My young son in particular loves the idea of this blanket and comes home from school every day asking me how many more squares I've made. He can't wait until it's big enough.
As I write this, I'm now on the 38th square. It's already nice to have it draped across my legs as I work. I love wool, so cosy and warm.
I've discovered a few things while working on this: for one, the difficulty of "random"! After a few squares, it was getting difficult to choose the next two colours so that there weren't colours the same too close together, so that they looked nice next to each other… it was taking me longer to choose the colours than to actually crochet the square! I thought this was no way to keep going and that I'd be at it forever. So I investigated and found… A Random Granny Square Generator. Yes. Such a thing exists. Did you know? You put in the number of squares you want, how many colours you have and how many colours per square you need and the generator works our for you a RANDOM pattern of colours.
So now I'm following the chart (you can see it in the top left corner of the first photo). I'll admit I do occasionally ignore the chart and choose my own because random does mean sometimes two colours the same are next to each other and I don't really like that. But I mostly follow the chart which makes my life a bit easier.
The children love the madness of all the colours combined any which way. There are 14 colours. I'm still not completely convinced but I've gone far enough that I'm keeping going now. If I were to make another, I would probably choose a colour theme. I have kept the centre the same for each square though in a bid to unify the thing a bit, so all centres are cream.
I'm joining as I go and then will make a border all the way around when I get to the end. I'm also taking this opportunity to re-learn to crochet. I did the same with tatting a few years ago and really improved my technique and speed. I hope I can do the same with crochet. It's slowing me down for now and I'm a bit less consistent with my stitches but I hope it will pay off in the end. I have always crocheted underhand (holding like a pen) but was finding an awful lot of right wrist movement was involved so now I'm trying underhand and holding my yarn differently in my left (no outstretched fingers). Hard to change everything but I will persevere for a while.
And last night I took a break from the blanket to make a hat for my youngest. He's very happy with it. Just a simple beanie but that's what he wanted.
So crochet madness will continue for a while longer yet.