2021 EyeLoveKnots Year in Review including the Top 10 posts for the year, and a rewind including 39 free crochet patterns and one knitting pattern.
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A couple years ago, I shared my 2019 New Year’s Resolution list. I haven’t made a new one since, but I still have it on my fridge as these points as are still relevant as each year comes. Since I now share yarn related posts here on EyeLoveKnots, and everything else On Rockwood Lane, I’m just going to touch on the yarn stuff here. You’ll also find the Top 10 posts for the year, and a rewind if you missed any.
Does anyone here watch Good Bones on HGTV? It’s one of my favorite shows. I wish Mina, Karen and the team lived close enough to come redo my home. We won’t get into that though – haha! They had a more recent episode where they renovated and set up their own store and cafe. I took notes along the way, and really appreciated the figures they shared, and the journey each step of the way. I still dream of having a shop of my own one day with a little cafe with endless delicious coffee and cookies. That’s where it sits right now. I don’t think anything will come of this dream this year, but something I would love to see come to life in the future so I will continue to have it on my list, and work towards it.
In the mean time, I do have a booth at America’s Antique Mall in Melbourne, Florida. You can follow what’s new in the shop on the OnRockwoodLaneShop Instagram, and if you’re visiting, just ask for seller “ELK”. I just added these adorable yarn robins that my uncle cut out, and my aunt put together, and sent me. You can also shop on Etsy, or on eBay.
Finish More Projects
This goal doesn’t mean a larger number of projects than previously, but to finish more of the projects I start. I always end up with a lot of projects in my WIP bin, and post drafts. We’re ending 2021 with 155 drafts. Now, I will have something to compare to at the end of next year.
I’m also hoping to bring on some behind the scenes help this year so I can take more time to just make more. I miss how crafty and motivated I used to be before I started blogging, and want to get back to making more.
Each year, my goal is to publish 2 ebooks. This year, I shared Let’s Crochet Some Coasters, Vol 1. I was mostly itching to get one published, and so I put this one together. I am still struggling with the fact that the stitch patterns don’t match that of my other three: Let’s Crochet Some Soap Cozies, Let’s Crochet Some Washcloths & Let’s Crochet Some Scarves.
I may end up altering the ebook later, but that’s not number one priority for me right now. I am two hat designs short of a new ebook to match the scarves so keep your eyes peeled for that in the next couple months. For now, you can check out the free crochet patterns the first 4 each in 7 sizes: Dylan Claire Beanie, Haylee Beanie, Grace Tinley Beanie, & Suzette Beanie.
Use Up Stash
This is something I haven’t done a great job of this year. I have tons and tons of yarn, and most have been sitting in my stash for years. I bought quite a bit of Bernat Blanket Yarn, added A LOT of Emma’s Yarn Comfy Cotton DK and Emma’s Yarn Washable Worsted and WeCrochet Dishie, and a little bit of WeCrochet Swish, and pretty much abandoned all the other yarn in my stash. Oops!
A few months ago, my mom gave me an old entertainment she no longer wanted for her home. I painted it, and rehomed my yarn collection. I haven’t shared any photos yet, but I am so in love with it, and that all my yarn is grouped together. It’s really helped me not buy more yarn since doing it, and I pulled out three boxes worth of yarn that I no longer want. I’ve hosted a few yarn giveaways this year, and I plan on hosting more this coming year starting with one for yarn dying – keep an eye out for this one soon.
Before I move on, I just want to touch on these yarns. I’ve been going through a bit of a yarn crisis the past couple years upset with yarns that just aren’t durable. I want a great yarn that will stand the test of time, especially for the amount of time invested, and wear and tear on my body. That is one reason I have been working with these yarns more:
Bernat Blanket Yarn is such a great yarn. If you haven’t tried it, I highly recommend it. I wish they had other weights because I know I could definitely use a worsted weight version for so many projects. This yarn is soft, cozy and durable. I can’t tell you how happy I am to have a yarn that wears, and machine washes and dries beautifully. It’s perfect for blankets, like my Super Chunky Striped Shay Afghan, Gia Afghan and Through the Window Afghan, but also excellent for rugs, like my Super Chunky Shay Hallway Runner, which will not be my only one, and even cozy accessories, like my Super Chunky Kinsley Blake Scarf.
Emma’s Yarn Comfy Cotton DK is a beautiful wool and cotton blend, and Emma’s Yarn Washable Worsted is a lovely merino wool yarn. Both of these are hand dyed in Winter Haven, Florida, and sold at Four Purls Yarn Shop. This yarn shop may be a little over an hours drive for me, but the feeling I get just stepping foot in the shop is well worth the visit. Check out my 2019 visit. I’ve admired these yarns and all the amazing colorways for years, but this was my first year getting to work with the yarns. I don’t have any designs published yet, but I do have a floral cardigan that will be ready soon, and I started a sweater that I think I’ll be frogging to become a shawl. I have found no other yarn close to the Comfy Cotton DK, and I can’t wait to work with that one more. Perfect Florida yarn.
WeCrochet Dishie is 100% cotton. Before, I used Lily Sugar n Cream for all my 100% cotton projects. My only complaint is that the color is not set in this yarn. There are ways you can set it with vinegar and salt. I am always real with you guys – I do not have it in me to do this each time I make something, not to mention that in my research, I’ve found some colors just don’t set with this method. I would not mind paying a little more money for Lily Sugar n Cream to have the color already set, but since that isn’t available, I dug into WeCrochet Dishie. It’s got great reviews, and lots of happy makers so I went big, and ordered the Complete Dishie Value Pack, which has 1 skein of each color. I figured it would last me a while, and I could see all the colors in person. It’s a lighter worsted weight yarn a bit more similar to Crafters Secret Cotton from Hobby Lobby. It is a bit of a change, but has resulted in some great projects that I am confident in the color which is the peace of mind I was looking for. I’ve worked 13 projects up in Dishie already – see them all here.
WeCrochet Swish is 100% merino wool. My previous worsted weight go-to has been Lion Brand Wool Ease. Swish is very similar, but comes in more colors, and feels slightly different because Wool Ease is a wool and acrylic blend. Swish has stolen my heart this year. It’s soft, not itchy at all, and so cozy – in the beanies I’ve made with it, it feels like it’s just hugging you, and it’s wonderful. It’s machine washable and dryable – I always wash on gentle in cold water, and dry on low heat, which I love. Can’t wait to use this yarn more this coming year. Check out all my Swish designs.
I started a YouTube channel this year for this EyeLoveKnots blog, and I have been having a blast. My first experience trying to do videos made me hate it and the editing, but I found a really easy to use program on my computer, and after making several videos, am much more comfortable filming. I am slowly working on adding videos for older patterns, and trying my best to make videos for new projects as I go. I am really proud of myself for getting the channel started, and keeping up with videos.
I put together a post On Rockwood Lane showing How to Start a New YouTube Channel.
I also started a new blog this year – TunisianCrochetPatterns. I did it on a whim, and haven’t really had the time to dedicate much to it yet, but you’ll find the free crochet pattern for this washcloth in 3 sizes. I’m going to make it more of a priority this coming year, and work on building it up, and videos as well.
In starting this new blog, I put together a post On Rockwood Lane of 10 Things to do When You Start a New Blog.
Top 10 Posts of 2021
- Women’s Quick and Easy Slipper Socks (shown above) – Free Crochet Pattern in 9 Sizes
- How to Fairly Price Your Crocheted & Knitted Pieces
- Kid’s Quick and Easy Slipper Socks – Free Crochet Pattern
- Grace Tinley Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern in 7 Sizes
- Ila’s Table Runner – Free Crochet Pattern
- Starry Night Pocket Shawl – Crochet Pattern Review
- 20 Free Headband Crochet Patterns
- Ribbed Granny Stitch Cowl – Free Crochet Pattern
- Men’s Quick and Easy Slipper Socks – Free Crochet Pattern in 13 Sizes
- Basic C2C Washcloth – Free Crochet Pattern in 2 Sizes
I’ll break it all down below, but if you’d like to get my EyeLoveKnots 2021 Collection of Crochet & Knit Patterns, you can grab a copy on Ravelry, and on Etsy.
- Little Pebbles Earwarmer – Free Crochet Pattern in 4 Sizes
- 20 Free Cozy Touch of Alpaca Crochet Patterns
- Cliffcrest Cable Cowl – Crochet Pattern Review
- 18″ C2C Alphabet Afghan Square – Free Crochet Pattern all 26 Letters
- Starry Night Pocket Shawl – Crochet Pattern Review
- C2C Enamored Heart Afghan Square – Free Crochet Pattern
- How to Double Crochet – Photo Tutorial
- How to C2C in HDC – Photo Tutorial
- 18″ C2C Alphabet Throw Pillow with Shell Edging – Free Crochet Pattern
- Two Enamored Hearts Washcloth – Free Crochet Pattern in 2 Sizes
- Zombie Dog – Crochet Pattern Review
- C2C Alphabet Wall Hanging – Free Crochet Pattern all 26 Letters
- Peace Out Poncho – Crochet Pattern Review
- C2C Leprechaun Hat Washcloth – Free Crochet Pattern in 2 Sizes
- Crafty Cactus Pillow – Crochet Pattern Review
- St. Patrick’s Day Endless Summer Wreath – Free Crochet Pattern
- Vanessa Tee – Crochet Pattern Review
- Woodbury Poncho – Crochet Pattern Review
- Coboo Top – Crochet Pattern Review
- Pistachio Poncho – Crochet Pattern Review
- Sheryl Tee – Crochet Pattern Review
- Book Review: Build Your Skills Crochet Tops
- Sunset Sweater – Crochet Pattern Review
- Honey the Hedgehog – Crochet Pattern Review
- Faye’s Lightweight Toadstool – Free Crochet Pattern
- Ribbed Granny Stitch Cowl – Crochet Pattern Review
- Crochet Bunny Hat – Crochet Pattern Review
- Gwendolyn Doily – Free Crochet Pattern
- Volume One Hand Towel – Free Crochet Pattern
- 20 Free Headband Crochet Patterns
- C2C Window Pane Square – Free Crochet Pattern in 3 Sizes
- 30 Spring Gift Ideas for Yarn Lovers Under $40
- C2C Window Pane Throw Pillow – Free Crochet Pattern
- Bucket Bag Beauty – Crochet Pattern Review
- Dara Table Runner – Free Crochet Pattern
- Shay Collar – Free Crochet Pattern
- Crocheted Apple – Crochet Pattern Review
- Mock Cable Diamond Pillow – Crochet Pattern Review
- Lily’s Floral Mug Rug – Free Crochet Pattern
- 20 Etsy Earring Crochet Patterns
- Lily’s Floral Gift Card Holder – Free Crochet Pattern
- May Flowers Bralette – Crochet Pattern Reviews
- Lily’s Floral Rectangle Doily – Free Crochet Patterns
- 20 Etsy Boho Crochet Patterns
- Cross Pollination Bag – Crochet Pattern Review
- Boho Towel Ring – Crochet Pattern Review
- Aurora Wall Hanging – Crochet Pattern Review
- Crossbody Canteen Bag – Crochet Pattern Review
- Haylee Hand Towel – Free Crochet Pattern
- Rad Rayon Baby Donegal – Crochet Pattern Review
- Dip-Dyed Cosmetic Bag – Crochet Pattern Review
- Seeing Stars Hand Towel – Free Crochet Pattern
- Tea Rose Spa Set – Crochet Pattern Review
- Amaze Me Soap Cozy – Free Crochet Pattern
- Ice Cream Cozy – Crochet Pattern Review
- The Balm Lip Balm Holder – Crochet Pattern Review
- Taryn Soap Cozy or Small Gift Bag – Free Tunisian Crochet Pattern
- The Topaz Tee – Crochet Pattern Review
- Pineapple Soap Cozy or Small Gift Bag – Free Crochet Pattern
- Watermelon Slice Applique – Free Crochet Pattern
- Tablet Wedge – Crochet Pattern Review
- Dip-Dyed Sunglass Pouch – Free Crochet Pattern
- Cozy Plant Hanger – Crochet Pattern Review
- 20 Free Apple Crochet Patterns
- Hatching Hamster – Crochet Pattern Review
- Apple Soap Cozy or Small Gift Bag – Free Crochet Pattern
- Houndstooth Sweater – Crochet Pattern Review
- Daphne the Dolphin – Crochet Pattern Review
- Easy Apple Wreath – Free Crochet Pattern
- Twisted Hoody Poncho – Crochet Pattern Review
- C2C Fall Vibes Square – Free Crochet Pattern
- Granny Square Poncho – Crochet Pattern Review
- Shay Coasters – Free Crochet Pattern
- Peace Sign Afghan Square – Crochet Pattern Review
- Berry Beautiful Pumpkin – Crochet Pattern Review
- Striped Dylan Claire Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern in 7 Sizes
- Whimsical Pumpkin Coaster – Free Crochet Pattern
- Meadow Cup Cozy – Crochet Pattern Review
- Texture Block Cowl – Crochet Pattern Review
- Saguaro Cactus Coaster – Free Crochet Pattern
- Potted Saguaro Cactus – Free Crochet Pattern
- Mountain Landscape Wall Hanging – Crochet Pattern Review
- 20 Stylecraft Special Aran Free Crochet Patterns
- Haylee Beanie – Free Crochet Pattern in 7 Sizes
- 20 Cat & Dog Bed Free Crochet Patterns
- Harvest Bobble Accent Rug – Crochet Pattern Review
- Tooth Fairy Pillow – Crochet Pattern Review
- Super Chunky Shay Hallway Runner – Free Crochet Pattern in 2 Sizes
- 30 Free Turkey Crochet Patterns
- Carl Cardigan – Crochet Pattern Review
- 30 Etsy Turkey Crochet Patterns
- 15 Moon Themed Free Crochet Patterns
- Super Chunky Striped Shay Afghan – Free Crochet Pattern in 11 Sizes
- Crocheted Turkey – Crochet Pattern Review
- Tinysaurus – Crochet Pattern Review
- C2C Snowman Hat Washcloth – Free Crochet Pattern in 2 Sizes
- Super Chunky Kinsley Blake Scarf – Free Knitting Pattern
- 20 Free Christmas Gnome Crochet Patterns
- You Can Cope Sweater – Crochet Pattern Review
- 25 Etsy Angel Crochet Patterns
- 50 Free Snowflake Crochet Patterns
- Fair Isle Gansey Cowl – Crochet Pattern Review
- Haylee Sashay Scarf – Free Crochet Pattern in 4 Sizes
- EyeLoveKnots 2021 Collection of Crochet & Knit Patterns
- Winter Wonderland Snowman – Crochet Pattern Review
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