Best of 2018

Things Made / Monday, January 14th, 2019

We’re two full weeks into 2019, but I don’t think it’s too late to show off some of last year’s favorite makes. I was crocheting like crazy in January and February last year, but lost my mojo a bit in March. And then in April I became totally consumed by a new novel project, and hardly made anything at all. Actually, I realize going through this that there are a couple projects I completed that I never got photos of, but that’s how it goes sometimes.

I’m going to start with one of my favorites from the year, this castle pillow, of my own design. The main yarn is Lion Brand Color Waves yarn in Prairie Sunset. I’ve always loved castles, and if I can’t live in one, at least I can have one on my bed!

crochet castle pillow

I’m also really pleased with this Sophie’s Garden pillow, my first foray in to overlay or surface crochet. I followed the pillow instructions from this website. The yarn is Loops & Threads Colorwheel from Michaels.

I was working on a coordinating pillow to go with this one, but it’s had Some Issues. I’ll write about that in a Tales of the Hook sometime. It’s not a dead project yet, but it’s taken me a while to get moving on it again.

In the meantime, here’s a sweet little strawberry hat I made for someone at work who was expecting a baby, using this pattern and the Loops & Threads Impeccable Solids yarn.

I’ve got a few gamers in my life, but I wasn’t happy with the dice pouch patterns I could find online. I made up my own, instead! Two of them, in fact. I’ll have another post soon with more about these, which I am selling custom versions of at Esty.

rainbow dice pouch

My sister and her wife took a trip to Scotland and Iceland last year, and they brought me back two skeins of wool. I haven’t worked in 100% wool before, and two skeins certainly isn’t enough to make a garment or blanket. Instead, I made up this little notebook bag, which was my best friend for carrying around my books while working on that aforementioned novel. I’m a little sad, though, because I recently snagged it on something and it tore–not sure if I’ll be able to fix it.

This is my favorite project of the year, symbolically, because it’s inspired by something that happened in my novel. The pattern is here, and the yarn is Lily’s Sugar n’ Cream cotton.

Christmas at last! I got inspired to make up some Christmas trees this year, these two using this pattern. Yup, I shoved led lights through the purple one, but I think it was more work than it was worth.

I also figured my own pattern for a straight Christmas tree, and made four of those. This turned out to be my least favorite, though it’s the only one I have pictures of, as it happens. The others got mailed away before I could photograph them.

Lastly, this is a bit of a tease. I made these coasters early in 2018 and wrote up the pattern, intending to release it but never did for some reason. However, I’ll be posting this next month, because you can never have too many coasters in a house, am I right?

Well, that’s about it! Not everything I made last year, but the highlights. If you want to keep up to date with what I’m working on now, be sure to check out my Instagram!

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