Twenty Fourteen

On this cold, dreary January day, I’ve decided that 2014 is going to be my year of color.  I want to experiment with all kinds of color combinations, and get a bit out of my comfort zone.  I recently discovered http://design-seeds.com/.  Wow!  Talk about inspiration.  I have to be careful or I’ll find myself spending hours going through the different color combinations.   Another great site for inspiration is Attic 24 at http://attic24.typepad.com/.

Last year I mostly concentrated on shawls.  I crocheted and knitted them, designed them, and started one after another throughout the whole year.  This year I seem to be leaning more toward motifs resembling handmade Spanish tile.  The more color, the better.  I predict colorful shawls, scarves and blankets in my work basket.

To get my year of color started, I participated in a hexagon blanket crochet-along Ravelry.  We used a pattern called Hexagons by Julie Yeager.  You can find the pattern at http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hexaghan.  Here’s a photo of my finished blanket.

I haven’t been keeping up with my blog like I should.  I hope to do a better job this year by adding more content, tutorials, and inspiration for all my fellow yarnies.

Hexagon Blanket

Opera Shawl started

Opera Shawl started

So far I’m happy with my selection of yarn. I’ve switched my hook to a 3mm and like the results so far. The hook in the photo is an Addi Swing hook. If you haven’t tried these yet, I highly recommend them. They do take a little getting used to, but they are so much easier on your hands. They remind me a little of a toothbrush handle. I use a pencil hold when I crochet, but I think they would work just as well for the knife hold. They are a bit more expensive as crochet hooks go, but in my opinion, worth every penny.