The New Year is almost upon us, can you believe it? One of my dearest friends is due to have a baby – today – so I’m anxiously sitting by the phone for news, although she messaged earlier and nothing, yet. I can’t wait for this baby to come, because 2016 is going to be amazing.
2015 hasn’t been the best year for me, health wise. I’ve had some shit going on that I haven’t been able to get on top of. But when it comes to crochet, life is great! I’ve found inspiration in a lot of places, I have a lot of ideas flowing through me, and I’ve almost finished making two blankets! That’s massive for me, usually I can’t get through such big projects, but I’m determined. One may even be finished today!
So what were my highlights? Two designs really stand out:
The Peek-a-Boo Button Wrap
Egyptian Star Flower Stool
Such different projects. I love the Peek-a-Boo because of its simplicity, and I love the Star Flower stool because the colours are beautiful and it looks really difficult, but is really very easy (all my designs are easy!).
Here’s a little gallery of some of the other designs and projects I made during 2015.
I also started working on a short series of tech tips that I use in my blogging and social media world, including how to fake your own photography backdrop:
But 2015 wasn’t all about me! There were so many projects out there that made me go wow! Of course I can’t not mention Sophie. When I met Dedri in the summer and saw The Original Sophie I insisted that her design has changed crochet forever. And I was right! It was the most popular project on Ravelry this year, and people will be making it forever. It’s only a matter of time before we see a Sophie draped over a couch in a sitcom.
I also LOVED the geometric crochet that my friend Marianne is so talented at. I looked at this cushion cover for aaaaaages. I love the colours, the design, everything.
I’ve also been crazy about the Rustic Lace Square. In fact it’s one of my WIP blankets! I found so many new people to follow on Instagram because of it. Check out the hashtag here: #rusticlacesquare and I love this project by Carmen, a shawl! Carmen also figured out how to make a half square for the shawl, it’s amazing.
But I do think the biggest, best highlight of 2015 was really finding my crochet blogger tribe. My love for Instagram really kicked into overdrive, and thanks to they guys at Scheepjes, I’ve really fallen down the yarn rabbit hole, meeting some wonderful people and being able to get my hands on some of the best yarns on the market.
Whew! That was quite the reflection. I hope you made it to the end. I can’t wait to roll over into 2016. It’s the year I’m going to be more organised in my blogging, I’m actually even going to build an editorial calendar. Can you believe it?!
Have a wonderful New Year celebration, wherever you may be, can’t wait to see you next year!
LOVE that Egyptian stool – you might even inspire me to attempt some crochet (hmmm, unlikely I suspect, given my little Energiser bunny boy). Was just back in Robe for a fortnight and missed you there. Hope you’re brill xxx
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So sorry to read you’ve not been able to get rid of those health issues …. yet – it makes my admiration for all the wonderful crochet that you’ve accomplished even bigger. Glad you found crochet to be your “craft as therapy” – and we all benefit, given the generosity with which you share your fab patterns: thank you!!
And what an surprise and honor – really – to find my work in your year end blog post: THANK YOU!!
Wishing you and your family all the best for 2016 – looking forward to seeing you irl soon. Marianne xx
Crochet really has been my “Craft as Therapy” – this last year especially. This year I’m going to OWN my health.
I love your projects so much, Marianne. It was hard to choose a favourite!
Happy 2016 to you and yours too, I’ll see you soon! X
I am sorry to hear about your difficulties but how great to focus on the lovely crochet loveliness. I hope 2016 treats you slightly better health wise. X
I love your overview. Wishing you health for the new year. Big hug from me
Thanks! And a big hug from me!