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2015 – An Inspired Year of Crochet

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

Peek-a-boo Button Body Warmer

Egyptian Star Flower Stool

tapestry crochet stool cover | Tapestry haken krukje FREE pattern by missneriss

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.

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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:

My beautiful shabby chic

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.

Sophie's Universe by Dedri Uys

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.

Triangle Cushion Covers by Marianne Dekkers

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.

Rustic Lace Shawl by Carmen Jorissen

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!

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Sinterklaas Crochet Cake Pops

This time last year my friend Anel asked me to make some Christmas themed cake pops for her display at the Amsterdam Small Business Network Pop-Up, and when she asked me again this year I jumped at the chance.  Although, instead of Christmas, this year she was going to make Sinterklaas themed cake pops, and could I make something in that vein for her.

But of course!  Cake pops are about the most fun way to eat cake ever, and I just love making the crochet version.

Here’s what I came up with, what do you think?

I especially love the little horse Amerigo, and how cool is it that the crochet cake pops look so much like the real deal?  Not sure I’d like to mix them up the dark if I was sneaking downstairs in the middle of the night for a sneaky cake pop though…

Anel and Little Cakes will be at the ASBN Pop-Up again this weekend, with a sack full of delicious Sinterklaas and Christmas cake pops.  If you’re in Amsterdam, you absolutely must stop by and grab one.  And do your Christmas shopping while you’re there – you’ll have loads of fabulous local business showcasing their wares!

What do you think of last year’s offering?

Should I write patterns for the pops?  Some of them could also double as Christmas tree ornaments, couldn’t they.

Love the photos?  You should follow Anel on Instagram for more cake poppy goodness.  And while you’re at it, follow me too.

http://instagram.com/miss__neriss