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7 ITEMS ON MY MINIMALIST BLOGGER WISHLIST + WHY WISHLISTS ARE HANDY

As a proper list maker, I’m also with military precision keeping track of my wishlist. I love wishlists. Of course they come in handy for birthdays, the holiday season, or other festive occassions. However, they also help me restrain my own spending habits. And for someone with expensive hobbies like… yarn, that can be a pretty good thing. So, let me explain how I’m managing all of this, and show you what’s currently on my minimalist blogger wishlist!

minimalist blogger wishlist

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5 INSPIRING KNITTING INSTAGRAM ACCOUNTS

Instagram is the #1 source of inspiration for me. And many times it’s also a big motivator, because it shows that the thing I wanna do (running a succesfull knitwear shop) is actually possible. Now isn’t that great? I already discovered many amazing makers’ accounts when I was still only using my personal / blog account @merelymerel. Below you’ll find the five knitting Instagram accounts that were a big deal important for me in finding the confidence to start one myself, resulting in @chaintwenty.

knitting instagram accounts

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A KNITTING PROJECT FOR (NEXT) SUMMER

Just decided on my very first Chain Twenty FW16/17 collection piece (my very first collection piece ever, actually ‘:-)) and I’m already thinking about a knitting project for (next) Summer. It might all have something to do with the fact that I was typing this on the beach in Khao Lak, Thailand. Salty hair. Sandy toes. That kind of stuff. And with the fact that we took these pictures on that very same beach. And with the fact that we were flying home that night. [Insert crying emoji] Even though I love Fall and Winter knitting-wise, I think Spring and Summer is by far the better half of the year. So let’s do a little dreaming about how to make those months interesting to knit for too!

knitting project for summer

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PLANNING YOUR BUSINESS START-UP + FREE MONTHLY PLANNER PRINTABLE

Okay, so you officially decided to start your own business. Woah! Congratulations on that. It might have been a frightening decision. And in case you’re still in doubt, you might wanna read this post about when to start an online business. Ready to rumble? Here’s the first I thing I did: planning! [Insert dancing banana emoji — DOES ANYONE REMEMBER THAT HAPPY FELLA?] Today I’ll share with you the ways in which you could start planning your business start-up. Oh, and did I mention my planner comes right your way in the form a free printable? Hurray!

planning your business

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5 REASONS TO PURSUE A CAREER IN HANDMADE DESIGN

In retrospect, selling something I made or designed myself has been on my mind since I was little. I remember waking my parents during the Weekend at six a.m. to make drawings. Yes, lovely, I know. I remember braiding friends bracelets at school a few years later, selling them for marbles. I remember receiving my best high school grades for Visual Arts. And I finally remember going to art school, and enrolling in an Art History bachelors program afterwards. And even though I’m now writing a research masters thesis in Ancient History, I continue longing for making. Why is that? What do I (and others) love about making so much? Here are five reasons why I pursue a career in handmade design! #relatablealarm

look stylish and be comfortable

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HELP ME CHOOSE A WOOL AND THE GANG KNITTING KIT

Guys, the struggle is real. I know the crafty knitstahs among you will agree. To celebrate officially starting up Chain Twenty, I promised myself a Wool and the Gang knitting kit. First of all, because such a kit will of corso be the most appropriate gift ever. But second of all, it will serve the purpose of teaching myself how to follow — and maybe one day even write — a pattern, and to gain experience in sweater knitting. Ah well, those are just silly excuses to buy me some new goodies ><, but hey, I still need your help in selecting the most awesomest kit.

Wool and the Gang sweaters

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WHEN TO START AN ONLINE BUSINESS

Hello you, reader of my very first ever Chain Twenty blogpost [insert confetti emoji]! I’m happy to have you around, because starting an online business from scratch basically revolves around letting the world (you!) know how awesome your new business is — or is gonna be, in my case. The fact that you already found me, gives me all the heart eyes <3. Now if you haven’t stopped reading after this sentimental welcome, let’s talk business. I know there are many of you out there wanting to start an online business, so here are the signs telling you to take the plunge!

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