Betcha thought I'd given up on this one..huh? Yeah. Me too.
I'd decided ages ago that I wasn't going to go full size with it (which I think is 432 squares...odd number and completely massive!), because once I found out I was up the duff, it seemed to be perfect baby blanket material. Plus the Rooster Almerino yarn used is so pretty, soft and lovely, it seemed a shame not to use it for the baby...although I do doubt it will be puke, poo or pee proof!!
So about a month and a half ago I laid them all out and there just wasn't enough, I think I had 240 squares at that point and I couldn't get them to look right. My calculations for a perfect size ended up meaning I needed to be 15 squares wide by 20 squares long...which meant (and this deflated me somewhat) I needed to do another 60 squares. Waaaaaaaa! Why me! It's not fair!!
Tantrum over I got to work on the remaining 60 squares and have really been putting in the work on them, completely ignoring other (more interesting) projects and doing my best to focus, focus, focus.
And then I got there. Finished on Sunday afternoon whilst watching the Grand Prix, a whole box of pretty crochet squares. I felt quite elated and a bit dizzy especially when we worked out that each square required six ends to be sewn in so for 300 squares that's 1,800 ends hand sewn in by moi. Cor blummin blimey guvnor flippin heckers like!!
So now the task of joining is before me. I started last night, took ages laying them all out in the order I fancied. Started off all careful and proper; first red, then yellow, then green etc etc.... and by the end was just whamming them down in any old order and not caring if two of the same colours were next to each other. The patience of a saint, always been one of my better qualities :o)
Once the laying out was done I started to crochet the first two rows together. It isn't the easiest of things to do, a bit fiddly and I'm convinced I'm doing it wrong. But...but...but....the end is in sight and it will all be worth it to see the finished blanket, especially when you consider that I started it in December!!
Stay tuned, the big reveal is surely not too far away now.
ps. the builders ripped the kitchen out yesterday! I'm trying to be nonchalant about it, got my not bothered face on and everything but inside I am screaming!!!