Monday, 4 January 2016

A Little Look Back - My Top 10 from 2015

2015 has been exciting, challenging, exhausting, and at times frustrating, but above all, rewarding. The best thing is that I've made so many new friends along the way. It's quite difficult to choose between all my achievements, but here are a few of my highlights:

1. I designed a gorgeous fairisle blanket for a Woman's Weekly Knit-a-long. Each of the 12 pretty, fairisle squares were published every month in their popular Knitting & Crochet Magazine. You can read more about it here.
Photo credit: Woman's Weekly
2. My second book was released earlier in the year, by Search Press, called "Once Upon a Time in Crochet. I'm delighted that it seems to be doing consistently well in the amazon charts, in the category Toys and Dolls. If you're interested, you can buy my book on amazon here.
Photo credit: Search Press
3. I had great fun teaching with the Woman's Weekly team at their LIVE Event in Manchester. It was a pleasure to work with the lovely ladies in the Knitting and Crochet team.
Photo credit: Woman's Weekly

4. I had the pleasure of visiting both Wonderwool and Yarndale. Both were amazing, enjoyable and above all, inspiring.

5. I signed a new book deal with Search Press. It's a small book with 20 projects and will be published in October 2016. I can't wait to get started.

6. I designed lots of lovely projects for lots of different Magazines. Many of these made it to the front cover, which is always a proud moment.

 Photo credit: Let's Knit
Photo credit: Art of Knitting

 Photo credit: Woman's Weekly
Photo credit: Woman's Weekly
 Photo credit: Knit Today

  Photo credit: Knit Today
 Photo credit: Let's Get Crafting
7. I proof-read some amazing crochet books by some very talented designers, including Kerry Lord's second amigurumi book, "Edward's Menagerie: Birds" and Sarah Shrimpton's books, "Beginner's Guide to Crochet" and "Extreme Crochet with Chunky Yarn". All published by FW media.
 Photo credit: FW Media
 Photo credit: FW Media
8. I started tech-editing for Simply Crochet Magazine. I had to apply for this job which was quite nerve-racking - but I passed with flying colours - yippee. I've worked on 3 issues so far and I'm looking forward to more in 2016.

9. I've taught lot of ladies to knit or crochet during 2015. It's always a pleasure to teach a new craft or skill to someone and see them take it forward in their own way. In total, I estimate that at the various classes, workshops and events during 2015, I taught almost 200 people to knit or crochet. Fantastic!!

10. I was featured in various magazine articles, with either an interview, top tips or providing knitting or crochet advice. There'll be more of this in 2016, so watch this space. 
Photo credit: Knit Today
These are just a few highlights of my year and I hope you've enjoyed some crafty highlights too. Maybe you've tried a new craft or technique? I'd love to hear about them.

Whatever you get up to in 2016, I hope it's creative and crafty.
Happy New Year, Lynne xx

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