Friday, December 4, 2015

Winter Project Link Party


Welcome to December's Winter Project Link Party! I hope you'll join me in sharing the crafty projects you're working on this winter. I'm still plugging away with Hensfoot, but I didn't make very much progress in November. I was ill for most of the second half of the month and just didn't feel like crocheting much. There was also the Thanksgiving holiday, when there's always lots to do. I have added several more rows to Hensfoot, though, and I'm happy with that. It's a marathon, not a sprint, as they say. I have lots of time after the holidays are over. That always seems to be the part of the winter where I get the most crafting accomplished. It might even be my most productive time of year, period. I'm much happier working on crafts when it's colder outside.

Hensfoot is one of my favorite blankets thus far. It's easy, somewhat mindless and it uses up my stash of worsted acrylic yarn, which I've been accumulating for a while now. I like the way the colors are working together. The yarn is I Love This Yarn from Hobby Lobby. I've had sort of a love-hate relationship with it over the years, but I'm feeling better about it lately. I think it's softer than it used to be, and the color selection is only getting better all the time, but I am finding that my newer blankets are pilling a lot. I wonder if making the yarn softer also made it more prone to pilling? If you have any thoughts on that, I'd love to hear what you think.

I'm really excited to start some new cross-stitching after Christmas. Santa, in his infinite wisdom, has found some lovely patterns for me, as well as a sampler kit I've been eyeing for a while. Soon, I'll buy the needed embroidery floss for Santa to leave in my Christmas stocking. I can't wait to shop for them; I love gathering the skeins and holding them against each other, fistfuls of silky, shiny color. I probably should pick up some more Aida cloth too. I can't wait to get stitching.

How about you? Join in! Share a blog post about your current projects and tell us all about what you're working on this winter! There are some simple rules posted below. Joining is easy, just click the blue button and add your blog post URL. Please make sure to link back to my post in yours to help spread the word about the link party.



20 comments:

  1. Hensfoot is really coming along but I've been like you with my own blanket just lately, lots of other things have taken my time so the blanket has been put to one side for a while. I'm hoping for some cross stitch goodies for Christmas too, I'm looking forward to seeing which designs you've chosen. I shall be joining the link party next week.

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  2. Your blanket is coming on great even when you haven't had much time to work on it these past weeks. I haven't had much time to work on mine either and I've only managed a few rows. Santa has chosen a new crochet book for me for Christmas. I think it will be one of my favourite presents this Christmas. I'll be joining in next week. Have a lovely weekend!

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  3. Other projects seem to have taken over, but a little progress has been made. I love all the beautiful colours in your stunning Hensfoot blanket, a feast for the eyes.

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  4. Your blanket is just lovely! Every time you show us your crocheting I wish I could do it too! It has defeated me........maybe one day. I have joined you again ;)

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  5. Your blanket is still one of the most lovely blankets I have ever seen. It is nice to have a slow project to go back to, isn't it? I can't wait to share my winter project but I need some daylight to take a photo or two of what's been happening. Have a lovely weekend. xx

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  6. When you're plugging away, you'll get it finished and it will be lovely. I'm not sure what I'm working on, haven't made up my mind yet.

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  7. Your Hens Foot is evolving into such a great blanket. My current project is my hitchhiker scarf.. seems to be taking for.ev.er. Have a great weekend. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  8. It is looking great Jennifer. I have so many projects on the go at the moment my head is spinning, but even so I'm about to add Roman blind making to my current list. I'm thinking it can't require many more skills than making and joining log cabin patchwork blocks so I'm prepared to give it a go. Next winter I really hope I'm sitting quietly by my fire crocheting a blanket!

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  9. I've linked up, your blanket is looking great. Hensfoot is such a lovely stitch it's nice being able to pick up & project & leave it again. Crochet blankets are so forgiving aren't they, I hope you get lots of lovely cross stitch goodies for Christmas I've asked for some too but got a blank look in return! Hope you have a good week xx

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  10. It's coming on great Jennifer and it's good that it's taking a while it's nice to have something to pick up and work on when you have time. I like this pattern and I may make one too next year it's on my to do list anyway I have so much on the go right now and don't even have time to blog but if I manage to post I will be linking up, have a great weekend. :) xx

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  11. This party is so great! As you noted, while you have not made tons of progress on Hensfoot, you have made some, and that is what I am finding with my projects, too. Attending this party encourages me to stitch here and there, and I can see some progress which I will show you soon. I am curious to see what embroidery project you start soon and am glad you are enjoying the planning stage :) Happy Weekend! xx

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  12. Even a couple of rows counts as progress in my books, especially at this busy time of year! The blanket is looking so good, and I love the warm colours being used. I'm glad to see that there are five days left (as of now) to add a link because I've done diddly squat on my cushion cover ;) In five days I think I can make some headway though.

    As to the pilling problem, I usually use pure wool, and haven't had too much trouble with my projects. If the pilling occurs during washing, I could only suggest use the least amount of agitation possible during wash (ie. by hand). Wring out as much water as possible (I've heard swinging the garment around your head in a net bag works wonders, outside of course!), and lay flat to dry. If the pilling is from normal use, I don't think there's much you can do about that.
    Wendy

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  13. Thank you for the party Jennifer, I am a little late to the link up but I was able to at least get in a post about it. You are keeping me honest this Winter!
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  14. Your blanket is coming along beautifully. I am also keen to get stitching - I am still two thirds of the way through my Midsummer Sprigs sampler, and I bought her new one too. Maybe over the Christmas holidays? I tend to abandon longer term projects at this time of year to focus on making gifts, festive crafting and bit of baking. I don't want to wish away the next month but part of me is looking forward to the calm of January and February. xx

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  15. Oh I'd lie to make such a blanket too. But I can't as I devote all my time to my work at http://essay-writer.club/, as we always try to do our best. But still I'll try to free some time as I really love doing some crafts by myself.

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  16. Your blanket is looking beautiful and so cosy Jennifer. You are keeping working on it which is the main thing at this time of year with so much going on, especially with a young family. This week I am working on some Christmas gifts and a magazine project for next year so all is top secret here at the moment!
    Wishing you a wonderful week.
    Helen xox

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  17. All my favourite bloggers visit here. I love it! Your blanket is great, winter projects are slow and I am only just learning to do slow projects and get enjoyment out of them. Jo x

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  18. It's looking great Jennifer :o) I must get my knitting out....perhaps after I've done the Christmas bunting.... x

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  19. Slow and steady Jennifer , it is stunning

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  20. I am loving the blanket and colour choices, sorry to hear you have not been well. As you say, slow and steady wins the race.

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