Friday, October 2, 2015

Winter Project Link Party

Welcome to the first installment of the Winter Project Link Party! I hope you'll want to join me in sharing our crafty projects as we progress through the winter months. I love to have a wintertime crochet project to work on here and there, usually a blanket, throughout the colder seasons and I try to do this every year. I always feel very enthusiastic about my projects in early autumn, when I'm just starting them (this year's project is no exception), but sometimes I find my projects to be a little slow-going after awhile. Some of you said that you also like having winter projects and that you'd appreciate a periodic check-in to help keep you motivated, so here we are! I will post a link-up on the first weekend of each month for the next few months (until spring?), and we can join and check out each other's work through the winter season. Sound good? Here's my winter project as it stands right now:


My project is a blanket that I call Hensfoot. It's intended for our family room, as a multi-purpose play/snuggle/keep-warm blanket for all of us to use. I love to wear a blanket while I read or watch TV, and so does everyone else around here, so we like to have lots of blankets at the ready! My blanket is made with the Larksfoot crochet stitch pattern, a great tutorial for which I found on Crochet Geek's blog (you should check it out; she has some really interesting patterns and excellent, clear step-by-step videos on YouTube as well). I'm calling my blanket Hensfoot because, well, I really love my hens and I especially adore their funny little feet.


I've got a pretty good start on my blanket so far. I started in the beginning of September and it's about 22 inches long one month later. It's about 50 inches wide, I think. It's going to be big, that much I know, but I haven't decided exactly how long it will end up. I'd like to aim for about six feet, so that the tallest Bear can use it comfortably.


Whatever happens, I have plenty of yarn. This project is my biggest stashbuster attempt yet. I'm using ends and partial skeins of yarn, some of which I've had hanging around since at least last winter, when I made Heartwarmer (some is even older than that).  My goal is to make this blanket without buying any additional yarn. I think I can do it; what you see here is only part of my stash of worsted acrylic yarn. I have even more stowed away in a closet and in bins in our office/hobby room. It's going to feel good to use it up and get another warm pretty in the process.

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Now it's your turn! There are some simple rules below for participation in this link party. Please join in! Share your own post about your winter craft projects on your blog, then come back and share a link, so we can have a look at what you'll be making. Everyone is welcome, even if it's heading into summer in your part of the world. All I ask is that you link back to this post in your post, so that we can spread the word about the link party. The more, the merrier! I'm really looking forward to seeing your projects, so bring them on!

29 comments:

  1. The colours you're using are lovely, they work so well together, and the fact that you're using yarn which you've used in other blankets you've made mean that the blanket will fit right in with your colour scheme.

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  2. That is going to be just beautiful, Jennifer! I'm going to check out the Crochet Geek's blog, because I really want to figure out how to do some simple little sleep caps....my bald noggin gets cold! I do really enjoy crocheting, I'm just not very good at anything that's not square or rectangular, but I have made some glass cozies, just making it up as I went along. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work!

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  3. That blanket is going to be great! And I love that you're using scraps and leftovers to do it. It's perfect!

    I'm not sure if I will have a "winter project" this year, but I will let you know if I think of one! I am making a blanket but it has to be done in like 3 weeks, so I don't think it counts. ;)

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  4. I have just decided on my winter project, mine too is a throw/blanket for the lounge it is a granny square design. I love the pattern you have chosen for your winter project and the lovely mix of colours.

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  5. Your blanket is looking beautiful. I like crochet that isn't too 'holey' and I think Hensfoot will be lovely and warm. I've got a little distracted from my Dorset Blanket at the moment as I'm working on L's hat - it's quite slow going as I'm not a natural knitter! Have a great weekend. xx

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  6. Beautiful blanket Jennifer! Crochet is on my list of things to re-learn this year, I always find your projects so inspiring. Have a great weekend. xx

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  7. Wow Jennifer! You have made great progress on you blanket this month. I don't think I had ever seen that pattern before you posted it and it really like it. Maybe I'll try a blanket like it too. Thanks for sharing with us.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

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  8. I don't think I've seen Larksfoot stitch before. I think it looks great and I like all the colours you're using for your blanket. I'm working on a blanket too and hopefully will have other projects over the autumn and winter. I'll be joining in with your link party soon. Have a great weekend.

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  9. It's looking wonderful. Love the idea of this linkup I might have to join in :)

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  10. I love your blanket, Jennifer. The colours are right up my street! I'd love to join in but all I'm working on as a project is my Spice of Life Blanket and I just wrote about that yesterday. Perhaps I could edit that post and link up? Let me know what you think.

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  11. Hi Jennifer.. I might join in with my project-in-progress.. PIP? My wedding blanket. But it's not very colorful or bright! :-) ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  12. It's such a lovely pattern Jennifer, and I especially love the colours around the orangey and dark blue bit, with the other blues, it always catches my eye whenever I see it. I really must try and remember to photograph the blanket I'm working on at the moment, it's definitely a winter project. How brilliant that you're using yarn that you already have, it must be very satisfying to create something so lovely without buying anything extra. CJ xx

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  13. Your blanket is coming on a treat Jennifer, the colours are lovely, very strong without being overly bright. Just right for autumn/winter x

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  14. Your blankie is fab, Jennifer. I'm working away at my hexagons which I started back in February, I think. I don't know how many I have done or how many I need - I'm just going to keep going until I stop!

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  15. I love your muted antique colours Jennifer. I have just got my canvaswork embroidery on the blocking board and am starting my next project - crochet seat covers for a pair of old beechwood kitchen stools. I will try and take a photo and link back. What a good idea!

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  16. Ahhh...your blanket is already coming along beautifully, and this post is a great encouragement to me! I hope to join in this weekend with a post about my not very colorful blue merino wool blanket. Thanks for posting, Jennifer :) xx

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  17. I do like the colours you are using, they work so well together.

    All the best Jan

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  18. Your blanket is coming along nicely! I really like the patter and the colors.

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  19. Hey Jenifer,
    Oh those colours!! I hope to join in, as I am about to embark on my first ever crochet project. I'm hoping to make a throw for the conservatory. It will be a simple stitch (I am a nervous beginner) and I think this link up will help me to persevere. I shall write a post when 1. my bloody computer issues get sorted and 2. I have shaken off this horrible virus.
    Hope you are well? I've popped something in the post for you. An early birthday gift. Open it when it arrives; you have my permission not to wait ;))
    Leanne xx

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  20. I love your blanket! I just bookmarked the tutorial-thank you!!

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  21. Jennifer, is there a deadline for joining? I want to join in when I start my new sweater but I have one more scarf to go before I will let myself get going on it.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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    1. Hi Meredith, there is a deadline. The link party will close on Friday morning. I'm going to have them open for a week from when I post it. I hope that leaves you enough time. I'm sorry not to have replied to this sooner, I just saw your question tonight (Mon). Thanks for joining in! :)

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  22. Lovely idea, I am knitting a cardi very slowly at the moment, it likely to take all winter so would be perfect for my winter project. I'll try to get a post done soon x

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  23. It's a great idea for a project. I'm looking forward to joining in. xx

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  24. Such a pretty, cheery blanket. I'm already wondering what you will do for the border.... :)

    I would like to join in as an incentive to make something for myself (instead of just for magazines). I've got a design in mind but am short on time right now. So I'll echo Meredith's question: is there a deadline for joining?

    Thanks for hosting this!

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  25. Your blanket is lovely and this is a great idea.

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  26. Ok !!! it is done, I joined!!
    I love the idea and I put a link to my post.
    Ready to go !!!
    Just tell us when you want an update on our winter projects!!
    Have a beautiful Week,
    Miss, xx

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  27. Your blanket is looking lovely Jennifer, love your link up idea, thanks for hosting will add it to my blog post. :) xx

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  28. Hey Jennifer! This is a great way to boost the motivation! I've been planning on making a blanket for my dad for Christmas, but I haven't got the pattern, yarn and obviously a post to set this link in motion. I'm glad there are still a couple of days left to join as I really would like to link up! I'll at least get the pattern and post sorted. Your blanket looks VERY cozy and I love that the colours are random and inviting. I can see this as being a favourite on movie night at your house ;)
    Wendy

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