Wednesday, 1 January 2014

Year end 2013

2013 has been a very busy but exciting year.

I started the year making a walrus and narwhal to finish off the fins and flippers pattern group.

In February I was busy picking and organising to move home. Cassi, Cal and I moved into our new house at the end of Feb. The shelf above the sofa quickly claimed by the cats as the cat shelf.

March saw my first magazine pattern of the year. My bunny and chick featured in an amigurumi special in lets knit magazine. I have just finished my next project for Lets knit I think it'll be in this years march issue, its got an Easter theme again but its a bigger project and I'm sure you'll like it.
I got lots of crafting done in March and started working on a new range of household accessory's.
At the end of the month my second magazine pattern was released in Inside crochet magazine.
Which was such a lovely birthday present I decided to write a free mini Easter bunny pattern that I released on my birthday. Its still available on my blog here
March/April was a very busy pattern writing month. I was given the opportunity to write the toy patterns for a book on crochet that will be out in the shops this Feb. It was a tight deadline and a lot of work but lots of fun. I can now finally show you some picture as info about the book is finally coming out.

This is the cover. Doesn't it look lovely. Filled with over 80 patterns including 6 of my own, this book is suitable for any level of crocheter even a beginner. Its available to pre order from amazon here

I quick peek inside at one of my patterns. A cuddly polar bear with a scarf.

I'm very excited about this book coming out so getting this little look inside from the DK website it wonderful :)

 After the book work was finished April was a month dedicated to getting some really good pattern designs under my belt. I knuckled down and worked hard. I created a new stitch along with some really traditional patterns.

 Green sweater bunny has a bear and a cat as friends but at the time this was taken they were still in pieces.

This hedgehog pattern which includes the new overworking stitch became my most popular pattern of the year but we'll get to that later.

May saw my next pattern grace the pages of craftseller magazine as Bubblebunny became a star.
I had sold the original bubblebunny at a craft fair at the end of the year before so when Craftseller asked for her. I only had an afternoon to get another one made. My crocheting speed defiantly improved after that afternoon.

In May I also made an investment to get some really good drawing pens so I could improve on my sketching and work out the colours and designs of amigurumi before I started crocheting them. My first attempts are sketching are a bit amateurish but I'm still learning and getting better every time i try.

The weather was starting to be lovely and being stuck in crocheting wasn't really what I wanted to be doing with all my spare time. I was very lucky that an old friend came back into my life under the main role as pub companion at this time. Even if I felt slightly guilty for wasting time I could be working and sending money I hardly had, I resolved not to go back to being a hermit and become more sociable since.

It wasn't all fun and games, I got some work in and started the mini patterns.
I also wrote another free pattern to go with some lovely vintage buttons that came with molly makes magazine. its still available here

June arrived with the release on my next magazine pattern for Craftseller magazine and what a surprise I got.
My first magazine cover :)

I had three magazine patterns in July. Two inside crochet and one in craftseller magazine.

Other than that I think I must have been out enjoying the sunshine as I didn't blog a lot in July. I do know I was working on the next project for Craftseller magazine. It was a big one but great fun and in August I got the happy news that my girls had made it onto to cover.

Two covers in my first year of working for magazine I was ecstatic. Work was coming in fast and patterns for my etsy shop had to go on hold while I completed the magazine work. I did get chance to make this boy doll for a tutorial on amigurumi hair I will be posting at some point.

I also had another two none amigurumi patterns published in Inside crochet.

By the end of August I had started to rework and update some of my first ever patterns. Teddy heart was given an overdue makeover.

I started to look at the way I photo my amigurumis and added making my photos better to my never ending to do list. ( a challenge for 2014 me thinks :)

If I was surprised to get two cover in one year then I was utterly thrilled when I got my third in September.
This owl doorstop had been my first ever published crochet pattern so to see it again was lovely in Love crochet. I'm currently working on my next project for Love crochet which will be another cheeky Easter surprise.

There was defiantly a woodland theme this month as my Craftseller project was woodland critters as well and this months magazine had my hedgehog, fox, raccoon and bunny pattern

I also got time to update some more patterns and work on my new idea for crochet jewelry

I still haven't had time to add long limbed bunny or blue sweater bear written up and in my etsy shop - another thing to add to that to do list.

Leah modelling my tiny crochet ball earrings (another pattern I haven't written up yet, its on the list don't worry)
My day of the dead bracelet was picked up by inside crochet magazine and they had it as an exclusive free pattern on there website for Halloween. Its still available here

October also saw the start of Christmas crafting appearing in the magazines and my Santa, elf and gingerbread man was released in Craftseller magazine

I also had my hedgehog family pattern printed in Simply crochet magazine this month

 Lucy over at attic24 made one of my hedgehog's for her wonderful Autumn wreath go have a read here and just look at this amazing wreath she made. Its because of this post by Lucy that my hedgehog pattern has become my best selling pattern ever.

The weather started to turn and I took time away from amigurumi to make something for me
I make myself a hat every year. This year I decided to go for a cloche style. Its not a very good photo and you can't really see the buckle but at some point I'll remake this and write up the pattern and photograph it better (how many thanks have I added to my to do list now?)

I had a different project for Novembers Craftseller magazine a shawl.

I love crochet and I really enjoy projects that take me out of my comfort zone. This shawl was great fun to make and looked really pretty in the magazine.

I got another bundle of fun late November when Cal gave birth to four lovely kittens

Finally December arrived and this month I was in three different magazine Craftseller, Inside crochet and love crochet.

 I was busy all month writing patterns for next years magazine and creating custom dolls for customers but I still found time to spend with friends  and family and enjoy the festivity's. I did run out of time to get my own Christmas pattern written up so yet again that's on the to do list for next year.

Pride when before a fall when I was all smug after finished piping merry Christmas on my chocolate cake for Christmas dinner, then I realised I'd spelt Christmas wrong. I'll share the photo here so you know its not just on my blog where my spelling is so bad :)

My final project for the year is a very belated housewarming gift for a friend and my first completed granny square blanket. Its been one of the most relazing things to make and very cozy as I can snuggle underneath it as it grows. I may struggle to part with it.
Cal getting in on the photo there :)

I hope you all had a lovey Christmas and new year. 2014 will hopefully be even more busy than 2013, I'll keep crocheting away whatever.
 I'll leave you now with some more pics for Cals wonderful kittens while I pop over to handmade Monday to see what the other crafty bloggers have been up to.


Say cheese :)

See you in 2014 xx


  1. lovely read and what an amazing year you have had!! Happy New Year for 2014 with lots more patterns and projects -:) love Joyx

  2. Thank you very much for this nice view of your last year's projects. I also so the pattern for the hedgehogs in the German magazine "Simply Häkeln" and I like it very much.

  3. What a fantastic year for your! Look forward to sharing your successes in 2014 x

  4. Goodness, that was one busy year. I'm not suprised you are a popular designer for these mags, your makes are amazing.

  5. Wow - what a year! It was great fun to read about all your achievements in 2013 - here's to building on that success in 2014 (and it sounds like there's already lots to look forward to!) x

  6. You have done very well with all the magazine work but not a surprise as your creatures are all so cute! Must be fun in your house with all that yarn and all those kittens!

  7. Hi from Handmade Monday. Wow you've had such a fab year and kudos to you for landing the magazine cover.Your kitties are so adorable. I'm a pet portrait artist and amigurumi addict so come on over!

  8. It must be a great feeling to see all that you've achieved over the last year written down - so many beautiful things created, well done! The book looks fab, i'm sure it will sell well (how cute is that polar bear!! :))

    wishing you all the best for 2014! x

  9. What an amazing year you've had, you must be so proud of having so many items published in magazines, and putting together stuff for a book too. Huge congratulations and I can't wait to see what you get up to this year.

  10. Wowee! What a wonderful year you've had? How are you going to top this?

    PS. "I started the year making a walrus and narwhal..." - do you think you are the only person in the world that can say that!?

  11. What an amazing amount you have achieved in just a year. So many cute little creatures.

  12. Hello. I was just wondering how u ended up in magazines. Did u just get your stuff out there as much as possible and they came to u? I've only been doing Amis about a year and a half but that would be my dream come true, that's why I was asking. I just think that's so cool!! Congrats!