So far so good when it comes to the maker routine! After a year of experimenting, with ups and downs, I finally feel like I’ve found the layout of a making schedule that works for both me and the boyfriend. It basically consists of five work days, and four weekend days, the weekend days being reserved for being creative for the sake of it (which is, as you may all know, the engine behind handmade small businesses). Anyway, without boring you with the details, it seems to be the perfect balance between work and off-time, and I also seem to get most of what I wanna do done. Hope it stays this way!
So, well, my blogging schedule has pretty much been non-existing these days. But nevermind, I’m catching up (again) today with a Maker Update of the last three (!) weeks. A lot happened: I went on another holiday, got a needle disaster, put projects in hibernation and started new ones, and dived into the rabbit hole that is called watercoloring. Read on if you’re curious. 🙂
Welcome back y’all! I’ve been on a 3-week hiatus due to traveling, but I’m back, and glad so! For those of you interested, the boyfriend and I went island hopping on the Azores! It was a totally different holiday experience than we were both used to (it included hiking shoes, rain jackets, and back packs #justsayin), but it was ah… wait for it …mazing! Watching too much HIMYM these days, can you tell? This is not the place to share stories and pictures, but check out my personal Instagram account @merelymerel if you’re curious. Anyway, what I’m getting at is that all I did was travel knitting. 😉 BUT it’s also shop update day today, so read on for info about that!
Broken record alarm! Besides the things I made / did for yesterday’s shop update, there’s really not that much to tell making-wise. I went on a last minute trip to The Netherlands (hence the not-update last week) and didn’t take any knitting with me. I know, WEIRD. Maybe I have some kind of knitting apathy. I didn’t wanna take any of my current projects (because: too much brainpower), but then I didn’t know what new project to start. So I thought I’d try sock knitting for the first time, but I wasn’t sure if that would be as mindless for me as it is for others (because: sock knitting newbee) and I was also afraid my needles would be taken away from me by airport security. So yeah. Knitless vacay in The Netherlands it was. I did read a lot though (I can totally recommend reading Life of Pi if you haven’t already). Anyhow, here’s an update that’s mostly about shop stuff!
So far for New Year’s resolutions and planning to write a Maker Update weekly, or at least bi-weekly. It’s Tuesday, and I still owe you an update on last week and the week before. But here it is! Shop-wise, it’s been quite a busy and successful month so far. Knit-wise, not so much. I still have the same projects on the needles as last time I updated, even though I really, really, really want to have them finished. Progress has been made though, let’s get to it.
You probably know by now that I’m a huge fan of lists and stats. I wish I could track all there is to track, but that’s impossible — which is why I’m so happy that 2017bestnine.com does it for me when it comes to Chain Twenty’s most successful Instagram pictures of 2017. I don’t wanna say “best”, because in my humble opinion some pictures were “better” than the ones that actually made it to the top nine. These were the most successful however, in terms of engagement. Let me tell you the story behind each, as a way of reviewing the insane year that was 2017.
Well well, we’re still here, we made it through another year. And here we are, in 2018 already. If you wanna know more about my maker accomplishments of 2017, get yo ass over here. Otherwise, welcome to my very first weekly maker review of 2018! It’s been a week of planning product launches for Chain Twenty, getting my shit together for the first shop update of the year (last Friday), and generally prepare to go kick some ass.
It’s already Wednesday, the third day of 2018, and I still haven’t posted my weekly knitting updates for week 51 and 52. Nevermind, everybody gets it right? That las fiëstas have this tendency to get in the way of something we call ‘normal life’? Whatever that is? So how about a general review of what I knit in 2017, including yarn stats? (I looooove stats.) I must admit, it’s not a proper 2017 maker review, because I only started keeping track of all my projects from some time in June onwards. So, a latter-half-of-2017 review it is then!
Pfjeew, no bad surprises this week! Only some family visits and really pretty weather getting in the way of work, but I’ll gladly take that. As always, the week leading up to a shop update is hectic. Even though I set realistic maker’s goals, I always manage to postpone actually reaching them. So as we speak, I just finished my Salobre blanket and there’s a skein of hand dyed yarn cooling down in the dye pot. And I better write up this blogpost quickly, ’cause I’ve got a lot more to do before Wednes-shop-update-day!
Today, there are so many amazing shops out there for knitters. So many gorgeous yarns to choose from, and so many awesome patterns to knit. But I think Wool and the Gang‘s knit kits will always have a special place in my heart. Wool and the Gang is that company that made me wanted to learn how to knit. And when I did, with the help of their video tutorials, it was a Wool and the Gang knit kit that got me knitting my first sweater.
This year, they also launched my favorite yarn to date: a white cotton with black specks. I just had to get my hands on some and knit their Lucky Star tank pattern with it. Now it may not be Summer anymore where you are, but if not, keep this one in mind for when temperatures go up again. Because it has already become a staple piece in my wardrobe.