When I decided to become a professional crocheter in 2011, I never imagined where it would take me, or what Moogly has become. And the most exciting thing that happened in 2018 was becoming a Red Heart Joy Creator!
Joy Creators are “a group of designers and crafters who combine innovative designs and ideas with Red Heart products to create joy. You’ll know that blogs with the Joy Creator seal have well-written patterns using Red Heart, clear pictures, and an engaging social presence.”
It was such an honor, and I’m so excited to be working with Red Heart – and a whole bunch of my crochet besties! In particular, it’s been ridiculously fun partnering with Red Heart National Spokesperson Marly Bird for some great projects – most recently, a Merry Yarning Facebook Live (so many laughs that day)!
While those were some exciting highlights, most days were filled with designing new patterns in all the yummy Red Heart Yarns I could get my hands on! As soon as I knew I was a Joy Creator, I ran to my local Michaels and picked up every skein of Red Heart Soft Essentials Stripes in Linen Stripe that they had!
And by the end of that weekend, I’d designed the Brown Butter Shawl. And it was a hit – it was the start of a beautiful relationship…
So since then, I’ve gotten to explore many delightful yarns, and fortunately, had a few more patterns that you all seemed to like too! The next pattern to take off was the Saturday Sweater made with Red Heart Fashion Soft – I decided to be brave and start really designing adult garments this year!
A couple more garments later, and I came up with the Cosmos Cardigan – my “fanciest” yet! It is still very simple, but the small details like notched armholes and tapering sleeves make for a fantastic fit. And it sparkles with Red Heart Hygge Charm!
It wasn’t all garments though – I also designed a few blankets this year, the most recent of which is the Waterlily Throw! It’s my second round Afghan (the other being Circle of Love), and it was so much fun “doodling” with Red Heart With Love!
One of my favorite items to crochet are cowls – they’re quick, easy, and I love wearing them! This year my Harvest Bandana Cowl was a chance to bring back one of my favorite corner to corner stitches in a new way. And the colors of Red Heart Colorscape… wow!
And to cap off the year, I’ve been honored once more, by being chosen as the designer for the Furls December Crochet Along! I designed the Snow Charming Cape using Red Heart Hygge Charm – I can’t resist that subtle sparkle!
This time of year, reflecting on all that’s happened, I can’t help but think of one of the first big Moogly successes that is *still* going strong… made with Red Heart Unforgettable – the Artfully Simple Infinity Scarf!
It’s been an amazing year of crochet, and I’m looking forward to creating more lovely things for all of you to make using Red Heart Yarns in 2019 – and beyond! Have a wonderful, restful, yarn filled holiday!