Wednesday, February 07, 2007

My Great Granny

At times one needs to rediscover, uncover, pay homage to one's roots. For me this process tends to be most rewarding when accompanied by my buddies, Hookster, The Twins (needles) and Yarnola. However, on my last trip down memory lane our little group ditched The Twins and we slipped into my ride for a much needed visit to Granny's place.

Now, visits to Granny's pad can truthfully at times be a bit boring. Conversely, there are instances when that old lady will drop her normally square demeanor and git her groove on. Armed with this knowledge of pleasurable visits past, our little trio stopped off at the local BevMo to lay in supplies before proceeding to Casa de Granny.

*Shhhh*

Don't tell anybody, but Granny can be a bit of a lush...

*Ahem*

Hey, a lush Granny is a loose Granny and a loose Granny is a very creative Granny. So what's a little alcohol between friends?

Okay, okay! I see the value of a sober Granny! Jeesh.

On the wagon, Granny is sedate, structured and quite literally a stalwart block that can be relied upon in a variety of situations. Just check out this vintage example of Granny in program...



Yes, I admit it. When Granny is dry, She belts out myriad items that are both pretty and functional, if sometimes a wee bit kitchy. But check out what happens when Granny has just a little sip of her tall cool one...



Another good example of tipsy Granny...



Basically, when Granny is sippin', she's a little less square and, in turn, a bit more flexible.

Now, how can this be a bad thing???

However, it's true. When Granny is, well, plastered, she does tend to get a bit crazy...



Backing off the sauce when she's in that state is generally considered to be a good thing by many of her companions, or so I'm told. Apparently clowns and seals balancing balls atop their noses made entirely from G-Squares are not projects that everyone longs to um, err, sink their hooks into. I, however, think Granny's a blast fully lit! Hell, I'm all for a G-Square Ring Master (and will throw one together this year for sure), but then again I'm not yer average chick. Like you hadn't noticed...

Granny's states of intoxication having been articulated, I must inform you that my last visit with Granny ended up less crazy party and more catch-up with old friends. Heck, Granny must have missed me because the minute our trio excited our vehicle, Granny wobbled out of her domicile and started jabbering a mile a minute. She garnered my attention so quickly that I'd completely forgotten about our supply stop en route! No matter. It was good to reminisce and blow through my stash during our visit. Actually, who am I kidding? I eradicated a HUGE amount of my wool stores when hanging with The Granster! Take a looksee...



I know, kind of sedate for me, but I just had to make one "normal" item for a change...



Ahhh, Granny really is the greatest!

Have you hooked your Granny today???

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Do me a favor? When you're hanging out with your Granny, make sure to tell her that LadyLinoleum is her biggest fan...

14 comments:

Ellen Bloom said...

Well, you know how I feel about Granny...she's my fave!

I can't reiterate it often enough, "Granny Squares are the building blocks to fashion."

Go Granny, Go!

Ellen Bloom said...

By the way...did you JUST make that classic g-square afghan? It's gorgeous! Did Lena help you with the squares or are you just a motivated crochet speedster?

Renee said...

Ahh Granny, is there anything she can't do? I love your Granny shawl, lots of great colours!

miss kendra said...

i love how you can make granny so interesting.

so, when are you available to see me?

kay said...

Oh that is just too exquisite!! Lady L, you really know how to git yer granny on! Granny and I go way back, back to when I first picked up a hook and yarn. The old pattern books made me guffaw!! The model in the picture looks like she'd really rather be doing something else, no?

JANNIKINZ said...

Your 'Granny' shawl is awesome....too neat. I have just put 'the new granny square' booklet on the list of things to get.

Sharon said...

LOL - personally, I much prefer trashed granny, as well. She's fab-o, as is your 'ghan.

Kelly said...

I used to buy this granny square magazine when I first learned to crochet. circa 1990. Does anyone else remember? I taught myself to crochet using that magazine. I'm kind of nostalgic for some of the patterns now.

Fiber Deviant said...

ahhhhhh... the granny square!

that is the very first thing that i learned to crochet... i didn't know what the stitches were called... i only knew the granny!

all of my projects for 10 years were based on the granny... ok, i admit it, 20 years!

i still love it!

i love your vintage craft books and your granny shawl is exquisite!

MonkeyGurrrrrl said...

I started crocheting when I was 12 (a LOOOOOOONG time ago), picked it up again at 36? 37? , and I *still* have yet to do A SINGLE granny square.

Your giant shawl is bee-u-tiful!!!!

Deneen said...

The colors are beautiful-nice job!

Micky said...

Ok don't think I am tipsy, but I really like The New Granny Square.
Something else to want to get my hands on.
:)

Brandy said...

That is Wonderful! I have quite a few visits with Granny! My son is even visiting Granny!

Actually I should break into my stash and get some of it used up! A granny would be the best for it too!

Sue said...

Hey, Granny is the whole reason I wanted to learn how to crochet when I was 10. Those colors, that contrast against the black! It was irresistable.