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21 May 2012

Crocheter's blockage


Do you think there is such a thing as crocheter's block?  I suppose there comes a point in most crocheter's yarny career when they are floundering for what to make next.  Well, that wasn't quite the problem I was having.

I knew what I wanted to make, I just had a terrible struggle getting it from 'idea' to 'item'.  It was more like a blockage in the process than a full blown Block but it was pretty painful nevertheless.

That little granny square was the first one I made, back when I was innocent of the problems that lie ahead!

The idea itself was simple enough.  Just a few little granny squares hanging nicely on a string to make a simple little bunting.  What could be easier?

I don't know quite what caused me all the problems.  I think I got a little uncertain of my colours.  When I had the idea I was in a brave, experimental mood. I'd selected a nice random collection of Bergere de France 'Ideal' colours and felt that anything would go.


Coming back to those self same colours and my minuscule pile of made up squares, I suddenly didn't feel quite so bold and daring.  I wasn't sure if the colours worked, or really what kind of feel I wanted the finished bunting to have.

So, I procrastinated.

I finished off some sewing.  I knit socks.  I planned other crochet projects. In short, I did everything, but get on with it.

One day though, despite being in two minds about whether I even wanted the thing anymore, I sat down determined to get the infuriating job done and out the way so I didn't have to think about it or face it again.

Eventually, after a great deal of Forcing Myself To Keep At It, I had this.

A small, small pile of squares.  Who would have thought they could cause such troubles?

I little while later, I had a bunting ready to hang in the hall.  I've never been so relieved to see the end of a project I don't think!


So there it sits.

do like it.  It's kind of what I was going for.  I like the tiers of squares hanging down....

I'm not sure really if I'm glad it's done because I like seeing hanging there.  Or, if I like seeing it hanging there because, it's done.

I am very pleased that the little pom-pom garland that it replaces, looks really cute in Little One's room though. 



And I do like having my crochet hook free to start new things.  I'm sure I like that a lot.


S x




21 comments:

  1. I am so glad you are pleased with your pretty little garland.
    Everywhere I read at the moment there are hooky problems.
    I have had some real issues with my Mojo lately but we shall see how that develops or not!

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  2. I love bunting but crochet bunting has to be the best! Love yours. :)

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  3. Very nice indeed! I'm making some granny square bunting for the jubilee and Olympics using red, blue and white :-)

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  4. Like many things it's clearly best suited seen from a little further away. Hung on the wall you can see that it balances beautifully, in terms of shape and colour. Good for you, sticking with it and getting it right x

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  5. Hello Sandra,

    I am smiling because of your remark on this post about yr bunting ...relieved its finished or because it looks good...well I feel the same about my famous granny square cushion and the back which I did follow your tutorial AND it's finished whoopee! Its taken me much too long but I'll be posting about it and why on my blog in a few days should you like to pop by. Anyhow I'd just like to ask is it ok to link to your tutorial on my blog please?
    I'm skittering away fast from here before I see anything else that tempts me...I'm not going to make a bunting I have to do a baby cardigan for a friend...so no distractions.
    Amanda :-)

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  6. What a wonderful crochet bunting...looks so pretty. Well done for not giving up!
    Carole x

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  7. I love it Sandra...viewed from a distance it's perfect.Those diamonds look almost jewel like.
    Jacquie x

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  8. Hello again
    Many thanks for your comments on my blog and also for Tutorial link permission.
    Do hope you'll also follow my blog too and pop by when you can.

    Amanda :-)

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  9. i like it, too!
    xxxx Alessandra

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  10. It is beautiful Sandra, and very inspiring!! Thank you!! I just love granny squares, and your colors are so pretty!! Have a great week! xo Heather

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  11. They may have given you a headache, but the result is very worth it I think!

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  12. Lovely garland, I do recognize your crochet block. I have a craft block and it is very disturbing :p. I hope my hunger for crafts returns quickly. Happy crafting!

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  13. clever idea for a wall hanging, well done for sticking with it.

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  14. So creative and what a wonderful idea!!!! Both garlands are lovely!!!

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  15. Your bunting is really pretty. I have a WIP that has been hanging over me - a knitted pullover for my Mam. I have had it on my needles for 2 years!! I then learnt to crochet and ever since haven't felt like knitting. Hope she doesn't put on weight! Lily. xxx

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  16. What beautiful bunting!! I also have those 'block' moments and sometimes a project takes the devil of an age to get going! Keep at them though .... Have Yarn and Carry On!!! lol x

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  17. I'm glad you settled in and finished up. It looks great! Your colour choices are brave - yet very pretty.

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  18. your garland is so delightful! i love it!!

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  19. Hello sweet Sandra, I love your granny square bunting! You did a beautiful job sweetie and I am glad you are happy with it! I am sorry it caused you stress, but I did get tickled at you saying "I'm not sure really if I'm glad it's done because I like seeing hanging there. Or, if I like seeing it hanging there because, it's done." It is probably a little of both! :) It really does look beautiful and the pom pom burning is perfect in your little one's room! I look forward to seeing what you start next! Love, Paula xo

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  20. Oh, that is really beautiful and creative bunting! In fact, I have a perfect spot for something just like this in my home. Sorry it gave you so musch fuss, though.

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  21. It looks lovely, I want one the colours all look amazing together and what a great idea I have a wall that it would look perfect on hehe. xx

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