This morning I dug out this crochet scarf and put it on, thinking again how much I like it and its beautifully swampy, underwater-y, murky combinations of colours! but especially it got me thinking about crochet granny squares. This scarf is simply a sewn-together row of large-scale mohair crochet granny squares, and I was thinking idly about how much I would like to make a scarf or something out of the original type of crochet granny squares; those ones that were all kinds of colourful but always black-edged.
So I took the above photo this morning (I've still been taking photos occasionally but not always putting them here), and afterwards, Cassie and I were going along to meet with my mother in the Jo Sharp knit shop, which is a tiny little shop but like a wonderful Aladdin's Cave stuffed full of divinely colourful balls of woolly goodness... Of course you guessed it, we walked in and what should I see but straight away!, and that is this rather funky little skirt below, made entirely out of exactly the crochet granny squares I had been daydreaming about. Bizarre coincidence; magical thinking? that I should select this vaguely granny-squarish scarf and be thinking about granny squares, and then immediately find this rather cool new-age take on granny-scarf couture?? (cue Twilight Zone music)
(image of the Hexagon skirt below from Jo Sharp)
Don't you just love it? Old fashioned, unusual, quaint, reminiscent of those awful old op shop blankets like you always saw flung over Rosanne's couch on the 80's sitcom? Goodness, that thing was so daggy as to eventually become quite cool, yes? No? Am I on my own on this one? Well, I guess to my 80's-addled consciousness the ol' granny square blanket did assume an aura of grungy chicness anyway....!
(source)So Mum and Cassie did a bit of enabling, and I did not walk out of the knit shop empty handed... I just bought a few colours to get going along with some blacks for the edging, but I can always go back for more if I need to... I'm still undecided as to whether to just go for a scarf as per my original thoughts, or to go for the full-on skirt... what do you think?
Skirt; Vogue 7303 with modifications, green cotton velveteen, details here
Scarf; crocheted by me, details here
Tights; my own design, denim print jersey, details and a tutorial on drafting your own tights here
Top and cardi; Metalicus
Shoes; Francesco Morichetti, from Zomp shoes