Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Yarn Along


This week, I'm just starting my winter crochet project. It will be a blanket for the family room. I've made three blankets for that room in the past few years, and I want to make one more so we'll each have one to use. They have been made to replace some old (30+ years) blankets made by my husband's grandmother. He and his brother actually used them on their beds when they were kids. Normally, I treasure old, handmade things, but these blankets have been used to death, quite literally. Whole sections of crochet just come off in handfuls. I think the yarn just gave up from age and use. So I've been making new blankets to replace them, throwing an old one away whenever I finish making a new one. For this blanket, I'm trying a new-to-me technique, the Larksfoot stitch pattern. It's easy but very effective, I think. I've just barely begun, but I'm enjoying it so far. I have lots of worsted acrylic to use up, so I'm going to try to make this blanket from stash yarn only.

Ironically, I'm crocheting a winter project while I'm back to reading Bernd Heinrich's Summer World. I got back into this weekend, while I was hanging out on the couch with my new pal, the cold. It's such an interesting book and I like having something sort of light to read while I'm not feeling well. I say "light," but it's actually quite scientific. I guess what I actually mean is that it lacks the murderousness of my usual reading material. I like it, though. I'm getting ahead for homeschool, which is nice, plus with summer actually ending now, it's nice to look back on the good parts of my least-favorite season. Ha.

Thanks for all the get-well wishes. I'm feeling a little bit better now, but I think my list of things to do this week was waaaaay too ambitious. Baking a pie, for example. Pssh. Maybe a frozen Marie Callender's pie, but one from scratch? Not gonna happen. I hope you're all doing well; I'm way behind on blogs right now. How you doin' (Joey Tribbiani voice)? Tell me something good.

Joining in with Ginny's Yarn Along

35 comments:

  1. There's something incredibly cosy about having a 'winter crochet project'. I've never heard of larksfoot stitch but it looks lovely - can't wait to see it progress. It's also good to know that a home-made blanket can last 30 years - not sure mine will survive that long! Hope you're fully recovered and back to pie making soon. xx

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  2. Great to hear you are feeling much better. Greetings and best wishes!

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  3. I am so glad you are feeling a little better. There is nothing like a new project to get started on particularly a winter projects that warms you through the cool months.

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  4. I'm trying to find yarn to make my own winter blanket. My daughter has been stealing our couch blanket more and more frequently. I love these colors.

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  5. I still have the blanket my mom crocheted for us years ago. I just love it. It holds so many great childhood memories.

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  6. I like the idea of a blanket for everyone to use in the family room during the winter months, I do the same thing here, but sadly mine aren't handmade...yet ;)
    I would agree with you on the pie making, best to save that for when you feel more like it, and for now just enjoy one from the freezer section, they are pretty good!
    Take care.

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  7. I haven't used that stitch so I shall be interested to see how it turns out :-) x

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  8. It is a lovely stitch pattern ! I think this will work well for a blanket !
    PS, thank you so much for the lovely card ! I was really touched LB and GB both wrote a message on it for me !! Give them a big kiss from me (and I kissed Arthur for you ;-))
    xxx

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  9. I want to eat a pie, not bake one. I do love a homemade pastry crust though.
    Your blanket plans sound great.

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  10. Making a blanket is still somewhere on my "wanna do" list. I hope it happens for me this fall! I like the idea of treasured blankets made by family members too. My mom had one that my great-grandmother had made, and it's still being used now by my sister's family. Simple knit squares from her stash ... I never met my great-grandmother, but I'll bet she was a no-nonsense type gal who knew all you needed to know about knitting, sewing and putting up preserves.
    Glad to hear you're on the mend, enjoy the rest of your week!
    Wendy

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  11. Your blanket looks like it's going to be lovely Jennifer. I'm sorry to hear you were sick. I must've missed that blog post when Mandy and piper were here. I tried very hard to keep up but some days it wasn't possible. Anyway, I'm glad you're on the mend. Blessings, Betsy

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  12. A frozen pie? I won't tell if you won't!

    My Grandma crocheted. I have an Afghan she made for me 36 years ago. Still in great shape! My youngest son likes to crochet of all things. He finds it relaxing. I remember a famous football player back in the day, Rosie Greer, who did it too.

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    1. Just realized I capitalized afghan. Haha...I suppose that makes it a totally different thing, right?

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  13. I rather like the larks foot stitch! This will be a lovely blanket. It is a nice thought to have a blanket for each of you. I am sorry you have not been feeling so well but I am glad you are improving. Mr Cold has just arrived here. Happy crochet time. xx

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  14. I'm glad you're on the upswing from your cold. We're going to get a flu shot today as I'm frightened to death of having colds, they always turn to bronchitis. Always. I like the look of your blanket start. I look forward to seeing it develop. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  15. Your crochet blanket looks wonderful. Can't wait to see it unfold.

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  16. What a lovely Meeting of seasons - your project and reading :-)
    And yes, sometimes it is just the time for replacing the old blankets with new ones. Yours will be very pretty - that stitch looks lovely!
    Get well very soon!!

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  17. Looking forward to seeing your blanket, the colours go really well together. I think I really need to do another blanket too but a smaller baby blanket for my nieces arrival. Enjoy your week Leah xxxx

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  18. Oh great, now I want pie.... ;-)
    I LOVE the colours you started your blanket with. Blankets and shawls are truly my favourite things to make - they always fit!!!
    xo

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  19. Love thwt color! Thanks for sharing.

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  20. I hope you're back to full strength soon Jennifer, but in the meantime plenty of reading and crochet and the occasional little nap on the sofa I think. I've been meaning to bake a pie for about eighteen months. Any day now. Children back to school today and tomorrow, so a little peace will descend. There's suddenly a nip in the air here, you'd like it I think. CJ xx

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  21. I love the idea of a winter crochet project, such a great way to announce the start of a new season. It's a lovely stitch and I look forward to seeing how it progresses. I'm glad you're feeling a little better - continue to get fully well again, you need all your energy to make the most of autumn.

    What can I tell you? I've gone back to work. The kids go back to school tomorrow. I've picked a lot of blackberries lately. It was really chilly this morning. xx

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  22. It's going to be a gorgeous blanket. I cross my pinkies..I do love those two colors together. I am inspired to learn that stitch..tho. I am not a very good crocheter.
    Sending healing vibes and I say a store bought pie is just fine.
    Ellen.

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  23. p.s. What word could be more beautiful than Larksfoot to describe a stitch. This positively make my heart glad.

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  24. I haven't heard of larksfoot stitch either, but I like the look of it. The blanket will be gorgeous, and original as well. It seems the local seasonal cold is landing on me too. Have cancelled things for a few days, and will make a point of luxuriating in reading, TV watching, a bit of stitching, wandering around the blogs. Silver lining :)

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  25. What a lovely stitch - the new blanket is going to be very pretty.

    Isn't it funny that making a pie seems so laborious? It's not, really, but somehow the thought of it is daunting. I can't think why. Marie Callender was a smart woman - she realised this and cashed in on it. :)

    I would trade you my dental issues for your cold ... only it would be an unfair trade. Hope you feel better soon!

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  26. A hot lemon and honey, with a tot of brandy - that might help. Your blanket looks great. It's the last day of the summer holiday here - back to school tomorrow. A few chores to do (sewing on name tapes... V last-minute), then we're going to pick blackberries if it's dry. The hedgerows are heaving with them here. Hope you're back to full strength very soon. Take care of yourself. Sam x

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  27. Your new crochet pattern looks lovely....the perfect way to begin the changing of the season too. Hope your cold goes soon. Take care.
    Helen xox

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  28. I'm glad to hear you're feeling much better. The Larksfoot stitch is new to me too and it looks good. I'm planning to start a project with spike stitch soon. Looking forward to it. Hope the rest of your week goes well. Take care.

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  29. Hey Jennifer,
    Love Friends! I think there's a Friends quote for every situation. At this precise moment, Olly is watching Wallace and Gromit, and I'm vaguely thinking about doing some ironing. It's all go here!
    Leanne xx

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  30. I'm sorry you've been poorly I'm way behind in blog reading & am frantically trying to catch up. Your crochet stitch sounds interesting I shall have to google that one. I need to start an autumn project but would feel more productive if I finished the summer ones first Take care xx

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  31. Your new crocheted blanket is looking great already. I'm doing great thanks! Going off for the weekend to a wedding.

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  32. Glad to read you are feeling a little better - I hope you have a lovely weekend.

    I do like the colours you are using ... perfect choice I think.

    All the best Jan

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  33. Your new blanket is looking beautiful already, glad you are feeking better xx

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