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
To summarize Make 2 is to say this: it’s a book for makers by makers, through a collection of stories, photos, and knit/crochet patterns. We also worked to expand into other area of the fibre arts, highlighting weaving, spinning, dyeing, and macrame creatives too. We listened to your feedback from the first book and aimed to raise the slow-living-print-book bar. The Make 2 book is 166 full-color pages that showcases collaborations with nearly 30 top community makers, including compelling stories from unique makers and small business owners like Ohhio, Hello Stella, and Autumn & Indigo. We also share visual lifestyle images that give homage to the modern handmade artisan lifestyle, from makers including Olga Prinku, Bundle Handmade, and House of Knot.
And the patterns – oh yes the patterns! We have 15 DIY patterns (9 crochet, 6 knit) from talented designers like Lavanya Patricella, The Blue Mouse, and Sentry Box Designs – we’ve linked them all below.
So, as we continue asking ourselves exactly why we make, I know I’d like to think amazing collaborations like this book project is one of them. To show that we support one another's dreams, businesses and passionate pursuits. That we simply believe in community over competition. Every sale from the Make books helps the OML team fund and support our website & annual maker meetup events, and for that my heart soars. Deep down I know that anxious, nerdy college girl I once was is made for moments just like this. My wish is that you enjoy every word, photo and page turn as the questions and answers of our maker lives are always worth a closer look - and deserve to be forever cherished in print.
Happy reading and happy making!
Jewell, OML Team
Kelly, OML Team
Alongside amazing stories and visual lifestyle, the following DIY patterns are included in the Make Book, volume 2: