Saturday, 17 May 2014

Views of Others, Views of Yourself

a little note from Future Charlotte: This post was written on my "rebound blog", when I thought I could be all fancy and have a proper website. Long story short, running a website is expensive and time consuming, and I just couldn't do it. After a little bit of grovelling, my blogger allowed me to come back - phew! So, just as a warning, this post might reference and link to said rebound blog, and you can click here to check it out if you so desire. Now, I'm going to hand you back to Past Charlotte...

Which Knitter Do You Admire?

Stitched Together's Whipporpoorwill Shawl
You don't have to be a reader of my blog for long to know that I am a huge fan of the blog, 'Stitched Together.' I began reading her blog back in the summer of 2011. Within a year, Chrissy started reading and commenting on my blog as well. I have to admit that made me incredibly excited, as I esteem Chrissy as one of the best knitters and bloggers on the Internet. 

There are many reasons why I love Chrissy and her corner of the Internet, but I'll try and compress them into a few short paragraphs.

Firstly, her writing style. She writes as if she is just chatting to you over a cup of tea, and that, my friends, is a sign of a good writer.

Secondly, her projects. Chrissy is incredibly talented when it comes to making things from yarn, and making yarn itself. She has tried her hand at knitting, crochet, sewing, spinning, pattern design and yarn dyeing. Which is, you will admit, a great collection of skills to have. I love all of her projects, but I especially love her knitting and spinning.

I have to admit, there is one thing that brings out the green-eyed monster when I'm reading Chrissy's blog, and that is her stash. She has such a diverse collection; sock yarn to chunky, bright to soft colours, hand-dyed to commercially dyed. I want it all

Last year Chrissy launched a new endeavour, her Podcast! I love to listen to it while I'm working away on my own little projects. Her podcast in fact is what inspired me to start my own (which will be coming back soon, I promise!)!

If you aren't following her, I highly recommend you do so. I promise you won't regret it!

What Do Others Think of Your Knitting?

My eldest niece, Tilly. Photo by @sarebegara on
I never truly believed I was good at knitting, despite having people lovingly tell me so. If anyone does ever compliment me on my knitting, I always brush it off, saying, "Oh, thank you... it's very easy to make. If I can do it, anyone can!" Which is quite a rude response, I've come to realise. Someone is complimenting me, so by me brushing it off, I am basically saying their opinion is wrong, which is incredibly rude!

I finally realised this towards the end of last year, and since then I have been trying my best to just accept the compliment graciously.

For the most part, I have a good response to my knitting. Occasionally I will get someone who doesn't appreciate the craft, and teases me about it. But, I don't mind. That is just their opinion. If they get cold in the winter because they find knitting is stupid, then so be it. 

I do have two big fans though, when it comes to knitting, and they are my nieces, whom I absoloutely adore. Tilly is 6 (this month), and Daisy is 2. They are my favourite little humans in the the entire world. Both of them ask me for knitted gifts, but mostly they ask to help me with my knitting. 

My youngest niece, Daisy. Photo by @sarabegara
on Instagram.
Daisy is the most interested of the two, and though I will endeavour to teach them both how to knit, I think Daisy will be the one to adopt it into her everyday life. She loves it. Whenever we talk on the phone, she always wants to know what I'm currently making. I take her to the yarn shop with me every now and again, and if she could, she would stay there for hours. She'll give her yarn recommendations, and what she thinks I should make with it. If there are other customers in the shop, they'll always "ooh", and "aww" over her enthusiasm for the craft. The first time I ever took her with me to the yarn shop and needed to leave, she began to cry because she wanted to stay and look at patterns. 

A couple of weeks ago, along with their Mum (my eldest sister), they came over for tea. They both proceeded to take me by the hand and lea me to my room and knit with me for about 45 minutes while watching Barbie's Dreamhouse. During that lovely time, they told me that I was the Knitting Princess of the world. They originally decided upon Queen, but they came to the conclusion that Queen might be too much responsibility. 

So, on the whole, people like my knitting. More importantly though, I love my knitting. it is such great fun :D

Today I was given the task of writing about my favourite crafter, &
why I love them so. I also had to write about what others thought about
my knitting. This is what I came up with.

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