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1  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Embroidered Doily on: March 26, 2015 08:17:34 AM
This looks amazing! I'm going to have to try this sometime! Cheesy
2  QUILTING / Quilting: Completed Projects / Re: Latest 9 patch quilt + link to how to sew a quilt tutorial! on: July 08, 2011 07:20:04 PM
This is great! I loved the colors you picked, and the fact that you posted such an easy to follow tutorial. I'm a newbie quilter, and your tutorial is amazing. I started mine today!   Cheesy
3  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Granny mystery on: August 09, 2010 09:09:57 PM
That's interesting. I thought the only difference between American crochet and European crochet were the terms. Thanks for info, Kittymom13! Cheesy
4  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: Domo Droid Story on: August 04, 2010 08:22:26 PM
5  CROCHET / Crochet: Discussion and Questions / Re: Granny mystery on: July 23, 2010 11:06:24 PM
I found this thread, and as a junkie for useless facts, I couldn't resist!

A little bit of research led me to http://www.squidoo.com/learn-to-do-granny-square-crochet, which says that the early granny squares were adapted from more complex and intricate patterns from Europe when settlers came to the new world. According to this source, granny squares were designed to be simple and useful, because that was what was necessary for that time.

Also, according to this site: http://page63.blogspot.com/2010/04/history-of-granny-square.html, in the Victorian era, they were known as "Patchwork Squares." I couldn't find any more info about why they're now called Granny Squares.

Using my University's Library website and JSTOR, I found an article with an...interesting quote about Victorian abortions: "Abortion was often done by a woman who goes under some such name as "granny" or some other colloquial name and who uses crochet hooks generally or a knitting needle." I'm not saying it could be related to the topic at hand or not, but that is the earliest connection I could find between crochet and the word "granny." Make of it what you will, I just thought it might be something interesting to think about. The article was Women and Abortion in Victorian and Edwardian England by Patricia Knight, if anyone wants to look it up.

This is where I might have struck gold, though:

I found another article in a publication called The Decorator and Furnisher, published in 1889 that describes what might be the burgeoning granny square. It's a Dear-Abby type article, and the reader sent in a question inquiring about a new way to crochet table covers, quilts, and pillows. The reader says she has heard of a type of crochet which she calls "the daisy device," (get ready for this quote; it's a long one)

"we will simply say "the daisy" device in crochet is begun in the center of the daisy with a chain of twelve or more stitches, the chain joined, and worked on the ring thus formed is a row in long or tripple crochet stitches, each long stitch divided by a chain stitch. Then worked in the little circular mat thus perfected is a succession of loops about an inch in length in chain stitch, and as each loop is made the work is turned, and in each Stitch of the chain up to the central stitch is worked a long stitch; in the central stitch is worked five long stitches, and a single stitch in each chain, stitch continued to the last stitch in the loops. This gives a petal-like effect to the work, and when all the loops are finished the effect is that of a field daisy, each successive loop slightly overlapping the preceeding. Hence the name given to the pattern of the work; A chain is now worked all around joining the petals; and the corners are filled in with the trefoil pattern, or otherwise, to form squares. The squares are then sewed together, and lace of daisy pattern borders the spread."

It's a lot to read through and make sense of, but it basically states that a big fancy square is made with the design of a daisy in the center. The reader asks the writers their opinion on this form of crochet, and they present "an idea of our own in the matter of the crochet lace set, is in patterns of small blocks or squares about eight inches each way...these joined alternately for the coverlet and pillow spreads, and finished with a border to match the design." Unfortunately there wasn't an illustration to go along with this article, but that sounds like it could be a starting step for granny square designs. These fancy-shmancy daisy squares could be part of what influenced settlers over in America around that time to make simple, yet effective crochet squares.

Whew. That was quite a bit of research. Smiley I tend to go a bit overboard when I find something really interesting. *^_^*

Interesting side note: In my search, I found an article about women in rural Andalusia, Spain. Quote: "Creating marvels with a crochet hook or knitting needles is a ground on which they can compete with or outdo city women." Not-for-nothin', but I thought that was a neat little tidbit of info. I don't know about you guys, but I can relate to that sentiment. Don't we all feel like our handmade items are far superior than to those store-bought, mass-market products? Smiley
6  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: I Crocheted My Steering Wheel! on: March 06, 2010 08:04:21 AM
That's great! When I first saw the thumbnail, I was like, "Heavens to Betsy, is that a BOW on her steering wheel?!" I want that. I want that so hard...I might just have to make it for myself! Cheesy
7  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Tiny crochet pin and neck warmer on: March 06, 2010 08:02:55 AM
That's awesome! I love tiny things! (it's why I play the ukulele!) That's a great ornament, and it's super cool that you carved it out of a toothpick; when I saw it I thought it was a real, tiny hook! And I love the neckwarmer, I'd totally wear that! Awesome job!
8  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Dark Faery Slouch Hat on: March 06, 2010 08:00:25 AM
That's a great hat! When I looked at the pictures, before I even read the description, I thought it looked like the hat of a forest-dweller.  Grin Sorry to hear about people selling your patters, that stinks that people would do something like that.  Angry I really loved your hat patterns. But you gotta do what you gotta do, and I understand that. Keep makin awesome stuff, and don't let it get ya down!  Wink
9  CROCHET / Amigurumi: Completed Projects / Re: New XL Monster on: February 21, 2010 07:56:46 PM
i <3 that thing so much. it's seriously adorable!  Grin
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: i *do* give a hoot! on: October 15, 2009 11:58:30 AM
Wow those are so pretty. I've been wanting to make those for a while, but I haven't gotten past the wrist of the first one, haha. Smiley You may have just given me inspiration to start knitting them again. I really love that color, it's so pretty. And I like your beads better than the buttons too. Cheesy Awesome job!
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