Since the dawn of the baby-boomer era we have had many new and exciting innovations introduced into society. Whilst many of these have made the world a better place, the flip-side is that we have become over-reliant on “ready made” products. Our society is now so strongly influenced by consumerism it has led to over-consumption and a “throw-away” culture. Sadly, many of us have lost the ability to make things from scratch. One of the things we decided when embarking on this quest for a more sustainable life-style was to learn to make our own things as well as re-use, re-make and re-purpose old items. We also try to give handmade items as presents to family and friends as they are more sustainable and often show more thought and effort than purchasing a “ready made” item. I posted about making gifts and buying handmade last year, a link to that post can be found here.
As part of our quest to be more sustainable I taught myself how to crochet in 2013. One of the first things I started was a blanket for Ruby. I used the easiest pattern available – the granny square! In August 2013, when Ruby was almost 2, it was about a metre square.
I quickly discovered that crocheting a blanket was a winter only activity so it stayed in its basket until the winter of 2014. Incidentally, the basket is a hand-crafted treasure from the 1960s that I was lucky enough to find at the Pt Adelaide markets a few years ago.
When summer came around again it still wasn’t big enough.
Ruby was always wanting to cuddle up in it, so I wanted to make it big enough that she could sleep under it comfortably.
Of course, as time passed she grew so the blanket had to grow with her. I finally finished it this afternoon while sitting in front of the heater with Ruby and baby Violet. Ruby was most impressed.
It has ended up being about 10 rows bigger than I first intended, 43 rows in all.
So, while making your own is a great idea be prepared for it to take a while! Hopefully, Violet’s blanket will not take me as long.