Gratitude #loveyourblog challenge

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Gratitude is a topic that I feel happy to write about. On Saturday I met some wonderful people and now thanks to their patience and knowledge I have a heel for my first ever pair of socks!! So happy right now.

Socks are something that I have always wanted to knit but failed to do so because of my insecurities. I have also found a pattern that I love to knit.

So far during my journey of knitting and blogging I have met so many people who have helped me and shared their knowledge with me. The heel of my sock was knitted on the coach to Wonderwool Wales with my new friend Stephen’s help. I couldn’t say thank you enough to him.

I have really enjoyed writing the posts for the Love your blog challenge with Laura and it has been amazing to see so many of you joining in! Thank you for joining me and for visiting my blog. This challenge has really given me the confidence to continue blogging!
Thank you x

GirlinKnits

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New spinner alert! And Wonderwool Wales

Today a new fibre hobby started… Spinning!

I bought my first ‘learn to spin’ drop spindle kit from the hill top cloud at Wonderwool wales yesterday with the help of my friend Alma. If your reading this Alma.. Thanks! 

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Just a bit addicted right now.. making space for fibre in the stash will be tricky but worth it.!
This could be me soon. .

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Here are my purchases..

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Hill top cloud drop spindle kit with 50g rare breed north Ronaldsay roving. Project bag too.
John Arbon mill ends and merino laceweight.
Easyknits big boy blue gradients
Baa ram ewe project bag and mini skeins in burgundy
Merino roving in gold from Adelaine Taylor.

GirlinKnits

Ugly #loveyourblog challenge #aninspired2015

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Ok I admit it.. this topic left me stumped…! Hence the late post. The ‘ugly’ side to social media is that as bloggers we put ourselves ‘out there’ all the time. Be it a photo on instagram or through our writing on our blogs. 

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On the whole reactions to my posts and the comments on photos are wonderful! The comments left on my last post ‘Beginnings’ made me smile and so happy to hear that it resonated with some of you who have struggled with various things over your lives. That’s one of the delights of blogging and social media is that it brings like minded crafty people together.

But sometimes we don’t get the responses we would like. I am very lucky so far that I am yet to receive hurtful comments on posts and photos. But some of you have an that saddens me deeply.

I would like to share with you some tips that I use to make myself feel better during my insecure moments in my real and virtual lives.

Please don’t stop doing what you love!  If it makes you happy then it really doesn’t matter what anybody else thinks.

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If your posts aren’t as ‘liked’ as many times as your favourite bloggers than that’s ok too!  Everyone is an individual.  Everybody grows into their blog and voice. It doesn’t make you any less of a blogger then the rest!

We can all learn from each other which is one of the reasons why we share tutorials, advice, reviews and patterns. I would like my blog to say that if I can do it.. be it travelling on my own, thrifting or crafting be that knitting or crochet  the so can you!

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Thank you for reading! I would love to hear from you in the comments.

GirlinKnits

#loveyourblog challenge part 2 ‘Beginnings’

I started blogging in 2013 for self confidence.  I wanted to build up my self confidence and self esteem during a really tough time in my life. I had just moved back home from living in Munich for 2 years and found myself unemployed.

I wanted a new challenge to learn to crochet because learning to knit was hard for me and after previous attempts in the past, I just didn’t think I could do it. Well 2 years later.. I am knitting! Working full time and trying to balance blogging at the same time. I have fallen in and out of love with my blog but now I love it. I wanted to do something productive and creative with all the free time I had. I am from a family of crafters and wanted to join in. As I craft my self confidence has soared and it truly makes me happy!

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My blog has become my freedom of expression to be the person that I want to be. I am a crafty girl bundled up in knits travelling the world, backpack on my back with my knitting and of course. . Chocolate. My blog has enabled me to meet so many wonderful people and I am so inspired by my blogging friends and other crafters around me. The crafting community is something truly special and I place where I belong.

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I am really loving this challenge and the chance to be honest with you all. Thank you for following me on my journey of self discovery!

GirlinKnits

Love your blog challenge 1 #getyouryarnwishesgranted

The First challenge from Kate over at A Playful day is ‘Interactions and Community’

I am an avid user of Instagram, Twitter and Tumblr but over Christmas something amazing happened  over on Instagram. Crafting Supremo Taiga Hilliard started the hashtag #getyouryarnwishesgranted. 

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what started as a single photo snowballed into a 80 posts and its still growing! I loved taking part in granting peoples wishes. Bringing an entire community of crafters together, talking swapping and spreading the love of our crafts with some incredible generosity.

The lovely lady herself agreed to answer my question about #getyouryarnwishesgranted.

Me:I really wanted to get your thoughts behind the #getyouryarnwishesgranted this past holiday season. It really bought a lot of happiness to us all and it still is.What was it that make our put it out there to everyone and what did you think about it when you saw the response?

Taiga:This is exciting!
‘It was snowy and cold and everyone was on vacation or had days off and I was just sitting at home knitting and trying to stay warm.
I had been trying to buy this special sock yarn for months and it was sold out everywhere, so I was rooting through my stash to find something I wanted to knit with and got to thinking, I have a lot of lovely yarn that I am not planning on knitting any time soon and I bet someone has the yarn I want just sitting unused in there stash.
I thought it might be fun to throw it out there and see if I could find homes for some of my yarn and make some people who really wanted something, but either could not afford it or like me could not get there hands on it, happy.
It was really fun to watch #getyouryarnwishesgranted snowball over just a few hours. I got to grant a ton of wishes, clear some of my stash and one very special person had the very yarn I had been trying to get a hold of’
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I loved taking part in the hashtag and met some amazing people through it and have decided to continue on sending parcels to each other at intervals. I granted a few wishes myself and received some wonderful yarns in return. what better way than to spread the love over Christmas. Its true that crafters are the most amazing generous people, Instagram really brought the community of bloggers, knitters, crocheters and spinners together. making us all feel incredibly close. parcels wingered their way across the world to and from the USA, Ireland, Russia, UK, Germany, Finland, France, Latvia, Spain.. the list is endless.
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Ad you can see I was incredibly fortunate to receive such generous gifts and meet some wonderful ladies along the way.

The perfect way to bring a community together. Did you take part if so what did you think and what did you wish for, was it granted?

LookBook: Madewell fall 2015

Just as spring is announcing it’s very welcome arrival, the fashion giants are thinking to next autumn already. .

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Tomboys reign again at Madewell.  These are just some if my favourite looks from the fall 2015 look book. . Madewell is Avaliable online in the UK and here’s hoping we can see a store opening here soon. . Layered knits is year round for me here in the north of England, I just love the yellow/green roll neck sweater. . Time to scour ravelry for a like for like pattern..

GirlinKnits