Hello Everybody and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!
I hope everyone managed to get through the Christmas period ok. I know Christmas can be a hard time for a lot of people. As I’ve not written a blog for aaaages, I thought that I would start 2018’s with a review of the past year and what a year its been!!
The highlight of my year defiantly has to be Crochet Beginners Group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/crochetbeginnersgroup). Not only have we reached over 81k members (crazy to think it started with 4 people!) but we managed to raise over £700 in memory of Jenny Mackin for The Brain Tumour Charity. Jenny (who was just 19 when she passed away) and her Mum, Amanda started Little box of Crochet together a few years ago. Sadly, earlier this year, Jenny passed away of a brain tumour. We wanted to raise some money in her memory and to show our support to her Mum Amanda so held a charity raffle. It was AMAZING and shows just what a fantastic community that us crocheters belong too. We thought that we would raise about £200 not £700!!! Thank you to everyone who gave so generously.
The second highlight of 2017 was my trip to Disney World in Orlando. It really was a dream come true trip of a life time and it was the best 2 weeks ever!! Not only because I got to hang out at Magic Kingdom with the big mouse himself but I got to experience the magic that is Joanns!!! No words can describe the size of their yarn stash!! Below is a small amount of what I bought home with me!
In August I started blogging for TB Ramsden (https://www.tbramsden.co.uk), which was a dream come true! They are the company behind Wendy, Robin and Peter Pan Yarns. I would never have thought that when I started my crochet escapades that I would end up blogging for anyone. Things like that never happen to little old me! The people at TB Ramsdens are the most generous and lovely people ever and getting to try all their lovely yarns has been fab so a huge thank you to you guys.
I spent a lovely Christmas in Ireland with my family. I don’t do flying too well especially on Ryanair ha ha!! But I made it there and back ok. News Years Eve was spent at work in the medium secure unit that I am so privileged to work in. It reaffirmed my passion for helping and supporting others recovery in Mental Health and I know I am doing the right thing by being back at University.
So what for 2018?? I am currently working on a blanket for Megan, I start placement in a few weeks with the community team based in Swindon (8 weeks of living in Travelodge, how lovely for me), which means lots of crochet and blogging time on an evening! Im going to Disney Land Paris in July (EEEEEK) and back to Ireland in the summer too!
I hope everyone has a magical 2018, that all your crochet wishes come true and most of all, that you are happy.
Lots of love