I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas and a fantastic new year. We had a quiet new year, put the kids to bed as normal and then watched a couple of films before heading up to bed shortly after the new year began. This week also marks the end of the first year of Cosy Crochet's blog and I am very excited to have reached here and to have started to build up a regular following. In this post I want to take some time to review the past year, in particular what has been most successful, as well as to share with your my goals and hopes as I enter my second year blogging.
I have taken some time to review all my blog and social media and I have come up with my top 9 most successful crochet items; toy hammocks, toddler rainbow granny dress, dinosaur comforter, my crochet dinosaurs and playmats, animal ponchos (not my design), toddler lacey jacket and toddler gloves.
I am very excited that 8 out of 9 of these items are my own designs and I feel like this therefore confirms that I can design my own crochet patterns and is therefore something I am going to continue to develop this coming year. I also notice they are all child/toddler related too and therefore this is the area I am going to concentrate on too, which brings me to my goals for Cosy Crochet in 2018.
I really enjoyed making the playmats and toys and this is definitely something I have plans to continue to develop this year. In fact I have 3 ideas for different toy series I want to do this year, I won't spoil the surprises, but I am very excited to share them with you when they are finished. I also plan to make some more children's clothing, and possibly some adult clothing too, but my main focus this year is defiantly going to be on the toys.
Another goal I have decided for this year focuses around my own patterns. I have, after much thinking, decided that ALL of my patterns will be available for FREE on my blog. They will of course, not be suitable for printing and will have advertising on them, so if you prefer to have a downloadable ad free, version you can print, then they will be available in my etsy store for a small fee. By offering everything for free I am hoping to direct more traffic to my blog, so be sure to share with your friends so they can also share these patterns. I hope to have all my existing patterns on my blog by the end of January.
I have had a few requests over the last year from people who struggle to read a pattern and would like a video option. I therefore plan to try and make as many videos as I can for my patterns this year. I will work on improving the quality of my videos (I am aware my last was hard to view at times) and will be upload these to my youtube channel. To enable me the time to work on these videos and patterns, I have decided to reduce the amount of blog posts from weekly to biweekly. I hope by doing this to be able to provide you with a free written pattern and a video tutorial every 2 weeks.
Finally as a part of my designing process, I would also like to have a bank of crochet testers available to help when I have finished my designs. If you are a confident crocheter, who has access to mostly worsted/aran weight wool and can confidently read American crochet terms I would be interested in hearing from you. Ideally I would like you to be able to test each item within a maximum of 2 weeks, so you would need to be able to work fairly quickly and not have a ton of other commitments. You would need to be contactable (preferably via Facebook messenger) and understand that as I am based in the UK timezone may mean you will not get an instant reply to questions. If this sounds like something you would like to do then I am looking for around 10-15 people to go on a list to help throughout the year. In return you will obviously get to keep the completed patterns you test.
Above are my 2018 goals for Cosy Crochet and I hope that you will agree with them. As with all my usual posts I would appreciate any feedback you have. If there is something you would like to see, or prefer I did not do, then please let me know either by email or via facebook messenger and I will do my best to try and incorporate it into my plan for this year.
All that remains for this final post of my first year as a crochet blogger is to thank everyone for supporting me on my journey, through reading my blog, trying out my patterns and liking or sharing my content on my social media channels. Thank you so much for everything and please continue with me on my journey into my second year and don't forget to get in touch if you have any ideas or would love to be on my testing bank.
See you next week for my first post of year 2, using up my scrap wool from the past year.