Friday, March 4, 2016

Winter Project Link Party


Welcome to March's Winter Project Link Party! Before I get started sharing my progress on Hensfoot, I'd like to discuss a little link party business with you. I plan to host one more party, in April, to wrap up the series. I think it seems like a good place to stop, since it will officially be spring by then, and we might be looking to move on to more seasonal projects. I myself should be finished with my own winter project, Hensfoot, sometime soon, and I'll share a "reveal" post shortly. I have plenty of other things on the go, so there will certainly be something to share in April. I'm really glad to have done this series and if there is interest, I'll be happy to host again next winter!


So, Hensfoot...she's almost there. I keep thinking maybe I'm done, then I add another row or two. It can't go on forever, though. Hensfoot is big, well over five feet long already and I haven't even added a border yet. That will give another couple or three inches on each side, I think, so it will be quite a large blanket when all is said and done. I'm still enjoying the work, but I have to admit that I'm ready to be finished now.


Last month, I was feeling particularly bored with Hensfoot, so I started a cross-stitch project, the Retro Kitchen design I've shared a couple of times lately. It helped immensely to get a new project going. I felt like the change of pace gave me new inspiration to get Hensfoot finished up, and gave me something new and different to work on in between too. I'm usually quite reticent to have more than one project at once, but sometimes it's just a good idea.


It's a funny thing about the yarn consumption with this project; it seems like it's using up a lot of yarn, but at the same time, it doesn't feel that way at all. Weird. I'm still hand-rolling balls as each color dwindles; I have just one messy little cake left in the basket, that beige yarn at about three o'clock, under the pale lilac and cream balls. There's still a fair amount of yarn here; I may have to make a small throw or a pillow or two. Sheesh...it's like a magic trick - the never-ending yarn basket! Could there be a white rabbit underneath?

How about you? Please join in and share a post about your winter projects. It doesn't have to be winter where you are, just share what you're working on right now. Please read the rules carefully and take some time to visit other blogs and offer encouragement and support. Join us in April for the final link party of this winter season!



27 comments:

  1. You have done so well, the blanket looks amazing and such vibrant colours so lovely to look at. I can only imagine its softness and comfort snuggling underneath. A prefect winter project.

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  2. The Hensfoot is looking great - can't wait for the final Ta-Dah. I can't believe how neat your yarn basket is - I'd be too ashamed to post a photo of mine! Enjoy the weekend. xx

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  3. It's really lovely and now that you're nearing the end, it will give you that final spurt to complete it. Looking forward to the final reveal.

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  4. It's looking amazing! It's going to be so cosy when you are finished. I have so enjoyed your Linky party this winter, I would love to join in again at the end of the year ;)

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  5. I love the colours you've used, and the shape of the little hens feet is gorgeous. You've made such a lovely job of it, it's been so nice to see it growing during all of these dark winter days. I really like the look of your new cross stitch as well, brilliant. CJ xx

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  6. You put me to shame!! I have been so busy that my blanket (second time around) has only gained a few rows! I think it will be a summer project as well but seeing as I'm photosensitive I am always in the shade outside so I might not mind the extra warmth :-)

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  7. I love the colours in your blanket. I have not had a good crafting winter this year. (Last year I made a double quilt, taught myself to crochet and made a cot-sized crochet blanket and resumed knitting after a gap of about 30 years. Fortunately my current projects are deliberately slow-burn with no deadlines. I'm patiently waiting for my concentration levels to return to normal before I start sewing together my 42 log cabin blocks. They are trimmed and ready but I'm not. Next year, there's always next year.

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  8. It's coming along wonderful. I sure wish I could knit, let alone sew really well. Fabulous work. :)

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  9. I love it when you get close to the end of a project and you want to hurry to finish it. Your blanket is going to look amazing when it's done! :o)

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  10. Your Hens Foot is fabulous. I bet you are ready for a new project, though. I hooked up with your link party with a new blanket that I'm starting.. I put a shout out on this blog post to you for inspiring me to do a "Flowers in the Snow" blanket. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

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  11. I love this blanket, and I think it's wonderful that it is going to be big - perfect for snuggling!

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  12. Nearing the finish! Bravo! You are creating another practical family treasure, and inspiring me to keep plugging along on my winter projects, too...although it looks like they may need to be worked on for another winter to get finished...gasp! xx

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  13. I imagine your whole family snuggled up under the Hensfoot blanket. It is stunning. Thank you for the link party, I always enjoy seeing crafty projects and I also love sharing my own. Must go and write a post... Have a lovely weekend. xx

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  14. Hi Jennifer! Hensfoot is looking very nice these days. I can't imagine how big it will be with the border, so I'm curious to see it when you have it all finished. I love the idea of a Winter Link party again next year. Maybe I'll take part in it more than I did this year. It seems all I'm working on his mittens these days and I know people are probably bored with those. I know what you mean about the never ending your in basket. The odds and ends for my mittens skeins are the same way, they just keep piling up. Have a lovely weekend.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  15. Your blanket is looking terrific, thank you so much for hosting this party Jennifer, you are the best.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  16. Your blog is very impressive….
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    Fashions

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  17. Such a beautiful blanket
    Clare x

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  18. It's not a white rabbit. The yarn is mating and producing offspring. Happens here too. :)

    Hensfoot looks lovely! I'll bet you can't wait to get to the border. (Have you decided on one yet? If not, lots of delightful dithering ahead.)

    I'm sorry I've missed so many of the link party posts this winter, Jennifer. Life has been more frenetic than I expected and to be honest I've been running away from Blogland and kind of hiding in my yarn. I'm still making things, just not the particular thing I wanted to make for your winter party - so will link up to my most recent yarny post instead.

    Hope you're all doing well and looking forward to spring! Or has it already arrived there?

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  19. Your Hensfoot Blanket has definitely grown. I can see it's nearly finished and that's exciting. I'm also hoping to finish my blanket in the next few weeks and I'm already thinking of projects for next winter.

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  20. Your hensfoot blanket is very lovely. How wonderful that you are almost finished. I will be working on my blanket past the end of the winter link party. I'm just happy to have made progress on mine.

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  21. Hi there, am I too late to add a project to the party? I know you only have a couple of days left but I am working on a sunburst granny that is turning out nicely. Mary

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    1. Hi Mary, there's still plenty of time to join! The party closes late on Friday night. Just click the blue button that says "add link" and follow the directions from there. If you need help, please send me an email and I'll give you a hand. Thanks for joining. :)

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  22. Your blanket is looking so lovely...the colours are very harmonious together.
    Marianne x

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  23. Hensfoot is looking great, I can't believe how big its got. Still a fair amount of yarn left in that basket though, definitely enough for matching cushions? Thank for hosting, Jennifer.

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  24. The blanket is looking completely fabulous. As I've said all along, the colours are perfect together. Also, I'm so happy to see so many people joining in with your link up! Xx

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