Hi Makers, Kelly here!
While social media is filled with super gorgeous photos of beautiful works of knit and crochet art, even the most talented makers had to start somewhere right? Whether it was 10 minutes ago or 10 years, at some point we were all beginners struggling to find steady footing in our new creative journeys.
I'm excited to welcome two special guests on the blog today: Christie of @knittedcanada and Kimberly of @coziknots. These two talented ladies connected on Instagram last fall when they both decided they wanted to delve into the world of knitting in crocheting, and it seems they've endured a wild ride! Christie and Kimberly have compiled a Top 10 list of everything they think newbie knitters and crocheters should know, based on their maker experiences over the last seven months.
I mean, who doesn't love a good Top 10. Ready? Let's go!
What’s going on makers?! Nathan here with my first blog contribution, and I want to shed some light on this “shadow banning’. It’s a hot topic and I’m sure many of you have heard from several well-known makers in the community on how it may or may not have an impact on you. Ironically enough this “shadow banning” has a silver lining and I would like to share my perspective on the matter. Let’s shed some light on it, shall we?
Hey makers! Kelly here, and I want to take a moment for a real maker heart to heart. Who wants to talk about mistakes?! Anyone...*crickets* Bueller?...*crickets run for the hills.*
Yeah, no one likes to bring to light the boo-boos they've made. If you're anything like me, you'd much rather bury them in the deepest darkest corner possible, under a pile of your own shame and embarrassment. Believe me, I'm no stranger to those "oops" moments. I'm not even a stranger to those "I've made a huge mistake" moments. But, especially in a world of social media that tends to showcase our peers' successes VS their struggles, I think it's important to remember that we all come up short at one time or another.
Regardless of skill level, experience, how talented or driven or well-versed we are in our craft, mistakes are bound to happen. That's the crazy thing about being human: we aren't perfect and we never will be. Mistakes happen to us, and they happen to the people we admire most.
Bringing together her long-lived passion for music and a newfound love of knitting, Xoli Ngcoza, music DJ and owner of Hand Knit by Xoli, shares a new Knitting Playlist and the inspiration behind her choice of music this month. Read Xoli's full story and listen to her first playlist for OML here.
I'm inspired by everything that surrounds me.
This winter season has taught me a lot about being patient and also observing life, nature, weather and people. I'm fortunate to be part of a designer at Workspace Collective and so being around other creative minds has inspired me a lot. Everyone shares something about themselves and what helps them grow. We host different events at the store to engage the community and advocate them about what we are all about. I'm slowly getting out of my comfort zone and learning new things, that to me has been an amazing inspiration. Starting something new and not knowing the outcome of it is truly beautiful.
Hi I'm Nina, a maker with Rock Vandals, and I live on the edge of the earth in Twillingate, Newfoundland! The climate there breeds knitters, plus the yarn shop is open year round. I moved to Newfoundland in 2012 and immediately turned to knitting for comfort during the many ferocious storms. The yarn options, the monochromatic winter months and a penchant for a bit of mischief all inspired me in a new knitting direction though... towards Yarnbombing.
Yarnbombing is a temporary form of street-art where knitting is installed publicly. It can be done for a variety of reasons. I use it to express myself creatively, challenge my knitting skills and make unique gifts for my community. Last year, I upped my game and brought it with me on a 13 month backpacking trip through Southeast Asia. I knit something special for each country I visited, including Thailand, Malaysia, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam, and learned a couple things along the way. Here's my story: