In the shop :
To finish this year in beauty, I am so happy to present EclatDuSoleil’s newest crochet design, the Blue Leaves shawl!
Also, the very popular yak down yarn Gengis Khan is available again in the shop :
On the blog:
The most important event on the blog in December was the Advent Calendar. During the week, we crocheted small motifs inspired by traditional Irish Crochet, and during the weekends, many of you took advantage of the special offers.
I really enjoyed this combination calendar, with a crochet-along and special offers – I think I will keep the idea for next year!
Happy New Year 2016!
As usual, the last newsletter of the year does not come with a tutorial – it’s simply a moment to look back on the year that comes to an end and to turn towards the future.
There were also patterns of my own design:
Debussy, to be crocheted in DK alpaca or DK merino – Euphorbia, a new version in linen of a pattern originally published in Interweave Crochet in 2014 – Stina, a knitted baby blanket in organic cotton – A new version of my Capelette pattern, this time crocheted in Mini Mochi – Blueberry Pi(e), a crocheted semi-circular pi shawl in fingering weight merino and Mini Mochi.
In the newsletter from December 2014 I discussed what inspired me most at the time. It’s both amusing and interesting to look back on 2015 and see what this inspiration bred.
My interest in traditional Swedish embroidery inspired a pair of decorated wristwarmers, all in crochet (and not embroidered at all):
I explained how I made them in the newsletter for February 2015.
Crocheted short rows still remain to be explored!
But my thoughts around shawl shapes became three different newsletters:
So what about 2016 … ?
I’m thinking about mosaic crochet – I discussed it in a newsletter dating back to January 2010, but it seems to me that many things are still to be done. More generally, I’m thinking a lot about multicoloured crochet.
And when it comes to knitting, reversible stitch patterns (not necessarily identical on both sides) intrigue me a lot.
I will do exactly as I did last year: I will put all this in the inspirational pot, let it simmer, and see what comes out!
And you? What inspires you for 2016? Please let me know in the comments below!
I do not think I’m the only one to have found 2015 a difficult year – perhaps especially here in France. We don’t know what the new year holds, but I’m sure of one thing: with our hands, each and every one of us can fill our little corner of the world with warmth, colour and creativity. Little by little, we can make the world a more beautiful place.
Many, many thanks for your loyalty, your support and your kindness. My conversations with you, readers, customers, Facebook and real life friends, light up my days and make me want to continue and always push a little further.
I wish you a very happy creative year 2016!