Waifs down a mossy path: Dries Van Noten’s clothes for next spring.

Atonement

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Dear Ann,
Today I want to briefly address a private matter.
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I have acted in a way that violates my obligations to sew the lace edging on my latest Rowan sweater, and violates my — or any — sense of RS and WS.
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I apologize first and most importantly to my family. I apologize to the knitblog community, whom I promised better.
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I do not believe that knitting in the long run is about individuals.
It is about dishrags, sweaters, and doing what’s best for the state of knitting.
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I have disappointed and failed to live up to the standard I expected of myself.
I must now dedicate some time to regain the trust of my stash.
I will report back to you in short order.
Love,
Kay
PS Lisa Daehlin’s Granny Square crochet class at Knitty City on Saturday was awesome. Even the most fanatical of crochet refuseniks would have loved it. Since Saturday evening, I have neglected the final touches on Ether, and I’ve been making a fool of myself with the grannying. (E.g., recklessly risking detection, I grannied through Horton Hears a Who. In the dark. Hence the pinwheel effect on my Big Granny.) The heart wants what the heart wants!

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  1. Those giant granny squares can be addictive, be careful, I have already done 2 this year and started a third, have hardly done any knitting since then.

  2. Yesterday I was struck with the inexplicable urge to make granny squares – which I have never before done. Must be something in the NYC air this weekend…

  3. I don’t even like crochet and I’m looking at my cup of crochet hooks from the corner of my eye. This is so my knitting needles won’t notice. Our minds are being saturating with it and we will fall. And now classes. It’s only a matter of time….
    I kind of like the spiral effect. Crochet with joy. We will not judge.

  4. ahh the granny square is like crack.

  5. I confess, I too have heard the siren song of ol’ granny. She calls to me. She rocks in her chair with her corn cob pipe and whispers ‘Its so much faster dear. Baby blankets take mere hours. Your hooks do more than pick up dropped stitches you know…’
    My husband bought me a beautiful Brittany hook cause he thought it looked cool at the yarn store where he got my birthday present. Then I bought crocheting for dummies. Its only a matter of time till Granny’s grip is firm on my hands. You should always listen to your granny.

  6. I think I would have been more inclined to forgive you if Ann had been standing as a stalwart soldier by your side, bravely facing the cameras, with the wronged-partner look sadly reflected in her eyes.
    And if you had bit your bottom lip.

  7. i’ve “pinwheeled” also….until a friend advised turning direction at each new round. brilliant!

  8. If I have to hear his sound byte one more time I might jump off a bridge.
    That said, I knew it was just a matter of time before your weaknesses led you astray.
    ;)

  9. ooooh, and there was me thinking the spirally bit was ON PURPOSE! I like it. Are you going to start courthouse-stepping and whatever* with the crochet now?
    B x
    *you can tell I’m not a quilter….

  10. Saturday was obviously the day for luring the Rowanettes into crochet – I went to a class on making a hyperbolic crochet reef and can’t stop playing with plastic and hooks!

  11. Don’t resign! This is between you and the hook…the rest of us will look the other way (or pick up the Post now and then to see what and what.)

  12. Love the colors!
    Question: How would one adapt/hybrid-ize the granny square to the log cabin design?

  13. What someone said above is so true – the granny square, she is like crack. I learned to crochet before I learned to knit, and mostly what I did was granny squares. I think I could do them in my sleep, and that is not a bad thing! It really does take me back to my childhood.

  14. The only time the phrase “not your granny’s knitting” is appropriate is when it is your granny’s crochet squares.
    I don’t really see this as a change for you, somehow. It is somehow unsurprising that you gave up fancy edging with miles of sewing for MAKING SQUARES. Clearly, you have no problem applying miles of i-cord rather than doing a simple crochet border, but when it comes to making squares… I think you own a sewing machine or two to this end now, as well, it is not surprising that you would find a new yarn-y way to square.
    It’s definitely a way to burn through stash. And so easy to switch into that lovely “mistake-on-purpose” look which you have perfected. And has anyone taught you how to work in the ends as you go? Crochet: Mostly (justifiably) maligned for clothing (show me the drape!), speedy and delicious for square making.

  15. Gorgeous photos!!
    I can heartily recommend the addictive properties of the teeny tiny granny square too. Mostly useless but cute!

  16. I’ve been waiting for something like this – and I’ll be watching!

  17. Ohhh, I have always wanted to learn to make granny squares. The only item of crochet that appeals to me, but darn, does it ever. All of these comments about the addictive nature of the g-square (which will totally be my hip-hop name) are NOT HELPING!

  18. Mmm, granny squares. Love that pinwheel effect!
    Note to Kay: Crochet that granny-square in Peaches n’ Cream until it’s about 9″ square, and you have a nifty dishcloth! :)

  19. I confess, I too have heard the siren song of ol’ granny. She calls to me. She rocks in her chair with her corn cob pipe and whispers ‘Its so much faster dear. Baby blankets take mere hours. Your hooks do more than pick up dropped stitches you know…’
    My husband bought me a beautiful Brittany hook cause he thought it looked cool at the yarn store where he got my birthday present. Then I bought crocheting for dummies. Its only a matter of time till Granny’s grip is firm on my hands. You should always listen to your granny.

  20. Fun post, Kay. I have to respond to Amber’s challenge “show me the drape.” Scroll down and see some of the images on Yarn Diva’s blog.
    http://yarn-diva.blogspot.com/
    Interweave Crochet, Lily Chin, Annette Petavy, Kristin Omdahl – start Googling or Rav searching and be amazed. See what the chrochetinsider.com has written and shown – don’t miss her Olga Kreidik article.
    It’s still about the yarn.

  21. Dare I say it? One of my best friends….comes over every week for our “knitting” — and she doesn’t know HOW to knit!! She crochets (but has the good manners to call it “knitting” when in my home. I have a book of all kind o’ neat grannies, both squares and rounds (!) hidden among my books, but the real kicker is, like Meg McG, I have a Brittany black walnut hook, and that’ll do it if nothing else! In the meantime, I won’t tell. Go for it–but don’t forget where you came from {sob}

  22. Dishrags, Mr. Spitzer and Mr. Allen all rolled into one ‘luvingly’ crafted post. Ha ha ha! Good stuff!

  23. At least you didn’t spend $5,000+ to have a good time. But did you transport your granny across state lines? Now that could be serious :-)Crochet on!

  24. And here I thought that “pinwheel effect” was on purpose!

  25. OH,and as if posting the beautiful shot of the edging absolves you of your trip down the primrose path. Those granny squares will hypnotize you – that’s not some simple innocent pinwheel there! ‘course this is coming from someone who strayed from a 2nd sock AGAIN that’s been languishing for a year to make a diaper bag out of overalls!!

  26. Oh, what is that yummy stuff you used?? Me? I can and do crochet, but right now, I’m crack-addicted to log cabin knitting (baby afghans) and producing a pair of socks every four days. I can even spell OCD.

  27. I made one of those in graduated avocado greens, guess how many years ago? My first afghan. Fun, isn’t it? I’ve got a crochet mojo going right now, too, and am going to begin (shhhhh…) a lace doily. Renegades — that’s what we are.

  28. I made one of those in graduated avocado greens — guess how many years ago? My crochet mojo has returned, too, and I am starting (shhhhh…) a lace doily. Renegades we are, Kay.

  29. I crocheted as a kid more than I knit, but now prefer the two needles–but I love the pinwheel look of the square. Welcome David P. Hopefully fewer scandals to come.

  30. I didn’t know denim yarn came in all those colors :-)

  31. Cr*ch#t? I can’t even look. (I had to go wash my mouth out with Reese’s peanut butter easter eggs just for saying the word aloud.) There has to be some sort of support group, but if the stash ties itself in knots while your back is turned, well, you were warned. I’m sure the Rowan sweater will be as forgiving as any mistress, but the knitting fates are another matter entirely. Knit on with extreme caution. Hide the cr*ch#t hooks in the freezer for awhile. Drink gin till the urge to hook passes. And keep posting… can’t wait to see a finished ‘Ether’. C

  32. Sorry. I just don’t like it— in a train, in a boat, with a goat, or whatever. Crochet is ugly.

  33. I think it’s the pinwheeling that makes it so gorgeous… though it might be the colors…
    Anyway, I’m one of those people who usually think crochet looks way too frumpy, so consider yourself heavily complimented! :P

  34. Nice work of it for your crochet class. All I got when I took one at the other *ahem* yarn store was a lighter wallet and a page of diagrams that don’t mean anything to me anymore :-(
    Nice work. I am one who believes crochet can complement knitting and am quite jealous of how quickly you picked it up!

  35. love the rhythm of the granny square. it has its own and is not apologetic about it. i love that granny-square afghans can be so warm, even with all those holes… glad the class made for a fun weekend!

  36. Crochet or Knit or Knit or Crochet with a hook or a needle it is still with yarn awww the lovely stuff.
    I do both and proudly let it display itself when ever and where ever. Love your grannie square and look forward to the photo of your newest sweater.
    Yarn always yours,
    Janice

  37. HO NO

  38. Uh, oh, Kay’s gone over to the Crochet Side……
    Mary G. in Texas

  39. I have been making a blanket JUST like that, but in pinks and creams and purples, to use up stash. It IS addicting! And so instant gratification-y, too!

  40. Wow, Kay: crochet!
    I learned to crochet the summer I broke both arms (age 9), taught myself granny squares when I was about 16, or so. I was in my mid 20’s when a “newbie” crocheter, told me that she avoids the “spiral effect” by pushing the to the right after each cluster, especially at the corners. (Although, on your depicted granny, the spiral IS sort of charming, Belinda has a point.)
    To answer Grace’s question re: adapting the granny square into mthe log cabin genre. I know a way (perhaps not THE way):
    The goal is to make a granny square which is split into a light side and a dark side DIAGONALLY.
    1. Make the first round in red (or any preferred color for the ‘central square’). 2.Having your yarns separated into ‘light’ and ‘dark’ go ahead and attach a dark color at one corner, make ONE crochet cluster, continue crocheting as a regular granny through the next corner, until you get to the 3rd corner. At the 3rd corner, you will make ONE crochet cluster, and then change to the lighter color yarn to make the second crochet cluster that will form that corner. 3. Continue with the lighter color yarn to complete the round. (Your four corners will look like this:1 light, 1 dark, 2 half light/half dark.) 4. Repeat #’s 1-3 to the desired size. The outcome is a granny which is 1/2 light and 1/2 dark, split diagonally, like a qiulter’s log cabin square.
    Ideas:
    -You may eliminate the central (red) “square” effect, simply divide the square into 1/2 light and 1/2 dark from the beginning.
    -You may make one large granny log cabin square afghan (or whatever).
    -You may make many smaller “log cabin” grannies, and arrange them according to traditional qiulter’s style (i.e. “straight furrows”, ‘trip around the world”, etc.) Consult quilting books, or attend an upcomming quilt show (like the one in Somers, NY in May).
    -You may make your light and dark sides in solid colors, according to a plan, or use different colors each round to use up your stash, or even chosen colors also according to a plan.
    -You may divide your light and dark balls of yarn into 2 separate baskets/containers, one on each side of you, and “blindly” get a light or dark, using each color one time, a la Elizabeth Zimmerman.
    -You may adapt your granny, diagonally split into light and dark, into OTHER quilt patterns (pinwheel, flying geese, etc.)
    -You may adapt to make a triangular ‘granny’ shawl(or tiangular granny Whatever). Or grannies with 5, 6, 8 sides…Isn’t the octagonal square used to make “gandma’s flower garden” quilt pattern?–Well, you can make a crocheted grandma’s flower garden in grannie “squares”, too.
    -Just like knitting and quilting, the possibilities are ENDLESS! Anything you can graph out, you can translate into knitting, quilting, crochet, needlepoint, counted crosstich, etc.
    Got to love it (all);I do!.
    Happy days,
    LoveDiane
    P.S.–I haven’t gone too craft crazy in my life, right????
    Thanks for listening. Hope I didn’t make this

  41. Oh, no, you didn’, girlfriend! I’m aghast, I tell you, aghast! Lalala, I’m not listening.

  42. Repeat after me… “My name is Kay and I am addicted to crochet.” and now we’ll all say “Hi Kay.”
    It’s still better than crack!

  43. OK, I admit it, I knit, crochet, and sew. I’m also hoping to learn tatting at some point. I enjoy all of them, but I do admit, I’ve enjoyed knitting more than crochet, though I do occasionally pick up a hook for more than dropped stitches! I agree with a previous poster, it’s all about the fiber! (or fabric!) I am quite anxious to see the finished sweater though, the edging looks fabulous!

  44. Well, since.. you are busy with the crochet now..
    I’ll be happy to ‘foster’ the knitted lace panel..
    I’m sure it will be happy to visit my yarn for awhile.
    Honest, it will be NOOoooo trouble at all.. I’ll be happy to have the knitted lace stay at my apartment for awhile (ok, a long, long time). :D

  45. I agree with Amber. It really isn’t too surprising that if you were going to go astray that you would use a square to do so. I mean, you are the unrivaled queen of the mitred square after all!

  46. Your granny looks very good that way. More original.
    And it must be in the air. I have had a case of the hexagons myself.
    :)

  47. I am another who learned to crochet loooong before learning to knit, and still feel that it is the best way to go when in a hurry, say, when the Harlot comes to town and asks people to bring hats — dive into the stash and grab a hook the day before, finish the hat at the event. Love it. Love knitting, too, of course!

  48. exciting that “granny,” the noun, appears in such positive context after all those books, etc., “not your grannies…”
    was on my way to lisa’s event but tripped before her lace tea party began at harlem knit circle…took photos, then spent aft in ER.
    so sorry ’cause determined to overcome corner-turning problem, crochet condom amulet grannies.

  49. I think it’s lovely and just perfect for you – but don’t let the Yarn Harlot hear about it!

  50. You know… I like the pinwheel effect. I have always wanted to know how to do that… granny squares, with or with out the pinwheel.
    and I am entranced by that picture of your edging… beautiful.

  51. Knitting is my preference, but I have to pick up a hook every now and then. I crocheted 3 – THREE – granny afghans while snowed in this winter. And, you know, I could do it again! Something about those grannies…..
    Annie

  52. Now that you’ve overcome your fear of crochet, you can make a Babette blanket (http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/babette-blanket) . It’s quilterly. You can get all Kaffey with the colors. Just looking at the 264 interpretations on Ravelry makes me want to shove my current projects under the sofa and start one!
    And use a big hook — Whatever size knitting needle you’d use for a yarn, use a hook with a larger diameter. That “crochet don’t drape” thing has a lot to do with supertight gauge.

  53. I started out with crochet as a young-un, only learned to knit late in my graduate school days (hello, dissertation procrastination!), and though I haven’t “hooked” in a long while, I find myself thinking back longingly on the patterns I ripped out of then-current magazines and intended to crochet “someday”. Knitting, crocheting — love ‘em both! (And what *is* that lovely yarn you used? The texture of the plies looks braided and the material itself is so smooth and shiny bright!)

  54. I love the grannie squares – just made the first pic my desktop wallpaper

  55. who-ray for crochet! I can yo yo dbl trbl picot cluster shell repeat faster than I can purl. Knit and crochet in harmony, your Granny would be proud!

  56. I like it. Lots.
    I have a confession to make.
    I’ve been obsessing on Yarnstorm”s Flowerburst squares
    http://yarnstorm.blogs.com/knitblog/crochet/index.html
    for half a year now, trying to reproduce her squares on my own because she is oh, so coy about not revealing details of how she massaged the standard “sunburst” pattern.
    No matter.
    Like a dog with a steel susan bates G hook in her mouth I will overcome!
    P.S. Any and all suggestions for cracking this granny square code are more than welcome!

  57. loved how you found a way to add a bit of Gee’s Bendiness to the granny square. Is this the new Cro-Kay?