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Monday, January 02, 2017

Wow what a year!

I thought I'd split my review of 2016 into two parts: professional and personal. Although with various political events and celebrities who've died, many consider 2016 to be a bad year, for us as a family it was quite a successful year. Although we were also rocked by the political events of 2016, particularly Britain deciding to leave the EU which may have a serious effect on our family in the future as I'm a European immigrant to the UK and I'm married to a British citizen. But I'm trying to keep this blog non-political so I won't go into that.

All my self-published patterns. 

I self-published 21 patterns in 2016 and my pattern sales were well up on 2015 nearly every month. My goal was to release a pattern every month and I actually failed to do that. I also saw a big difference in pattern sales during the months I didn't release a new pattern. All my patterns can be found in my Ravelry Pattern Shop.  

Top row: Carlyon Bay and Las Ramblas
Middle row: Venezia and Forever
Bottom row: Crescent Bay (only one not released in 2016) and Luca.

My Top 6 patterns last year (picture above) are 30% off until 7 January 2017 by using code: 2017. See all my 2016 patterns here 

My four magazine covers last year.

One of my long term goals is to self-publish more patterns and rely less on designing patterns for magazines and yarn companies. I had 26 patterns in magazines and books in 2016.

I had nine patterns in Let's Knit. 

The patterns published doesn't actually reflect 100% the work I did in 2016 as many of the patterns were worked on in 2015 and many of the patterns I've created in 2016 won't be published until this year or even next year. So although my published patterns totalled 47 last year, I actually created more patterns than that.

I had 11 patterns published in The Knitter (above and the two photos below). 

I actually published fewer patterns in 2016 compared to the year before but this was caused by teaching a lot more workshops during autumn 2015 and the first half of this year and therefore having less time to design. 

I also had patterns published in Vogue Knitting, the Noro Magazine, Noro Silk Garden 25 Years Anniversary book, The London Craft Guide, Simply Knitting and Knit Today (not pictured).

I couldn't have achieved anything close to that number of patterns without the help of my wonderful sample knitters who I'm so thankful to.

All 47 patterns. 

I taught more workshops than ever before in 2016 - 41 workshops in total. At one point I was very over-booked with around 60 workshops booked. Artesano going out of business meant a lot of those classes were cancelled. 

I've got my class schedule up to the end of April on the website now. See them here! 

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