Thursday, 6 February 2014

A woman possessed...


I have become utterly obsessed with my latest crochet WIP.

Photo courtesy of Annette Ciccarelli - thank you! 

The Nordic Shawl, from My Rose Valley. I am not even a shawl person, but I am crocheting like a woman possessed.


I add a few stitches in the morning while the children eat breakfast.


Tea breaks during the day include a row in the next colour.


I keep my project in the simple brown paper bag from the yarn shop. I transport it to music lessons, ballet lesson, waiting rooms, like some odd crafty bag lady.


I used the excuse of my crochet workshop to hook row after row into the evenings – it was Course Week 2 this week, and I was teaching half-treble and treble, so of course the shawl was the perfect example! They were suitably impressed, and quite delighted to know that by the end of the evening they had learned the skills to make one, too!

So many Nordic Shawls being made in blogland, so many gorgeous colourways - this obviously will be the must-have article of clothing for spring...

I will become a Shawl Person. Perhaps it’s the luxurious Sublime Yarn I am using, the wonderfully soft and ultra-smooth wool is a delight to hook.

Perhaps it’s the muted palette, in my favourite range of shades. I just can't stop hooking, I want to see what the next row looks like, then the next...

Perhaps it’s the promise of a pretty item just for *me*.

Whatever the reason, I am having fun speed-crocheting this week! The only reason this isn’t a ta-dah post is because I had chamber choir rehearsal last night, and I can’t hold music and crochet at the same time...are you wondering if I tried?

Have you ever been obsessed with a crochet project? Or am I just losing the plot? 

Link up what’s possessing you and your hook below!

Chrissie x

41 comments:

  1. I can see why you're obsessed, the colours are beautiful. Sublime are my favourite yarn manufacturers ever

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  2. Wow you have been speed crocheting! Your shawl looks lovely.

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  3. Those colours! Just too beautiful for words!

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  4. It's looking really lovely and growing at quite a rate! I'm not a shawl person either, but I can easily see why this particular shawl could change that. Also loving how you called yourself an odd crafty bag lady ~ lol!! :O)x

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  5. I am a bit crochet obsessive myself at the moment! Your shawl is looking so gorgeous! I'm not surprised you can't stop working on it.
    Marianne x

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  6. Your shawl is coming along beautifully Chrissie! :)
    V x

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  7. Can't believe you got this finished so quickly - seems like it was only last week it was in its infancy? Love the colours and bet that Sublime yarn is really snuggly. It's gorgeous, well done you. Have a good week.
    Jane xx

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  8. It's looking so beuatiful Chrissie no wonder you are hooked
    Clare x

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  9. It's looking gorgeous Chrissie! I love the colours you chose, and the idea of you manically crocheting whenever you can made me smile (and reminded me of my very first "proper" crochet make, an Attic 24 bag which i wouldn't put done all one weekend until it was complete!).
    Gill xx

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  10. Yes, you probably are obsessed, I would be too!! I love the look of this shawl, and it is certainly on my wish list of things to make. It is looking gorgeous and I am sure that you will love wearing it!! Love the colours that you have chosen for the border. xx

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  11. I'm not surprised you are obsessed ....such a lovely project.

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  12. Looks amazing. Really lovely. The colours you've used are beautiful x

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  13. Ooooooooooooh ...... It's looking BeAuTiFuL!
    love Joles x x x

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  14. Crocheting at breakfast ! Good girl ! Your shawl is going be beautiful....
    Have a nice day |!
    Anna

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  15. I bought the yarn to make one of these at the weekend - but I must finish my stripey blanket first! x

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  16. Gorgeous! Loving the colors too! :) I may have to add this to my list of need to crochet projects, its going to be lovely.

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  17. I love the colour combination; my favourite shade of green. I have to make a shawl like this!

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  18. Darling Chrissie, couldn't you put your music on a music stand and ask one of your fellow choristers just to turn the pages when necessary? Tee hee :-) I am picturing it! Love, love, love your shawl - the colours are just perfect. I'm obsessing over a chevron blankie at the mo that I'd fully intended to post & link up about today, but I had to frog it and start again because after 20 (looong) rows, I realised that I'd made a mistake right back near the beginning - aargh!
    Hope the weather's not too horrid where you are,
    hugs xx

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  19. It is looking really good :0)

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  20. The shawl is so beautiful. I don't wear them either but think they are such a great way for a woman to show her style!

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  21. Wow Chrissie, its looking great .Isn't it wonderful when you find a project you just cant wait to finish.

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  22. I'm just obsessed Chrissie. But your shawl looks fabulous - can't wait for the Ta-dah. Sam xx

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  23. I've seen the Nordic Shawl before, and yours is looking beautiful....can totally see why you are obsessing over it right now. Though it would make me giggle seeing you try to do music and crochet at the same time, if only huh?

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  24. Nope definitely not obsessed, all sounds perfectly normal to me !
    Kate x

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  25. it's looking nice, shawl making is very addictive! Heather x

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  26. What a beautiful piece this is Chrissie and of course those are colours that I love too, which makes it all the better! Ah yes, you are hooked alright but what a lovely thing to be hooked on. I have just started another little stitchie towards a quilted 'something or other' but when I look at your gorgeous shawl I immediately want to pick up the hook again and start on one of those; maybe that makes me 'obsessive compulsive'!!!!! Warm hugs, Joy xo

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  27. It's looking so beautiful, Chrissie! I can see why you'd be obsessed. I felt this way when I made a giant granny square blanket, it was so repetitive and relaxing and I craved time with it. I am sure your shawl will look gorgeous on you.

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  28. I love it!!!! It is really a gorgeous pattern, and you are using the perfect colors. I can not link up this week because I do not have a thing on my hook, I better get busy.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

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  29. That's beautiful! I love the colors!

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  30. That is lovely Chrissie.......you did make me chuckle when you described yourself as a 'crafty bag lady' ....you must make yourself a pretty bag! Sarah xo

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  31. Chrissie your shawl is beautiful I can't wait to see the finished garment - so clever and such pretty colours x

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  32. Your shawl is gorgeous - I can understand why you're a little but obsessed!

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  33. I've just had the yarn for my Nordic Shawl delivered (also Sublime) so can't wait to get started. Trouble is there are too many WIP's but they say variety is the spice of life! Details at www.crafthippy.com. Love seeing all these shawls in blogland! X jane x

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  34. Sorry don't understand. That's not addiction, it's normal to crochet everywhere you can. Gets a few odd looks when out in public but I'm sure they are just envious.
    S ss

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  35. Hello my friend and what a beautiful shawl you are creating there. I cannot believe how quickly you are whizzing this up. I am still working on the border of my spring throw and then once I have done a custom order I will be jumping in the bandwagon. I am still to decide on my colours and I must say I feel a tad excited. I hope you are keeping well. Sending you much love xoxo

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  36. Loving your colour choices and your enthusiasm. I love those times when you get so obsessed with creating that you just can't stop! x

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  37. Hello Lovely Chrissie sorry for the absence but as usual work dominates my life at present. What a shawl it is simply stunning. I am not a shawl person myself now although I used to be a few years ago when they were a big fashion must but after seeing your creation I think I could return to those days. I love your work Chrissie, it is just lovely. Have a fabulous Sunday, sending you lots of love
    Dorothy
    :-)xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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  38. Oh Chrissie, your shawl is just gorgeous! I'm working on one too, but so far it's all gray, none of the wonderful colorfulness your's has. I was never a shawl person either, but a nice big shawl to wrap yourself up in when it's chilly, is wonderful. I love them now! As always, your work is just beautiful! xo

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  39. I think you could definitely become a shawl person! I'm the same, I don't own any but I've seen a really beautiful Northern Hemisphere star map shawl which I absolutely NEED to make! I love the colours you've chosen for yours, very different to the others I've seen and as beautiful :-)

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  40. Dear Chrissie. What can I say??? I LOVE your colors. It seem so surreal for me to read about and see my shawl all over Blogland but my oh my I'm proud. I have now made two shawls and might even get started on a third. The color option ideas in my head are endless and makes every make so unique. I'm so pleased to see you really enjoy my pattern. Thank you for such a nice "Blog-spread". :D I am also pleased to hear your classes are going well. Mine has come to a stop after Christmas as I have been way to busy with life itself. Hopefully I will awaken some interest with my Valentine's special this week. Keep creating girl. You are close to the lace edge finish.
    Xxx
    Annette

    PS Nothing wrong with crochet for breakfast, lunch and dinner. For TV, ball games and doctor's office. Cafées, train stations and gym classes. Choirs? Might be a bit tricky but it could work. Yarn ball in your pocket, WiP in your hands and lets swing it.

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  41. Hi. I can see why this could make you possessed, it is fab. I love your colours. I may have to make one of these to keep me cosy in my new shop. Thanks for sharing x

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