Tuesday, January 10, 2012

what i'm working on :: chevron afghan

First off, just a quick thank you to everyone who left an especially sweet comment on yesterday's post. Can you believe I was actually nervous about posting the first photos of myself with "regular" hair. Most people are afraid of bright hair but it turns out I am a little afraid of non-bright hair. Anyways, thank you all so much for being so nice. What did I do to deserve you guys?! Ok, onward...
I mentioned that I really want to create more this year and I am already off to a pretty good start. I have been wanting to make a zig zag/chevron afghan for such a long time and I finally decided to tackle that project. We are getting a new bed in a week and I would love to have it finished by then because that's what this pretty little project will hang out once it is finished. Not sure if I will actually complete it by then (these things take forever!) but I absolutely can't wait to finish this up.
I am very much a "small project" type of gal. I like the instant gratification of things that can be finished in one afternoon. I really wanted to challenge myself this year by committing to larger scale projects that take more than a few hours to complete. I know I am going to feel very accomplished when I finish this blanket!
It really helps that I chose a colour combination that makes me drool. I get so happy every time I look at it and every night I am excited to do a few more rows. I am already dreaming of other possible blanket colour combinations for pretty much every room in the house.

Do you do a lot of big projects or do you prefer smaller ones?

♥elycia

76 comments:

  1. ohhh so pretty, I'm currently working on a hat, but just never get the time to sit down and get into it!

    http://blogoftheprettythings.blogspot.com/

    xxx

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  2. It's beautiful, the colours are perfect :)
    I started a scarf a few months ago but as I always have several projects in progress, this one was a bit abandonned... Moreover I have a hard time knitting with my cat in the picture... He love playing with the wool and also with the needles when he sees them move :/

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  3. Yay! i'm making a blanket really similar (but my photos arent as pretty as yours)
    I just realised i didnt make it wide enough though and I ran outer wool! duh!

    pretty :)

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  4. Wow that looks gorgeous.. now I've conquered sewing, I think I need to try my hands at knitting as well!

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  5. ps i know its hard losing the bright hair. we should start a support group. looks pretty though! and your outfits and photos are still colourful :)

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  6. It's so pretty! I don't think you'll have any trouble finishing it - crochet is rather addictive :)
    ps. your hair is lovely too!
    x

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  7. great colour combo! i'm definitely a small project kind of gal but i've been wanting to crochet a blanket as well, maybe 2012 will be the year i finally do it. maybe. hopefully.
    /Stina

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  8. Well, let me just say you look perfectly cute and fun still! I actually really like this colour :) The afgan rocks my world, the colours are sweeter than sweet. As for projects...small suits me for now - I've just started the 'home ec' sewing e-course...I'm so excited and can't wait to share my conquests on the blog! Thanks for popping over today too, you be the bestest!
    Toni xo

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  9. I haven't crocheted in a few years. Maybe I will now, and thanks for the inspiration!!

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  10. I think that may be one of the best colour combos I've seen! I love it! Can't wait to see the finished product!

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  11. I'm working on a stripey knitted blanket, the colour are so pretty, it's navy, cerise pink and grey. It's taking forever though, 240 stitches per row, 6 rows per colour. I'm determined to get it done in January though, I've set a goal of doing 12 big craft projects this year and I'm gonna finish all of them!

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  12. Holy moly that's epic!!!!! It's going to look proper bad ass! I'm the same as you, I'm a small project girly - I want quick results so I can squeeeeeee over it! Sometimes however the reward really pays off with a big item though because you know how much work you've put into it!

    Love the new hair!x

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  13. Looks great! I'm a small projects gal as well. That is why I try to stick to toys. I have about a million unfinished sweaters and blankets in my UFO bin.

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  14. LOVE THAT BLANKET!!! You have inspired me to make one too. I am also a small project kind of Gal :)

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  15. very pretty! i've been meaning to make one of those. i am typically a small project kind of girl.. a few hours at most! i did make a blanket last year: http://www.flickr.com/photos/eef-ink/5540050566/in/set-72157626693688872
    I'm teaching myself to knit right now, and i've made an armband, a cowl, and a headband so far! haha small projects are about all i finish, normally!

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  16. Ooh, I love that color combination! Those aren't colors I ever would have thought to put together (the purple and yellow), but they look wonderful. I tend to stick to smaller projects myself, but am trying to break that habit. I'm currently knitting a cardigan, which is definitely time consuming.

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  17. I have started my first crochet blanket over the holidays too! And... its a chevron patterned one! Ha! Isn't it addicting??

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  18. What awesome colors for a chevron afghan! I had no idea you crochet too :) I hope you finish it in time for your new bed, although I gotta be honest with you - these things tend to take a *lot* more time than intended! ;)
    xo,
    wink

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  19. This is really pretty. I love the colours you picked.

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  20. i love that blanket! i want to learn to crochet this year.

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  21. Oh LOVE this skirt you're working on! Can't to see outfit photos with it! :D

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  22. I've tried starting to knit a blanket once, and I just never finished it up! I definitely do need to improve on my dedication to finishing bigger projects.
    LOVE the colours of this, it looks great!

    xo
    http://kittysnooks.blogspot.com/

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  23. That colour combination IS amazing! I love how the chevroned rows aren't the same thickiness: some are narrower and some span a greater height! Looks incredible!

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  24. wish i was brave enough to do something like a blanket.... I'd really love to crochet a couple for my daughters' beds[can knit but not crochet (], but at the moment my skills are limited to cushion sewing and insanely long scarves.

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  25. Okay, purple and yellow and chevrons - so pretty. And your bangs in that second picture are as close to perfection as anyone is ever going to get.

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  26. I love the colors and the chevrons! It's so cute and looks so fun! This is going to look great!

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  27. that is adorable and looks oh so cozy!

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  28. That's looking so good! Those are actually the school colors from my elementary school so I love the color combo :)

    I think I'm a small project gal myself, but the occasional big task is always nice!

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  29. Is it knit? Or crochet? Either way, it looks really cool :) I LOVE to crochet, but Im really terrible at counting...so I usually end up with wonky scarves! I can manage a granny square though, so Ive been thinking that would be a good way to tackle a blanket.

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  30. I am totally with you with the challenge to tackle bigger projects! We can do it! And your hair was, is, and will remain perfect and lovely no matter how bright it is. Don't fret, girl!

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  31. I love it! I'm working on a giant BAG right now, because I too want to make a blanket, but granny squares. And I feel like if I had a giant BAG to store my yarn and squares, it would make it more fun. This stupid BAG has taken me since Thanksgiving, but I think I'll finish it this week. I love your blankie!

    xx MaDonna

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  32. Elycia, I have a variation between big and small projects. Seems like they never stop growing!

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  33. I like both large and small projects. i currently have 5 blankets in progress...eeep. one of them is a gigantic (i have a problem with scale)ripple pattern that could easily reach the floor of a king size bed. another is a 8-bit pixel version of Link from Zelda involving thousands of granny squares. your blanket is beautiful!! i have that pattern but im forcing myself to wait to start it until ive finished the other blankets. good luck!

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  34. The color combo makes me drool too. Amazing work!

    http://madnessanmusings.blogspot.com/2012/01/and-im-loving-minty-green.html

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  35. Nice work and great colors! I can't wait to see the finished project!

    xo
    Rachael
    THE PARADERS

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  36. Melissa, is is crochet! i was a knitter first but I find crochet easier, especially for large projects!

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  37. Oh that is fucking gorgeous. I love the colours you went with! I'm so afraid of colour. I am able to deeply appreciate them from a safe distance.

    I crocheted an afghan not too long ago - don't worry, I won't plague your comments with the linkage. I did one in black and white and I love it. It took me 30 hours to complete (20min x 90 rows), aka 6 weeks of casual crocheting (giving you a heads up). I can't believe how toasty warm ours is.

    That is all. Happy crocheting!

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  38. hydrangea girl, i want to make a black and white one next!! I would love to see yours :)

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  39. awesome! I have a couple designs in the works using this stitch. I love it!

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  40. awesome! I have a couple designs in the works using this stitch. I love it!

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  41. this is gorgeous!! I usually prefer little projects too but have been thinking about knitting a little blanket myself. let's see how that works out. have a great week!

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  42. I wish I could crochet one :(. My mom is a wizard at crochet, but it skipped a generation. I have a baby blanket that an aunt made for me when my mom was prego that looks like this with pink and yellow and green.

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  43. you're such an inspiration. everything about you and your blog is so pretty. and god knows the world needs more pretty things.

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  44. i love the colours. i love all the shades of purple. i am super crazy of chevron pattern. i really like it!! i am looking for everything chevron, but it is impossible in Hungary. i learned recently crocheting (i sent an e-mail about it), but i need the help of my grandma to make pretty things. and good luck for your adorable project!
    xo Juci.

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  45. it's gorgeous! i wish i could discipline myself to really get better at crocheting because i'd love to make one.

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  46. I did my first chevron afghan last year and now I want to do another one. Your colors are super pretty! I'm thinking of doing a crazy-color one made from scraps from all my other projects ... just to see what it turns out like.
    - Mandi (www.lifeinbeta.com)

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  47. your hair's red...that's hardly a 'non bright' colour, silly girl haha ;)

    the colours in that afhgan ARE to die for...wowza. so pretty. great choices!! good for you for almost completing it, it's only jan. 10th!

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  48. How funny - I have been wanting to crochet a chevron afghan for a very long time, and finally decided to start one last week! I too tend to stick to quick projects, so this afghan is a big step for me! :]

    I can't wait to see your afghan when it's finished!
    xo, Allie

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  49. um. you're amazing. please sell these!

    kellychristine

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  50. I love the colors you chose and I can't wait to see it finished! I want to make a zig zag afghan as well, I love them!

    I love doing small projects, but I also tackle big projects at the same time, makes me feel good about myself (does that make sense?)! :)

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  51. I love the color scheme! It is going to be beautiful once it is completed.

    I am a fan of small projects myself just because I get too antsy and like things done as soon as possible. This is definitely something I need to work on.

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  52. I love it! I'm a fan of small projects too. If I have 'too much on my plate' so to speak,I get overwhelmed and then don't even finish what I started in the first place. :)

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  53. That's lovely! I've been working on a knitted patchwork blanket for THREE YEARS!! It's my go-to when I'm not working on something else but it's driving me a bit mad now ;)

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  54. Gorgeous blanket! You're such a talented crafter. :] One of my goals for this year is to crochet a big granny square blanket for my bed. I'm trying to decide on colors....that's always the hardest part for me, haha.

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  55. great colors. i love purples. i was wondering about your hair ...but actually wondered if was taken another day or something? i prefer like you instant wahooos that i did a good job & that i have something i can enjoy ...but also enjoy things that take a while... guess i work it so i have both going on ... (:

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  56. Awesome! I love the chevron pattern : )

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  57. Pretty color scheme! I'm working on my first blanket too...started it a few days ago with high hopes that I could finish it by the end of the month. Now realizing that's not a very realistic goal!
    Cheers to large-scale projects :)

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  58. Loving the Chevron Pattern brings back memories of a blanket my aunt made for me when I was a wee one and I still have it.
    I am a new reader and am getting lots of wedding advice/ideas from your blog.
    Thank you

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  59. Thats my fav afagan pattern! i've made a millon!

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  60. Oh my gosh, Elycia! This is simply gorgeous. :D I wish I had your kind of talent - and patience! ;) I usually prefer smaller projects as well, simply because *I* don't have the skill yet to do anything else and because I am... well... impatient. :P

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  61. Love the color combination! Fantastic!

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  62. So gorgeous Elycia!!! I love the color choices. How much do you wish we could get together, watch movies, and crochet the day away? I need to come to Canada!!! ;-)

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  63. ooh nice! I spent about a month and a half making a huge blanket! I didn't have any finals so that was good and basically all I did over my break, I love how warm it is.
    Def a small project gal...but this was a good test!

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  64. I really like that colour scheme and I've got a soft spot for chevrons too. I know what you mean about short projects. It's nice to finish something in an afternoon.

    Emily x

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  65. There are so many things that I love about this post....your new hair color and your new afghan...the colors...everything!! I want to make one so bad!

    xx Ashleigh
    www.ashflynn.blogspot.com

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  66. Looks AMAZING, Elycia! My goal for this year is to finish all of the blankets that I've started. And, uh, off the top of my head I can think of 6. Hah!

    Ahhhhh, all of those ends are going to be fun to sew in... hehe. ;)

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  67. I love knitting/crocheting blankets! The colors you have chosen are lovely.

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  68. Hello!
    I absolutely adore your blog! You are so creative :) (and you can speak Polish! ahaha Cześć Elycia! Jak się masz? ;) )

    This blanket is amazing! I love chevron ♥ I need to learn how to do this.

    hugs from Poland
    Jaszmurka

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  69. Oh my, that's gorgeous!! I can crochet pretty well now, but am dying to try a chevron blankie, just have no idea where to start :)
    Did you use a pattern or was it something you already knew?
    Luvluv
    Sway xxx

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    1. I used the pattern from this book: http://www.michaels.com/Loops-Threads-Impeccable-Zig-Zag-Your-Way/nw0461,default,pd.html

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    2. Oooh thank you so much!!! I have been looking at a few different ones, but this is exactly what I was looking for! Mint and charcoal chevrons, here I come!
      Thanks for replying too!
      Luvluv
      Sway xx

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  70. Beautiful! Came across this. I'm working on a ripple blanket now. Feels like I should be done in a year!

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  71. I love the colors on this one! I definitely want to make a ripple blanket. They look so pretty on the couch, or the bed, or anywhere...I was reminded of this post from your 2012 in Review post :)

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