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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!

2014 was Amazing, 2015 will be Better!

I’ve had one of the best years of my life in 2014.  My daughter well and truly left baby-hood behind and seems to be bypassing being a toddler and diving straight into threenager territory.  My husband just keeps getting more handsome as he gets older (poor thing’s quite a bit younger than me), my mortgage paying job is going from strength to strength with the most growth this year than in the last five combined, and crochet has just been an absolute joy.

Because I’ve had such a great time this year, I want to reflect on some of the most fun I’ve had, and my favourite projects.  Let’s get to it, shall we?

No.5 Rhinka the Rhino

Rhinka the Rhino, faux-taxidermy amigurumi pattern by Pepika. Spotted by @missnerissI had such a blast making this faux-taxidermy rhino.  Every time I look at this photo I have a little chuckle.  The ridiculousness of a crochet animal head hanging off my wall is only equalled by the ridiculousness of hanging an actual stuffed animal head off the wall!

No.4 The Bucketful of Sunshine Hat

Bucketful of Sunshine hat on missneriss.com, made with Scheepjeswol Cotton 8. #scheepjeswol #cotton8 #scheepjesThis was one of my first original designs.  Well, as original as a crochet hat can be, anyway!  I made it as a sun hat for my daughter, who wore it all summer long.  It was also the start of my ombre obsession.

No.3 My Christmas Wreath

Christmas Wreath for the Scheepjes Christmas Blog Hop - see all ten amazing designs and their free patterns, including how to make this wreath for yourself!I love this so much that I’m not going to take it down!  I love that it can be Christmassy, yet can be everyday welcome at the same time.  I think I’ll hang it above my desk, actually.

No.2 The Spring Shawl

Spring Shawl made with Malabrigo Silky Merino on missneriss.com #crochet #yarnI’ve made about half a dozen of these now, but this one remains my favourite.  I filled it with all the love I have and sent it to my dearest friend whom I haven’t had much contact with lately thanks to life getting in the way.  I hope that when she wears it she feels all the love that it contains.

No.1 The Jasper V

This was a seriously steep learning curve for me!  It was my first time making a complete garment, and even more ambitiously, I designed it myself!  I wear it all the time, and always receive comments about it.  It’s just a great top.  I’m supposed to be making one for my aunt, and as I’m going to see her in a few weeks I’d better get cracking!

And as for 2015, I know it’s going to be even better.  This coming year is the Year of the Sheep (or Ram, or Goat) and I’m a sheep myself, so it’s going to be an even luckier year for me.  And then on top of that, the new Chinese Year begins on my birthday (feb 19), so I’m going to be the luckiest sheep in town. Baa!

Happy New Year!  Enjoy the fireworks, wherever you are, and don’t forget to pop the Champagne.  I will be!