Saturday, January 4, 2014

A New Year - A New Project

Our family visitors have returned back to the US and the house feels all awkward and empty... The kids are crying as they already miss their Uncle, Aunt and Cousins... Complaining that the house is way to boring with "only" us 5 here. To quiet. Not enough love. Not enough laughter... Not enough action. Me and my man on the other hand are enjoying the quiet and the fact that there isn't something going on every minute, every second of the 24 hours of a day... But sure, we miss our family too. It was a good time. We built some great memories during their two week long visit and now we move on and step into a New Year to tackle New Challenges. YAY!

I started on a new project. After staring at my acrylic stash of yarn for quite some time and processing some different ideas for a while I finally started. I have to admit that I am not a big fan of acrylic as I often think it shines funny as it is synthetic (looking almost like plastic sometimes...) and it pills after a short time of use and it tend to loose its shape after a while. But acrylic yarn is cheap and it often comes in a wide range of colors so I have collected quite a lot of it throughout the last couple of years. I thought my acrylic stash would be good for a "scrappy" stash buster blanket so here I am playing...

I started with a basket of mixed colors for inspiration and tried out some different stitching ideas; just trebles back and forth, granny stitch back and forth, shell stitches back and forth, ripple stitches, homemade funny stitches... After playing around and frogging a number of test swatches thinking they were either to plain or to complicated for my taste I suddenly had a picture popping up in my head of what this blanket shall look like.

It will be a colorful blanket, for sure, but I wanted something special for it so I got started with a white and black alternating stitch for a starting border to be followed by simple v-stitch stripes. I am loving it! It is whipping up so quick and I am totally absorbed by the color play. This blanket is making me happy and  I am, for the first time in a long time, even bringing this project with me in bed. That says something right?

I'll keep you posted on my progress and my next challenge in this particular crochet blanket project is to come up with a great name for it. I would love a folksy name, maybe a Northern Scandinavian old fashion name or an Irish, Scottish, Celtic name. A name with integrity and strength, love and comfort at the same time. Maybe something Eskimo inspired... Any suggestions are welcome.

Back to my blanket. 12 rows last night... I am sure I can whip up another 12 tonight. This makes me happy!

Kärlek
Annette

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28 comments:

  1. So glad you had a wonderful time with your family. Christmas has gone by so quickly. Our house is starting to empty now. And it's now time to put Christmas away...
    And start more projects......
    Rosezeeta.

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  2. Annette Happy New Year to you and your lovely family. Your crochet is just beautiful and I cannot wait to see how it all comes along. I adore the colour and the pattern, it is just perfect, you are so clever and talented and give us all so much pleasure. Big hugs to you
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  3. Your new blanket is looking lovely already! Wishing you a very Happy New Year, Annette.
    Helen xx

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  4. Oh this looks already sooo lovely! Can't wait to see it progressing!
    San x

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  5. Look my blog about crochet! :)

    http://kvacka-rajzaduso.blogspot.com

    And maybe follow back if u like? :)

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  6. The blanket is gorgeous, I've not seen that V stitch before and the colours are great together, you have a fantastic eye x

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  7. Love your stitch and colour combinations. What about a Welsh name ....... "Cariad Hud" which translates as Magic Love. Rhian

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  8. The new blanket is really looking fantastic. So glad you had a wonderful time with your family.
    Hugs and Happy New Year,
    Meredith

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  9. det ser fint ud - skønt mønster <3

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  10. Hello Annette.....lovely blog you have here and so is your new blanket....it's going to be gorgeous!
    Love love the black and white border!
    Shari @thestitchpattern.blogspot.com

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  11. Its gorgeous! cannot wait to see the end result? maybe another pattern?

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  12. Din filt ser jätteläcker ut. Det ska bli kul att följa den till fullbordan.
    Jag virkar 15 cm mormorsrutor till ett välgörenhetsprojekt på FB "Filten" av gamla Bingo-nystan som jag köpte för ca 35 år sedan (akryl/konstfiber) och virknål 4,5.
    Kram

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  13. You certainly have a way with color, Annette. That cushion on the chair is incredible too!

    Happy New Year to you and your family! Glad you had some good company.

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  14. I've loved your review posts! This blanket is great, the black really stands out. Enjoy the peace and quiet! :) x

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  15. Härligt med ett nytt virkprojekt! Jag håller på med ett gäng godsaker till ett virkat kakbord just nu men sen skulle jag behöva nåt nytt kul proekt också.

    God fortsättning på dig! //Petra

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  16. Goodness, 2 weeks of visitation? You are a superstar Missus! It's a wonderful thing to see them and enjoy their company, but I can understand you appreciating a calmer house. ;)

    And a stunning blanket is a perfect therapy I think. It's fantastic start, I'm going to look forward to seeing it grow!

    S x

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  17. Nice to hear that you had a good time, Annette :-). The blanket is wonderful!! About the name, how about one of these:

    Scandza
    name for Scandinavia in the Greek-Roman ancient world

    Linnunrata
    translated "way of the birds", name for the Milky Way in the Finnish mythology because they thought that on this way the birds came to and from Lintukoto, the home of the birds at the end of the world

    Suomi
    = Finland

    Happy 2014 to you!!
    Nata

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  18. Happy New Year! I love the blanket you are making. What a great border. Would love if you could explain how to do that v-stitch.

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  19. Will be a Nice and Different blanket...can't wait to see the Tah-Dah Moment...also felt in Love with the Needlepoint Pillow with the scadinavian house....beautiful place....may I asked if you did it? Spend many hours in the net to find the chart without sucess :((...
    Happy Hours with crochet....
    Claudia from Portugal

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  20. I really like that stitching - very cool looking!

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  21. Will be a Nice and Different blanket...can't wait to see the Tah-Dah Moment...also felt in Love with the Needlepoint Pillow with the scadinavian house....beautiful place....may I asked if you did it? Spend many hours in the net to find the chart without sucess :((...
    Happy Hours with crochet....
    Claudia from Portugal

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  22. That is a gorgeous start to the new year! Something about the use of black and white with bright candy colours is quite enchanting...well done for playing host to family, we just returned from Christmas in the States and were grateful to our friends and family for hosting such wonderful times! Chrissie x

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  23. Projects that make you happy are always the best!
    may 2014 be filled with things that make you happy!

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  24. Love the blanket. But that pillow with the red farmhouse on it REALLY makes me swoon!!!
    xo Kris

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  25. Vilken fin filt! Håller med nar det gäller akryl, men som sagt det kommer i massa fina färger till plånboksvänligare priser. Och blir det så fint som din filt...
    Tycker om din virkhörna - jättemysig! Kram från Anna

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Kärlek
Annette

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