Scrap yarn granny square goodness

I have not always been a devotee of the granny square, but in 2010, in an effort to put my yarn scraps to good use, I got it in my head that a granny square would be the perfect vehicle to use the many scraps that had accumulated over the previous 12 years since I had learned to crochet.

With only the vaguest idea of what I would do, and how I would do it, I got out my scraps and a hook, and set to work with a brown yarn called, appropriately enough, warm brown.

Bored with the brown, I got out the brightest scraps I had and attempted to transform what I regarded at the time, as an inauspicious beginning. In an effort to remedy what I experience as an overwhelming neutral, I used turquoise and purple and yellow and green and red and orange yarn scraps the early result of which, was this:

A crochet granny square made from yarn scraps
A crochet granny square made from yarn scraps
Scrap yarn granny square

The square, it seemed, had taken on a life of it’s own — it was vibrant and alive, much more than the sum of its parts — the small bits of yarn that I had diligently untangled so they could be used in the granny square had taken on a life of their own, and combinations and juxtapositions that had given me pause as I worked them, came to life.

Seven years have passed since I began this square and the last time I pulled it out to photograph it, it looked like this:

The crochet granny square made from yarn scraps after several years of work
The crochet granny square made from yarn scraps after several years of work

There are, to be sure, quite a few ends to still be woven in, and while I cannot imagine it, one day, this square will be done.

The ends will be woven in, I will wash it in warm soapy water to clean away the pet hair and dirt, and then it will be done, and I will move onto the next thing.

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