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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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Oh Christmas tree!

Yes, it’s that time of year again, when crafting turns festive and you remember how good shades of green and red look together. If you think October is too soon for all this, let me tell you this little secret: for a lot of crafters like me who also work on magazines, thoughts of Christmas start even earlier – usually July or August. I know.

Fortunately for me, I quite like Christmas. Plus, I’m lucky to have the creative freedom to only create the Christmassy makes that I like. Christmas trees are my absolute favourite aspect of the season, so I was more than happy to crochet a little tree for Simply Crochet magazine. I actually made this way back in August, but decided to spare you the C-word until now…

Finished crochet popcorn tree

Finished crochet popcorn tree

I used simple popcorn stitches to make the tree, while the little poinsettia is made using puff stitches. This sweet little shrub was a handy way to illustrate the techniques covered in my technical feature on popcorn and puff stitches.

However, it took me a little while to figure out the maths I needed to form the cone shape. I started off with not enough increases and the tree was too straight…

Crochet popcorn tree: try 1

Crochet popcorn tree: try 1

Then I ended up with too many increases and it was too flat…

Crochet popcorn tree: try 2

Crochet popcorn tree: try 2

Finally, I hit the Goldilocks spot and got the increases juuuust right.

The poinsettia flower was much more straightforward though and I’m thinking about making a garland of these to hang on this year’s actual Christmas tree…

Crochet puffs poinsettia flower

Crochet puffs poinsettia flower

After making it, I realised that if you crocheted it with a yellow yarn, it would look like a star. Two patterns in one!

If you’re interested in getting the pattern, check out the latest issue of Simply Crochet (issue 37). And be prepared for more festive makes coming soon… (sorry)

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2015 in Crochet

 

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