I started the year making a walrus and narwhal to finish off the fins and flippers pattern group.
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.
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.
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.
June arrived with the release on my next magazine pattern for Craftseller magazine and what a surprise I got.
I had three magazine patterns in July. Two inside crochet and one in craftseller magazine.
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.
If I was surprised to get two cover in one year then I was utterly thrilled when I got my third in September.
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
October also saw the start of Christmas crafting appearing in the magazines and my Santa, elf and gingerbread man was released in Craftseller magazine
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 had a different project for Novembers Craftseller magazine a shawl.
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.
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