One year of blogging

Hey guys!

 

So my resolution to blog more regularly is still a work in progress, but hey! That’s OK. I’ve crossed the one-year mark in my blogging adventure, and it’s been interesting. I just wanted to write up a little bit about the things I’ve learned and ways in which I’d like to improve my experience as a blogger and a crafter. I knew this year was going to be a wild one since I’ve been settling my new house with my fiance and planning our wedding (and the surprisingly bizarre sense of stress that comes with that). It’s so hard to believe that we’re already at the end of July, I mean seriously, what the heck??

Things I’ve learned (and am still learning):
1. Try not to compare your journey to others’
2. Photography
3. Social Media

1. Try not to compare your journey to others’

I’ve learned a lot since I first started this site and, while it’s already been a year, there’s a severe learning curve! I’d initially started out because I’d seen lots of other really cool crafters running their blogs and they were so gung ho that if you’re passionate, you should just do it! So I thought, “Why yes, I *can* run a blog!” and that was basically what had me going. I love to make things and I love trying my hand at probing my creativity.

But they don’t tell you about the dry spells.

What if nothing really strikes your fancy creativity-wise for a week, or a month? Well, people have to work past that. It’s definitely a skill that I myself need to develop. I’d fallen into a loss-of-crojo-hole for a longer period of time than I would really like to admit. Partly from focusing on other things going on in my life (house, wedding, work, life in general), and partly from falling into a weird brand of FOMO or jealousy. You see other more successful bloggers, creators, crafters, humans, simply doing better. It’s tricky to feel amazing about your work when you see others getting hundreds of instagram likes within an hour, or they work with the newest lines of yarn because they’re sponsored by a major company. It’s easy to fall into that jealousy.

Really easy.

But at the end of the day, you can really only do you.  It’s your blog, your ideas, your spark. If people don’t see it for a while, that’s ok. You’re allowed to feel down occasionally but you have to get up and walk it out eventually. Write the things that feel good for you and share your ideas, put your passion out there. I knew I had ideas, and I wanted to share them with others because I thought it would be fun and I needed the creative outlet. If you’re reading this blog and found it at all helpful, then it wasn’t in vain.

2. Photography

I’ve learned a lot about how to take photos better and have found different things that work for me. I don’t use a DSLR. I’m going to admit right now that I am pretty lazy, but also believe that with the advent of the new technological era that we live in, our cellphones are simply amazing little pieces of tech that can take photos far better than we ever would’ve imagined! If you’re old enough to remember mirror pictures in the days of Myspace, then you know what I’m talking about. (And if you don’t, I’ll quickly explain that you could only use flash indoors and if your mirror wasn’t clean for your selfie attempt, everyone knew.)

I personally love taking photos of my items in daylight, but it was a trial and error sort of thing. When I first started making items and attempted to take pictures of them, it was always in the evening or nighttime and the lighting inside the house was simply not right, never captured the color of the hat or scarf I was working on properly, and it was just very hard to try and sell the idea of the item that I had made. But I was always enthused to take a picture of something when I had the time, which was usually nighttime because, well, I had to go to my not-internet job. So I adjusted to taking pictures of things on my day off, making the most of my time and daylight.

I’d love to be the kind of person who just “wakes up earlier” before work and “gets things done”…but I’m lying to myself. I will sleep as much as I can possibly get away with before starting to get ready for work. It’s just who I am and I haven’t adjusted yet. Room for improvement, perhaps.

But UNTIL THAT TIME, I tend to take pictures on my days off. Natural light works wonderfully, and I think it makes my photos more genuine and true to the colors of my work, rather than trying to adjust the lighting on an Instagram filter later on. Less work for me! Play with what works. Sometimes I like morning light, sometimes late afternoon. They both lend a beautiful quality to the photos.

Where I need to improve: adding more textures to my photos. I tend to put my items on a neutral-color base and snap a picture. Sometimes with one of my hands on it, or not, depending on what I’m feeling. I’ve loved seeing how others do a textural palette of items to create a well-curated feeling of home. I like it, and I’d like to incorporate more of that into my work. But that also helps tie into my next topic:

3. Social Media

Man, social MEDIA. It’s such a cool and useful tool and yet can be so incredibly frustrating and time-consuming at times. Am I right? Social media helps to give me such good ideas or helpful tips and yet also breeds the feelings of jealousy and FOMO and everything else. However, in terms of getting bloggy information out there, there really is no other way to do it. I like sharing my ideas and my items on Instagram and I really love seeing the beautiful and interesting things that other people are creating. It was so incredibly helpful when I was just starting out on Etsy and the inspiration that you can find is amazing. But it can be overwhelming at times. I’m still working on regularly posting, both on my Facebook page as well as my Instagram (though with my loss of crafting desire those have been weaker lately), but haven’t really figured out how to harness the power of Pinterest. Lots of other successful bloggers swear by it, but I haven’t figured it out yet. It’s super helpful for wedding planning ideas, but for driving business to this blog of mine, not so much.

That being said, though, my most popular post on this blog, HANDS-DOWN by hundreds of views, is my Crochet Animal Headbands post. Literally. It got picked up by some other pinners on Pinterest and took off like a shot. Even now, a year later, still getting hits on it, and I sometimes feel like I will never surpass it! So you never know what will be popular or what others will like. It’s the internet, I don’t know. Like I mentioned before, you do you. Make what you like, post your pictures, and let them be free. Your social media presence is all your own. No one else can tell you what to do or how to do it, everyone has their own voice and sense of style no matter the media. Instagram, Facebook, their website, it doesn’t matter: there are many ways to do you. Like all neutrals? Go! Only like amigurumi? Go! Do you only like working with one color? Go! Find what works for your voice. Not everyone will like it, but who cares. You’ll find your tribe, trust me. I’ve seen people who do the things I’ve just mentioned, so there is a precedent!

Be flexible. Social media is a weird shape-shifter and lots of weird things will pop up and algorithms will change, but:
– determine how much time you actually want to dedicate to social media (how many platforms?)
– stick to the things that you feel comfortable with doing. (eg: don’t do a live video if you’re not into that)
– stay true to your desires and goals, and everyone’s is different

 

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I hope that this has been helpful for anyone else, but it feels good to recap a little of my experience in the past year with trying to run this blog. I certainly have a lot more to learn, like using MailChimp to send things out if I get subscribers, and working more on what I’d like my aesthetic to be. I like to come at my social media with optimism, but I also enjoy poking fun at myself and hope my humor carries across in my internet-life. I shall see where I am in another year, but I’m sure I’ll let you know! Blogging and social media, and the whole shebang can be very tricky at times, but you can get so much out of it. It just depends on what you’re looking for, and that is an ever-changing thing. And that’s ok, too.

 

Until next time,
Gilliane

 

If you’d like to join in on my social media activities, I’d love to see you around! You can find me on my GillyGnits Facebook page and my Instagram! Let’s connect 🙂

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Pom Pom Party!

Who loves pom poms?

 

Me!

 

And I’m sure you do too!

 

Pom poms are so versatile and a fantastic pop to any project, so they deserve their very own party! Lots of crafters are currently in on the Pom Pom Party, just look over at the Craft Yarn Council, who hosted a Pom-Pom-Along earlier this month. There are so many cute ideas!

 

But how do you make one of your own? Well, luckily, it’s pretty easy! You have two options: using a Clover Pom Pom maker or creating one by hand, which isn’t nearly as daunting as you might think.

 

The Clover Pom Pom maker sure does help take a lot of the guesswork out of the process and are incredibly easy to use, which is super helpful! Though, I’ve gotta admit, I didn’t read the instructions and absolutely MANGLED my first attempt at a pom pom because I thought I had to cut the yarn in a different section and it was just an absolute mess–don’t be like me! But they’re actually much easier than my silly self mistook it for:

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from Krystle DeSantos (check out her blog, it’s cute!) Click through!

That’s a really cool and helpful photo to show you how it’s supposed to be done! You can also use cardboard discs for help winding. Another cool one is the video on making tiny pom poms with a fork! They’d be really adorable for baby projects, so keep it in mind! And this is a really intense post on making a giant pom pom in 60 seconds–it’s wild! I don’t personally think I need a pom pom that big, but everybody has different crafting needs, so I had to include it (also because it’s pretty cool).

 

So you have a ton of options when it comes to pom poms. Their versatility makes them incredibly useful decals for hats, scarves, and so much more! You can find some really cool projects like the following:

A pom pom rug (which ingeniously uses two toilet paper rolls to make the poms!)

diy pom pom rug

 

Some cute animal ears (from my Animal Headbands post)

Chevron scarf with pom pom detail

Columbia Chevron Super Scarf Pattern by Two of Wands

Or you can even glue them onto party hats and give your hat an extra pop of color!

 

While I’ve been really busy lately, mostly stressing about intangible stuff, I’m really looking forward to making some new things and the pom pom party has given me just the right kind of push that I needed to get back into the flow of it all! I hope you found this a bit inspirational, I’d love to see all of your pom pom projects on the usual internet places–you can find me on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest–and I’ll find you on the #pompomparty!

Until then,

Gilliane

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Healthy Crafting Tips

 

 

 

 

Hey friends!

I took the past week off from crafting to give my hands a rest.

I’d realized that I was working too hard too often with them and not letting them rest properly. At work, I’m always clutching either a radio or a thermos (I’m a security officer!), and in Southern California, you’re usually white-knuckling it in traffic, so my hands go through a lot before I even get my hands on a crochet hook or loom tool! I was spending more time stretching my hands at work and realizing just how sore they were. I’ve been hooking more things at a much faster rate and stressing out the muscles.

And that’s not good for your health.

So I took a break to recenter myself and get my hands back into better shape, but now I’m back and I wanted to share some helpful tips to keep your hands and body healthy while still being able to do what you love: crafting!

     1. Keep hydrated.

I know that that sounds like a given, but so often us crafters (I see you on Instagram!) chug caffeinated tea and coffee to help us power through our day and all of our projects–but it’s so important to drink water to avoid unnecessary headaches. Coffee is life, I know, but DRINK THAT WATER! Here’s some info from the Mayo Clinic on water intake (article here):

– 8 glasses of 8 ounces of fluid is good

– keep in mind that fruits and veggies give you hydration

– aim for pale yellow urine (I know it sounds gross, but pay attention)

 

     2. Watch your posture.

Mind those curves of yours, and make sure that things are properly aligned from time to time to alleviate and/or prevent any strain you might be inflicting on yourself! I have a tendency to slump a lot and relax my back too much which causes lower back strain for myself–sit upright. Like this guy:

 

Have your back straight and pull your shoulders back occasionally just to reset yourself. The Cleveland Clinic has some helpful tips and how you can train yourself better! Spine.org also has some great tips for how to maintain your posture while standing, driving, picking up kids, and doing various tasks throughout the day, and is definitely worth a look.

 

     3. Take breaks.

Take breaks! And not just for sipping your drink, though that can help your hands. Get up, do some stretches, and walk around. Get the blood flowing to break it up. Different sources say to get up once an hour. I know we all love the crafting marathons, but they’re not doing us any good health-wise, even if we do feel good about completing things faster. Stretch your legs a bit, stretch your neck, and stretch your hands!

 

     4. Stretch your hands.

Your hands are your livelihood and your hobby, keep them safe and healthy! WebMD has a helpful slideshow about the different kinds of stretches that you can do for your hands, which you can find here. Take frequent breaks, stretch your hands, and maintain proper hand posture to help keep carpal tunnel syndrome at bay. Though there are no “fool-proof” methods for preventing Carpal Tunnel, it helps to stretch.

Use appropriate tools. Why are ergonomic hooks so popular? Because they help people get the right hand shape they need so that it doesn’t hurt to craft. When I first started out with crochet, I wasn’t using ergonomic hooks and was wrecking my hands. I couldn’t craft for very long because my hand would start to cramp up. There is a history of arthritis in my family, so I’d like to stave that off for as long as possible and take care of my hands. Since I started using the ergonomic hooks, I haven’t had the cramping! Yay!

You also might need to keep your hands warm. When my hand was hurting, I bought myself a crafting glove over at Michaels and it was very helpful. Whether it was because it acted as a gentle pressure on the hand muscles or the warmth it gave my hand, I found the crafting glove to be really nice. And, while I haven’t needed to use it, I do keep it handy just in case I might need it during the wintertime.

It’s like my dad always says, it’s better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.

    5. Get sleep.

Again, those crafting marathons are fun, but get sleep. Get your proper rest so you can tackle your projects more appropriately. I have spent so many nights just aimlessly hopping from one project to the next or scrolling patterns online. At times, this is fun, but remember to get sleep!

 

I hope you found these tips helpful! I know that it’s hard to keep track of time and pay attention to how long you’ve been working on any given project, but it is SO important that you take care of yourself while doing so! You love crafting, so you want to be able to be healthy enough to continue to do so comfortably! What kinds of tips and tricks do you use to keep at the top of your health game? Are there certain stretches that you like doing best? I’d love to hear how your practice safe crafting, so hit me up in the comments here, or Instagram, or on Facebook.

Until next time,

Gilliane

 

 

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Fiber and Fandom: Knit and Crochet Cosplay!

Hey friends!

 

This past weekend I got back from a crazy trip: I went to San Diego Comic Con! And boy, was it crazy! Thousands of people descended on the oceanside city to bask in the nerdy goodness and feed off of each other’s energies as they let themselves be excited by their love of pop culture. It is such  a wild experience, though you always need to recharge afterwards–there are just so many things to look at and there are people EVERYWHERE!

 

I mean, EVERYWHERE!

 

Look at this panorama I managed to get on one of the days:

I mean dang.

 

This was my sixth Comic Con and I decided to go with lighter (and less stress!) costuming options this time around, opting for more of an OOTD kind of vibe! Last week, I’d given you a peek at some of the things that I had had in mind with my last-minute costumes with the Crochet Animal Headbands, but also had some other pieces I was excited to show–and was showing the progress on my Instagram.

So allow me to show you a smattering of the pieces that I used:

On Day 1, I wore a brain slug headband, which was inspired by the cartoon series Futurama:

I’m considering making a pattern for the headband, so if you’re interested, please let me know! Also, side note: I’m still kind of confused by my new smile since the braces just came off at the beginning of June, so that’s a work in progress, though I do like how this picture turned out!

Day 2, I went for a Princess Leia bun headband that I had whipped up the night before:

These were a simple project:
2 circles done with a K hook and Wool Ease Thick & Quick, I think it was the color “Wood”, then stitched onto a headband!
They would be pretty cool as ear warmers, so I think I’ll keep them in mind for wintery craft ideas!

Day 3 was my most exciting piece, a Magikarp hat!

This guy was a loom knit piece, with crochet elements, and I am currently working on getting the pattern done so that I can share it with you all! I got so many compliments for it, and a lot of Pokemon Go players were asking me what team I was on!

 

 

 

Go Team Valor!

 

But enough about my own creations! I had the goal of looking for other fiber-arts minded people and so I searched for those people in the crowds who also had knit or crochet creations for the convention!

By FAR the most popular pieces I saw were the Jayne Cobb hat from Firefly! The red, yellow, and orange combination is hard to miss! I would have taken more pictures but some people were just too far away and I couldn’t tap them on the shoulder! So here are some people who were kind enough to let me take pictures of them with their cunning hats:

Everyone was just too cool!

 

But that wasn’t all! There were also other Magikarp I saw and a super fantastic Harley hat:

 

Going through the crowds of people to take a picture with this guy was like swimming upstream!

Everyone I ran across had such amazing details in their pieces that it made my day! There were 2 fascinating pieces that I couldn’t get pictures of because of various reasons, but one was a majestic Sorting Hat and the other a large Doctor Who scarf, so I’m still kicking myself, but man, these artists are great!

 

And the vendors there were splendid! There are so many artisans who come to display all of their hard work and I was so happy to see the fiber arts represented! Here were some fantastic booths that I ran across!

TurtleBunny Creations:

They brought the nerd factor up to an 11! They had so many cute items there from their Super Buddies collection, which you can find more of in their Etsy shop or follow all of their updates on Instagram!

 

 

Dorklandia:

 

THEIR CATS ARE SO CUTE! I don’t know if it’s their body size or the large eyes, but they have some super adorable little kitties for adoption! Adopt one of your own in their Etsy shop or look at their new felines on their Instagram!

 

 

dsgnGrl Crochet:

 

Such an adorable assortment of items! I really loved the crochet superhero masks that she had–such an adorable idea! You can find all of her great items in her Etsy shop, and follow her updates on Instagram!

 

 

It was such a crazy experience that I only went to 3 days of the convention, and took the 4th day to decompress by seeing some of the sights in San Diego! It was the right call, we went to a cool historic area called Balboa Park, which was a great idea to help us recharge. I had such a great time at San Diego Comic Con and came away feeling so inspired! It’s always a great way to get new ideas and see the people who enjoy the same things you do, whether it’s your favorite tv shows and movies, or a love of fiber arts! I hope you enjoyed my recap of my Con experiences, feel free to share some of your own!

 

Until next time,

Gilliane

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Project Scrap Yarn

Hello! Welcome again, here’s a new blog post!

I wanted to share some clarification with you about a hashtag and series of pictures you have probably seen on my Instagram for quite some time now: #ProjectScrapYarn. I also tag it as #PSY, not to be confused with the pop icon who gave us Gangam Style, but I hope he doesn’t mind. So what is Project Scrap Yarn? It’s my foray into breaking down my stash of yarn that I’ve accumulated over the years and making different kinds of projects with them, big and small. I realized that I had been hoarding my yarn in different places, colors stashed all over the place, small balls of yarn here and there, scraps tucked into all different kinds of boxes and jars. It was frankly getting out of control and made me feel like I was grossly unorganized.

 

And I was. I was really unorganized. I felt gross looking at my workspace because no matter how often I thought I was reorganized the area, it was never enough to clear anything up! And it was frustrating.

 

But how could I fix my organization issues and feel less bad about having dozens of small tidbits of color floating around my workspace? This project of knocking down my stash of scrap yarn and making something productive from them! Last year I created myself a really wonderful granny square blanket with several partial and half-balls of Charisma yarn, and I feel so proud and happy every time I look at it because it turned out so beautifully. Look at it!

But, as always happens with yarn and crafting, the scraps re-accumulated. And as much as I’d like to create more blankies, I wanted the challenge of doing different projects. So occasionally I’d look at my baskets of yarn bits and think of what colors I could pair together. Which has led to me to some really fun projects like a pencil scarf that looks like a pencil, dozens of coffee sleeves, headbands, coasters, scarves, and more!

Some of the patterns that you will see me post will have been influenced by this self-imposed project, and has led to a lot of illuminating lightbulb moments, it’s been such a cool adventure. So if you see my hashtags floating around on Instagram, I’d love it if you wanted to join in on the social media fun and show me what you’re doing in terms of your own stashbusting!

P.S. Organization of yarn is an ongoing issue for me, I’m sure you have your own, but more on that another day!

~Gilliane

 

 

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Zen and the Art of Yarn Detangling

[To start, I took the title of this blog post from a really interesting philosophical novel I read a handful of years ago called Zen And The Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig which I really liked and took away some helpful advice!]

I love yarn.

 

I do.

 

I love yarn SO much.

 

But I really really can’t handle unknotting tangles as they come up sometimes.

 

Which is a problem because it happens more often than you ever want it to, am I right? Which brings me to my post today about why I learned to appreciate something as awful as yarn detangling.

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Ugh, gross *muffled swearing*


Growing up, I was always kind of a perfectionist (which was always in competition with my tendency toward procrastination, but…anyhow). I assumed that I was good at everything and definitely did NOT appreciate it any time it came up that I was not, in fact, amazing at everything the first time around. Which is difficult sometimes, and it happens to everybody. But you couldn’t tell that to Kid Me. I would get super irritable and annoyed and start shutting down.

Not the healthiest reaction, I’ll be the first to admit.

But, with time, you learn to accept the things that you are not good at.
You do that in two ways.
1) Accepting that maybe it’s not your thing and leaving it, maybe consider setting it on fire

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Bye inconveniences!

OR

2) Understanding that maybe you can’t do it YET

The first is the easiest to do, whereas the second takes a lot of time and PATIENCE. Patience is in short supply for the young, but if you don’t really practice at it and challenge yourself, you become an impatient adult and that is way less endearing. When you decide to understand instead of getting unproductively mad, you learn to take the time to see a problem to its proper end, and develop the patience to problem-solve in a more efficient manner.

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The one and only time I ever threw a book it was a math book. I regretted it immediately and it was an unproductive step to doing my homework (even if I felt temporarily better). Sorry, Algebra.


Which is where my issue (and probably yours) with tangled yarn comes in. It is a fantastic lesson in patience. It goes hand in hand with the craft that you do, whether it’s knitting, loom knitting, crochet, weaving, amigurumi, or anything that you do with yarn.

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Sure, this counts too!


There are going to be snags, but you have to get through them to get to work on your real project. Yarn detangling is a minor issue, or setback, along the way to the thing that you really want: to get started on your “real” work. Much like in the same way that people think about the things they want to do, but get sidelined by small things that are still important and necessary steps…even if they’re annoying and you don’t like them.

“I just want to be a doctor and help people, this pharmacology class is super boring”

 

 

Things that are trying or difficult make our goals seem just that much further out of our reach, but if we start looking at them as steps toward our success of creating a cute hat or a delightful blanket that we’re excited about, then it makes the tedious task a little bit more manageable. Sometimes when I get mad at my yarn tangles and start tugging harder and worsen the knot, I kick myself for not simply taking the time and causing myself the issue of working that much longer at getting them undone. I especially had a difficult time in June when I got these fabulous hanks of Malabrigo yarn and needed to put them into balls for easier crafting.

But I had never worked with winding hanks of yarn and didn’t look up the best method and spent roughly 4-6 hours of my weekend simply trying to work my way through the mess that I had made. That was time that I could’ve spent working on the top I had planned, which was really frustrating. Because new projects are AMAZING! However, because I valued the yarn, from my friend Marina from Bad Sissy Crochet, and had a nice project in mind that I was excited about, I lightly clenched my jaw (because I recently got my braces removed and wanted to be careful with my new smile, obviously) and quietly swore between my teeth.

I’m glad to say, though, that having put on a nice tv show in the background (I’m a huge fan of Impractical Jokers myself) and getting into the groove of unwinding the hank of yarn, I didn’t mind the task as much as I thought I would have. There is a calming sense about it, just breathing and feeling the tracking in the thread, much like when you get down to the nitty-gritty of your “real” project. I learned something about differences in types of yarn winding, experienced a new shape in yarn (since I was more accustomed to skeins and balls), and finally got to setup the groundwork for a new project!

Finally!


I can work on my top now knowing that I put in a lot of effort and care to make sure that the work-in-progress goes smoothly!

So, all in all, I learned it’s much more productive to understand that things don’t always work out the way you want them to the first time and you’ll have to make your way through small obstacles (and maybe some big ones) to get to where you want to be. It takes time and patience to refocus and re-center yourself on getting things done, but is worth it in the end.

 

~ Gilliane

 

 

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Welcome!

Hello, I’m so glad you’re here! And I’m glad to be here!

My name is Gilliane and I’m a crochet and loom knitwear designer! I’ll be here, sharing my ideas, patterns, and inspiration for crafting, crocheting, and loom knitting! I appreciate the new challenges that every project has to offer and want to share the adventure with you, the reader! I have been loom knitting for nearly 4 years, crocheting for a year and a half and, while I still have a lot to learn, I also have a lot to share!

I take lots of dorky pictures, but this is what I look like

 

I started loom knitting as a stress reliever and compiled a lot of projects that I didn’t know what to do with, so I launched an Etsy in October 2013 to make a go of online selling!

I developed it into my microbusiness, friends began requesting items for the holidays, and I started attending craft fairs! The craft fair attendance has been quite a learning experience, which I will post more about, don’t worry! But there is definitely a learning curve, and I’m still learning.

My crafting brings all the boys to the yard

 

My desire to learn crochet came from something simple: I wanted to make a bikini top. So I went to the place everyone goes to for information: The library. Google.
And on Google, I found lots of information I hadn’t really looked for before, and developed a new craft love! Some of my early projects were incredibly ambitious for a beginner: this American flag afghan

I got daunted by the piece and didn’t complete it for over a year, so the row endings are off, but the stars are perfect

 

and crocheting this costume piece for a cosplay I had planned for San Diego Comic Con.

I was so proud of this costume! I cosplayed as Linkle from the Legend of Zelda franchise

 

I believe that crafting is an ongoing endeavor and you always learning new things, new techniques and patterns. The great thing is that new challenges might sound daunting at first, but don’t compare to the sense of accomplishment you feel when you bind off that project! I’m here for the adventure and the experience, and hope you will join me.

 

Love,
Gilliane

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