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Monday, January 02, 2012

Happy New Year and a Look Back at 2011

The Snow Queen Doily; the first design I published in 2011.

This Pineapple Snowflake Doily is the gift pattern that comes with the Snow Queen.
Every year, I write a list of the designs I want to do in the coming year. I very rarely get all of the items on my list finished, and never have I made them all as I originally planned. I get sidetracked, or have an idea on how to make something better, or maybe something just doesn't seem like a good idea any more. I try to stay flexible, and if I get a good idea I will usually drop every thing and go with it. Sometimes I feel like I am not accomplishing much, and it helps me to look back and see what I did manage to get done.
So here are the designs I published in 2011:

I did several sets that started with an Eyelet Foundation. This scarf is from the Ruffles and Lace Accessories set.

Fingerless gloves are still popular; this pair is from the Ruffles and Lace set.

This pink scarf is also in the Ruffles and Lace set.

Even the rose starts with an Eyelet Foundation.

Headbands were a popular accessory in 2011, and seem to still be going strong.
This head band is from the Trendy Head Bands and Trims pattern set.

The Boho Head Band and Snowflake trim from Trendy Head Bands and Trims.

I like the combination of red and black on this head band.

But my daughters and granddaughters fought over who would get this one!
The "Sophie" head band is the gift pattern that comes with both the Ruffles and Lace set and the Trendy Head Bands and Trims set.
One of my favorite designs this year was the Angel Wings Shawl.

It is actually shaped like a pair of Angel's wings!

The Angel's Touch Throw is the gift pattern that comes with the Angel Wings Shawl.
Capelettes are fast and fun to make; I did this Eyelet Foundation Capelette Set last fall; I thought they would make great gifts!

I think I like this Capelette best; it looks like a mini-poncho!
I also released the Indian Summer Ruana last fall. I love the shape; it is so comfortable and easy to wear!
I did a set of Sock Monkey Hats last spring. My pattern comes in four sizes.

And it also includes the pattern for this cute little back pack.

This little blanket is the gift pattern that comes with the monkey hats.
Of course, I had to do some thread designs, and last summer I released "Happily Ever After" one of the Lovely Lady Doilies.

The Annaleace doily is the gift pattern that comes with Happily Ever After. It is named after my sweet little granddaughter, Lillian Annaleace.
I also released Blue Birds of Happiness last summer; I just love using birds in my designs. Look for a Cardinal doily next Christmas!

Rhapsody Rose doily is the gift pattern that comes with the Blue Birds of Happiness. I love the colors in this doily.

'Stella Luna' is one of my Lovely Ladies Doilies, and the third of the 'Bewitching Beauties." I had so much fun working on this doily!
But the 'Trick or Treat' Doily, which is the gift pattern, seems to be more popular than poor little Stella!

I also did a few free patterns in 2011. The Kitty Cap, modeled here by my granddaughter, Autumn, was quite popular.

But the "Pineapple Lace" pattern drew literally thousands of hits, and  continues to be one of the most popular posts on the blog.
I am still working on my list of new designs for 2012; there were a few I didn't get finished last year, and still others that I have been thinking about for a long time. I want my designs to stay fresh and exciting, and I have a few ideas I want to experiment with.  I would love for 2012 to be my best design year ever; but only time will tell if I can manage it.

5 comments:

Wygodna said...

I love your crochet!
pozdrawiam z Polski:)

CrochetBlogger said...

Very beautiful roundup of your year in crochet. Thanks for sharing and Happy New Year!

Ana Rezende said...

VERY BEAUTIFUL!!!
LOVELY!!

Marilyn said...

So beautiful!! I have many of your patterns & have no trouble with any of the patterns. They are written beautifully!! My passion is doilies & home decor....
Have a wonderful New Year!!
Marilyn

Z of ZKNITZ said...

I remember the snow doily. I think I commented and said it looked beautiful, but hard to do.

My favorites are the ruffle scarves. Very unique, I don't think I have ever seen anything lie that around.