Saturday, October 1, 2016

Winter Project Link Party

Welcome to the first Winter Project Link Party of the season! I hope you'll want to join me this winter to share your projects and help each other stay motivated to work on them for the whole winter. My current winter project is a hexagon afghan that I shared a few weeks ago. I haven't made any progress since then, as we've continually battled illness in our house and crochet has unfortunately needed to take a back-burner lately, but I am motivated to get back into it as soon as possible! I really like this project and I'm very excited about it.

I'm making my new blanket with trusty Stylecraft Special DK acrylic yarn. It's not the fanciest yarn but I love it for its durability and wonderful array of colors. I went with soft, cool shades for this blanket. From left in the above photo, top row: Pale Rose, Raspberry, Plum, Grape, Parma Violet; bottom row: Denim, Petrol, Storm, Sage, Duck Egg.

Each hexagon will have six rounds and will be about 8 inches at the widest dimension, straight across the center of the motif. The main color, edging each hex and forming the joins, will be Grey. This blanket is meant for our bed, to replace a giant granny square we've used for several years. That one is a bit too small and is looking shabby these days, so I'm really looking forward to having a big new blanket to snuggle with...eventually.

My hexagon motif is inspired by one I came across on Ravelry, made by a crochet blogger named Nova Seals. Her Ruby Hexagon Blanket, shared on her blog, Novamade, is just beautiful. Someday, I'd like to make one very much like hers, with white or cream as the main color and lots of bold jewel-tone colors in the motifs. Maybe a future family-room blanket project? We'll see. Next winter will be here before I know it!

It might seem a little odd to some, but I spent a good deal of time planning this blanket and I'm looking forward to seeing if my plan turns out well. I think it looks very good so far. I want my hexes to follow a fairly narrow color-gradient format. I sketched out twenty gradients and will make 9 of each, for a total of 180 hexes. It was a really soothing and relaxing process to draw them, actually, and I got to use our newest box of Crayola colored pencils. Any chance to color is a good one in my book.

Originally, I thought I'd make my color placements randomly, using the same ten proscribed colors, but it was proving to be complicated and not very enjoyable. I've mentioned this before, but I find "random" color-placement pretty stressful. It never works out the way I envision it in my head. This way, I know what's coming next.

I'm enjoying these hexes a lot so far and I think it's going to be a good winter project. Now if I can just have a little more time to work on it, I'll be all set! :)

This year, I've changed a few things about the Link Party. Please read this part carefully. I know some readers may be new to link parties and I want to make sure everybody knows what's up.

The party will run from Saturday to Saturday. You'll have the full week to post about your winter projects on your blog and come back here to leave a link to your post in my link-up. There will be a new link-up at the beginning of each month. You'll need to add your new blog post each month to participate.  There will be parties in October, November, December, January, February and March. Join in with any or all!

I've created a linked button for the Link Party, which you can add to your posts or put on your blog's sidebar. I'm not particularly good at this stuff so I used a code generator. The button is optional, but I would ask that you at least put a text link back to the Link Party in your blog post, to help spread the word about my party.

Finally, please read the brief rules below when you join the Link Party. I just want to make sure everyone has fun and gets the motivation they need to continue all winter with their projects. Thanks for taking the time to check out my party! I hope you'll join. Here's to a productive winter!



  1. Love your throw, the colours are stunning. I love how you plan it all out on paper first, the planning and the journey is as fun as the end result. Hope you are all feeling better.

  2. Hi Jennifer. Thank you for the opportunity to link up on your blog. I was so exited, I had my post ready yesterday :-) I really like your new blanket project. I like the way you planned your hexagon, it will be relaxing to work on without the worry of planning as you go. I get stressed when I plan colour sequences etc and now take a quick and dirty approach to blanket planning. I try not to think about it at all, just work quickly and with purpose. I have added your button to my sidebar and I hope lots of people come and find you here. Enjoy your blanket making. Christina xx

  3. I'm glad that you are having your party again Jennifer, your blanket will be lovely. :) x

  4. I love the colours you've chosen and Stylecraft is always a safe bet for blanket making. I've never attempted hexagons before though I do think they look good in a blanket. It's always good to have a long term project on the go during the winter months.

  5. I love the colours and shape for your blanket and look forward to seeing it grow.

  6. Your blanket will be gorgeous Jennifer. If I can figure out how to do it, I want to be part of the party! I bought yarn yesterday to make Piper a mermaid blanket for Christmas. She's in love with mermaids right now! :-)

  7. Your blanket is off to a pretty start, and you do inspire me to want to participate in your party, Jennifer. Know that even if I don't make it to the party I will be cheering you on! xx

  8. Your blankie is going to be fabulous, Jennifer. The colours are gorgeous! :o)

    1. I just clicked on all the links and the second one won't let me view the post - it looks like the blog is set to private?

  9. I'm thrilled that you are hosting this again. I will take some photos and do a post. A lovely selection of colours you have for your blanket. x

  10. I'm in Jen, I am going to quilt along with Christina from Colourful life but obviously there will be lots of inspriation from everyone. I will post up on Wednesday. Jo x

  11. I think your blanket is looking beautiful already and I'm really looking forward to seeing the hexagonal pattern take shape. I'll certainly be joining in with your link up later in the week - I'm so glad you're doing it again. Xx

  12. I love your hexagons, they look fabulous!
    Reading this has given me an idea for a wintery post! (I've come via Harebells Crochet). :)

  13. Lovely crochet work! The colors are very pretty. I too look forward to see it all done.

  14. I think your blanket is going to be wonderful. I love the colours so much! Looking forward to joining in. x

  15. What a beautiful blanket, I loved the colours you've picked. And what a super idea for a link party... Maybe next month I'll be organised enough to join in.


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