On blogging and other things

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I’ve realised, having read over my past posts, that I write very politely. (And I’m definitely not as nice and bubbly as I think this blog reflects.) I guess because when I started I was younger and not wanting to offend anyone. Knowing that I was blogging about work sometimes (and my manager read my blog) I watered down and happied-up a lot of what I put out there. I so wanted to reach into my screen and out of yours and scream “My life isn’t this impossibly lovely! I’m a real person and bad things happen to me too!”

So to make up for my previously mild-mannered posts: tits, poo, arse, willy, shit.

I stopped posting when my life turned downhill. I avoided posting things that reflected a lack of success or beauty. Not exactly the most realistic way to go about it!

So I think this time around I’m going to try and be a bit more genuine, rather than an obnoxiously happy crafting robot. Because it’s impossible to be as successful and overjoyed by absolutely everything as I made out the first time around. I’ve definitely grown away from my naive awmagawsh-everything-must-be-rainbows self, but I still want to keep a spark of that joy. I just want to feel like this blog is written by a real, living human too.

Life is far from perfect, but the thing I’m just learning is that it’s still worth blogging about.

And now that’s off my chest, I can get back to the knitting posts!

Lastly, here’s a photo of my cat, just cause I damn-well feel like it! (<= REFRESHING HONESTY)

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Blogger Awards: Installment #2

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Rainbow Junkie nominated me a little while ago for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m really grateful. Even though I haven’t been blogging for all that long, it was really lovely to have someone come let me know they like what I’m doing. So thank you! I appreciate it.

People who are nominated are requested to do five things. They must:

  • Thank the person who gave them the award
  • Include a link to their blog – (which I have, here it is again!)
  • Tell seven things about themselves
  • Nominate 15 other blogs for the award (I couldn’t manage fifteen; I hope thirteen is okay.)
  • Tell them that they have been nominated

Now for seven ‘things’ about yours truly:

  1. I’m currently on a gap-year between high-school and university. I’ve taken the time off to work, be crafty, and later in the year, travel. It’s not turning out to be as relaxing as I had hoped, but I’m convinced that it was way better than jumping straight back into studying full-time. I’m enjoying myself.
  2. I know it’s becoming a ‘thing’ to be a tea drinker (and I kinda wanna say something along the lines of ‘I liked it before it was cool’, but I won’t…), but I can safely say that I doubt you know anyone who can pack away as much tea in a day as me. Actually, maybe not. I’ve noticed a lot of craft bloggers and suchlike are massive tea-fiends. Scratch all of that. I’m going to change this ‘thing’ to “I’m a massive tea-fiend” and leave it at that. I don’t want to start any arguments or tea-drinking competitions. Someone might get hurt.
  3. My most favourite part about working at the wool store is when we make little handwritten ‘With Compliments’ slips to send along with orders from our online store.
  4. Before knitting and crochet, for me, there was origami. My Nicky Epstein was Tomoko Fuse. My Elizabeth Zimmerman was Kunihiko Kasahara.
    My obsession started when I was about 9 when my friend Liam was making all these awesome modular shapes out of paper. I was so jealous of the way he could manipulate the 2D paper with his hands to create fantastic and intricate 3D models. That was it, I had to do it too.
    I haven’t made anything in ages, but here are some photos I found of things I made in early high-school.
  5. I have a very keen visual-spatial sense. It probably came about from doing all that origami. I can knit and crochet in my head. It’s kind of like I can create a 3D model that I can rotate in my mind. It’s great for problem solving issues with certain stitches, or for working out how to make stitch patterns or decreases perfectly symmetrical. My ability to problem solve only improves when I have the needles in my hands.
  6. I cry when I hear the theme to the ‘Babar’ TV show.
  7. Most of the time I’m wearing at least two pairs of socks. This is mainly because my feet are so narrow that very few pairs of shoes fit me properly. This has been the bane of my existence ever since I had to buy my very first pair of school shoes. Now, if I find a pair of shoes that fit comfortably, I buy a pair in two different colours because it’s such a rarity.

Okay, so those are my things about myself. Now for the less self-indulgent – and more fun – part of things. In no particular order, here are my rad and Versatile peeps!

Coffee and Lilacs

Not Your Average Crochet

SpiderWomanKnits

Obey Crochet

Say Yes to Hoboken

TECHknitting

Crochet made by Kate

knittingformentalhealth

Versatile Blogger Award

caroline d. h.

Knittybutton

Volkstricken Industries

Posie Gets Cozy

I can’t prove that I’ve gone and notified these people, but you can always check up on me to make sure.
But how?
I hear you ask.
By visiting their blog of course! ;)

Installment #1 can be found here.