♥ Oh my goodness - it's Christmas time again ! ♥
How can it be that we're here again - and that a whole year has passed since my last post ?
Time has indeed flown !
Without a doubt this has to have been my busiest crochet year to date,
obviously something which has been completely fine by me !
But the fact that the day job has had to continue throughout and
that, since the Spring, we have had a huge building project going on at home
has certainly added to the fun and kept me firmly on my toes.
I think we all shivered our way through the first few months of 2018, didn't we,
and with the arrival of the Beast from the East keeping warm
was the first thing on everyone's minds.
Crochet star mittens were the perfect, cosy answer to this !
I made these in the most delicious yarn from Willow and Lark
and they certainly deliver on the snuggly front !
(You can find my free pattern for these either by clicking on the link under the photo
or looking in the right hand side-bar of this page.)
With Spring taking a little time to appear this year my next project
was designing my Spring Sampler Shawl which was a Crochet-A-Long
Project on lovecrochet.com
Again I used Willow and Lark yarn,
but lots of those joining in the CAL used different yarn types and
all sorts of different colourways which was lovely to see.
To finish off the Crochet-A-Long I designed a small blanket in the same pattern.
Mine was cot sized but details are included in the pattern on the stitch multiples
so that the pattern can be adjusted to whichever size you prefer.
With the warmer months arriving things suddenly got extremely busy
as CICO books contacted me to ask if I would like to write a crochet book !!!
I know !!!
Huuuuuuge excitement followed !!!
Once I'd calmed myself down I set to and starting the amazing task
of designing 35 crochet wreaths and garlands.
I can honestly say that I absolutely loved every minute of putting this book together.
From choosing the yarns, to coming up with the ideas, to sitting down and
working out the designs, making each item and finally packaging all of the
wreaths and garlands up and sending them off to the publisher to be photographed,
every part of the process was totally absorbing.
For three solid months I was hidden under a big pile of yarny loveliness!
The total icing on the cake was seeing all the photographs as they came back
from the photographer - I literally cried.
They could not have been more perfect.
They were exactly as I had hoped they would be,
with the most perfect styling and backgrounds.
And here's the front cover - squueeeaaallll !
The book will be out at the beginning of March 2019 and
I cannot wait to share it with you all.
I have even pre-ordered my copy on Amazon because I just couldn't resist !
Come June and with the book all safely sent off I was beginning to think about getting started on a new project when I had a call from Simply Crochet Magazine to see if I would be interested in putting together some designs for their annual Calendar.
This was the most wonderful project to be asked to do and whilst I did wonder
if I'd still have enough ideas left to come up with four new designs, the ideas did
indeed flow and you can see the results below.
The calendar went out free with Issue 78 of Simply Crochet Magazine
and is still available through their website.
The Calendar not only contains photo's of the four completed wreaths
but also gives you all the patterns that you need to make each one.
As we headed in to the hottest Summer that we have had for several years
my next project took me straight to December in one fell swoop,
as I had been asked to design the very first Little Box of Crochet Advent Box.
This project had been ticking away at the back of my head for some time
so it was lovely to finally be able to sit down and start the designing process.
With it being the middle of December now the Boxes have all been sent
to their new homes and I am thoroughly enjoying following everyone's
progress on Instagram as they each make a new, small Christmas decoration everyday.
The boxes were a sell out and as the response has been so good Amanda,
from The Little Box of Crochet, has decided to release the book of patterns
before Christmas next year for anyone who missed out this year.
To end the year I have recently finished making, and writing up the pattern for,
my Christmas Blanket. Again, this project has been at the back of my mind
since last December so it has been lovely to finally see it all come to fruition.
To finish the blanket off lovecrochet.com asked me to make a matching cushion
and you can find the free pattern for this by clicking on the wording under
the photo or by looking in the right hand sidebar of this page.
If you fancy giving the blanket a go you can find this pattern,
along with the patterns for my polar Bear and Penguin,
in the pattern section of lovecrochet.com
or by clicking on the wording underneath each photo.
And so, at the end of a fabulously fun and busy crochet year,
I'm going to sit and enjoy a good cuppa and a Mince Pie
and take the opportunity to wish you all the Happiest of Christmas'
and I hope you too have many happy hours of crocheting in 2019.