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KNITTING UPDATE #24 | I SET UP AN ETSY SHOP

Welcome to a considerably¬†shorter knitting update post than last week’s one. ūüėČ Which is probably a good thing, ha. I didn’t get a lot of knitting done this week. My dad’s visiting us, our cleaning lady is on a holiday, and I promised a study friend to correct some of her thesis writings, so I guess that’s it.¬†I did make a new Chain Twenty planning though, which involves opening the shop in July, finally! So the facecloths are in full swing. Read on for the complete recap.

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KNITTING UPDATE #23 | ALL THE FACECLOTHS

As I’m writing a set-up for this first ever¬†knitting update¬†post, I’m starting to wonder¬†why I refer to my knitting as ‘objects’, ‘works’, and ‘projects’. Because podcasters usually do that? Because it sounds interesting? Because I’m too uncreative to think of some other proper term? Hmm. Anyway, in imitation of all those lovely knitting podcasts out there, I’m introducing this new category of weekly blogposts. In these posts I’ll talk about the ins and outs of my maker life. Excited? ūüėÄ

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KNITTING A SWEATER FOR THE FIRST TIME

Have you always dreamed of knitting a sweater? But are you too intimidated to actually start one? Read on. I found myself in that spot about a year ago, decided to take the plunge anyway, and never looked back. The key?

  1. Some saved money (if you wanna do it well, it’s not gonna come cheap)
  2. A little beforehand practice (if you’re completely new to knitting)
  3. Loads of free time (a holiday worked wonders for me)

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SOME BLOG CHANGES + STARTING RAVELRY + PREPPING FOR GRAN CANARIA

Sooo, I’ve been thinking long and hard about this. I’ve wanted the¬†perfect¬†format for my blog for ages. Back in the merely-merel.nl days (the archives of which you’re highly recommended to check out if you wanna have a laugh) as well as now. I wanted to know exactly what kind of blogposts I was going to post. What to talk about. Which categories and labels to give them. How to style them. All that stuff. As you can guess from this blogpost’s title, that didn’t work out. Again, haha. So I’m embracing my ever-changing self and today I tell you all about my plans. Plus a¬†little personal update related to my prepping for Gran Canaria!

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CHAIN TWENTY’S NINE BEST INSTAGRAM PICTURES OF 2016

It certainly has been way too long since the last time I wrote a blogpost, but what better way to celebrate my comeback than with 2016’s nine¬†best Instagram pictures? I’m totally stealing Jess’s idea here, so in return I’m telling you to all go check out her ah-mazing work. Gahh! <3 That being said, those of you following around on IG know what my life has been all about (master thesis + graduating) and why I haven’t been posting earlier (too depressed due to all the changes in my life), but here I am, feeling better than¬†everrr. And this post is going to¬†celebrate 2016 and the beginning of 2017 — because for me, the new year has only started now.

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WHY SIMPLE KNITTING PATTERNS ARE WORTH SELLING

To be honest, I didn’t get it myself at first: why on earth would someone¬†sell super simple¬†knitting patterns? Patterns that are so easy¬†that you can make out the stitches used when looking at a picture of the finished piece? Who the hell would want to buy them? And where did you get the brutality to charge money for it?¬†Well, I guess that was my old, little, ignorant me, because I totally get it now. And since I’m planning on selling simple knitting patterns myself, I’m gonna explain it to all¬†of you in need of enlightenment. :’-D

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HOW TO GET INSPIRATION FOR YOUR HANDMADE FASHION

Admittedly,¬†starting a handmade shop for a modern audience (sorry grannies out there, I¬†do¬†love you too!) is harder than it initially seemed. I mean, the thought of making fashion items exactly corresponding to¬†my¬†own style is a lovely idea and all, but I¬†can’t escape the fact that knitting / crochet¬†are¬†old-fashioned techniques and definitely are in danger to look so too. Therefore, I think it is extremely important to dive into my¬†own wardrobe to see what modern elements I could possibly implement in my handmade designs to make them look like they just came off the runway.

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NINE FASHION ITEMS YOU NEED THIS WINTER

On Instagram I told you I’ve started a Bullet Journal. And I’ve added to it, really¬†sleezy da peezy, a capsule wardrobe spread, documenting all clothes I own. To afterwards decide which ones need to go. And which ones I still LACK¬†(the fun part, muahaha)!¬†Now I don’t wanna anticipate, but I think it’s about time to share my idea of the¬†nine fashion items you need this Winter. At least I know I do.

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FW16/17 COLLECTION COLOR — OLIVE GREEN

It’s been a struggle, I’m not gonna lie. But I pride myself on having put together both a wardrobe and a yarn stash in overwhelmingly neutral color palettes.¬†Black, white, grey, nude — repeat. Untill now. ‘Cause I’ve found myself a new addiction and it’s called¬†olive green. Now Chain Twenty is not 1-2-3 gonna turn into rainbow unicorns, but beware for olive green in the FW16/17 collection. Here’s a little outfit sneak preview.

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COMBINING HANDMADE AND PREMADE FASHION ON THE BLOG

It seemed like a good idea to me to complement my (still future) handmade shop with a blog — the one you’re reading now, duh. ūüėČ ¬†A blog can provide inspiration, story telling, and trust building. And a fun excuse to snuggle up on the couch with coffee + chocochip cookies.¬†Anyhow, from¬†the story telling point of view, I’d like to spend this post telling¬†you about the main purpose of Chain Twenty’s blog. Spreading the love for a cozy, minimalist, and modern lifestyle. Sounds good? I thought so!

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