Well, y’all, the year is rapidly closing, and I’m feeling another urge to look back at what I accomplished this year, just to reassure myself that in all the forward motion, I didn’t lose track of my big picture goals. Nerd alert, I know…
If you stay with me for this entire post, you can give yourself a pat on the back, as I’d like to take some time to go through each month and share highlights, discuss lessons learned, and celebrate special moments. So settle in, as it’s going to be a lengthy one. 🙂
Click each photo to read more about the event! Yay!
January is always an awkward month for me. I still have my old, filled up Moleskine to reference my to do lists from the previous year and keep checking things off that weren’t completed. Let’s face it, in January, I practically have one foot in the previous year. Moon Landing was a piece that I took with me to Disney World over Thanksgiving break 2016, and I was finally able to publish it two months later.
Bonus pics of Disney (there were so. many. pics. but I chose my two favorites!)
In January 2016, I was just beginning the VVCAL which had me hugely busy, so this year I felt a little like I was twiddling my thumbs… It’s okay though, I did pick up momentum in the coming months!
When Scheepjes Whirl came out, I had the privilege to try it, and I got right to work on this scarf! I used both ends of the ball for the striped effect. Also, BEADS. ❤️
In February I was up against a lot of deadlines and as things started to pile up on me, I had to do some soul searching to try and locate the bottleneck in my little crochet empire. As it turns out, the bottleneck happened to be in production. I could design a pattern faster than I could work up the sample. So the gears started turning for what was to come in March! A big huge level-up… 🙂
Spent a couple of weeks in March emailing Tester Tribe applicants and selecting members. Holy cannoli about 150 people were interested in testing! It was a super hard process, but wow was it worth it. I got to meet and befriend 15 of the nicest, most generous, and warm-hearted ladies in the world. Head to my Community Page to read more about the CypressTextiles Tester Tribe. ❤️
The first Tester Tribe project! The Cottontail blanket pattern, sample piece and photography by Iris of SouthernBelleCrochet.
The Amazon Blanket was constructed in October 2016, but published in May of this year. That was a really long time for me to keep a hooky secret. Especially of one of my favorite designs! Now available as a kit 🙂
Four published patterns this month! Tester Tribe rocking and rolling – I’m super thankful!
My first time being published in a crochet magazine – still very surreal. I’m still just a girl crocheting in Texas. 🙂
In 2013, I had a plan to begin making crochet tutorial youtube videos. Just a short 4 years later, and I finally accomplished that goal lol… This month I made a YouTube account and started recording tutorials! Also, some patterns got published and my city was underwater for 3 weeks. Absolutely depressing and scary time that was. I’ve tried to block it out.
Started playing with some really gorgeous color palettes:
September was also Hexagon Month around here, and I designed and worked up a bunch of hexagon designs, and all of my YouTube tutorials this month were about methods of joining hexagon motifs to make a blanket.
Big WIP finish this month and another Scheepjes YARN publish – proud of this one!
I also converted a few of my paid patterns to freebies this month – woohoo! With the support of you all, I can create tons of new content, which allows me to release more free stuff. Gotta love that. ❤️
This month also marks the month I really put pen to paper on my idea to open a yarn shop and become a Scheepjes retailer. Exciting and scary!!
Packing kits for my shop pre-opening, and what a fun world it is on this side of the yarn ball. It has been a mind-strengthening experience to plan, and advertise, and orchestrate everything that goes into becoming a yarn shop. I’m loving it ☺️
Officially on the map this month with the release of Scheepjes Our Tribe yarn, and a color-way named CypressTextiles, with colors that I chose myself. Totally the highlight of my year!
My last project of 2017 pictured above. Callie was released and may just be my most popular pattern of the entire year. Personal 2018 goals are already penned, but what can you expect from 2018?
- More videos!
- A greater variety of patterns
- 2 words: Yarn shop!
- Book release ❤️
I have also decided in 2018 that my New Years resolution is going to be to work less, and make more money! (Not in a materialistic way – more like in a put-food-on-the-table, contribute-to-the-family way.) ❤️ Essentially being more efficient, and working smarter, not harder. I tend to over-think things and over-plan, and then I’m lost in the details, but this next year I’m all about simplifying . We’ll see how long that lasts!
THANK YOU! For y’all’s support every day as my hooky life would be nothing without the love of my fellow crochet buddies.
Hope your 2017 was fruitful, and your 2018 is twice as blessed. ❤️