Friday, January 10, 2014

Hooked: A Crochet Love


This fascination started with an old afghan I couldn't resist in Canton at the Trades Days, grew with this beautiful gift from the LM & Co., and blossomed with this Mixed Stitch Stripey Blanket Crochet-a-Long by Julie Harrison.


My friend, Laura, loved it, too, and, the next thing I knew we had whipped each other into a frenzy to begin!  We each walked out with a bag FULL of happy colors... then, I took mine back the next day and traded them in for these... they are more quiet, more somber, probably more me.  I want the bright, shiny, happy... but, I am more serious... less sparkly.  Maybe one day...


I am very much enjoying the crochet... learning new stitches... changing colors... my knitting needles have been abandoned (only for the moment).  The one thing I really hope to learn before this project is through is how and where to START and END each row.  Keeping a straight edge is a constant battle for me.  I will persevere. 


Things have been hectic around here... The Old Girls DO NOT like extremes of temperature... which means I DO NOT like extremes of temperature!  ;)  I am sure enjoying this warm front and the calm that is following it!!  Hope each of you are all safe and warm.

"The sharing of joy, whether physical, emotional, psychic or intellectual, forms a basis for understanding much of what is not shared between them, and lessens the threat of their difference."
~ Audre Lord

It is good to have peeps to share your joy.  Roo asked me while they were here last month, "What's that (peeps), Noni?"  He was insatiably curious about every new phrase; he talks endlessly now.  I told him peeps were your people... the ones you could count on, the ones you celebrate with and cry with... and most of all, love... the ones who share your life. 

blessings ~ tanna

48 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

'peeps' made me smile.

LOVE your afghan creation! so neat!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

So lovely, love the colors! Happy chrochetting!

Susan said...

Consider me your peep as you are mine!! Love, absolutely love your colors. More subdued but so darn rich and friendly. Have attempted crochet, I know about the uneven edges, and just have not found a love for it.

Wanda said...

I'm so used to seeing your knitting, I was a little surprised to see the crochet thread...Lovely.

My hands stiffened up after I stopped knitting my Christmas dish cloths, so yesterday I bought spring colors and will start knitting again. Really helps my hands. So it a win- win.

podso said...

Little Roo is perceptive, questions, processing, thinking --- and you are crocheting--- YEA! the colors are just beautiful! Even after all these years of crocheting, the turns are still a bit of a challenge. Obviously you have more than just a simple pattern going on there. Have a lovely weekend!

Beth P said...

Oh My! Those are so my colors! That blanket is going to be, heck it already is, G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!!!! Can't wait to see it finished...
Hugs,
Beth P
P.S. I just move blog homes and hope you will follow me at my new place http://elisabetpollockstudio.wordpress.com/

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

I always knew deep, deep inside you'd find your inner hooker! :)

Your blanket is awesome! So very pretty and it's gonna be really cozy, too.

I am so very excited to Welcome you into our fold of hookers! Gosh, you are really in for loads of fun. :)

Blessings always sweet friend.

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

Love your colors!! They are so wonderful, as always!!

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

Love your colors!! They are so wonderful, as always!!

Amy at love made my home said...

I would be honoured to have you as one of my peeps and would be equally honoured to be one of yours!
Your crochet is divine!! I love the colours and all the different stitches, it really is beautiful. I probably say that a lot, but I really really mean it!! I look forward to seeing your progress and hope that you are enjoying making it as much as I have enjoyed looking at it. xx

kathy b said...

To me crochet and knit are equal , as I often crochet edges on my knitting. Your colors are glorious.

I love being part of the knit blog community

Mereknits said...

This blanket is going to be incredible. I love it, and the muted colors are going to be perfect, sometimes bright colors do not let you see the pattern. You did the right thing, bright can be beautiful but will get tiresome, this blanket will be around forever. I love the , "peeps" talk.
Hugs,
Meredith

Donna said...

Such talent you have! And I LOVE your toned down colors…

Donna said...

Such talent you have! And I LOVE your toned down colors…

Sandy said...

Oh, I get so excited when I see such glorious colors as these. Then I see what you are creating with them and I am even more excited. Then I realize I STILL don't seem to be able to knit or crochet. I look at my lovely yarns and different kinds of needles and hooks in my big basket on the cabinet. I want to learn but I just don't get it. And, that makes me so sad.

Annette T. said...

Wow, that is amazing. Can't wait to see it finished. Is that just crochet yarn? It looks thin. I picked up my crocheting last year at Christmastime, but found it really hurt my hands whereas knitting doesn't. Different muscles we are using, I guess. I'd say to Sandy who wants to learn, maybe have somebody else give you a lesson. I tried several times and failed to knit, then sat down with a gal one day and I got it!

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, I like the colors you chose. The are classic.
I would choose these colors as well.
I hope the hectic will be very temporary for you and all will mellow with the warmth of the coming spring.
Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Deb said...

don't ya just love what the boys come up with....love the beautiful colors you chose....enjoy the weekend...so excited to see the sun...and warm...

Pondside said...

I love that 'peeps'. I'm glad to be one of yours - and I love those colours!

karen said...

Beautiful!!! What yarn is it because the colors are so dreamy :)

Lolly said...

Just beautiful, even though I loved the first colors you picked out, too!

From the Kitchen said...

Good morning to one of my favorite "peeps"! What a lovely project you are working on. The colors are beautiful. We, too, are enjoying warmer weather and the snow is melting fast.

Best,
Bonnie

Dawn Dutton said...

I love your yarn. Where did you get it? I'd love to try knitting with it. Your blanket is beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished project.

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That is just beautiful. I love the color choices and the textures that you have been able to create ~
Looking forward to the finished project!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

That is just beautiful. I love the color choices and the textures that you have been able to create ~
Looking forward to the finished project!

Bonnie said...

I love it. Great to have a friend to encourage you and enjoy your hobby together!

I love all the beautiful colors and the pattern is lovely. I bet it will be warm too.

It is rainy here and I love it. A great Saturday to relax and do things around the house.

Tanja said...

the color combination tell itself a story about a way to Harmony and balance... i like your choice of colors very much.

Dottie @ Tadlafleur said...

I love your colors. They seem so rich.. I picked up crochet this year and I love it. Keep hooking.

Our photos said...
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Our photos said...

Beautiful, I like the colors!

Jennifer Holmes said...

I love the rich colors of the madelinetosh yarns with dreamy depths that each seem to carry their own meaning. Your photography speaks in volumes Tanna. Exquisite!

Marie said...

Hi Tanna!
I love the colors you chose and look forward to seeing the finished creation. I hope I am one of your "Peeps".
I have ordered thread and needle to start the Downton mystery KAL. I have never done anything like this before and I am "old". I hope I will be able to figure it out.
Thanks for your visit and kind words. I am doing better. I go tomorrow for an A1C and I pray that is going to be good.
Love ya!
Marie

Debbie said...

Yep. The perfect definition of peeps!

I love your colors and the look of the whole project. Of all the hand crafts, the only one for which I've ever had a bit of success is crocheting. (If you call mastering the granny square to the point where my never ending granny square became an afghan a success, that is.)

Cheryl @ TFD said...

It's going to be, heck, it already is...beautiful! Love your choice of colors. Can't wait to see it finished. Have a great week!

Pride In Photos said...

What a treat...to have a girlfriend who you whip each other into a frenzy. To share a common craft bond is so fun!

Judy S. said...

That's going to be a wonderful afghan, Tanna,and you will be a great crocheter when you are done!

Tammy@T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Peep! How ya doin? :)

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your stripey blanket. I remember seeing all the ones being made through the CAL. Absolutely gorgeous.

I know without a doubt, if I was doing it, my edges would not line up either, especially because of the different stitches in each row. Tension is different when you are working different stitches.

Sure looks like you are doing a fabulous job. Love the colors you've chosen. But goodness, that looks like thread, not yarn. What size hook are you using?

Have a wonderful week. Hugs, Tammy

Stitchfork said...

Happy New Year peep!
xo

Marissa said...

Now that is GORGEOUS!

Amanda said...

I had to hop over to Laura's page to see how you defined "happy colors" because what you're working sure seems happy to me. (Unfortunately, I couldn't see it though because it was private.) That thing is awesome! Sure to bring a smile and snuggle the heart. I love it! Your peeps miss you! Xoxo

Amanda said...

PS - love your photos, too!

Tricia Buice said...

I want to be one of your peeps too :) This is so pretty. I love your color combinations. I have a hard time wearing (bright) colors too. I just ordered a "not so typical" pair of shoes that I know I'll take back because I'm a chicken and already think I'm too old to wear anything trendy. I am a grandma after all. Hopeful you have warmer weather :)

Rose said...

Love, love the colors and the texture of your crochet piece.

puttermuch said...

The colors are so pretty. I've made a similar blanket but with bright colors...Yours is lovely.
(the tray in your photos....is there a deer on it? I have a tray that looks like that which is from my childhood...just curious :) )
Love your blog!
Lori

Vicki Boster said...

Tanna- this is going to be beyond gorgeous! You choose such beautiful colors and the variety of stitches makes this so beautiful- when you are finished it will be a work of art!
Vicki

janice15 said...

Gd morning I'm your newest follower.. It's just beautiful you blanket.. the stitches are wonderful and the colors fantastic.. which I could learn those stitches.. have a great day with love Janice..

Kimberly Boyd said...

I found this and adore this project. I don't know if you finished it but it is fabulous. Please tell me what kind of yarn it is. I cannot find this sort of color anywhere, I have been crocheting since childhood, over 40 years!
I love this work!
Kimberly

Kimberly Boyd said...

Please tell me what kind of yarn this is? I cannot find it anywhere, a reader mentioned madelinetosh, but what kind of yarn in that collection?
Help. I adore this work!
Kimberly

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