While 2016 might not have been our favourite year in terms of personal lives, political happenings and celebrity deaths, it was a great year for us professionally. We were super busy releasing new patterns, building our business, forging great partnerships and meeting lots of you at shows. Here is our round up of 2016 and a sneak peek at 2017 will bring for The Crochet Project.
February saw the launch of our first ever book collaboration, Crochet Yeah!. We couldn't have picked a better collaborator than Rachel Coopey who provided beautiful yarn and great inspiration for the collection of accessories.
Crochet Yeah! Six accessories.
In April we added Riley, the 4ply/fingering weight version, to the aran/worsted weight Saunders Sock pattern to make it an ebook and printed leaflet.
We took the long trip to Wales to meet lots of you at Wonderwool and launch our collection of cardigans, Three From the Top. It was our most ambitious book to date with three cardigans sized from baby to 60in chest. With four pairs of eyes tech editing and a proof reader, we made it with only a couple of small issues popping up since launch!
Three From The Top. Three cardigan patterns.
Summer was all about the shawls. May saw the launch of the very popular Contour Shawl. We are so thrilled to see that there are now more than 60 beautiful projects on Ravelry. In July we launched the beautiful Flag Iris shawl that Kat designed for her Mom. And August saw the launch of Yealm, in collaboration with Kettle Yarn Co for their Baskerville collection.
From L to R: Contour Shawl, Flag Iris Shawl, Yealm Shawl.
In September we headed to Yarndale. Thank you so much to everyone who came to see us there and made it such a fun and rewarding show to be at. We launched our third (3rd!!?!!) book of the year at Yarndale. Raw is a collaboration with Blacker Yarns and we were thrilled to work with them to promote the best of undyed British Breed wools.
Raw: Two garments and four accessories.
Never ones to rest, we launched Trailing Wake in October quickly followed by a four piece mini collection of DK weight accessories, called The Warmer Project, in early November to launch at Yarnporium.
The Warmer Project. Four accessories, available individually or as a bundle.
We rounded the year off by releasing the Humbug Scarf. Which was our fastest selling pattern ever! What a great end to this busy year!
So what of 2017?
We have a shawl all ready to release in January so expect some sneak peeks of that soon on instagram.
In March we will be at Edinburgh Yarn Festival, hoping to meet lots of you there. We will be launching the long awaited third book in our The Shawl Project Series. It contains patterns designed for one 100g skein of 4ply plus a set of mini skeins if you want to get stashing (or stash diving if that is all your new year's resolutions allow!)
We do have some exciting plans a bit further into the year too, but we'll keep those a surprise for now.
We wish you a very Happy New Year
Joanne and Kat.