Saturday, January 7, 2017

Winter Project Link Party


Welcome to January's Winter Project Link Party. I hope you'll join me in sharing any and all craft projects that you're working on this winter. I also hope you're feeling more excited about crafting that I have felt lately. It's tough; after almost a year in crochet limbo, I'm still feeling a bit noncommittal about new projects. I want to start another big blanket, but I'm having trouble mustering the enthusiasm to stick with anything for very long. Ultimately, I'd like to crochet a large blanket for our bed, using soft, pleasing colors that will brighten up our sunless bedroom. I've shared numerous attempts over the past year, but I'm not really feeling any of them beyond making the first few motifs. I've tried flowery squares and hexagons. I still like the hexagons best, but they're not really singing out anymore either. I don't know; I hate to think that my blanket days are done, but maybe I've made enough blankets for a while. This possibility has been creeping in for about a year now.


I've been feeling a surprising amount of stress about this blanket, actually. It's silly. But I miss having a big project to work on, and of course the act of crocheting will always be important to my mental and emotional health. I don't want to stop trying, but maybe I need to let the creation happen more organically, without so much planning and rigor, and certainly without so much anxiety. I finally decided over the holidays to stop thinking so much and just start crocheting something. I gathered all of the colors I'd been using for my hexes (I have tons more skeins of those colors, so I can always go back to the hexes another time if I want to), adding some others in warmer tones - deep orange, gold, lime green - and just started making some eight-round granny squares, just your basic, old-fashioned 3dc clusters with 2ch corners. I like my grannies to have larger blocks in the centers, so I always do the first two rounds in the same color, just a personal preference.


It has been satisfying. I need something to work on that I can put down and come back to. I'm joining the squares as I go, just because it's a simple way to see quick progress, which I find that I need to keep me going right now. I don't always need it, and in fact have eschewed it in the past because it seemed a little too much like cheating, but for the moment, I'm enjoying it. I don't know that this will be my BIG blanket, though I do think it could make for an interesting bed cover. Maybe I'll stop when it's throw-sized and put it in the living room; I have two crocheted throws in there that are 4-5 years old and beginning to show their age. We'll see. For now, I'm just grannying.

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20 comments:

  1. I need to start a crochet project, but haven't quite picked one out yet, something springy I think. I like the colors you've chosen.

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  2. I am a quilter and whenever quilters get into a slump they often start piecing a new project. OR when I get into a hand quilting slump on a current project I just tell my self one length of thread per day...

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  3. Such a wonderful start, that is the beauty of Granny squares it will become a wonderful throw or a large blanket. Its surprising how quickly it can grow. Love the colour combinations.

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  4. I think your grannies are just beautiful Jennifer. It seems I always have something waiting in the wings to work on. I always have a pair of mittens and usually a pair of socks both waiting. Right now I'm just knitting on Dennis's new scarf as my main project. But I remember times when I thought, "what am I goingwork on next" and just couldn't muster up any enthusiasm for anything. I'm sure that will pass for you also. Have a lovely weekend my friend.
    Blessings, Betsy

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  5. Your granny squares look lovely, Jennifer. I'm sure however it turns out, it'll be gorgeous! :o)

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  6. I'm at that stage at the moment too, with both knitting and crocheting. I'm knitting a stripey thing at the moment but have no idea what it's supposed to be! Attic 24 has a new CAL starting today but I'm not enamoured with the design so I think I'll give it a miss but you might get some inspiration there.

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  7. Oh Jennifer, I think granny squares are just right for when you're not sure what direction to go - there's something comforting about them. Yours look lovely. Happy new year.

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  8. Sometimes a few quick projects get me motivated again (although I haven't yet knit a blanket!). Your squares are looking very nice and are so neatly done. Taking it slowly and enjoying the process is half the fun. I don't crochet, but I have a really nice handmade crochet throw from the thrift store. It's one HUGE granny square with obviously the ends of someone's stash. I'm glad you're keeping something going even if your heart isn't in it just yet. Have a great weekend Jennifer!
    Wendy

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    1. Hi Wendy. I just remembered that I once made a granny square blanket with the Noro yarn you mentioned recently! One ball for one square. It is stunning. xx

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  9. I always return to granny squares Jennifer, just go with the flow and don't overthink it, I love your soothing colours, thank you for hosting. :) xx

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  10. Blankets are funny things aren't they? It's the time and effort involved - it makes us crafters overthink every stage of the process. I am currently bursting with ideas for new blankets I want to make (hexies, bulls-eye) but have no real enthusiasm for the one I am actually working on! Typical. But I am sure this will turn out beautifully and so often it's the process which matters as much as the finished result. x

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  11. I like the colours and chunky size of the Granny Squares you are making Jennifer, and joining as you go will give you lots of flexibility. I am sure whatever you make will be gorgeous. Thanks again for hosting the Link Up, I am greatly enjoying taking part x

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  12. I love a good old granny square, they are so beautiful and versatile and you can make one in a short while and then forget about it for a while. I love the colour of yours, you have such a good eye for combining lovely shades. I know how you feel about projects 'not singing out anymore'... frustrating. I remember my very first crochet blanket (aged 12). I started of with rows of single crochet, then moved on to double crochet and treble and more... then I got bored, about 25 cm in to the blanket. I crudely stitched it into a longish but short cushion and stuffed it with the yarn remnants that I couldn't bear to see. I loved that cushion with all its lumps. You could make a lovely granny square cushion cover! They would look stunning in your living room. Or have you considered knitting? Knitting hats is very satisfactory, and useful. Have a lovely week. xx

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  13. I always resort to grannying when I'm not sure what to do, and that's exactly what I'm working on right now ... small grannies with donated yarn that I will probably use for yarnbombing benches. The colors you are using are really pretty. Definitely not cheating. There are folks who only make amazing granny square items and everything always looks so new and wonderful just because of color choices. It's a classic. Have fun!

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  14. Your blocks are beautiful Jennifer -- I love the pretty colors. And perhaps you need a break from crochet -- a quilt for your bed instead LOLOL???

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  15. hi! thank so much for your comment today!! Christmas tree spode is so fun! FYI, I got mine (English only!) on Etsy. sometimes you can find a really good deal on them there, and vintage made in England! :) Have a great day today! :) Hope your day includes hot tea/coffee and good health!

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  16. Hi Jennifer. I LOVE the colours in your granny squares and the wool looks so cosy. Thanks for hosting another party; I really enjoy reading everyone's posts each time. Have a good week. Cecily x

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  17. Ooo I'm really new to blogging and a link party is new to me but I'm looking forward to joining in :) x

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