Blogtoberfest: A Reflection

Blogging | Wednesday November 3 2010 | 2:05 pm | Comments (2) | Tags: , |

Five weeks ago I had never heard of Blogtoberfest, not did I have any inclination that such a thing existed.  I’ve been merrily blogging away for just over a year and had got involved in a few craft blog community things, though not as many as I probably could or should have.

At the end of September I was one blog post away from my 100th!  I wasn’t sure how to mark it. Then I read that Anka at Happy Hang Aroundwas taking part in Blogtoberfest, hosted by Tinniegirl with the help of Curlypops.  A commitment to post every day for the month of October.  It seemed the perfect thing for me to mark my century and to fall in love with my site again, having been struggling to keep motivation going over the past few difficult months.

So there I was on 1st October, 31 posts ahead of me and a bit of apprehension (ok, quite a lot actually!).  And here I am now, over 31 posts later very proud of myself.  Not just for having completed it, but for keeping it going into November too, aided I have to admit by the fact I am on holiday!

I am particularly proud that there aren’t many ‘fillers’ in there.  I like to properly write in each of my posts and share things with an explanation of what something is, how it came about, how I feel etc.   I am always reluctant to post just a picture of something I like or that I’ve found without saying what, how, why etc.  I know I’m too wordy to let things speak for themselves!

I feel I’ve got back on track with frou-frou, got excited about it again and clarified to myself what I want it to be.  At times in October I found I was writing a bit more about me personally than I ever intended to, and that is still a little strange for me and I’m not sure about how I feel about that or how interesting it is for you to read.  What it has done, however, is enabled me to write routinely about the little crafty things I do most days instead of saying to myself  ‘I’ll wait until there’s more to see’, which is just a bit lazy really.  This was really reinforced when Gillian left a lovely comment every time I posted about the circles scarf, following its progress.

Blogtoberfest also introduced me to many new blogs, many of which I will keep up to date with.  270 took part and as yet I have not worked my way through all of them, but I will eventually!

So what now? More of the same I guess.  I would love to say I’ll keep up daily posting, but I know it probably won’t happen.  Next week I’m back at work and have to really face up to the reality that I will probably be redundant by mid December (more blogging time?) and the stresses that will bring, or is already bringing.

For now I am going to wave goodbye to Blogtoberfest, but embrace what it has taught me and look forward to a happy bloggy future! 

Hopefully see you tomorrow!

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Nice weather for…

Random | Sunday October 3 2010 | 12:10 pm | No Comments | Tags: , |

Ducks!  Staying indoors and watching an old film!  Crochet! 

Manchester, where I live in North West England, is well known for rain.  And lots of it.  In the past few weeks we’ve certainly seen a lot of it. 

I don’t mind what the weather does, coming and going of its own accord as it does.  I know the moods of a lot of people, including my mum, are quite affected by it and can become quite down when it gets cold, dark and damp, but strangely it’s one thing that doesn’t bother me.

My only problem with the weather (OK, I admit there is one) is that I’m very bad for not looking out of the window to consider the weather when choosing what to wear!  Will I never learn?  Probably not!!

Here are a couple of pics of the rain battering down.  The view from my living room window:

Through my bedroom window I can normally see a lovely view of rooftops across suburban Manchester, but not today:

I need to go out now and get some food shopping but after that I feel a cosy afternoon of crochet may be in order when I get back.  Now I wonder what films are on…..!

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Flat top!

Craft | Saturday October 2 2010 | 7:17 pm | No Comments | Tags: , , , , |

I’m having a bit of trouble with a circle!   I’ve crocheted many circles before and they have come out round and flat, but not this one.  It’s not critical that it’s completely flat, as its for the top of a hat, but if you’d seen some of the versions before this one you’d agree they definitely wouldn’t have worked.

So this circle has been ripped back more times than I care to remember.  I ended up more or less making up each round as I went along.  Standard circle increases on each round weren’t working and in the end I have repeated each increase pattern for two rows instead of putting more stitches between each increase with each new round.  It seems to be working!  It isn’t completely flat, but that’s OK for this project.

This circle is the top of a beret for my sister-in-law as it was her birthday yesterday.  Don’t worry, it’s not going to be late really as I’m off to Scotland this week and will see her on Thursday.  Good job as with this cold autumnal weather she’ll need it to keep her ears warm!  Brrrrrrr!

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Blogtoberfest to celebrate an anniversary

Blogging | Friday October 1 2010 | 6:05 pm | 1 Comment | Tags: , |

This is my 100th blog post and I have uhmed and ahed over what to do for it.  A retrospective, a party, a special make….  Hmmmm none of them seemed quite right.

Then I read on on Anka’s blog about Blogtoberfest!  Perfect, more blogging!  And lots of it.  I’ve got a lot of project going on and plans for many more in the run up to Christmas so it’s perfect timing.  I want to blog more, share more makes and ideas and refer to other people’s wonderful work.  So as the nights get darker and the crochet gets cosier it seems just right for me right now.

What’s Blogtoberfest?  Look here…

This little intro isn’t the most creative post I’m afraid, but it’s kicking off big things so pop back daily and give me a kick if necessary.

See you tomorrow xx

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