In January of 2014, I decided to quit smoking. I knew that half of the battle for me was going to be keeping myself busy enough so that I didn’t want to go for a cigarette. Since winters in Toronto are very cold, I didn’t want to replace my smoking habit with outdoor activity. Activities like watching television make me want to smoke during commercials or after an hour of just sitting there, so that was out. I thought about crafting – john.e and I both like to work with barn board, but it’s hard to sand and paint from our city balcony in the winter months! I already knew how to knit, so I thought I would purchase some yarn and knitting needles and give it a go.
Pinterest was my best friend. It has so many easy patterns that I could follow and produce a product that wasn’t half bad. But, try as I might, I could never figure out how to knit in the round. And, I began to see more and more patterns which I liked, but required crochet skills instead. So, I turned to YouTube and watched basic crochet tutorial videos. Since I’ve always loved granny square afghans, I taught myself how to make those. I continued making them and then crocheted all of the squares together to produce my first blanket.
All in all, my very first crochet product ever took three months to complete. I was quite impressed with myself, and completely addicted to crocheting. Since then, I’ve completed 5 or 6 more afghans, and other items as well! What am I going to do with all of these afghans? I keep telling myself that I’m collecting them for when I can afford to buy a really big farmhouse! 🙂 Here’s a series of pictures highlighting the steps involved: Here’s me strategically placing each square in line; obviously, my OCD is working in overdrive trying not to place similar colours together. 🙂
If you want to make your own, be sure to check out Jenny’s link below. It’s a great reference for crocheting your very own Sunburst Granny Blanket! I used this pattern from Jenny at The Writing Tree.