So, anyone that has ever met my younger daughter, knows that in our home, the elephants have it. Some little girls love puppies, some love kittens, some love owls. Owls actually seem to be the thing right now actually. My kid, nope, she loves elephants. The bigger and muddier, the better. She even told me, at one point, that she wanted to work for a circus and would even pick up the elephant poop, as long as they let her be near them. There you have it, she was 7 at the time, and instead of wanting to be a pop star, princess, or teacher, she wanted to be the elephant pooper scooper. 🙂 That’s my crazy kid.
Anyway, I digress…my girlfriend found out she was pregnant, and of course, when trying to decide on a theme for her nursery, the first thing she did was come to me and ask me what I can make to make it really special. Well, at the time, all I had really progressed to was elephants to appease the small one. So, I suggested elephants. I would work on a few different style blankets. I started with the simple amigurumi elephant, leaving off the feet of course…and after some trial and error, attached it to a small blanket I had made. I had seen loveys all over the place, and they were just the coolest thing to me. So, I made an attempt. Granted, I feel that if I were to make another one now, it would be about 10,000 times better, but I was quite proud for my first attempt.
Additionally, I worked on finding a pattern for an elephant granny square. I found one that I absolutely loved, it allowed for the ear to be floppy and everything! I went and found the softest acrylic yarn I could imagine (Hobby Lobby’s brand I Love This Yarn!), and I started working ton my very first granny square, and very first granny square blanket. Now, I love this blanket. It is beautiful, soft, and incredible. I am so proud of this. But man, did I learn that I absolutely despise sewing together granny squares!
This blanket now graces the nursery of some little girl on the other side of the country, and that makes me so proud and happy! I cannot even begin to describe how great it feels to see your work out there, and know that people love it. The woman who purchased the blanket told me “The work is beautiful.” That was the most amazing thing I had ever heard. You never quite feel like your work is good enough. And I truly, truly am in that group of people…I feel like no one could ever love my work! Others are so much better! And yet people seem to like it, and it makes me proud.
This is quite possibly my favorite thing I have ever made. I do plan on making another one for my daughter one day; maybe a large one to grace her bed when she is a little older.
Marching Elephant Granny Square Blanket
My friend ended up going with a different theme for the nursery after finding out she was having a girl. Elephants were not feminine enough for her. And that is quite alright, the blanket went to a good home, and I have faith that the lovey will one day. I never give up there.
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Either way, I appreciate you taking the time to be here and read through this. I know how much it pains you all. Have a good day!