Monday, February 9, 2015

Knitting and Crochet Review 2014


This is probably the prettiest thing I made in 2014.  The pattern is labeled for experienced knitters... I learned several new things and was very happy with the shawl. Beautiful design:

Green the Whole Year Round by Anna Yamamoto



And, then there was the delve into the world of crochet.... Through MULTIPLE baskets....

Chunky Crocheted Basket by Elizabeth Trantham.


If I'm perfectly honest, my fling with crochet has been a little humbling...


I had turned my knitterly nose up at crochet pretty much that same way I had the garter stitch (another humbling experience)...


They seemed too remedial... too old fashioned... not quite stylish and modern (coming from someone who loves all things old)...


Whatever you want to call it, I am positive some of you other knitters know exactly what I'm saying...


Well, I developed an all out love affair for the simple garter stitch a couple of years ago...

Victory Wrap by Erika Flory


And, I'm pretty sure my fling has grown into a lasting love of crochet....



Viking Baby Hat by Kat Kennedy


But, like my appreciation of the simple garter stitch will never outshine my love of a little lace...

Echo Beach by Kieran Foley


My new found love of crochet will never replace my love of knitting....

Hitofude Cardigan by Hiroko Fukatsu


A little knitting AND crochet fun... another basket and a white pumpkin...

Big Pumpkin



My uniform of this fall and winter!!  The Big Box.  Ha!

Espenson by Cirilia Rose


I made a passel of these pillows, too... Even one that never got photographed... They were so much FUN to do!

Blooming Flower Cushion by Lucy of Attic 24



Then, of course there was the blanket that started it all...

Mixed Stripey Blanket by Julie Harrison



And, I couldn't resist a little Hippy Love (and used some stash yarn!!  Yea!) Only took 2 days to make! Fast and fun.

Sedona Vest by Taylor Tengelson



Another stash buster... cast on 62 stitches and kept on going with double crochet through two skeins of Noro Silk Garden Sock.  Love it.

Easy as Pie... me  ;)


My last basket of the year... done with so much love...


One more Flower Cushion....


And, one more Big Box... a second Espenson.  Can I say I have worn the tail off these two!!

Well, I think that wraps it.  2014 wasn't as productive as some other years... but, there was a lot of Basket Therapy happening in The Lost Year!  Ha!

"It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see."  
~ Henry David Thoreau

blessings ~ tanna


24 comments:

Catherine said...

Dear Tanna, Your projects are so pretty and well done. I love the big box look and would also wear them each day. You look so nice in them and stylish too.
It is so cold here that I would wear them all day long!
Stay well and happy. Blessings, Catherine xoxo

steph said...

looks like a VERY productive year to me.....I need to do a tad of crocheting every once in a while, too.....just to remember how much I really really really love knitting!!! (hee hee....love the hippie top!!! how fun!)

TexWisGirl said...

i LOVE your big boxes! that 2nd one - the subtle colors are a huge wow with me!! love it!

La Table De Nana said...

Well everything I SEE here is so pretty..That sweetie w/ the viking hat..the hippie look:)
It's funny..we have a beautifu brocante/flea market here in my little town..I bought 3 big box shawls..(fabric)..just like what you knit..but they are open in front..to kind of wrap..don't know if you get what I mean..but I love them..
Your boxes..and I see you like Crabtree and Evelyn also..their Hand Therapy is a treat.

Amy at love made my home said...

So many fabulous knitted and crocheted things!!! A great year of crafting. I am glad that you love crochet - 'cause apart from anything else I cannot knit!! - but I can see why you love knitting so much, especially when you are able to make such wonderful things!! xx

Shug said...

The last photo of you, wearing a piece of your gorgeous works....is indeed beautiful. When I see your work, I immediately think of how peaceful your life must be. Your talents are amazing and they have a look of perfectionism. BTW...I love the Hippy look too.
Blessings

Linda said...

I fell in love with your crochet baskets when you first posted them...
I have only made one...don't ask why I haven't made more!
Enjoy your week...
Cheers!
Linda :o)

Betsy Adams said...

Hi Tanna, I am so lucky to have so many very creative and talented blog friends. Since I have NO talents when it comes to stitching or crocheting --or anything like that ---I just admire what my friends do. Your work is fantastic---all of it.. WOW!!!! I feel privileged to know you.
Hugs,
Betsy

Cheryl @ TFD said...

You are so very talented and turned out an amazing amount of beautiful items last year! I think my favorite is that last Big Box, the colors are so pretty!

Lynne said...

Such a treat to see the 2014 Knit and Crochet review.
Beautiful pieces. I love the varied crochet baskets!

Nonna Rose said...

I admired each piece in their original post and enjoyed seeing them even more in the review....you are so talented! I learned to crochet before I learned to knit and alwyas go back to it for edging, or afghans, but you remind me how pretty it can be. The thing you encourage me to do most is wear my knits. I don't seem to have the courage to do so and you look so great in yours!

From the Kitchen said...

I'm glad you didn't ask us to choose a favorite! All of the shawls are lovely--the style and the colors. I'm in love with those baskets, especially the colors in the first one. How they brighten up anywhere they are placed. And, that pillow--on my!! You have creative and busy hands.

Best,
Bonnie

karen said...

what a year in review. I love my hitofude and want to make another with long sleeves. I also love the first shawl you showcased. You have a wonderful sense of color and the bright crochet items are delightful!

Lolly said...

I wish I could look that cute in a big box! Beautiful work and thanks for sharing.

Laura at Beehive Rugs said...

Looks like a very good year. I love everything you did!! Love the knits and the crochet!! Looking forward to seeing everything you do in 2015!! Love ya!!!

Coastal Cottage Dreams said...

Tanna, such beautiful work. Have a wonderful week.

Sandy said...

Well, you well know that I love everything you stitch. I'd have to say the beautiful multi colored blanket and matching pillow were my favorites though.
Blessings!

podso said...

We are what we are and we love what we love, but I think this last year you have shown that's there's power in opening the door to new things. Look at all you made with the C hook! !

And I love that vest! Really beautiful.

Laurie said...

Love the big boxes. These would be perfect for me, I could live in these all day, too.

Deb said...

Wow I love all your projects Tanna ...I have made 2 scarfs ( crochet ) I'm on my third ...basic stitch....

Mereknits said...

You made all of those wonderful projects and worked on your house!!!! You are amazing.
Hugs,
Meredith

Tricia Buice said...

Not only are you a talented knitter and crochet(er)person (SP???) you are an amazing photographer. All your photos make me want to pick up knitting needles! I love the big box and the hat seals the deal! It is a perfect look for you - being a Texas girl and all :) Have a wonderful day!

Jemma@athomewithjemma said...

Tanna,
What a year and what a good look for you too! You have a true talent going on here and what inspiration for us all! I toy with crocheting-just maybe you are going to be the reason for me to get going with my many unfinished projects!
Hugs,
Jemma

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

You are an amazing crafter of all kinds of knits, Tanna! I read an article on facebook about a young mother who made $1 million dollars from her ETSY store selling her hand knits--I think you could match her if you ever decide to knit for profit.

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