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I hope you've all had a wonderful Christmas. We've had a lovely few days with friends and family. I've enjoyed having everyone at home together so much. As always the days leading up to Christmas were hectic. The storms have made travelling hard as roads have been flooded. But it's been nice to have an excuse to hole up inside - I'm looking forward to catching up on some festive TV and all the blogs I have missed reading this past month.
I was working non-stop on various crochet projects right up until Christmas. I didn't get time to do any personal crochet, which I was a bit sad about but I have a few things that I finished earlier on in the month to share today.
Crochet Christmas Tree Ornaments:
These were a bit of an experiment. I made these using three folded granny squares and left over cotton yarn. I would have liked to add some small beads to them but I just ran out of time *sigh*.
If you follow me on Instagram you will have already seen this (sorry), but yes it's ANOTHER cushion! I made this one using the square motif I designed for Issue 8 of Crafty Magazine. The motif was the 'beginner' project amongst two other Flamingo inspired squares. It's made using double trebles in the first round, which I think is a bit unusual when it comes to granny squares, but those spindly flamingo legs inspired me. I like the way the circles are suspended by the surrounding squares. I moved away from the grey and pink for this cushion, as I really wanted to create an all white cotton version. However, it appears I am completely unable to remove colour altogether from my projects ;)
Lacy Gift Bags:
Lastly, are these sweet Lacy Gift Bags that I designed for my latest Inside Crochet column. I made these with Valentines Day in mind but really they are so easy to make you could whip one up for any occasion. The pattern for them is in Issue 49, which I think is out in the shops today. It's a lovely colourful issue. A few of my favourite projects have to be the lovely mustard Wanten Mitts by Bianca Boonstra (sneak a peak here) and the absolutely stunning Supernova Blanket by Amanda Perkins. Both of which have been added to my 'wish list' of makes (I'm still dreaming that one day I'll have time to make all these items).
I also have a pattern for some simple placemats and napkin rings in the winter edition of Love Crochet Magazine which I'm very happy about.
Thank you to everyone who has commented on this blog, supported and encouraged me this year. It really has been the most amazing year and I feel truly blessed.
Wishing you lots of love and a very happy 2014.