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.
First off I’d like to thank my faithful followers. You all really helped me get to day 100, and I don’t think I could have done it without all of them. So, if you follow me on Instagram (@morthunder) and contributed to encouraging me in any way, thank you! Your comments, likes, and follows gave me a daily boost that said you can do it!. Most of my favorite parts of this project were also coincidentally a lot of the most challenging. The rush of coming up with a new hat every day was really fulfilling, although there were some days where I really wasn’t proud of the beanie that I had made but I couldn’t start over and make a new one because I typically finished most beanies at night between 7 to 11PM. Some beanies I swear just jumped off of my yarn wall and into existence, while some beanies (about 2 or 3 of them) I contemplated completely frogging.
The constant support was really flabbergasting, I got messages from people who felt extremely inspired by what I was doing or were actually going to try it themselves! That was definitely something I didn’t think would happen; I didn’t set out to inspire people to mimic my challenge, I just wanted to get rid of my yarn! On my 92nd beanie I asked if anyone had post notifications turned on for my account, and six people raised their emoji hands. Even if just one person said they had push notifications for my account I would have felt so warm, but getting six was a huge internet hug.
It’s kind of funny how you can look back at the end of a project and have rose colored glasses about it and immediately become sappy about it being over; but since the OML team immediately showed their support by reaching out to me after I finished the challenge, a lot of my emotions and all the good and tough difficulties that came with it are still close to heart. I actually contemplated doing a literal victory lap that I done it - I had made the beanies I envisioned and set out to make! There were some nights I would get home around 10PM from a concert or something and hadn’t even started my hat…. That’s why some of my posts were only half of a beanie, honestly. Although I can assure you that every single beanie that had been started in those 100 days were completed by day 100 (and they are all currently listed in my shop).
I remember one day I was about three beanies behind. I had posted the beginning of a hat, but that’s all it was for three more days. So one day I just busted my butt and finished up three hats and then had to make a whole new hat for that beanie of the day. I didn’t want to tell anyone that part, but this project was no joke, sometimes you just don’t have the time, or you don’t feel well, or you’ve got plans. Another factor that irked me constantly was not being able to brainstorm the overall appearance of my feed. My photography was typically limited to poster board shots under a large light that hangs in the middle of my house. I don’t have a photo room set up for portrait shots like I used to do in the good ol’ days (aka one year ago), but I’m coming up with ideas on how to change that in 2018. I’m happy that the stop-motion feature on Instagram came out during my project because that was a tremendously fun tool to use for a couple of posts, and it’s very simple to use!
Ultimately, it was enormously fun doing this project and I fully intend on making more beanies in the future to sell in my Etsy shop and give to friends. Beanies are definitely the thing I love making the most and I know that I have at least 1,000 or more beanies left in me, but that’ll take years, no doubt. I’m gonna bring my full game in 2018 with collaborations, plenty of giveaways, and blog posts that will include video tutorials of techniques and stitches. I am really excited to see what the knitting and crocheting community comes up with in the coming year.
Morgan | @morthunder
Morgan, 22, is the maker behind @morthunder, a shop full of knitted, crafted, and woven things! She has been pursuing her crafting dreams and aspirations since learning how to crochet at age 9. Morgan says since she can remember, people have often confused her last name (Funderburg) with the catchy car name (Thunderbird) - leaving her with nicknames like "Funder from down under", "thunderthighs, and other phrases. So, she mashed up her first name with one of her favorite, powerful words (Thunder) - and Morthunder was born.
While running Morthunder on social media and in her Etsy shop, Morgan is also pursuing her dream to be a creative arts pastor. She is currently attends bible college at East Coast Christian University Faith Center campus in Vancouver, Washington.