2016 is now officially over… time to look back on a few of my personal favorites makes over the year.
This is only a limited selection.. but you can already tell there was a lot of shawls involved (totally new for me ! I hardly ever made shawls before, and just couldn’t see the point.. until I stumbled upon the concept of asymmetrical shawls), & not many elfin hoods … just one in fact !
But I’ll certainly try and make up for this in 2017: if you’re on FB you may have caught a glimpse of a new design I’m working on, involving yummy Noro colors and a super long hood :-D
Left column, from top to bottom:
– “Konk Kerne” shawl, pattern by Barjolaine
– “Dancing Marguerites” shawl, by Sylvie Damey
– “Summertide” shawl by Tricia Jones
“Léontine” hooded jacket, by Sylvie Damey
Right column, from top to bottom:
– Pull “SaperliPOPette!“, de Sylvie Damey
– Chapeau de soleil “Funshine“, de Mamachee
– Châle “Badiane“, de Sylvie Damey
– Chaussons “Babouches“, de Sylvie Damey
And when it comes to workshops and occasions to meet fellow crocheters & crafters, 2016 was also another great year ! Dozens of crocheters tried the 13 ergonomic crochet hooks from my “magic box” during shows and yarn festivals, we knitted, crocheted and made pompoms during weekly free workshops at our local library, we crocheted “sweaters without a pattern” during 2-days workshops… and I created a “100% Crochet” collaborative ebook including patterns & tutorials from 15 french crochet designers. So much fun … and a great personal achievement with tons learnt in the process !
And now what’s up for 2017 ?
As I mentionned earlier, I’ll try and publish more “elfin” designs this year, as I know it’s a big favorite of most of you.. and I’m pretty sure you’ll love the one I’m already working on ! :-D
Workshops will continue locally and at craft shows here in France (Creativa-Grenoble & Lot et laine festival).. and I’d like to figure out a way to work with more people on a daily basis, as the downside of this amazing job is that it can get pretty solitary sometimes.
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Finally, to start the year on a positive note & Thank you for your amazing support, how about a special gift from me to you ?
The Rosebuds top is my first ever design published in a magazine (UK’s “Crochet Now” last fall) ! Woohoo. More than anything else, this was a gift to myself as I’ve always dreamed of seeing my designs published in crochet magazines despite several submitted ideas refused by my fav’ US crochet mag.
Some of you will probably recognize the general shape of my super popular “Roselette top”, made by over 200 crocheters on Ravelry… But this one is just a classical plain vest, with no back-opening. A pretty textured ribbon marks the high Empire waist, while long stitches make the skirt both interesting and super quick to make. Crocheted with aran-weight yarn, the pattern includes 5 sizes from 6 months to 4 year-old.
To get a FREE copy of this pattern today (and until Wed 11th Jan 2017):
- head over to the Rosebud pattern’s page on Ravelry
- put the pattern in your cart (buy now)
- use code “MERCI” in the coupon-code box
- and Whoosh, the price will magically become zero :-)
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