Crafty Round Up 2020-2021

The last crafty round-up was included in my Review of 2019 so this is long overdue!

The past two years have definitely been more about crochet than knitting. I find I enjoy the process of crochet much more and am more inclined to make gifts just because I enjoy doing it.

Projects finished in 2020 below, all Ravelry links:

In January, I made a quick knitting project to use up some stash. The Take it or Leaf it cowl in King Cole baby alpaca. I also completed the V-Stitch blanket I had started during the Christmas break, a gift for Mason. A little break and then in March I started another Granny Block blanket as I had really enjoyed making the one for Michael. I finished it in April and gifted it to a work colleague as a house-warming present. In May, I went all eco and crocheted the Luxury Spa washcloth to go with my newly purchased bars of soap to replace shower gel and some make-up scrubbies to use instead of wipes. During August and finishing in September I made the Sweet Ocean Breeze blanket for a colleague’s baby. I just fell in love with the colour scheme of this one and Lisa was delighted with it. Christmas crochet this year was washcloths for everyone, with a bar of handmade soap from Hatton Handmade Soap.

So a fairly quiet crafting year really but here they are. As usual, click the thumbnail to get the full size picture.

Onto 2021 finished projects and I started the year by finishing off a stripey baby blanket for a work colleague, I actually started two different ones but after a discussion with the dad to be, decided on this one in more traditional baby colours, I used the granny block blanket again which has become a firm favourite of mine. A few days later I finished my Belle Vue cardigan which I’d started knitting in February 2020. I’d used some gorgeous John Arbon silk/alpaca mix that I’d got from a visit to Yarndale or Woolfest one year. It was beautiful yarn and the cardigan looked lovely so I was gutted to find that it was too small. I first thought I could get away with it but eventually admitted defeat, it was just too small for me and it looked it. I managed to sell it on Ebay though and the buyer was very happy with it. Next up in February was yet another stripey blanket called Henrys Baby Blanket. This was the alternative I had started on for the baby gift mentioned earlier. I was enjoying making it so much and thought I might save it for another gift but I loved it so kept this one for myself. I use it a lot for snuggling on the sofa. Next up, an instant gratification project, one night in March, I decided to crochet a couple of coasters for our bedsides. I chose the same colour scheme of the bedding, the round one is Contemporary Coaster for me and the more masculine looking square from a book of granny squares for Patrick. In May, I finally finished a pair of socks that I’d had on the needles since February 2020. Horseshoe Falls socks in a nice self-striping sock yarn for Patrick. It was a nice pattern and I did the Fish Lips Kiss Heel for the first time and was really pleased with how it turned out. No picking up stitches for the heel flap! In November, my friend Debbie asked me to make some cute little crochet Mary Jane shoes for a cousin of hers who was having a baby. I’ve made these shoes from various patterns over the past couple of years so I kind of winged it with these, the bar is much sturdier and nicer looking so I’m pleased with them. I had some pretty James C Brett Twinkle baby yarn in stash that was perfect and I couldn’t resist making a mesh and bobble stitch hat from Daisy Farm Crafts to go with them. I made these whilst on holiday in Saltburn by the Sea, cosied up on the sofa at night. Final make of the year was a special one. Michael, who is not renowned for thoughfulness, had as part of my Christmas present bought me some random balls of yarn from Wool Warehouse. This was because my main present was a voucher for a spa session at a local day spa so he wanted me to have something to open. I can’t tell you how much that meant to me. Two of the yarns were perfect for a hat so on Boxing Day, I started and finished the Trinity Beanie, in Lion Brand Landscapes, colourway Coral Reef. I think Michael was pleased that I’d made something with the yarn straight away rather that just shoving it under the bed with the gazillion other balls of yarn. The other yarn was Garnstudio Drops Big Delight in blues and purples but you’ll have to wait until the end of this year to find out which hat I made with it in January!

So, here they are in all their glory, the finished projects of 2021.