2011 has been quite the awesome year hasn’t it?  Hard work, yes, but a year with so much more optimism and hope than the previous years I do believe.

Raymond has enjoyed the year, despite a gruelling trip up North he has discovered an entirely new life, one which involves a roof to climb on and a big backyard to explore.  He had a large territory back in Wellington  but most of it was neighbours backyards and the streets.  Here, he has a whole half acre to play on and is outside most of the day.

I’ve had a few days off and have spent most of it at home, relaxing, trying to settle into a new groove.  I’ve been making baby hats for shop samples…

I love making these, they only take a couple of hours and the instant gratification is great…. One in green and one in blue and a lime green one in the pipeline.

The pattern is over on ravelry so put “baby cabled hat” into the pattern search and up it will come.  Normally I would do it for you but I can’t be bothered today!

A few weeks ago I had a letter in the mail all the way from America with a crochet hook inside it.  Jessica from Sharp Crochet Hook asked me if I would like to review her hook on my blog so of course I said yes… poor Jessica has been so patient waiting for me to get myself together and review her hook!  First I had to find something to make it with, then get the cotton to edge it with, then I finally get around to it, so here we go!

Jessica’s Sharp Crochet Hook has a pointy end so you can crochet through fabric.  Pretty flash right?  I wanted to make a frilly edging on a baby jumpsuit but sadly the hook won’t stab through the doubled up edgings of sleeves, so in the end I did a little picot trim on a pillowcase.

It’s quite fabulous and I can definitely see myself using this hook in the future to trim things like little cotton dresses and pillowcases.  As you can see from the above picture, the hook is very sharp and works like a dream.  I’ve had people ask me how they might crochet borders on commercial items and finally I’ll be able to say “well….!”  I think that someone who sews would get a lot of use out of it.  If you want to try one for yourself, Jessica’s online shop is HERE and she has a lot of photos of what you can do with the hook so it is well worth checking out her website.  Thank you again Jessica!

So 2011.  It’s coming to an end and I thought I might review here my mosaics from the year.  I love looking through them sometimes to see what was going on for me during the month, so humor me as we take a trip through the last 12 months.

January was a fun month I must say, I did the Tongariro Crossing with my Lovely Mum which was a totally life changing experience.  I started to dabble in dyeing and hooked myself silly!

Febuary was the month I honed my skills in knitting on DPNs!  And learned to read a knitting pattern!  previously terrified of patterns my knitting wasn’t really advancing… while I’m not exactly a dare-devil knitter now, I’m much more willing to give it a try than I was back then!

March I must say was such a beautiful month, we were coming into Autumn and as I’m looking at the mosaics I remember walking through the Botannical Gardens with KB… oooh I must say, sometimes I get very homesick for our life back in Wellington!

Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaand… I learned to knit SOCKS!  What a life changing month that was!

April was all about winter coming on it’s way… knitting cowls and other warm gear

May was about socks.  Sooooooooooooooo many pairs of socks.  I do believe I knitted three pairs that month…  Plus I had my one year blogaversary all the way back then too!

And June… aaaah June.  June is my most favourite mosaic I do believe, it is so colourful and bright.  It was the month I learned to spin and I’m telling you, my world brightened up when I learned to spin, sooooooooooooooooooooooo much new potential for colourful happiness opened up and I am still loving the spinning journey six months later.

July of course was all about spinning!  Being that it was a new skill it’s all I wanted to do (other than knit socks) and was luckily the month of the Tour de Fleece so I had a good excuse to spin every day.  I can’t WAIT until next years TDF….

August was my birthday and on that day we met Richie who had just entered the world a few days before….  I love that wee boy so much.  I learned how to dye and woah, there was no stopping me- I went on a two month dyeing bender and now have an enormous box of fleece to spin my way through sitting in my spare bedroom!

Oh yes, and let me not forget the Gypsy Caravan Blanket!

September was still about dyeing and not much else… the Circus Baby Blanket was gifted to my sister for her baby who was still two months away from the world at that stage…

October= spinning, dyeing and socks!  Big surprises there!  New skills however, I leaned to cable and navajo ply, two things I thought I’d never do!

November was ace because not only did I finish studying and get a job I adore, but my niece was born.  Total love at first sight, I adore her and can’t wait to see her in May 2012 when I next go home….

And as for December!  December has been all about change and settling in… A very quiet Christmas and excitement about 2012.  Unfortunately I can’t upload my December mosaic!  Aaaaah!  It is too big for Facebook, Flickr and WordPress so we will have to go without. *insert sad face here*

And as for my resolutions for 2011?  I had three of them.  1. To learn to knit on circular needles- tick!  2. To knit a cable something- tick! And my third was to only purchase NZ handmade for gifts all year.  Aside from a few charity things from Nepal and India for our local wondershop The Himilayan rading Post for KB, I managed it.

Resolutions for next year?  OK, lets go:

1.  Knit the Tappan Zee

2.  Knit a lace scarf (not in lace weight, that can be for 2013) without throwing a massive tantrum!

3.  12 pairs of socks in 2012.  No more than 12, one pair per month is enough. 

4.  Start doing some knit grafitti in my new town.  There is none, nothing at all and I want to remedy this and excite the knitters and crocheters I am yet to meet.

Wishing you all a wonderful end to 2011 and a promising start to 2012.  Raymond and I are going to close our doors on the world for a wee while, we’ve been blogging for 18 months now and need a bit of a rest.  Plus I’m needing a bit of space to find my rhythm in a very different home, we’re sure you understand, and if you don’t, we hope that you respect our need to take a wee break.  So enjoy your January and see you soon!!!

Wishing you much love,










About Crochet with Raymond

I'm a crochet obsessed, reiki master, crystal healing, yoga junkie, counselling student, in a happy long term relationship... and Raymond's mum!
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55 Responses to 2011

  1. Colleen says:

    I love your blog, your crochet, and, especially, Raymond (as I have a Flame Point Siamese) and wish you a very Happy New year🙂

  2. Liz says:

    Oh…I love this post. Your projects are just gorgeous. I love the socks. I want to make some…I’m such a slow, terrible knitter, but I may just try. Thanks for sharing all the beautimous pics:)

  3. kashi says:

    Good luck to you Alice, I do hope you come back to your blog. This has been quite a year for you. Take all the time you need to adjust and enjoy your new life. I hope you come back, but if not then good luck and I will see you on Ravelry. Take care of yourself and Raymond and KB. Best wishes, Kashi.

  4. Penelope says:

    Dearest Alice what a great post to end a great year! I too am about to embark on a bit of a break as i enter the new year with going back to full time employment my spare time will be precious and my Alice will always come first. So here is to a very special new beginnings and a new year for you KB and of course Raymond xox I look forward to our popping into each others blogs every now and again xox Penelope

  5. Sarah says:

    Wonderful post! Here’s to an amazing 2012 *raises a glass*


  6. 'me' says:

    i’m gonna miss you in blogland, but i can wait !
    enjoy !

  7. Raymond looks very happy on that roof! Thanks for sharing the mosaics and I love your goals for 2012 – especially the part about not having a massive tantrum – that definitely makes it more challenging🙂.

  8. crochetingdoc says:

    A very happy 2012 to you too Alice! I hope that everything goes great for you, that you keep being creative and happy and that your new home is everything you’ve all wished for!

  9. Annemiek says:

    Beautiful mosaics! Raymond is being very cute in every appearance🙂
    Well… good luck to you, KB and Raymond and all the best for 2012! Enjoy your well deserved break from blogland and I’ll read again when you come back.

  10. Hannah says:

    Thank you for all the beauty you have shared with us. Take care of yourself. I am wishing you much happiness.

  11. meredithjean says:

    What a year, what an 18 months. You share and give Alice, and when you receive, you share that too. Have a brilliant January together nesting. Much love xxxxxxx

  12. Joya Roy says:

    Happy New Year, Alice and Raymond and KB of course! Thanks for sharing your journey with us. You deserve all the break you need, do take it!

  13. Raymond! You get down off there!!!!
    A beautiful collage and beautiful baby hats. Happy New Year!

  14. Helen says:

    Your blogs are a lovely to read and lovely to look at and are a constant source of inspiration (particularly when trying to work out how to mix and match colours). Enjoy the time together in your new home, fitting into your new lifestyle, and we’ll all be here waiting avidly for updates when you decide to come back.
    xXx Helen

  15. Alyson says:

    Congratulations on a year well-done! I’ve been following your blog for over a year, and you and Raymond have become such a part of my life. I always look forward to reading up on your latest adventures. You’ve inspired me to try so much- breaking me out of my crochet-only shell. I even mastered sock-knitting, which is something I never expected to do. Thank you so much for inviting all of us yarny folk into your life and sharing your skills with us. Enjoy your hiatus; I’ll be looking forward to your next post! Love and hugs from the US!

  16. How on earth to you create so much. I mean if I go by your pictures the output must be terrific. I enjoy the brilliant colours. Do you just do squares and later on decide what to do with them? I hope you will now include knitting in your blog because I like knitting as well as crochet. My resolution for January is to be productive. To actually do more than read about things. I want to get all my gifts done by next Christmas.
    Thanks for inspiring me and enjoy your rest.

  17. PJ Silver says:

    I’m loving your blog(actually I just found it a few weeks ago) and You are really inspiring me. Enjoy your “time off” and rest up! We’ll all be waiting for you when you decide you’ve had enough Rest & Relaxation!

  18. Irene says:

    I’m a new reader and I love your colorful projects! 2011 sounds like it was a fabulous year. I wish you a great 2012.

  19. D Markey says:

    Boy! What a year you have had. It’s been a momentus one. I’ll miss reading your blog. Your colorful combinations have really inspired me and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed it. I wish you, KB and Raymond the very best in 2012! Enjoy your lovely new life! Thank you.

  20. Thank you so much for charing your colourful life! Good luck in the future, with Raymond and new friends in a new surrounding!

  21. Irene says:

    I love your blog! However, I do understand that a break is needed sometime, so I hope you will enjoy your time off, and that you will return eventually. I will most certainly be waiting for new posts.

    A Happy New 2012!

  22. Lisa says:

    I love the mosaic pictures – the colours are fantastic . I want to compose similar for my year’s craft work – what did software/site did you use to make yours ? -sorry I,m not very computer savvy – a 2012 goal is to become more so!

  23. Planet Penny says:

    What a beautiful colourful post, I remember all those pictures as if they were yesterday, I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone. Have a good break and find the rhythm of your new life and I’ll look forward to seeing you back here soon. Have a wonderful year xxx

  24. delphine says:

    I’ll miss reading your enthousiasm but well…. I’ll re-read the previous posts!!!
    Have a wonderful new year
    Avec mon affection

  25. Lisa says:

    What a lovely colourful, inspiring post! I’ll really miss your blog and Raymond, have a good break and a great start to 2012 – looking forward to seeing the finished Tappan Zee. Lisa x

  26. Terrie says:

    Happy New Year my lovely! You’ve had a fantastic crafty year and here’s to the next! You’ve also been an amazingly consistent blogger for the past 18 months – I’m not surprised you need some time to recharge and refresh. Enjoy! x

  27. Tanne says:

    Happy New Year to you and yours. I’ll miss your posts no doubts but wish you a well earned break from blogland.🙂 Thank you for always sharing in abundance – I just love your blog. Good luck with your new life and settling in.
    x Tanne🙂

  28. amandaspatch says:

    How lovely to look back! I missed a lot this year, so reviews help me catch up on what everyone has been up to. Enjoy your blogging break xx

  29. Beautiful post Alice, loved going thru the mosaics again…it all seems like just yesterday you showed us those things and here we are almost in 2012! Glad you and KB and Raymondo have settled into the new place, look at that boy climb, he loves heights doesn’t he! Good luck with the new job, taking time out is good. If blogging is not fun then stop for a while, you must feel a lot of pressure with all the followers and success your blog has had. BTW thanks for the tip on the Sharp Crochet Hook, I bought one…it will be perfect for all those sewing jobs that need a pretty edge.

    Best wishes for happiness and health and blessings to you and KB for 2012. Enjoy the break and we will see you when we see you xx

  30. I also have the sharp hook and have done the same border on a pillowcase it came out well i was pleased with it. Look forward to reading your future blogs and wish you lots of good health and luck for the new year all the way from the wild west of Ireland County Mayo xx

  31. All the best for 2012 for you all – enjoy your break, look forward to your blog posts when you return!

    If you open your latest mosaic in paint, you can resize it so you can upload it on here (and give us more to swoon at!)


  32. Robin says:

    Lovely post Alice! Enjoy your break and see you when you come back! Blessings to you and KB and of course Raymond.

  33. mary i says:

    oh yes I will miss you and yours.. but understand the need for a break. looking over your past year; you have come a long way. What a path you have traveled….Get some rest. looking forward to seeing you again with renewed spirit. You have been a great joy to me and others I am sure.Enjoy your summer as in Alabama it is getting COLD!!! See ya’ll later…..

  34. Julie says:

    I hope 2012 brings you many happy times in your home and lots of wonderful adventures for Raymond too.

  35. Charis Griffin says:

    Enjoy your break, you have certainly earned it-what a productive year! Just don’t stay away too long-we will all miss your colours,your inspiration-and of course pictures of Raymond! I hope 2012 is a very good year for you.

  36. Barbara Reichard says:

    Thank you for sharing for the ast 18 oths. Enjoy your break. I enjoy your blog so much, the color makes me smile and leaves me happy for the day. Happy New Year.
    Best regards, Barbara

  37. Melissa says:

    What a lovely post. This has been such a huge year of change for you. Thank you for sharing your journey with me🙂

  38. Enjoy your break – but come back soon!

  39. penelope10 says:

    Such a full and rich year, 2011! Alot of changes.
    Raymond looks so damn cute on that roof! Enjoy your new home and I’ll miss you all, but look forward to seeing you again soon!
    Such glorious colour!

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  41. Karisma Fine says:

    A year filled with such loveliness. As I scrolled down I remembered certain posts but the best was the one with that beautiful baby. Oh so adorable!!!!! Made me smile big time. Hope you have a wonderful break and thank you for the hook review. I think I shall have to get me one of those. I have some smaller hooks but have always wanted a bigger one so it looks perfect. Happy New Year to you lovely. Bright blessings. XoXoXo

  42. Heather says:

    What a lovely, colour-filled year you have had. Enjoy your well earned break – look forward to you picking up your blog again soon🙂
    (I must get on to my 2011 summary posts … one of my resolutions was to do a mosaic for each month. I managed 4. Oh well …)

  43. Joanna says:

    What a lovely look back over the year – so colourful and inspiring. Have a good break. Happy New Year xx

  44. Neulisti says:

    I’m loving your blog. This is such great color therapy.

  45. bridgirl says:

    Love the blog Alice it was such a colour rush – brilliant!
    Have a Very Happy New Year and all the best in 2012.

  46. Sharon Attwells says:

    Thank you so much for blogging with us for the last 18 months. You are such an inspiration to me and I am going to miss your posts. Finding your blog inspired me to pick up my hook and start crocheting again after 20 plus years. Thank you for helping to remember how much I loved crocheting.
    Please enjoy your “time off” but please come back to us……we need bloggers like you.

    All the best

    • Toni says:

      Hi Alice, I have never left a comment before, ( all this internet stuff isn’t really me, but one day I discovered your blog) I love reading it, its so inspiring ( my partner built me a seat from recycled sleepers very similar to your old one, so it’s not just the knitting and crochet) and just wanted to let you know I will really miss it, yours and attic24 are the only two I read and enjoy!!!! What will I read now, please come back, Toni

  47. Louise says:

    Thank you for sharing your beautifull coulours and talent. It’s always a pleasure to come and read your new posts. I’ll miss it but i’ll be patient ! wish you the best for 2012.
    And my loving regards (can you saiy that?) to Raymond

  48. all4meggymoo says:

    wow such an inspirational post, looking back over your year, i feel all inspired by your work. I love reading your blog and feeling all inspired by you.
    What a year you have had.
    Good luck to you and your family and I hope you have a fab break. I look forward to seeing your future posts.

  49. Txankla says:

    My and my cats will miss you and Raymond!!!! It´s been a pleasure learn to knit with you, and to notice that many people in the world don´t celebrate christmas!!!!! but everybody needs a break, enjoy yours!!!!
    A big hug from the north hemisphere!!!

  50. Dearest Alice,
    So happy to hear your starting to settle in. Your blog was amazing today. I really loved all the pics. Take all the rest you need, you deserve it. And enjoy your January also. Hope the job goes well and you get lots of hooky and knitting done to your hearts content. Enjoy.
    Misty and Pets.

  51. I’ve enjoyed looking through your year in pictures, I’ve just done something similar. I found it rather time consuming but most satisfying. It’s lovely to look back on the year and see so many colourful achievements.
    Wishing you a very creative and happy 2012…

  52. Claudia says:

    Happy New Year for you, Alice!
    I´d like to say a huge Thank You for bringing so many beautiful things to my life! Your posts are full of energy and good vibration! Your colours and your words can bring a smile to my face in a second!🙂
    Hope to see you soon!
    Best regards here from Brazil.

  53. Jill_R says:

    Wow! That year has passed so quickly, I remember looking at some of those projects “just yesterday” as the sayong goes. 🙂
    I hope you and KB have a great new year in your new place too! Here’s to the best 2012!

  54. Gabriela says:

    Hi!!! I would like to tell you that your cat drives me crazy!!!!!
    I love Raymond!
    I also love your crochet…. but Raymond is amazing!!!!

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