Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Joiner

If you can't beat them, join them?

Color is a Journey

I had thought I'd keep crocheting these sun squares until baby came.  Because crochet seems like a nice early labor project (over planner, me?  No!  Not me!).  I have not kept track of how many I've made, but have simply piled them up in a corner enjoying a pleasant feeling of plenty, of accomplishment, of progress.

Only there doesn't seem to be any progress.  I'm still stubbornly pregnant.  If I can't make this baby come (which after a 2 1/4 mile aggressive hike this weekend, I'm now convinced I can't) I can at least stop waiting on these squares.

joining sunsquares w/whipstitch

Sunday morning I moved the pile to my coffee table and set about joining.

joining sunsquares w/whipstitch

joining sunsquares w/whipstitch

After testing a few methods, I settled on a whipstitch join, using the natural Cascade 220 yarn.  I find it looks best if I have the back of the work facing me when I whipstitch. 



And, guess what?  Joining turns out to be just as fun and just as addictive and just as restful as making the squares!  Here's my work-in-progress as of this morning, captured for Instagram. 

Yes, we're having another cold and cozy day.  A very Regular day, when I'm sure nothing very interesting is going to happen.  I am actually still pretty comfortable and there's no reason to rush, so if I could just stop living in expectation of The Big Day I believe I could recapture contentment.

May it be.

23 comments:

  1. This blanket will be gorgeous!!! Maybe you will go into labor when you finish it...you'll have your other heart project to work on when she's here. I still have 8 or 9 weeks to go.

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  2. This reminds me so much of the blanket my maternal grandmother made me. I keep it in a cedar chest, but I think I need to pull it out to cuddle with today. Thanks for the inspiration and connection to memories of loved ones.

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  3. My mother made a zillion of these in Amish colors with black. They are beautiful.
    As for baby--I think you have to get to the point where you become truly convinced that you are not having a baby after all--and then labor will begin. And if you are still feeling comfortable that is a plus.

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  4. Gorgeous blanket, you'll be able to snuggle with your baby when it's finished.............how lovely.

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  5. I admire these precious squares of sweet color combos so much! As a "non-yarner"(?) these are so fun even to look at :) Busy hands, but not too busy, to keep the antsies at bay :)

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  6. Many times my mother has told me how desperate she was for me to arrive when she was pregnant, in mid-August, in the south, with no air conditioning. She tried everything, incuding having my father take her for a bumpy ride in a pickup truck across a newly-ploughed field ! Then one night I arrived - and was born in the hospital elevator because I was not patient enough for her to get to the delivery room - so there ! Soon enough you'll have your little bundle.

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  7. Rosemary b here:
    I have been busy And I thought about you this afternoon.
    Well, it is good you are keeping busy. Maybe a dish of ice cream?
    These crochet blocks are so colorful. I love this.
    As always, there are some things we just are not in charge of.
    Stay warm. I think we have a heatwave coming tomorrow - it will be a toasty sunny 36º
    Yikes I can dump my winter coat for a day :-)
    I am sure all of you are getting excited

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  8. Antici......pation is the hardest feeling/emotion (if you will) of all. You are doing the only thing you can - keeping quietly busy.

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  9. Eleni would arrive at her time, maybe when you finish her blanket, so hurry up ;)

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  10. LOL, you know babies, they come in their own good time :) Your blanket is looking lovely, I remember my Grandma and Great Grandma having blankets just like that around their houses.

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  11. Bless your heart. When it's all over, you won't believe it! Such a precious baby blanket under construction. I haven't graduated to making granny squares, so I much admire how pretty they all are...in a pile, or sewn together. Hang in there!

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  12. I don't think I've made a granny square afghan since our daughter was born 25 years ago but it was the perfect 'on the go project!' Yours is coming together beautifully and will soon be lovingly cuddling your new little one.

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  13. I'm also 38 and a half weeks pregnant. I've been prepped and ready for a couple weeks now and I thoroughly dislike this holding pattern. Your crocheting is beautiful! I hope your patience holds out better than mine. :)

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  14. I know patience is NOT my strong suite. Your squares remind me of a blanket I have that my grandmother crocheted for me when I was around 8. Still have it! :)

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  15. Perfect for a cold winter day and oh so pretty!

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  16. Those granny squares are so bright and cheerful and so very "stitched in color". Good luck Rachel! Hope those contractions start soon!

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  17. Once you are content the baby will come :-) I had finally come to grips with the fact that my last baby wasn't going to come 9 days early like the one before then labour started. Just when I was going to bed. I didn't feel like it that night. It was quite funny in hindsight really. Enjoy these last moments of pregnancy! (And nice start to your blanket.)

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  18. She will be here in her own good time. Meanwhile, enjoy your blanket project and (probably) the last of your free moments for a few years. :D

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  19. Hang in there momma! The hike is good. I was overdue so I feel your pain. I love your squares. Isnt it nice to see them all piled up in a basket or something. It looks like there are so many. So pretty. Love your blog. Makes me happy every time I see the header.
    ~Crystal
    Crochet A Day In The Life
    http://krystlewv.blogspot.com

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  20. I love everything about crochet, and if pressed to admit it I'd declare it to be my very favorite pass time - even surpassing sewing/quilting. The only drawback is my hands no longer can stand up to extra long crochet sessions...darn the aging process :o)

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  21. My first was induced when she was 8 days overdue, and I wish I had just kept waiting. After 3 days of labor I ended up in a c-section. The lesson I learned is that, at least for my body, I can't force the baby to come before he/she is ready! I'm going to try to keep that firmly in mind this time around as I try for a VBAC. Good luck with the excitement coming your way soon!

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  22. THANK YOU RACHEL FOR GIVING ME THE 'COLOR THEORY JELLY ROLL' !
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  23. Your whip stitch look terrific. (My mother and) I always crocheted the squares together with a single crochet. I read your newer post and am praying for your family. It's usual for me to be at a loss for words. Yet I can lift you up in prayer and let you know that you may feel alone and there are many who care and many who read your blog from time to time and never post until now.

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