2016 in a Nutshell

I thought I’d do¬†a little review of my hooky¬†year in pictures‚Ķ

January saw the release of the biggest thing I worked on all¬†year. It’s also the item and design which I am ultimately most proud of.¬†The Everything Is Cool and Groovyghan¬†2016 Crochet-A-Long is definitely the most challenging thing I have designed and shared so far and the finished groovyghans made by other crafters have just blown me away (you lot are amazing!). Although the crochet-a-long has now finished you can still make a groovyghan of your very own by checking out the details on the blog here.

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February and March I was busy growing a human¬†which turned out to be quite hard work!¬†So, aside from the groovyghan, there wasn’t a whole lot of crocheting going on…

Then in April my new shawl pattern, The Spring Blossom Wrap, was released in iLikeCrochet Magazine. Worked in a smooth 4ply cotton yarn and a 3.5mm hook I was really pleased with the floral look I eventually achieved on this shawl which I based on cherry blossoms.

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In May and June baby had finally arrived so I got back to a little hooking by working¬†up some quick little hats and a headband for my new arrival. I just chose some patterns on Ravelry that I liked the look of and they actually turned out to be all free patterns. The hats and tie back I made include the¬†Sedge Stitch Newborn Beanie, the Bonnie Bell Bonnet, the TopKnot Baby Hat and the 15 Minute Tieback. ¬†The Bonnie Bell Bonnet was one of the first hats¬†I hooked¬†up. It’s such a cute design and as its worked in Aran (Worsted) weight yarn it’s¬†very quick to work up.

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In July I hooked up a little Amineko cat for Little G’s summer fayre, such a fun design and super cute!

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In August and September I was working on some exciting patterns for October (more on that later) but I still found time to hook up a little Pumpkin hat for the baby and Baabara for this years Yarndale charity project

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and I finally finished a work in progress which had been started a year previously! The Corner to Corner Granny Stitch Throw¬†¬†was a great pattern to use up loads of odds and ends of double knit in my stash…

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So October was a busy and exciting month; my RainBOW Clip Organiser was released in Issue 31 of Happily Hooked Magazine…and I was completely delighted to be asked to take part in the Stylecraft Blog Tour for 2016 for which I designed the Harmonious Hexagon Blanket (free pattern here).

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In November and December I hooked up several Christmassy items for my girls including some cute Elfin baby boots and some fabulous elf hats. I also hooked up a fab little mouse baby hat for a Micky fan Рunfortunately this particular pattern is no longer available, there are plenty of alternatives out there though if you are looking for this style.  

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I also hooked up my special animals from my TOFT yarn and some awesome little Princesses for some gorgeous little girls; but I’m going to blog about those later so I’ll save those¬†ta-dah moments for 2017!

Wow,¬†I enjoyed that stroll¬†down memory lane! I find when it’s all written down like this that I have accomplished more than I realised!¬†Crochet is such a big part of my life that sometimes I forget what I have been up to in the year as I’m concentrating on the next design or project. ¬†The most fantastic thing about crochet is that it continually brings me¬†happiness, fun challenges, surprises,¬†satisfaction at a job completed and most of all relaxation.¬†

So what can you look forward to in 2017 from me?

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I have so many plans for¬†2017! I’m extremely excited to be working with several crochet magazines this year on new designs, I’ve also got various¬†exciting collaborations coming up, I’m going to be catching up with patterns that I didn’t finish due to being pregnant (and ill) and then having a newborn¬†(for those waiting for Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds – this is at the top of the list!)¬†AND we’ve got a brand new crochet-a-long to look forward to (starting in March) which is also in development behind the scenes as we speak.

Finally I’d like to say a mahoosive¬†thank you to everyone who has followed me on the blog or on social media¬†in 2016…

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My thanks is to everyone who may have brought and/or made any of my patterns, who have read my musings following me here on the blog and for those who have offered / or continued to offer their hands in friendship. I cannot tell you how much I appreciate your support, enthusiasm and your camaraderie and how much I love to see your finished work!

Well until next time, happy hooking and keep calm and crochet on my friends xx

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4 thoughts on “2016 in a Nutshell

  1. Wow congratulations on all your achievements! I really should sit down and write a post like this of my own! Looking forward to Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds!

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