"Buttons and patches and the cold wind blowing,
The days pass quickly when I am sewing"
~Author Unknown

Friday, January 13, 2012

Hooked on finishes!

I had said I was going to review my year of crocheting in this post. What a year it has been! Now I can also show you my first two finishes for 2012 before I share my 2011 finishes. I have been beavering away at a rather large afghan for my husband. I had been wanting to try a ripple afghan and found this pattern which I adapted a little to make more masculine.

He is 6' 5" so this had to be long enough to cover him well. The afghan is 6 foot in length. It contains more than 1300grams of  yarn so should be nice and warm for the winter months. Yes...I am still hoping for a couple of real winter weeks here in Holland. *grins* 

The afghan matches our couches perfectly. I had fun making this ripple pattern and my next goal will be to try a granny ripple but first I want to finish a couple of other crochet projects that I already have going. 

I received a crochet pattern calender 2012 from my mother for Christmas. One of the first patterns for January was a ribbon scarf. I wanted to make something for a dear friend's birthday and this was just the thing. She is a member of my quilt group. Our group is named De Gouden Draad Quilt Groep which translates The Golden Thread Quilt Group. I had this ribbon yarn with hues of gold.

This is not a scarf for warmth but almost a piece of jewelry. It is worn as an accent to an outfit. I hope you enjoy wearing it Bep (no blog)!

Here is a scarf I made in December 2011 for Ginny. I could not show it until she received it in the mail which I found out this week that it arrived. She has read my blog since almost the beginning and I thought it would be fun to surprise her with this red neck warmer. Now all she needs is some winter snow to go with it. *wink*

Crochet finishes for 2011:
Red lacey scarf - giveaway for Catherine
Red neck warmer for Ginny
Red double cowl for my mother
Pink angora cowl for my mother
4 blue and white coasters - gifts
4 hot cocoa mug cozies - gifts
blue and grey scubbie -gift
blue and grey pan handle cozy - gift
blue and white magic hot pad - gift
Project basket
Freedom Poncho
Shell dishcloth
Black, grey and white cowl for Barbara
Granny stripe poncho
Purple double flowers scarf
Denim cowl - giveaway for Barb
Brown-black cowl
Purple cowl
Granny square stool cover
Japanese flower scarf
Kitchen twine potholders
Baby blanket for Abigail Lynn
Brown variegated scarf and beret
Grey angora wristies


Anonymous said...

Wow! So many projects for 2011 and beautiful ones already finished for 2012! Such great talent that you have. Take care and have a good weekend.

Anneke said...

It's amazing what you have crocheted and are able to make. You're a new to crocheting but it's not visible anywhere, it all looks beautiful!

Elizabethd said...

That is such an impressive list, Heidi! I do like the Afghan, it looks very cosy.

onlymehere said...

I'm amazed at all you got done, but especially amazed that you remember it all! Wow doesn't cover it, lol!

Unknown said...

Wow you have been productive. I need that handle cover for my new cast iron fring pan. Several of your projects sounded interesting are they all in your blog somewhere? I'm on a cross-stitch craze. I just finished another project I started years ago and have started another one.

Nancy said...

You have been a busy bee. Your Gramma would be very proud of you. As you know, she was never without a crochet hook in her hand. I still treasure the things I have that she made. On of her afghans is on the back of a chair in the living room, and one on the back of the couch. More upstairs, and of course the doilies that I so love. I wore my Pink cowl last night to run and give your brothers cuties (oranges).
I saw most of what you made, all very nice. Keep warm Jos.
Love Mom

barbara said...

You are not only insanely generous, but you're blindingly talented, too!!!!

I bet Jos just LOVES his new snuggly afghan!

Pondside said...

Well done, Heidi! That afghan must have been a labour of love.

Rhonda said...

I enjoyed seeing your projects!

Ginny said...

My very first crochet project was a ripple afghan. I made that probably 35 years ago. Wow. Jos will certainly be warm while under his afghan. That's a lot of yarn! I was just thinking today that I should get busy and make the shawl I purchased yarn for so I can use it before summer returns. Your work is lovely and you certainly accomplished a lot last year!

Rowan said...

The scarves are lovely especially the one for Bep. I'm sure your husband will love his throw - he'd need it if he wa here at the moment as the temperature really dropped last night and there is a hard frost and the beginnings of a beautiful sunrise.

Barb said...

Hi Heidi, Well your feet must be sore with all that dancing ,what an achievement that list is. Jos will not want to get up off the sofa now with that snuggly to keep him warm.
You are a very talented lady and I am already wondering what you will show us this year.
Hugs from me in my cowl.

Christine said...

That is a lot of crochet. Well done on all your finishes, the blanket looks very cosy

Anonymous said...

Every piece is a gem. Your talent in so many fields continues to amaze me.

Lida said...

Je hebt een hoop creaties gemaakt en deze laatste twee kunnen nog wel wachten tot een kouperiode in de volgende winter! Groetjes

Jenny said...

I love the ripple afghan that you made for Jos and I am sure he will love it as well. It certainly looks nice and cozy. What a wonderful talent you have Heidi and what great finishes to share. I really need to get back to my needles and yarn...Hope you are having a cozy weekend. Hugs from CA.

Teri said...

My goodness! Didn't you just start crocheting like...yesterday? What amazing finishes! The afghan looks warm and comfy. Love the scarves as well. Hope you get a bit of winter soon!

Annemiek said...

You have really been busy in 2011, what great finishes. Love the new afghan, but boy, what a huge project.

Sonja said...

Wat een enorme lijst met alleen nog maar jouw haakwerk! Compliment!
En wat zal Jos blij zijn nu zijn plaid klaar is!

Jantine said...

Well done, the afghan for DH turned out great! I remember the wool!
Did he know you were working on it or was it a secret?

Anonymous said...

Wauw, wat een lijst met creatie's van jou hand. Wat is de plaid van Jos mooi en warm geworden, nu het wat kouder is buiten kan hij er lekker onder wegkruipen. En dan mijn fantastische sjaal met de gouden draad erin, straalt een enorme luxe uit,en dat in tijden van crisis!! Ik heb al veel complimentjes gehad en ben er superblij mee. Nogmaals dank je wel!!
Liefs en huygies, Bep.