I saw Lucy's rainbow Granny stipe blanket and I thought "That's nice, but I have enough projects". I also remembered my Great Auntie Elsie making them just like that when I was a little girl.
My Auntie Elsie lived in Quarry Bank in what is known as The Black Country, this was a heavily indusrialised part of the Midlands in those days. Auntie lived in a bungalow with lots of crochet blankets, a real coal fire and tomatoes growing in the back garden. She had pottery hot water bottles lined up on the edge of the bath and a brown teapot with a crochet cover. That's what I remember anyway !!
My Nan used to take me to visit her and it was Auntie Elsie that taught me to crochet when I was 5 or 6. I used to make huge long chains and then I learned to join them up- it was all very free form !Later I lerned the treble , and of course how to make Granny clusters.
Auntie used to make either great big Granny Squares into a blanket or stripes. She told me that during the war she used to go to work in the parachute factory on the bus, and the women were so crammed in they couldn't knit. So they taught each other to crochet.
In my family my Nan was a whizz with her knitting needles, and Auntie with her crochet hook.Nan knew all the crochet stitches, and I remember her showing me how to do them, but it was Auntie's blankets that inspired my love of all things hooky .
Everywhere I look I see Granny stripe blankets,have you seen them all on flickr ?I began to feel just a tiny bit jealous of all that stripy lovliness. I saw more stripy love on blogs, resistance was futile...
I had some blue wool left over after making this month's SIBOL squares, so I thought I might crochet a few stripes- strictly in the interests of using up wool you understand...
On Friday I bought 5 more balls and have now completed 70 rows of my stripy blue blanket. You know how it is, I can resist anything but temptation!!!
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