This past year brought many changes for me and my family. I didn't get nearly as much crochet accomplished as I had planned. I still have a notebook full of patterns that I just haven't had the time to type up and get tested. I am hoping to get to a few of these soon, and to get back into the swing of things.
I also have not posted here very much this past year and I hope to change that too. I don't seem to have much luck with New Year's resolutions, but I do hope to get more accomplished with my crochet business in this coming year.
Despite the busyness of 2014, I did manage to create a few things. Here is the majority of my finished crocheted pieces (the ones I photographed) from the year.
The Amber Infinity Scarf/Cowl was my second pattern release of the year. The first was my Lucia Legwarmers (posted about earlier, but couldn't find my photos)
I finished this pattern test for Simply D'Best, and I absolutely love it! I actually lined it too, which I usually don't bother to do with my crocheted bags. I admit, I'm not a huge fan of sewing, but the lining looks wonderful and the bag is fabulous!
These sweet little crocodile stitch booties from Bonita Patterns were for a custom order in the beginning of the year, and they led to a few others as well. This pair was created with Chroma yarn from Knit Picks(sorry, the color has been discontinued). I made a red pair for my daughter with leather soles, which I hand sewed on myself (next time I will punch holes in the leather first). I also had another custom order for an adult pair. I love this pattern in all the sizes, and I will definitely be making more of these in the future.
One of my absolute FAVORITE pieces created this year was my daughter's birthday present, this Rainbow Dash hooded sweater!
I am so proud of how this turned out. I took a very basic sweater pattern, made some modifications to it, and added a hood. I then created pockets and made the cutie mark with felt, which I then heat bonded to the pocket. I also added the ears and mane to the hood.
My daughter was so happy, which made the two weeks of constant crocheting completely worth it. She wears is a lot, and we get tons of compliments on it when we go out.
Well, it was all worth it. The scarf was a big hit, and even captured the attention of Captain Jack Harkness (John Barrowman) himself! He posed for a picture with the scarf I made, wrapped around his neck!
I am still giddy about this. Totally worth the monotony of creating this monstrosity.
This infinity scarf was a pattern test for Grammy's Creations, and it's a really cool design. I am really into scarves and cowls these days; they are my favorite accessory. So I kept this one for myself. It's nice to treat yourself every now and then.
So, not a bad year for crochet really. And there were definitely a few more that just didn't get photographed.
I already have 3 afghans (yes 3!!) in progress for this year. I vow to finish all of them, as well as the afghan I started five years ago for my daughter (while I was pregnant). I guess this will be the year of the afghan.
What are your crafty hopes for the new year? Anyone else plan on starting Christmas presents super early?