Hello and Happy New Year! thank you for the kind comments on my last post, today I thought I’d take a look back over 2016 and some of my knitterly escapades..

This year was definitely a year of designing for me, that begun with my Crofthoose Hat and the announcement that I would be 2016’s Shetland Wool Week Patron

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I am so proud of my hat and truly feel it will be one of my most favourite designs forever, this of course, led to my going to Edinburgh Yarn Festival to launch the pattern.. (I can’t wait to go again in 2017!)

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I also designed a few more patterns using the Crofthoose Motif, the Crofthoose Jumper, Bairns Crofthoose and Crofthoose Mitts which were featured in the Shetland Wool Week Annual 2016thumbnail_SWW Annual vol.2_cover IMG_8167 IMG_8538

I also released two other patterns, the Hap Cowl and Flora Mitts, both contained skills I previously was afraid of – lace and fingers!

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I have been so grateful and pleased with the response from my designs this year, it has really helped my confidence with designing and I hope to do much more in 2017, some are already in the pipleline!

Of course one big highlight for me this year was Shetland Wool Week, it was a great privilege to be asked to be patron and It was another great week even though I was so busy!

the wool week banner at the museum
the wool week banner at the museum
crofthoose hats
crofthoose hats


I also did lots of posts with photos which I really enjoyed this year, from clipping Sheep in Bressay, Lambs, the Whalsay Exhibition, Voe Show.. the list goes on.. (I encourage you to scroll through the blog and look at older posts, theres too many to link to!)

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Thank you so much to everyone who reads my blog and comments, I really appreciate it! I hope things continue to grow and get better in 2017, In just under two weeks I am doing my last thing as the 2016 Wool Week patron by heading to New York for Vogue Knitting Live, yes me – going to New York!! So ill be sure to be back soon after it to tell you all about it,

thank you, xx

17 comments on “2016

  1. Dear Ella,

    I was in J&S the day after Wool Week( before boarding the ferry to reluctantly leave Shetland) and can attest that you were one pooped out puppy but still on your feet and sending out parcels. You were a real saint to work, teach and patron all at once.

    Yes I can imagine you in New York and at VK. You will be a star.

    Knitty City is my favorite Manhattan LYS but you must see Purl Soho if you have and tiny extra moments. Hahahaha

  2. New York! New York!
    Have a wonderful time xx

  3. Bealavender

    You are such an inspiration. Have fun in New York.

  4. thecrazysheeplady

    Thanks for sharing your year and enjoy enjoy New York :-D. Happy New Year!

  5. Congratlations, Ella. It has bern a lot of fun watching your career in design blossom. I’ll see you at EYF in March.

  6. Marilyn F.

    Nice to remember and see your inspirational productive year in photos and comments. NYC? Hope it is a wonderful experience all around and expands your already abounding creativity and skills.

  7. Congratulations and Happy New Year!

  8. Natascha Davis

    Oh, Ella, so glad to hear you are coming to VKLive!! I so look forward to seeing you there!
    –Natascha Davis

  9. Ella – wonderful stuff! Have a wonderful, happy, productive and creative New Year!

  10. Trudie Dekeijzer

    Congratulations. I love youur work!

  11. 2016 was an amazing year for you, Ella! And here you are, starting out 2017 with a trip to New York!

  12. Hi Ella

    Thank you for this lovely post, your fun designs and vlogs. I wish you a very inspiring 2017 and a wonderful trip to New York. Can’t wait to hear more! You’ll love it!

  13. New York, New York……..you will love/hate it hahahaha Enjoy.

  14. Love your blog and love your designs, Ella! Both so fresh and inspiring.

  15. Such a great year for you and to top it off with New York!! Have a fabulous time and all the best for 2017.

  16. You are a joy to follow, Ella. Very inspirational. I am so excited you are coming to US/ NY. I won’t be going to VKLive but was luck to meet you in Shetland at Wool Week 2015. I said to mum then, I bet she will be the next patron. Your designs are wonderful, your wool talks have been fun filed, your charity shop adventures make me smile. I wish you loads of fun in NY.

  17. I love that photo of the doggo in the truck <3
    Hope your NY trip is awesome and that you meet wonderful people there

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