[if you missed part 1, please read it here first- http://ravenmount.com/2015/06/28/granny-squares-part-1/ ]
Allison Grayson was not particularly interested in crochet or knitting or quilting, however much her mother tried to encourage her to take up one of these crafts. Allison’s mother, Mildred, was an expert knitter, and her mother, Allison’s grandmother, made hundreds of beautiful quilts. Allison, however, was far more interested in reading and writing poetry, and once she earned her teaching degree, she moved out on her own and never saw another knitting needle or unassembled quilt square for many years. But, after all those years, Allison met someone who would change all that.
Lucy Marbott was the new teacher who took up the classroom down the hall from Allison. Lucy was a lovely lady, very stylish and friendly, and the sort of woman other women enjoy being around, and after a few days of the school year, Allison and many of the other ladies teaching at Sinton Laud Elementary School found themselves in orbit around Lucy and her charm and grace. At first they simply sat together at lunches, but by Christmas the ladies found themselves meeting every week at Lucy’s charming house, and all of them, including Allison, began taking up handicrafts. Allison was resistant to knitting and quilting, but she started making granny squares, to give herself something to do while sitting with the others, and several of the other ladies enjoyed showing her fancy variations to her squares, till she had a whole box full of her completed granny squares.
The Christmas holiday came and went, and when Allison returned to her house after surviving the family feast, Allison found a note on her door, inviting her to a new craft circle meeting at the neighborhood library. The invitation had Lucy’s signature on it, so Allison penciled it in on her calendar, and a day later she was crocheting at the library, along with almost 40 other women, all making granny squares. Allison was starting to enjoy the squares, but it was odd that all the knitters and quilters that had been joining Lucy’s circle the previous month were no longer present at this new circle. She heard a few rumors that there was a knitters circle and a quilter’s circle meeting at other locations in the same area, but they were just rumors so far. When she saw those other women at school or out at the store, they acted cold and almost as if they had no idea who she was.
Things really got strange around spring break, when Lucy introduced the idea of hanging granny squares on her door. In a matter of 24 hours or less, almost every door in the whole neighborhood had a crochet granny square, quilted sampler or knitted thing on the door. Allison put up just one square, pink and yellow, made with a heavy acrylic yarn, hanging at eye level by two yellow ribbons. Then she went to school and forgot about it, and when she left her house the following morning, there were pink and yellow granny squares on many of the doors on her street. There were also a few pink and yellow quilt wall hangings and pink and yellow knitted door decorations, and only a few doors remained undecorated.
That was how it started. By midsummer, pink and yellow craft projects were showing up outside the neighborhood, too, like weeds colonizing new territories, and annoying outsiders had begun stealing Allison’s pink and yellow squares and replacing them with almost identical squares in other colors. It made her oddly angry, but not enough to kill anyone over it, certainly. Or at least so she thought at the time.
[Stay tuned for part 3.]