On Hooks and Needles (Part 1)

on hooks and needles

As many of us are still thinking of New Year's resolutions, the thing that keeps coming to my mind is my chronic yarn addiction. I almost always have more than one project going at a time, and am often guilty of not finishing them, or at least taking a very long time to do so. So, as kind of a New Year's confessional, I thought I'd share my collection of barely started, abandoned, and miraculously recently finished (or almost finished) crochet and knitting projects. There's quite a handful, so I'm breaking it up into two posts. Today I'll share my crochet undertakings: 

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I had all intentions of finishing this project, honest. It was going to be a pillow cover for for Eleanor's birthday back in September. The pattern is from Cute Crochet for Tiny Tots. I even succeeded in crocheting a robe for Eleanor from the same book about this time last year.

But I didn't start it early enough. I ended up on a crazy crochet marathon right before her birthday and in the process ended up with extreme wrist and elbow pain which lasted on and off for almost two months (beware how you hold tiny hooks!). Needless to say, it still isn't done...

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And here's a ripple stitch blanket I started in December...2009. Ever since stumbling across the blog Attic 24, I've been head over heels for her neat ripple pattern. The only excuse I have for this one is that I don't work on it regularly enough. I always have something else going, and this one gets pushed aside. I have daydreams of snuggling under it's ripple-y goodness one day...

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And in the next exhibit you'll see a very short baby legwarmer from a pattern in Linda Permann's most recent book, Little Crochet. After stitching along for a few inches I realized I was screwing it up in the back, and then I wasn't too sure I loved how the colors were turning out, so, yeah, another orphaned project...(although I'm a huge fan of Linda's and it's a fantastic book!)...

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Now what do we have here? A finished hat, por moi? Well, almost finished. I just have to weave in the ends. I've been obsessed with making myself a hat (all I have is an old black one with a giant bobble on top). I had a little bit of yarn leftover from my cowl and thought I'd make one from that. I found this pattern and eagerly started it, only to find I didn't have enough yarn. And when I went back to the yarn store for more, of course they didn't have any. So I picked out a different color and pattern, went back for more yarn again, and finally finished it up the other night! Now if only it actually felt like winter here in spring-like San Antonio...

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And the pièce de résistance is this sweet little coin purse I whipped up all by my self! Okay, I did find some tips here, but I pretty much made it up as I went.

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It's not perfect, and I would definitely tweak it if I had to make it over, but I think it's cute. I sewed in a little lining and just need to attach the clasp top. I would love to work more on designing my own patterns, and this was a fun little first-step in that direction.


So there you have it, a personal confession of my all-over-the-place crochet habit. Stay tuned for part two on knitting. 

How about you? Are you loyal to each project from start to finish, or do you have others hiding in dark corners? What motivates you to finish your own craft projects?

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