I'm up to about 20 squares for my crochet sampler blanket - hooray! Last night I took it upon myself to start sewing the squares together. I was originally going to wait until the end to do this, but hey, I have no patience and I really didn't want to leave all of that joining until the very end.
I'm using the slip stitch seam technique, which is also in the book that I've been using for the project (200 Crochet Blocks for Blankets, Throws and Afghans: Crochet Squares to Mix-and-Match) and it creates a ridge on the right side of the blanket. I was nervous about the ridge, but after joining a few squares I'm loving it. I think it really adds extra interest, especially with the vibrant mix of yarn colours.
Now, I've also decided to make the big commitment of turning this into a queen size blanket. Yep. That will mean 182 squares I think - 13 blocks wide X 14 blocks high. Did you read that? One hundred and eighty two squares. That's a scary commitment for me, but I'm going to try my best and stay on track.
These sweeties below are my extra squares, just waiting to be blocked.
So, that's my progress. I realise this is going to be a very long term project and I'm okay with that. If I do lose momentum half way through, I know you'll be all there to cheer me on!
On a side note, thank you all so much for your beautiful 'get well' comments for James. Most of the swelling has gone down now and he's feeling so much better. Just one more day at home while we keep the weeping under control and then he should be right and ready for school again.
Have a lovely week!