Please tell me that I am not the only woman of a certain age who shudders and pales as she remembers the 1970s women’s fashions utilizing granny squares!
Yet at the time, it was ever so fashionable to look as though you had turned the family afghan into an article of clothing.
And sometimes the similarities were remarkable. :)
Now imagine this eye-catching poncho draped on a nearly 6 foot tall skinny teenager. It is really embarrassing to meet friends at a party and have one of them say loudly, “Why are you wearing the afghan from your mother’s couch?!” As all eyes turn toward you, try responding to that one! (“No, it is not the afghan from my mother’s couch. That one is a different color.”)
Of course, I don’t remember him wearing granny square based clothing. And, yes, granny squares were used for men’s clothing as well. And, no, the granny square male ensemble wasn’t sported just by musicians.
Nor were children immune, poor little tykes, as can be seen of this picture of a child stoically wearing his granny square vest!
For reasons that seem obvious (to me at least), I hadn’t crocheted a granny square in many years (okay, decades). Yet recently, the thought of crocheting a pile of granny squares seemed, well, comforting. So out came my crochet hooks and yarn, and I started to crochet squares for Granddaughter F’s Christmas present – an afghan.
I had forgotten how fast crocheting granny squares out of worsted weight yarn can be! No surprise to Thor, I got a bit carried away. After crocheting 12 squares (2 of each of these) in 2 days, the arthritis sleeping in my right wrist woke up.
I haven’t been able to knit or crochet for a week! :(
Lesson learned: Moderation in all things crocheted – well, at least granny squares!
- When was the last time you crocheted granny squares?
- When was the last time you turned granny squares into a garment or accessory and wore it?!