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2015 Review

I’m not usually one for looking back or making resolutions, but it seems to have become a tradition for my blog, so why the heck not…

The past year has been pretty big for me: I fulfilled one of my big dreams of opening an Etsy shop and I’ve even sold some patterns!

My blog has also had some lovely comments, I’ve posted 35 times, and I’ve uploaded over 200 photos. I also started another blog all about vegan food (littlegreenplate.wordpress.com) and I opened a shop on Ravelry dedicated to my crochet and knitting projects (and had a few sales on there as well!).

But looking back, without doubt, my most popular make continues to be this adorable doggy doorstop sewing project – even though he bounded into life in 2012, he’s still my most popular make and I think he’s my favourite, too!

Sewn doggy doorstop – sewing pattern available at www.etsy.com/uk/shop/MakeMeDo

But looking at my new projects for 2015,I think this has been a really productive year, where I’ve designed and made some really good projects that I’m proud to put my name on. So these are some of my most popular projects as well as my personal favourites:

Crochet alphabet – pattern available at www.ravelry.com/stores/becky-skuse-designs

Rainbow scarf

Rainbow scarf

Crochet rainbow scarf – pattern coming soon to Simply Crochet magazine.

Flowery tablet cosy

Flowery tablet cosy

Crochet flower tablet cosy – pattern coming soon to my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

Crochet pinwheels closer

Crochet pinwheels closer

Crochet pinwheels – pattern coming soon to my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

Finished crochet popcorn tree

Finished crochet popcorn tree

Crochet popcorn tree – pattern coming soon to my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

Sparkly clutch

Sparkly clutch

Crochet and sewing sparkly purse – pattern coming soon to my Etsy and Ravelry shops.

Little dragon

Little dragon

Crochet dragon – a gift for my sister-in-law.

Crochet All Sorts

Crochet All Sorts

Crochet All Sorts – my first project for Mollie Makes magazine, the pattern is available on my Etsy shop here. I also posted a step-by-step guide to sewing up one of the sweets:

Start sewing up

Start sewing up

At the beginning of 2015, I made some crafty resolutions and I’m glad to say that I’ve achieved some of them. I’d resolved to post more technical guides and while I only posted one (above), I’m considering that a mild success.

I also resolved to post more projects, for free or a fee and I have managed to post various patterns, either for free on this blog, or for sale on my Etsy and Ravelry shops. I’d like to add more though (I’ve got 20 patterns just waiting to be sorted out!) so getting through some of these will be a key crafty resolution for 2016.

I haven’t achieved my final resolution though: to make a crocheted baker boy hat. So I think I’ll make that a rollover resolution for 2016! Is that allowed? Well, if it’s good enough for the lottery…

My final aim for the year involves this little thing in April (my wedding!) that I’m busy making things for…

In the meantime, best wishes to all of you for the year ahead 🙂

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Posted by on January 16, 2016 in Crochet, Sewing

 

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Crochet pinwheels

I love the seaside. I’d happily go every weekend. Or just live by the sea.

So I’m a sucker for anything seaside-themed: blue and white stripes, twine, sand, and most recently, pinwheels. Crocheted pinwheels, to be exact, which I’ve crocheted in four different sizes:

Crochet pinwheels closer

Crochet pinwheels

I love the unique light by the sea. It’s so pure and clean, making colours look brighter and more saturated. I think that’s part of the joy of the seaside: everything looks like it’s been turned up to 11.

In an effort to try to reflect a little bit of this effect, I wanted to use some DK yarns that looked like in-between colours: bluey green, orangey brown, purpley pink and sandy grey.

Each pinwheel is made up of four ‘petals’, which are really easy to crochet and join together. But the most fun part was finishing each pinwheel with a gorgeous button. You’ll know how much I love buttons, if you’ve read this post or this post so I spent a lot of time choosing just the right button to suit the yarn. Buttons are the best.

Then I attached each pinwheel to a barbecue skewer so they’d stand up in sand or grass, or just arranged in a vase. The pack of skewers I bought includes 100, so there’s plenty of scope to make more…

In July, we took them with us to the seaside to take these photos, specifically Sidmouth, after a trip to The Donkey Sanctuary. Part of me wanted to leave them in the sand, for random strangers to take home. But then I realised how nice it would be to have a touch of the seaside at home with me all the time.

Crochet pinwheels

Crochet pinwheels at the seaside

If you’d like to make these pinwheels, the pattern is in the latest issue of Simply Crochet magazine, on sale now.

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2015 in Crochet

 

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