KATE EAST­WOOD COL­UMN

Kate East­wood, the de­signer be­hind our fab sea­sonal wreath cal­en­dar and au­thor of the Just Pootling blog, shares her 2018 ad­ven­tures...

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Look­ing back over the past year, it has, with­out a doubt, been my busiest cro­chet­ing year to date, with my lit­tle hooks hardly be­ing put down be­tween projects! From my own book of cro­cheted projects to Sim­ply Cro­chet ’s 2019 cal­en­dar (in­cluded with the magazine you’re hold­ing), it’s been pretty hec­tic. But I’m ab­so­lutely not com­plain­ing as that’s ex­actly how I like it.

BACK AT THE START

For the past few years I have be­gun each year with a lit­tle self-in­dul­gent cro­chet treat for my­self! I get ev­ery­thing ready to start a new project in that limbo week be­tween Christ­mas and New Year’s Eve, when a lit­tle bit of calm de­scends and there’s time to sit on the sofa, catch up on the Christ­mas tele­vi­sion and re­lax with a bit of cro­chet ther­apy be­fore the real work starts again in the New Year.

2018 was no ex­cep­tion, as I had a lit­tle baby blan­ket on the to do list (see be­low) – with six of the girls at work ex­pect­ing, it was to be the first of many blan­kets slip­ping off my hook in the months ahead.

While the win­ter months are made for lots of cosy cro­chet time, come the end of March I find that I’m long­ing for the ar­rival of spring and a good blast of pas­tel brights. Cro­chet­ing spring flow­ers, egg cup cosies and Easter eggs pro­vides the per­fect op­por­tu­nity to scratch that itch!

SPRING INTO AC­TION

No sooner than the yarny eggs were hooked and the choco­late eggs were eaten, I was fly­ing at full speed into the next cro­chet project. And I have to say, this one pretty much topped any cro­chet make of mine so far – I was con­tacted by CICO Books and asked if I would be in­ter­ested in de­sign­ing and writ­ing a book fea­tur­ing 35 cro­cheted wreaths and gar­lands. Ob­vi­ously I thought long and hard about this (for ooh, at least 2 min­utes) be­fore I said “Yes!” and then be­came com­pletely im­mersed in new ideas, de­signs and the heav­enly job of choos­ing all the yarn to use.

The next few months seemed to ab­so­lutely fly by in a flurry of scrib­bled notes, lists, pat­tern writ­ing and, of course, cro­chet, and I have to say that I can’t be­gin to put into words how thrilled I am with the fin­ished lay­out of the book. The pho­tog­ra­phy and styling has been so beau­ti­fully done and, I hope that as well as be­ing full to burst­ing with nearly ev­ery wreath and gar­land pat­tern you could wish for, the book will also serve as a feast of inspiration for peo­ple to have a go at putting to­gether their own ver­sions to dec­o­rate their homes.

for “By March I’m long­ing the ar­rival of spring and a blast of pas­tel brights”

“The ideas and de­signs were all ready to burst out”

SEA­SONAL INSPIRATION

Now, you’d think that af­ter de­sign­ing a bunch of wreaths for the book I’d be all wreathed out, wouldn’t you? Well, it turns out that, when you need it, inspiration just keeps on com­ing, and so when the idea was put to me about com­ing up with four fab­u­lously sea­sonal wreaths for this year’s Sim­ply Cro­chet cal­en­dar, I didn’t hes­i­tate in say­ing “Yes!”! Such an amaz­ing op­por­tu­nity was not to be missed and so, af­ter a brief break to make an­other baby blan­ket, I was back to the wreaths again and lov­ing ev­ery minute of it. (See the sum­mer one above.)

As we headed into late sum­mer, I had one last com­mis­sion to com­plete – and as this one had been in the pipe­line for some time, the ideas and de­signs were all ready to burst out. The brief was to come up with 24 small Christ­mas dec­o­ra­tions (above left) that could be made on a daily ba­sis dur­ing the month of De­cem­ber. All the pat­terns and ev­ery­thing needed to make each item was to be pack­aged up in The Lit­tle Box of Cro­chet’s Ad­vent Cal­en­dar Box. This too was such a fun project to work on, and won­der­ful to imag­ine all those cro­cheters mak­ing up a new dec­o­ra­tion ev­ery day and feel­ing their fes­tive an­tic­i­pa­tion grow.

CHRIST­MAS IS COM­ING

As they say, time does in­deed fly, and sud­denly here we are hurtling to­wards Christ­mas. Will I be sit­ting qui­etly now that all my projects are done ? No, of course not! I have a 50s-in­spired fes­tive blan­ket on the hook at the mo­ment, and then it will be time to get out all the Christ­mas makes from past years to start dec­o­rat­ing the house, and to de­cide what will be first make of the year for 2019. Keep up with Kate via her blog at just­pootling.blogspot.co.uk or fol­low her on In­sta­gram @just_pootling. Or­der the Ad­vent Cal­en­dar Box at www.lit­tle­box­ofcro­chet.co.uk.

“I be­gin each year with a self-in­dul­gent cro­chet project”

As I write this the last few touches are be­ing added to the book and then it’s due for re­lease in March 2019 (see be­low).

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