The piece is centered around the power of making and the systems of passing down information through generations. As a child I was taught to crochet by my mother, primarily for the production of afghan blankets. The blankets were often produced as utilitarian gifts. If the blanket was for use around the house it would likely be a simple chain stitch pattern. If the blanket was a gift for a special occasion it would often involve a more elaborate pattern.
When I was a teenager my mother wanted to make me and afghan and she asked me what I wanted. I asked her to use all the bits and pieces of scrap yarn and try to make the ugliest one she could. She did and I love it, I still have it. A few years later my mom crocheted another one for me, a nice proper pattern to send me off to college with. There were more to follow.
Square Foot is a virtual Stitch-n-Bitch, exploring traditional communal making processes through the lens of contemporary communication tools.
I am making and collecting crocheted one foot by one foot Granny Squares. I will be assembling the squares into room layouts based on my memory of the dilapidated rental homes that I grew up in.
If you crochet, or are interested in learning to, I am asking for you to participate by crocheting Granny Squares to add to the project. I will be posting dates and times that I will be hosting virtual Stitch-n-Bitch sessions and/or you can organize one with your friends.