Monday, December 31, 2012

Crochet and Other Stuff in 2012

Goodbye 2012! I look back and am thankful for all the good things that happened, and though there were bad things too, it just leaves so much room for improvement :)

So now crochet lives on to 2013!...talking about my kind of crochet, alive in this blog ;)
Hopefully I will have many more to offer in terms of new designs, for sale and free patterns, and projects to share.
But first here's a rundown of what came in 2012.

- came from different sources and some were surprises :)

In January, I received Manos del Uruguay Serena yarns for my design submission to Interweave Crochet Summer 2012.

I ordered more Cannon threads this year to stock-up on threads, mostly blue shades for my consignment projects...though the project went well, I didn't have time to make items on a regular basis...I'd rather focus on my designs and creating personal accessories to use instead of buying at stores.

Some of the cotton and bamboo threads I bought from Crochetgal on Etsy. I want to have more of these threads since its the practical choice for wearables for our tropical climate.

Southmaid Cotton 8, a sportweight cotton yarn from HandmadebyBheng. I've bought some of these to try, then I also swapped some of my Anchor size 10 threads for some more ;)

These yarns and more, I got from crochet buddies when we met up last Nov. 23. More details here.

A surprise yarn package from my son when he came home from Baguio. These are simply called Baguio yarns by our crochet group, since these are unlabled, unbranded, and made of assorted materials.

These luxurious silk/cotton/bamboo yarns are my first order from Fe (The Pinklady's Closet) in Singapore. I'm surely tempted to buy more high quality yarns from her.

- I started the year with 458 projects in my Rav notebook and ended with 524. Here are some of my favorites:

Cotton thread scrunchies made from Moira's pattern...interesting stitch pattern.

 Puppy Cellphone cases...hope to be able to finish the pattern.

Coin Purse made from my cellphone purse pattern...planning to make more in assorted colors and sizes :p

 This custom-made tunic took a while to also my size so I got to try it on ;)
Experimented with a crochet insert...would like to practice more and improve on this technique.

 My best bag project so far! Just had to whip up this celebrity style bag...inspired also by our crochet group's crochet-along. (more details here)

This top, and more projects in my Nov. 2012 post.

This and more in my Dec. 2012 post.

- 10 patterns were added to my designer's page on Ravelry:
Teeny Tiny Heart - free pattern
Striped Shells Glass Cozy - free pattern
Jar topper/doily - free pattern
T-shirt shrug with crochet insert - free instruction
Lauren Sweater - published in Interweave Crochet Summer 2012
Oval Basket - published in Crochet Calendar 2013
Pineapple Motif Earring - free crochet chart
Going Around in Circles Bracelet - published in Crochet Calendar 2013
Flower doily/jar topper - free pattern
Jellyfish Earrings - free pattern

Crochet Buddies!
- a  much-anticipated meetup of crochet friends...
 This year we've experienced more interaction and support for each other, thanks to Ravelry and Facebook.

Year-end Stats
Lastly, some end of year comparisons...though no dramatic changes occurred, I'm so thankful for the positive feedback from sales, increased income from Ads, and increased followers in my blog and Facebook page.
Thank you family, friends and followers, for helping me continue to do what I love to do :)
Thank you Google, Inc.and Interweave Crochet!


  1. It looks like you had a nice 2012, Mimi. I think the thing that would be the most fun for me would be the Crochet friend Meet-Up. That looks so fun. Congratulations on all your new patterns. :)

  2. Thanks Tina :)
    You're right...we had so much fun, and hope the next meet-up will be same or even more successful. ;)

  3. I hope that 2013 is a wonderful year for you! Happy Crocheting! :)

  4. What a great year it's been for you, Mimi, congratulations!

  5. Thanks Kimberly, have a wonderful 2013 too :)))

  6. Thanks Cat! Hope we'll have more crafting and bonding time this year :)


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