. Well, I think the whole thing is EPIC! Not just the centre square.

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  16. It’s coming along nicely – I’d be saying WOW too if I was him! I have a much loved mama-knitted blanket and can vouch for the amount of time he’ll spend examining each square.

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  17. Your new blanket looks much more exciting than previously – great!!!
    I had problems with both size and shape of the squares for my CAL blanket because although the squares were nominally 6″ square some were even rectangular. There is ‘blocking’, the fact that joining will pull them or push them a bit to fit and with these sort of designs. I would be inclined to settle on a size (I had a piece of card with a square drawn on it!) and if the square is to small just do more rows of dcs until it is approximately right. My joining method for the CAL helped as well but I won’t suggest that as it is a lot of work.
    Anyway, sounds as it you are doing well and you will have a very happy boy at the end, so it will seem worth all the hard work.

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  18. They are beautiful squares though, it will be stunning when it’s finished!

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  19. You are doing just grand and the reaction should tell you that you are. Try changing a hook size. I know sucking eggs!

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    • Ha! Thank you for your support Cathy. Yes I am trying changing the hook size and the type of stitch – ie. to make it bigger doing a double crochet instead of a single etc, lots of trial and error! ❀

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