I am back today with my post for the next prompt for the Love your Blog Challenge organised by A Playful Day (if you missed the first prompt you can check my last post here). If you are a blogger I would really encourage you to check out the posts that Kate has developed to support the challenge, they feature some amazing bloggers and really great tips to help keep your blogging mojo.
First of all I want to thank everyone who left a comment on my last post about interactions and community, it was really nice to get your feedback and views on this topic and I really appreciate the encouragement you have given me as well. It has been so fun to read other people’s posts and I am very happy to be contributing to our awesome community.
I have been so inspired by readers and bloggers and what really made my week was to see Sarah from Crafts from the Cwtch change her “knit-along” to a “make-along” to include both knitters and crocheters! That really made my heart leap several times *sigh*
This week it is all about beginnings. And unlike last week’s post which was a bit of a struggle to get done, I couldn’t wait to get started with this one after such encouragement. I decided to give my blog a bit of a new leaf to honour this theme, with a new look, a new domain and also a new section. You can now find my blog at acrochetjourney.com, any of the links to the wordpress.com site will still work with this new domain.
If you look at the menu on the top you will see my usual pages for tutorials and free patterns, but you will now also see a new one under the name “handmade wardrobe”. I realised while thinking about beginnings that I really wanted to start exploring this theme more, first with crochet but eventually with other crafts such as sewing and knitting.
After realising that I was spending hours and hours working on projects that I never used I have been putting a lot more thought and attention to each of my projects to make sure that it will be something that I will love to wear once finished. One thing this challenge has made me realise is that I really want to inspire people to give crochet a try and wouldn’t it be great if I could inspire some of my readers so that we are all making lovely garments or accessories that we not only love to make, but also love to wear. There is something so special about handmade items, and clothes really strike a cord with my practical self. You always have to wear clothes don’t you? Well… not always but now we are getting off track!
The new section will contain all my posts from here onwards which relate to creating your own wardrobe pieces, from inspiration and patterns that I would love to try to WIPs and FOs that are being added to my wardrobe. I will do an introductory post soon and start creating content for this new section. Of course this is still a crochet blog so it will centre on crocheted items but with a bit of inspiration from other crafts as well.
So there you have it, my beginning in a new journey… a handmade journey. Hope you continue to join me and thanks for reading 🙂
9 thoughts on “Love your blog challenge: Beginnings”
That sounds like a great idea…I wear a lot of handmade….mostly crochet, more knitting recently…
Lately I have been trying to wear at least one thing that I made, I don’t have much to choose from at the moment but I love the feeling so far!
I like the idea of giving greater attention to project selection, chosing and making projects that will be worn and enjoyed after many hours work is important. I’m sad to say I give little or no time to this… I just knit and don’t give whether the project will be worn or not a second thought.
I think you are not alone, and it took me a while to realise I was even doing that! Sometimes you just want to get something started but I have come to realise taking that extra time and effort really pays off. Hope you give it a try 🙂
I’m looking forward to following this Handmade Wardrobe thread as it develops. I challenged myself not to buy any clothes for a year in 2012, which made me think much more about the source of my clothes. I love the idea of a more handmade wardrobe, although I’m still a long way off!
WOW, that is one big challenge! How did it go? I am still very far away from a proper handmade wardrobe but the idea is to slowly make it a reality, glad to know people think it is a good idea 🙂
I managed the year without buying a thing – I made a few items and I also enjoyed looking more creatively at my existing clothes. I wrote about it in the early days of my blog – http://yarnful.com/2014/06/01/making-my-own-clothes-how-a-year-of-not-buying-clothes-changed-my-views/ – if you are interested in reading more (hope you don’t mind me posting a link)
I’m looking forward to reading more about your handmade wardrobe
So interesting to read this, it really points out similar reasons to mine for wanting to have more handmade items as part of the clothes I always wear. A couple of years ago I was working part time and didn’t have much extra money once all the bills and rent were paid, and I would go months and months without buying much of anything that wasn’t food and toiletries. It was so interesting to realise that I didn’t feel like I needed to be buying things, I was perfectly fine. But then I got another job that paid a bit more and I think I am falling again into old patterns and, like you say, buying things without thinking much about it. Hopefully this new topic will help me to take a deeper look at my current lifestyle and decide what path I want to follow, which is probably somewhere in the middle 🙂
Thanks for your comment and hope to see you around here again 🙂