Saturday, 3 January 2015

2014 year end review part one

So 2014 is over and boy was it a busy old year. This is my now traditional look back over the year and as its been such a busy one I'm gonna split this into two posts.

Lets start with January

January saw my set of humanoid amigurumi cats on the cover of Craftseller magazine

Work was starting to come in thick and fast and I had this bundle of cuteness to play with.
Cals third and probably last litter of kittens a were a joy to raise and all found wonderful forever homes.

February was a bit of a big month. I had my first commission project for Love crochet magazine and got the lovely surprise of it being the cover project.

 Two projects for February Craftseller magazine, this very sweet daffodil brooch

 and a piggy cup warmer.

 I had a photo of my omnipoms shown on the telly on Sunday brunch.
 Finally the first book projects I worked on were released my dot the dragon fly pattern was published in the American book Crochet critters and bugs.
 I was also involved in this wonderful crochet book and did many of the toy and amigurumi patterns for it.

In march my project for Craftseller magazine made it onto the cover. These lovely Easter chicks are ever so simple to make but very cute and effective.
 I had another crochet project in this months craftseller magzine aswell as the chick my pattern for this useful string shopping bag.
Sticking with chicks I had another Easter project in march's Lets knit magazine.

I also started to relaunch some of my patterns in my etsy pattern shop and jain the snail got a bit of a make over.

By April the amount of work I had coming in gave me little time to do anything else. My whole work life balance got very unbalanced but the reward was see in my work in more and more publications.

Craftseller this month was one of my favourate things to make this very retro but pretty cushion

Inside crochet published my Lucy bunny pattern and my simple crochet ball earring. (Lots more crochet jewelry coming this year so stay tuned)

 I became an Aunty again when we welcomed little Hector into the world this month. I can't believe how small he is in this pic hes huge now and crawling all over the place :)

I released two new patterns into my etsy pattern shop my blossom fairy and my bride doll. I am slightly ashamed that this was the last of the new patterns I had time to do for my own shop for the rest of the year, my brides groom is still legless at the bottom of my work bag waiting to get put together. I'll be putting lots of work into my etsy shop this year and there will be lots and lots of new patterns and my bride will have her groom very soon.

Finally this month my Scottie dog pattern I'd done for Craftseller magazine last year was repuplished in this months Love crochet magazine.

May was my take over of the crochet section of most newagents not only was my lovely mermaid on the cover of Craftseller magazine..

I had my hedgehog pattern republished in this handmade toys magazine.

 I had one of my most popular patterns of Eric the elephant on the cover of Love crochet

 along with his pals Archie and blossom the panda inside the mag.

 Love Crochet magazine published my floral needlework set and my delicious ice creams.

 I had lulu the rag doll and these wierd animal masks published in a magazine called cute characters to make.
 Finally this month my bunny and chick from last years Lets knit magazine was re published in this creative crochet magazine.
It was a bit of a crazy month with so many of my patterns being published in one month and it was all a bit overwhelming but the lovely knock on effect was even more offers of work coming in.

 At this time I dropped some hours in my day job so I could concentrate on doing more crochet more. I think this was also the month that my yarn stash became bigger than a mountain.


I tried my first attempt at a full crochet garment pattern and the results were this sunny lacy cardie that was published in this months Craftseller.

Along with the Cardigan they also commissioned this boy tourist doll.

I also released some free patterns in connection with Craftseller online including this pretty bunting design.

My geisha girls also got reprinted this month and appeared on the cover of Love knitting and crochet magazine.

well that's it for the first half of the year, I'll type up the rest of the year soon xxx