Wednesday, June 29, 2011

granny style

So, you all might have noticed that the nightstands beside our bed were rather, um, empty?  As you can imagine, there's usually a bit more going on. In fact, there's always an obnoxiously-colored tissue box on my nightstand.  At the time of that photograph said tissue box was being transformed.

granny stripe, bit by bit

Mostly I felt silly doing this. As much as it sounded good in my head, actually crocheting a tissue box cover... Who does that?

In fact, I think a good many people do that. But, they may not use rainbows or share a room with a husband with such modern sensibilities. To his credit, Brandon said nothing.

Well, that's not entirely true.  At the end he said, "Is it removable?"  Which I think gives me about zero credit.  But, well, I think it is.  Let's cross that bridge later.

granny square crochet base

I built the base as a true granny square. My first. When it was big enough, I crocheted a few single crochet rows with decreases to force the square to turn inwards to make a cube. And then I built the granny stripe rainbow rows. Fun!

removable?  we think so.

To turn the edge at the top, lots more decreases and single crochet.

rainbow crochet tissue cover

And there you have it - a little spruced up tissue box, inspired by jenn of all trades' spruce-up challenge.  Very matchy, matchy, eh?  I'm still not 100% certain that I can carry off this granny-70's-rainbow-child cross, but here's for trying.  I buoy my confidence with images of dottie angel fabulousness.  I shall never be the vintage-granny-chic that is her, but I shall be reminded that granny can indeed be chic.

better.

Question:  Is crochet always "granny"?  I mean, quilting isn't.  Knitting isn't.  But, crochet?  You know, crochet actually is famous for its "granny squares", so that might have something to do with it.  And, I do love grannies.  I so aspire to be one someday.  Lot's of granny love here. 

33 comments:

  1. It looks great!! I don't really consider amigurumi to be granny. Those things are so cool.

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  2. Have you seen this?
    http://cauchycomplete.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/a-study-in-scarlet/

    It may be granny squares, but there isn't any thing granny about it, at least to my eyes!

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  3. Very cute. I don't think of crochet as granny at all. Have you checked out Lucy's blog at Attic 24? Now that's about as wonderful as it gets in hooky land!

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  4. I LOVE IT! Doesn't it just make you smile when you enter the room?

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  5. I'm sure the hubs meant it as "Is it removable? It's so pretty and bright and adorable that I would hate to see it get thrown away or picked apart when the tissues are gone." But that is wicked cute - I love how it matches without being obvious about it.

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  6. I love it! It makes me want to pick up a crochet hook and relearn how to do it!

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  7. I'm not usually one for tissue box covers, but this looks really great! I think kitschy/granny-ness of the crochet plays off the brightness of the rainbows and the more modern feel of the quilt....I don't know, actually, but it works! I really like the combo.

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  8. No, I don´t think crocheting is automatically "granny". Like with quilting it depends on the colors and the pattern. There IS some really "granny" crocheting, like crochet covers for toilet paper (!)with a doll sticking in the middle, the crocheting toilet paper roll was resembling a hooped skirt (that strange things were very popular by my Granny´s neighbours when I was a child).

    I tried to crochet these days, with bright colors and stripes and like it so far.

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  9. Well, my honest opinion is yes. Lol. Maybe I just haven't seen anything else that makes it look less granny to me. Also, the fact that my Grandma taught me how to do it probably adds to the nostalgia.

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  10. Crocheting this is not Granny. I love it!

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  11. Loving the match with your duvet/ blanket : )

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  12. Yes it's the start of the slippery slope to toilet roll holders!! I will say no more x

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  13. I've starting doing some crocheting again lately. Before now it was just scarves, but now I've learned how to read a pattern, and have branched out into amigurumi & string bags. :D

    Check out the dolls here - made by a granny but still: http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Aunties-Ceramics/205625432798424

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  14. The tissue box cover is pretty cool, but those dolly toilet roll things aren't. So don't make one. Ever. And wouldn't it make a funny picture if you couldn't remove it from that box and you just had to shove new kleenex in there every time it got empty? Ahem. Sorry.
    I actually quite like it, genuinely. If I could crochet I'd make a tissue box cover for the living room. They drive me nuts.

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  15. Cute, it really goes with your bottled rainbows quilt!

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  16. oh my = i LOVE LOVE LOVE it! if i knew how to crochet, it would be the first thing i would make.

    way to go - it's granny hip!

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  17. Bargain Babge - Yes it does! Maybe he wants to know it's removable because it sure won't go with his quilt! I'm making him one just like he'd want this winter.

    SewHappyGeek - OK, you have me laughing! Actually, crochet is so easy that I'd just take it apart a little to get the box out and figure out a more stretch stitch pattern when I close it up! See, I secretly have a plan =).

    Flying Blind - LOL. Yes, I think all this crafting is a slippery slope....

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  18. I wouldn't consider Crocheting to be "granny" I mean it is the only time that you can claim to be hooking without meaning something that could get you arrested :)

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  19. Crocheting is granny--but in a GOOD way!

    And some talented young women are taking up the craft. One of my favorites is By The Lake Crochet:
    www.etsy.com/shop/ByTheLakeCrochet

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  20. LOVE the tissue box cozy!!! i need to make one of these stat! :)

    awesome job ... thanks for sharing. :)

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  21. I think crochet is quite often "granny," though as with "granny chic" that's not necessarily a bad thing. I see a few little non-granny links above, and here's another one I found super quick: http://www.etsy.com/listing/73031442 - not at ALL granny-like. :) I think it needs some time to develop more, like quilting has done so recently.

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  22. nice idea!
    Congratulations on staying beautiful quilt

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  23. too funny. I actually did notice that your bedside tables were VERY clean. I think our husbands would get along....when I received a fabulous swap from my friend Kelly one time, it included a tissue box cover that was two sided. One side was made with precious Sherbet Pips scraps that had not been released yet. I adored it. Let's just say my husband likes the other side. Although it is AMH fabrics, so his taste isn't all off. ;)

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  24. That's pretty rad, Rachel! I'm glad to see that all the dorky stuff I crochet (without telling anyone)is cool again! Thanks for sharing yours!

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  25. grannies rock I guess. who knew?

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  26. your tissue box cover completly rocks! This is a prime example of why crochet is great :-)
    Any hint of a toilet roll cover and there will have to be an intervention!

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  27. Crochet is SOOO NOT Granny!!!! By the way, I love the Crochet Guide in your first pic, I got it last year and wouldn't be without it now!!

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  28. My husband says I'll make a cover for anything that doesn't move for at least 20 minutes. Must get to work on a tissue box cover soon! ha ha Yours is terrific!

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  29. Since I am not a native english speaker i don´t know if I could explain what I meant above:

    http://cgi.ebay.at/Klorolle-Puppe-60er-70er-Jahre-aufwendig-gehaekelt-/320669391607

    Don´t.make.that. ;-) This is very granny.

    Your tissue box is just cool.

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  30. Oh, I love your tissue cover. I sewed a tissue box cover a few months ago and my family was shocked. They could not believe that I would actually do that. My daughter says that one day every single thing in our house will have some sort of fabric cover on it. And, she might be right. Who knows.

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