2015: The year in review

The past few days I have been working to bring order to the area that serves as my crochet office, and as I have sorted through my myriad projects (both done and not yet done), I have had ample time to reflect on what I have accomplished and what I have yet to do.

I spent most of January working on a project I came to call “Rhapsody in Gray.” I had meant for it to be a Christmas present for the previous year, but as often happens during the holidays, I got behind on my projects, and I packed up the few squares I had finished, wrapped them up, and gave those as a sort of Christmas present promise.

Then, during what ended up being a long alternately snowy and icy January, I worked the squares, stitch by stitch, and just three days into February, it was officially, “ta-done”:

All joined with the ends woven in and trimmed
All joined with the ends woven in and trimmed

All that working in one color (and a neutral at that!), left me wanting to crochet in every color of the rainbow, and there were two as yet unfinished projects that presented themselves to me.

The first was inspired by a delightful crochet elephant pattern that prompted me to work toward crocheting 101 elephants in honor of my fourth grade self’s favorite joke book. I have yet to finish the elephants, but I do have all of the pieces in one shoebox waiting for me to return and finish it:

Blocking eighteen crochet elephants
Blocking eighteen crochet elephants

The other motif that captured my imagination and hooks was a boho crochet heart. I had no particular plan in mind, and the project morphed from these two hearts:

Two crochet boho hearts
Two crochet boho hearts

to this not-quite-completed boho heart mandala:

The boho heart mandala with all of the pieces joined
The boho heart mandala with all of the pieces joined

Somewhere in there, I decided I needed a granny square bag, and I began by making the first round of the granny squares:

A future granny square bag
A future granny square bag

At the time I had no idea where I was going with these bits, but eventually, I finished not one bag, but three:

And then there were three
And then there were three

The next big thing to come along was a crochet tension regulator. I had seen one on Facebook and decided it was just what I needed to keep my tension more regular. So I made one for myself:

A crochet regulator ready for action
A crochet regulator ready for action

and documented it with this tutorial.

The crochet tension regulator was a tremendous help (and saved my left index finger) as I worked on two granny square baskets to help me organize stuff. I finished the first one sometime in May:

An overview of the finished basket
An overview of the finished basket

and began work on the second while I was on the road to Huntsville to take my youngest son to Space Camp:

My second granny square basket gets a bit bigger
My second granny square basket gets a bit bigger

By late June I began to wrestle with entropy, and in my efforts to organize myself, I made a “good enough” corner-to-corner shelf liner:

My good enough shelf liner
My good enough shelf liner

and then, with my fourth practically perfect bag still not completed, I began work on a fifth inspired by my cousin Lois’s interest in flamingos:

The first flamingo square with the fabrics that will line it
The first flamingo square with the fabrics that will line it

Then I set everything aside and worked to finish a shawl for my mother’s long-lost cousin:

A shawl in need of blocking
A shawl in need of blocking

and then, in celebration of Shark Week, I devised this (to my mind) delightfully impudent shark flower:

My debut shark flower
My debut shark flower

By now, it was time to start on my state fair project, an afghan dedicated to my paternal grandmother’s voice, and despite working on it as much as time would permit, I only got this far by the state fair deadline:

All of the pieces so far
All of the pieces so far

I continued work on my state fair project after the deadline past, but eventually, I set it aside and worked on writing the pattern for a baby cookie blanket. Here is how the blanket came out:

A cookie baby blanket, blocked and ready to to go
A cookie baby blanket, blocked and ready to to go

Next, I made myself a Josef Alber’s inspired poncho, because I could:

The front of my completed color study poncho
The front of my completed color study poncho

The year has gone by so fast, and I have gotten a lot of things done, but as with every year, there is still so much left to be done.

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4 thoughts on “2015: The year in review

  1. Happy New Year! Those granny square bags are a joyful symphony of colour!
    I enjoy the glorious colours – I love the combinations you have used and they make the world brighter. I feel good just for having seen them on my screen today.
    On the other hand, your Rhapsody in Gray is elegant with its even crochet and regular patterns. You have chosen a lovely shade of grey – not too dark, not too light – perfect for showing off the texture of your stitch pattern. Your State Fair project is fascinating. I will continue to visit your blog to watch the progress of it. Good luck with this year’s fair, perhaps. Better late than never!
    May 2016 bring you lots of creative inspiration.
    Cheers!

  2. I think you finished one more piece last year… my purple hug-from-mom shawl!
    I wear it all the time now. Thank you for finding me crochet-worthy! And making me feel so special. Happy New Year, Leslie, and Happy New Projects in 2016

  3. I have so enjoyed reading your blog and seeing your projects come together (or not!) in 2015, and I am looking forward to being inspired by you in 2016! Thanks for inviting us along on your crochet journey!

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