Hey guys! Jessica here from The Hook Nook! I am so excited to be here today on the Our Maker Life blog! I’ve been following along with OML since it’s launch and it’s just so amazing to connect with such amazing people! These makers are literal gems and are doing such amazing things. So grateful to be here!!
Today I wanted to share a bit of how I wear my makes! Though I don’t wear my makes EVERYday, I still love to pull them out, especially for dressier occasions! Whether I’m sporting a cowl, cardigan or beanie, it is always just so amazing to be able to have a whole garment rack of pieces to choose from! I know many Makers love to make items to share with others either as gifts or selling them at markets or online to customers, but I’m a selfish Maker (#noshame). The thing with being a crochet designer is I (obviously) have to work up a sample so I can write the pattern (I’ve seen some people write the pattern BEFORE creating the sample, and I have to admit, I’m not nearly as cool as these people, ha!) and I love to make women’s items so my sample stash is pretty intense and amazing.
Depending on mood, the weather, occasion, or even whether I shaved my armpits or not all determine which piece gets to be worn and when. Let me show you some of my favorite pieces and how I like to wear them!
Alison here! It has been such a long time since I've checked in on the OML blog. I have been thinking about how to write this blog post for some time now, and even though I am writing this now I am still overwhelmed with how to deliver this message. It feels like I will never be able to properly thank this beautiful community for the inspiration, true friends and connections that I have been able to form these past 2 years working with OML.
If you've been following my life on instagram for the past few months you know that lots has changed for me since my initial participation in OML. I've gutted my house down to its studs and rebuilt it with much care, trying to restore the charm of a century old home without making too many amateur design mistakes. I'm also expecting my first little person at the end of the summer while at the same time continuing to work on my fibre business. Needless to say that my passion and energy has been split amongst many worthwhile projects.
With all these changes I have been forced to take a step back and re-prioritize how I spend my time, trying to make space for all the good things to come.
Hi Everyone! It’s Nikolina here from Pacific Knot, and I’m excited to be an OML guest blogger! Let’s talk summer, the hot and sweaty season that makes it impossible to wear your favorite knits. That season that makes a knitter scratch their head, wondering, “What the heck am I going to make now?”
I’ll be honest, I struggle in the summer. I struggle to find my niche and to find my motivation and drive. I feel like I’m scattered and all over the place finding it really hard to focus because I don’t have a set plan or goal. Are you ready to talk about staying motivated in the warmer months? Let's go!
Hi makers, Jewell here! Why exactly do we make? I remember first posing this question in the very first OML blog post Why We Make. Two years, three sold out events, and nearly 60,000 online followers later and my team and I find ourselves still asking, and answering, that very question. Some of us learned from our grandparents. Some of us pursue it as a part-time or full-time career. Some of us live for participating in our local craft and market shows. For many of us, it’s a pursuit of passion that gets us up in the morning or offers some reprieve after a long day. And some of us, like me, stumbled upon the craft and became completely enthralled from the first touch of yarn to needles. I’m a self-taught maker. I learned in college, a time in my life where I propelled academically while equally battling depression and anxiety. Life often felt too hard...but knitting, crocheting, and creating the very first pages of my maker life – well it just made everything better. It introduced me to slow living, and that even in our speedy technology-driven world, showed me just how much I love to curl up, cozy with a cup of coffee, and take it slow.
That was also the goal that we had in mind in producing and publishing the first volume of the OML Make Book in early 2017. With publishing, communications and editing backgrounds, both OML dream teamer Kelly and I passionately took the charge to bring the stories, photos, and patterns of our community to print. You all welcomed the first Make book with open arms. We sold hundreds of copies – as a wide range of nearly 30 maker leaders (read Make 1 here!) told their stories in a personal way that went beyond the typical online shop bio, showed high-res visuals of what it means to make, and shared some pretty rad DIY knitting and crocheting patterns.
We started the second Make Volume at the end of last year, with another 30 maker leaders, aiming to bring more stories, visuals and patterns of our community to light. To be honest, we faced quite a few hurdles and learning curves getting this book to print. But quite reflective of who we all our as makers, we also faced our struggles and fears and found that trying (and trying again) with resilience and determination, is a surefire pattern for success.
And today, I’m ecstatic to introduce this amazing book (it's officially here!): Our Maker Life: Make Volume 2
Hey Everyone! I’m Ellen, the maker behind Crochet by Ellen, and I'm excited to be a guest on the OML blog today! I want to share my experience with collaborations, and how they can be beneficial to your handmade business.
There are many benefits of collaborating with other makers: It builds your network, develops your sense of community, and it helps promote your business. Being a creative isn’t just about our makes, though that is our primary focus. Some of the most successful makers find ways to creatively promote their business, and many of those involve successful collaborations with other makers.
Are you ready to talk collabs? Let's go!