I had some ideas and goals for creative projects at the beginning of the year, but COVID changed those goals somewhat. Let’s face it, COVID changed everything for many of us this year. While I was able to continue working through the shutdown, I couldn’t do my normal job for several weeks, and my schedule looked much different than previous years. I’ve done a lot more crocheting this year thanks to those changes.
One of my goals earlier this year was to expand my crochet skills. I’ve been stretching myself more with patterns. I’m specifically focused on trying to learn colorwork and make some more difficult wearable projects right now.
For colorwork, I’m learning intarsia crochet to make these adorable pumpkin coasters. Let me just say, my little coaster does not do this pattern justice. The pattern is adorable, but this was my first ever attempt at intarsia and my coaster came out a bit rough. I did add a single crochet border, because I stink at making a nice, smooth crochet edge any other way. This is a great beginner pattern, though, and I plan to make more to continue practicing.
I’ve dabbled a bit with C2C and colorwork, but not nearly enough to be comfortable with it. Megan at Left in Knots has a great series of patterns for a seasonal truck C2C blanket. The fall one is my favorite so far! I’m still a little too intimidated to try those, but I may add them to my project list for next year.
I’m also working on my first pair of socks with a great pattern from Ashlea at Heart Hook Home. My swap partner in the last round of Fibreshare sent me this gorgeous worsted weight superwash wool that’s perfect for this sock! I finished the first sock this weekend and it went really quickly. It was much easier than I expected, and my sock fits perfectly. I started the next one and will have it finished soon.
I started pattern testing this year. It’s a great way to help crochet designers while learning new skills. First I tested a really pretty cowl, the Stella Cowl from Me ‘n My Hook. It’s available now on Ravelry. I used Lion Brand Mandela yarn and I really like the result. It’s perfect for this cowl. Bernadine has some really beautiful designs in her shop!
I also tested this really cute cup cozy from Pont Neuf Studio. I learned a new finishing stitch in the process. It was a little tricky but I got it, and it gives this cozy a really cool edge. Christen has some cute accessories in her shop, so take your time and check out her other patterns.
An unexpected change for me this year was how much crochet I sold. I had never sold anything until last year, when someone approached me about dishcloths for Christmas. This year I’ve sold a lot of dishcloths and potholders, plus a few other special request items. Christmas will be here again soon, and I’m trying to get ready early this year.
I’m also working on orders for crochet cowls. I made myself one a few months ago, and while I don’t normally offer them for sale, I had a couple of special requests from friends and family. I couldn’t get the same yarn, so I’m using Lion Brand Touch of Alpaca and I’ve been really happy with the results.
Up next, I hope to start my first sweater. I downloaded the pattern for the Sawgrass Sweater quite a while back and have been sitting on it until I felt comfortable with more complex patterns. I think I’m ready for it. I’m using Lion Brand Comfy Cotton Blend I’m Whipped Cream.
What are you making this year? Have you found yourself with more or less time to create? I’d love to hear about your projects!
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