Crocheting Through the Holidays: Update

We are now approaching the end of November and that means 26 days until Christmas. I am not where I thought I would be, but I am confident I will have all my projects completed. I needed a break from working on the afghan, so I switched to one of my other projects. I started and finished a fashion scarf, now I am ready to finish the afghan.

My crocheting inventory for the last 30 days includes the following:

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I crocheted 3/4 of the Plaid Afghan for my daughter and son in law: (pictured above). I have finished the filet part of the Afghan and most of the strips and am about half-way through the weaving. I am really amazed at the look of the finished product. It is looking so good, that I would love to duplicate one for my own house.

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I finished the book marker for an avid reader in our church. (pictured above). I decided to crochet an hairpin lace stitch that came out beautiful. This was one I have done before and knew I could crochet quickly and without any struggle. When I am this close to a deadline, I always pick a few easy projects that would be appropriate to crochet with my more larger and harder ones.

In addition to my Christmas projects, last week my husband asked me to crochet something for a visiting missionary family. Since I already had the pattern out, I had decided to crochet each one of the five girls a book marker for their Bibles. I used the same hairpin lace pattern with different yarn for each bookmarked which made for a colorful assortment. Will post pictures of these later.

Have you ever been working on a project and just really needed a break from it, but at the same time could not really afford to take the time off? I found myself in this situation yesterday. So while we were sitting around enjoying the Thanksgiving holiday I switched to a different path. I picked a project from my December list to work on.

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In the past few weeks I have received many compliments for my Metallic Scarves, (Kit number 9 from Annie’s Hook & Needle Club) so I decided to crochet one for a friend of mine. (pictured above) I hurriedly searched through my yarn stash and found some yellow yarn that would be perfect. It was an easy pattern that I was able to crochet smoothly in by the end of Thursday.

This is one of the things I love about crocheting, it is so portable I can take it anywhere I go. If I have a small project, like a scarf, I can crochet while talking around a table or sitting in my favorite chair in the living room watching “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” with my grandchildren. It is definitely a take anywhere craft.

So today, at month’s end, I am feeling like I had a very productive 30 days needlework. I am not where I planned to be when I imagined this challenge on November first, but all and all I am happy with the accomplishments so far. This weekend I am planning on finishing the plaid afghan, which will free up my time for me to finish working on my December projects.

In addition to my Christmas projects, I have crocheted my Annie’s Hook and Needle club kit this month.  Annie’s sent me the “Uptown Beret and Fingerless Mitts”.  I have included the link to the review about this project for those of you who would like to know more about it.  (Kit 10:  Uptown Beret & Fingerless Mitts Review)

Would love to hear how your projects are coming – if you have a blog of your own with projects of your Christmas gifts recorded on it, or your just in my on-line neighborhood Paste a copy of your link below, would love to share in your progress. Or just leave a comment below, it encourages me to know that others are out there crocheting with the same dead line I am — December 25, 2013.

Until next time, keep those hooks flying.

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About crochetwithpassion

I have been certified through the Craft Yarn Council both in teaching and Instructor. I also have been teaching people to crochet for over fifteen years. This is what I will be doing through this blog. In the Crochet Master Class there are 18 projects. Some of the projects will be familiar to me such as Hairpin Lace; Tunisian Crochet; Filet Crochet; Double Ended Crochet; painted Crochet; Aran Crochet and Irish Crochet. However there are several in the book that are new and have peaked my interest and that includes the following: Woven Crochet; Tapestry Crochet; Entrelac Crochet; Fashion Crochet; Tassels; Bullion Stitch; Overlay Crochet; Bead Crochet; Bruges Crochet; Free-form crochet and Wire Crochet. Since Crocheting is a time consuming craft I will only be posting once a week. If you are like me and love to crochet but would really like to challenge yourself to go beyond what you are now doing, come along with me and move to the next level. Although the actual patterns will not be posted (copyright law) I will take you through each project and go through the process of each one. This is not a blog about free crochet patterns or selling crochet tools. What I would like to do is take you with me on the journey through this book as I learn and crochet each of 18 projects. I will attempt to crochet each project in the book, and in the process recording in detail my progress and the problems I encounter along the way and the process I went through to accomplish each project. I am hoping that you will not only learn from my experience but that it will inspire you to push yourself to the next phase in your crocheting skills. Until next time; keep those hooks flying.
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8 Responses to Crocheting Through the Holidays: Update

  1. KerryCan says:

    I’ve never seen that technique of crocheting and weaving–it’s wonderful!

  2. cricketfox says:

    My Dad made that same afghan and the people he made it for loved it. I am working on hats, mittens and scarfs for the kids and grand kids. I have a couple of afghans on the go but the kids had a cold snap and I am trying to get stuff done and shipped off to them,.

    http://cricketswooldiary.wordpress.com/2013/11/18/knitting-on-the-run-mom-i-need-a-scarf-and-quick/

    This is my latest entry in my wool journey about the stuff for the kids

    Take care. thanks for sharing your journey

  3. This technique of crocheting is called Woven Overlay Stitch – I have just discovered in the last years myself. Although it is my understanding it has been around for a while. It is a really great project for a beginner and the outcome is beautiful. I am so glad you all like it.

  4. cricketfox – Thanks so much for sharing. A scarf was the first thing my grandson had ask me to crochet for him. They are so many types and varieties to chose from. Thanks for sharing your post with us, I love the colors that you picked and enjoyed reading your post.

  5. susanklement says:

    I love the way that Plaid Afghan looks! Is there a pattern you can share?

  6. I am sorry it took a few days to get back to you. The pattern came from Afghans from all Seasons. It is an older book, 1993; so I was searching the internet looking to see if it might have been posted as free pattern now. I did find it on revelry – http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/plaid-winner – and the book on Amazon. Sorry, there is a copy right, so this is the best I can do to help you. I really liked this Afghan also, I can not believe I have had the pattern for years and am just now getting around to crocheting it.

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