Yesterday was Granny Square Day on Instagram, a holiday started last year by Susan of suregal27. On this day, anyone who wishes to posts a photo of a crochet granny square, close-up as if it’s a single block in a big blanket. Then everyone who wishes to creates their own virtual collage of the photos that they love most so that we have tons of great granny square blankets to virtually enjoy online. You can take those collages and turn them into physical objects like posters, like you see in Susan’s photo above. She even made hers from last year into her Apple Watch Band.
joyfuljaxcrochets.and.knits shared this photo to announce Granny Square Day on IG
It was really fun to follow along with that yesterday and you can see the photos on Instagram by checking the hashtags #grannysquareday and #grannysquareday2015. I’ll share some of those photos at the end of this post, but now let’s look at all of the other awesomeness shared on Instagram this week by the people who tagged in with #crochetsavedmylife and #crochetconcupiscence in order to be part of this weekly roundup.
Featured Crochet Instagrammer
This week’s fabulous featured Instagrammer is knit and crochet designer / crafter Sheila Zacharie of CreativeDesignsBySheila. I interviewed this awesome crafter about how she crocheted through grief; that interview is in Happily Hooked Issue 14. Her tagline on IG explains that she makes “Handmade knitwear and easy patterns with spectacular results!” On Etsy she elaborates, sharing how much she loves the entire process of knit/crochet, from choosing the yarn (with a commitment to quality fiber) all the way up through receiving photos of happy customers with their finished items. You can find her on the major social networking sites, which and you can locate those links through her blog. Here are some of the wonderful crochet photos that she’s shared with us but be sure to pop over to her feed to see her knitting, close-ups of her new crochet hooks and more goodness:
I want to give thanks to maddylopez324 for her support of my work. She picked up my book, When Grandma Isn’t Crocheting, She’s Hunting Big Game, and shared on Instagram that she was enjoying it. This book has gotten mixed reviews because all of the stories, drawn from news reports, are very short. It was my first attempt at self-publishing to get used to the process before writing Crochet Saved My Life
Top Ten Crochet Photos of the Week
In addition to all of the great granny square pictures and the wonderful work from our featured IGer, my top ten photos of the week are:
1. Crochet in the ER
I’m certainly not happy that carefulcatherine was in the ER all week getting antibiotics but thrilled that she shared this photo that really celebrates the reality of craft’s capacity to heal and help us! Lots of people have asked her about the craft, and I bet that at least one of those people will remember how it helps and rely on it in a time of need.
2. Newborn Baby with Crochet Blanket
And here’s another bit of crochet in the hospital – a newborn baby enjoying her first handmade crochet blanket! From hanrosieg.
3. Crochet Lace Pillows
Nickymirandacrochet shared this great image of crochet pillows in various designs – a photo that harkens back to the past and vintage crochet but is also totally contemporary!
4. Striped Cardi
This beautiful new crochet pattern by hookybren can be found in the September ’15 issue of Ideas Magazine
5. Wooden Crochet Necklace
6. Crochet Hats in the Hills
I always love seeing crochet out in beautiful nature and this photo by lyndapc is a great example of that.
7. Rainbow Ripple Stars
I love seeing the completed rainbow ripple star blankets from thatgirlwhocrochets; check out her feed to see all of the great progress photos she took along the way!
8. Shoes with Black Crochet Lace
I always love the way that rawrustic photographs crochet and this great image is no exception.
9. Crochet and pancakes
Crochetinpaternoster shared this lovely little collage of crochet fingerless gloves and cupcakes with yarn.
10. Crochet Book on Crochet Blanket
Stelcrochet bought this book to celebrate Buy an Afrikaans Book Day, although she purchases those local author books regularly. She shared it because of that great granny blanket on the chair. I love how it’s drawn out in the photo by the crochet blanket beneath the book! And a bonus photo because I also really loved her crochet clothing hangers:
I’m happy to see all of these crochet mandalas, whether they are for the MandalasForMarinke project or not! Wink’s work and inspiration will continue to live on.
Orange mandala by papatyayshem
Crochet mandala in two stages (above and below) by mrskherrington
Crochet mandala by mctoula
Blue crochet mandala by mammalanie
Crochet mandalas completed by makingpolly
Three pretty crochet mandalas by lcs_girl
hookybren’s first crochet mandala
Crochet mandala and more by flzvarol
Okay, so this t-shirt yarn rug by flamingpot isn’t intended to be a mandala but it’s got that same great feeling to it, doesn’t it?
Cattaryna made these crochet mandalas using Wink’s patterns
Crochet Sophies and Other CALs
Lots of people are continuing to share photos of their Sophie’s Universe CAL crochet works. There are also a few other crochet CALs that I recognize in photos this week.
Elzvan912’s crochet Sophie
Crochet Sophie square from helenolding
Crochet Sophie detail from thegirllovesyarn
CirclesOfTheSun CAL from papatyayshem (above and below)
CircleInASquare CAL by louizamakes
Mystery Mosaic CAL from crochetbetweenworlds
Around The Bases CAL from ahappycrocheter
Amigurumi Dolls and Crochet Stuffies
thecosmiccrafter_ created this as a request for a car’s stick shift topper
Crochet jellyfish from rachelsfantasyisland
Pretzel squid and rainbow striped octopus from oliviartcreations
Crochet giraffe toy from mimamami_
Giraffe superheroes and crochet mouse from littlecosythings
Crochet monkey pillow and kitty rattle by kileygo
Crochet owl, flamingo and bunny by kellyandcrochet
Well, that’s a knit toy atop a basketweave crochet blanket by daisy_flower9
Crochet sheep by cattaryna
lavender bags by laura_makes
Heidibears project by holly_pips
Flower squares scarf by foxyloxy69
Daisyaslihan is working on a floral crochet piece on vacation
Floral crochet brooch by classybird28
Start of ripple blanket by anfloclay
Ripple blanket by all_about_clare
Granny blanket by ahappycrocheter
Star ripple blanket by _nessbombaert_
Crochet Bags and Baskets
Crochet Shawls and Scarves
Crochet scarves (above and below) by oksanamitsyak
Crochet shawl by nesimerciger
Crochet scarf by lyudmilascherbina
Autumn shawl by foxyloxy69
Beaded crochet by cuddlebugkids
Scarf by crochetingthruchronicdiseases
Cherry Pi crochet shawl by classybird28
Crochet cowl by carolrmckay
So much inspiration this week! There are almost 200 photos that got tagged in and that’s not counting any of the ones that were also tagged for Granny Square Day! I didn’t get to post all of them here today so be sure to flip through the #crochetsavedmylife and #crochetconcupiscence tags to see all of the amazing work. Here’s a bit more:
Crochet squares by yarnyenta247 for a cushion
Crochet oopsie by xtinerat!
knit and crochet potholders by usakl
leaning stripes and blocks by suzycrocheter71
yarn photo by sunnylittlerainbow
stitchgwen shared her #howilearned crochet story; check out that hashtag for great crochet memories!
Crochet fingerless gloves by stephaniedavies
Crochet skirt spotted by stelcrochet
Yarn swift photo by rawrustic
Crochet circle by queen_babs
Crochet baby shoes by patternparadise
Textured crochet by papatyayshem
Crochet food by oliviartcreations
Crochet sweater by oksanamitsyak
nuransabry crochet motifs for cushion
Wedding crochet from nickymirandacrochet
Crochet cardi by mrspip
Panda baby crochet by make_the_nest
lynjoror crochet crocodile stitch mermaid tail
Chevron crochet (above) and wooden bead crochet (below) by louloudeane
lou.teacrochet baby clothes (above and below)
knot_katy started a crochet hat
Tapestry crochet (above) and squares/bow (below) by knitpurlhook
T-shirt yarn crochet rug by jysoulikmamma_briliantmommy
@julie_accrochet shared this cute striped crochet socks (Ice Cream Socks, pattern on Ravelry)
Hookybren shared this crochet rhino hat made and sold by her daughter
Yarn ends, or as hooked__on__hooky calls them, “rainbow spaghetti”
light-up crochet hook from holly_pips
Crochet sweater (above) and cushion (below) by gooseberryfool
Crochet parasol by gingerbreadbunny
Nine-square crochet square (above) and bobble textured crochet (below) by flzvarol
Crochet granny square gloves and heart gift from crochetinpaternoster
Crochet hat and kerchief gift by crochetingthruchronicdiseases
Crochet granny squares project by crochetgirl99
Foundation sc by crochetbetweenworlds
Cotton thread and crochet works on display by cozamundo
Crochet heart by ceyhan65
Yarnbomb by cattaryna
My Crochet On Instagram
This knit and crochet covered puppy walked in the Pride parade in San Francisco with the SPCA this year. The photo was in the volunteer newsletter that I get because I do pet therapy through their program with Golden Retriever Lucy. We were going to do the Pride Parade as well but other commitments arose. Love how this pup is decked out!
Double-stranded, striped, thread crochet mandala I made this week
Double-stranded scrap yarn large crochet granny square blanket, made awhile back but hanging out on the couch with me this week.
Detail from the center of my t-shirt yarn crochet granny square bathmat
Double-stranded thread crochet granny square – my contribution to Granny Square Day yesterday (along with the t-shirt yarn photo above).
Granny Square Day Photos
As promised at the beginning of this post, here are some of the Granny Square Day photos: