Hi makers! Kelly here, hoping your 2018 is off to a fabulous start!
Like many, I think of January as a time to reflect on the previous year and an opportunity to plan for the new one. And, like many, my planning usually involves some serious goal setting. While I have made my obligatory hefty "new-year-new-me-goals" list in my shiny new 2018 planner, I'm considering these goals more as small pieces of a bigger picture. Whether I cross off one of these goals or 10, whether my list stays the same or changes halfway through the year, I want each of them to encourage and motivate me to be a better maker and a better person. To help me grow, to be the change, to be happy with my path with no pressure from the outside world (or the inside one - we're our own worst critics!).
One of my general 2018 goals is to downsize. And that includes (gasp) my yarn.
Hey guys! I'm Lindsey from The Chesapeake Needle, and I'm so excited to share some tips with you as a guest on the Our Maker Life blog today!
As a maker with an almost-full-time day job, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to balance work and running a business and keeping up with laundry and feeding the fish and calling mom and . . . you get the picture. We only get 24 hours every day to get things done, so it's important to make the most of our time, especially during market season! Here are some helpful hints that I find really boost my productivity; hopefully they will help you too!
Hi Makers, Morgan here! I'm the maker behind Morthunder and I'm pretty excited to be an OML guest blogger!
I’m a 22-year-old Pacific Northwesterner living in Washington State. I recently got married in July and moved into a Tiny House, and upon not knowing where to store all of my yarn, I set upon a journey to use it all up in one fell swoop! So, I made 100 beanies in 100 days.
I actually made 105 beanies in 100 days because I got some orders from friends! This project was both challenging and rewarding. In the next few paragraphs I’ll reflect on my favorite parts, the most challenging parts, and rewarding aspects about doing this entire shindig.
Happy New Year! The Our Maker Life dream team here and we're so excited that it's officially 2018! Since launching OML in 2016, it's been absolutely amazing to see our community and movement propel to new levels. We've seen thousands of you begin your shops, and take it to new heights, and it's pretty amazing to be apart of such an amazing movement! Among the growth and greatness, 2017 had it's fair share of shop negativity, maker bullying, unwise copying and competition, and feelings of overall defeat that aimed to cripple our community, but with the new year brings in a brand new slate where we can all recenter and refocus with our maker goals! The OML vision is centered around our mission statement for makers by makers; showcasing who we all are - from our shops to our patterns to our stories to our meetup events! Along the way, you have inspired our team, as makers and shop owners ourselves, to become greater. So in honor of the New Year, we're sharing some of our shop and maker goals for the 2 0 1 8:
Hi makers! Kelly here, featuring another amazing yarn artisan for our How To Wear It blog series! The OML team loves to connect with makers and celebrate our unique styles, and the stunning work of Ash Alberg, the talented designer behind Sunflower Knit, is joining us here on the blog to showcase a most gorgeous knit sweater design.
How does Ash describe her HTWI style?: Beautiful, Practical, and Sustainable.
Ash says they have a personal style philosophy that's complete with red lipstick, dresses, cozy layers and boots - perfectly showcasing how knitwear design can reflect a lot of aesthetic. Everything about Ash's designs, from the fibre itself to the stitches chosen and incorporated into a pattern, is inspired by the natural world in some way. Ash's knit night crew jokes that their colour palette is "non-colour"...and that they're totally on board with that. We're excited to get a glimpse into the magical world of Sunflower Knits with Ash. Ready to join us? Let's go!