For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother's womb
Psalm 139:13

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

what not to share

A rare moment of daylight! Quick, Instagram it!

I'm in that weird November no-man's-land of not knowing what to share online. 
There are a few contributing factors:

1. I'm making Christmas things. I'm quite proud of what I've stitched so far, but don't want to spoil the surprises by heedlessly plastering FO pics on Facebook and the like, especially since discovering a few more family members than I thought are occasional Knit Happens readers (hello in-laws! *waves*).  

2. It's dark all of the time! Well not literally all of the time, but it's dark when I leave for work and dark again when I get back. Urgh. These are not blogger-friendly conditions. 

3. Is it good enough? I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one who has that voice in the back of their head that witters utter nonsense, such as "You can't take good pictures," "What's the point? No-one reads this anyway," "You haven't finished anything," "That looks rubbish," "Don't waste time doing that, you need to be cleaning/cooking/working," "It will never be as good as that designer/blogger/writer,". Ah, classic gems. And while rationally I know they're not strictly true, sometimes the doubts are more difficult to ignore. 


So while I've not been blogging a whole lot lately, I have been crafting. I spent the last weekend catching up with a dear friend; laughing lots, baking, vegging out and binge-watching Say Yes to the Dress (Randy's eyebrows are everything). While having friends who live far away is pretty sucky, the required long train journeys and companionable vegging out provide ample opportunity for stitching. Even if you do get so excited about catching up and making/finishing/giving things that you commit the ultimate blogging faux pas and forget to take pictures altogether.   

12 comments:

  1. man, I hear you on this being a really challenging time of year for photos, especially as I work full time and it is dark when I head out to the office and dark when Ir return. Trying to get all the photos in on the weekend when you have a family and stuff to actually do is really hard! Go easy on yourself, I bet your gifts are super awesome- and when you are able to share, I look forward to seeing them!

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    1. Precisely! It's trying to find the balance of juggling a job, family etc with creative goals - I think I'm going to work on planning ahead a bit to figure it out. There must be a way that doesn't feel too much like extra work! :) x

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  2. I like your picture a lot and wish I had your table cloth too :-)
    Yes, I often doubt if what I made is good enough, we all do. But I think you wouldn't have come this far if your creations were so bad. (Maybe it's the dark weather that makes you think less positive?)
    About your family visiting your blog, you can always show pictures of details and then they can guess which detail is for them :-) haha.

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    1. Hi Sigrid, thanks for your lovely words. I think this post came out a bit more doom and gloom than I anticipated, but sometimes it's good to get it all out there! I really like your idea of showing little sneak peek details, I think I might just do that! :) x

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  3. Well people do read your blog and enjoy your photos and words and get excited that you've snapped an in progress pic of one of their patterns :-D

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    1. Joanne! I can't tell you how much I've enjoyed making it! Two and a half more rows to go :) x

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  4. Yes, there are definitely people reading! I know what you mean though about the days being shorter and being dark during your free time - so hard to take photos! I also have that voice in my head telling me to do other things that aren't knitting/blogging! Looking forward to the post xmas pics of the surprise gifts! :-)

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    1. Hello Gill, It's lovely to know you guys are still out there! Much appreciated. Going to work on getting snaps done and dusted at weekends - hopefully that will help. :) x

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  5. 100% agree!! I might actually take a leaf out of your book(blog) and write a similar post as I am in the exact same boat as you - everything I'm working on now are presents or orders so I can't share them for fear of ruining surprises!! and taking pictures is sooooo hard now! jenny xxx

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    1. Hi Jenny, urgh, it's just that time of year, isn't it? Everything seems so gloomy in the dark! January's going to be a jamboree of FO posts, I think! :) x

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  6. Well, as said dear friend, I can tell you that you make wonderful things and I love reading your blog.

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  7. Add me to the list or regular readers (though I usually have to wait till the weekends to catch up). The darkness is also an issue for me. There is no way to take decent photos - I even tried it at work, but no luck. And then I don't feel like blogging in the evenings because the dark makes me think it's bed time, so I get too sleepy. It's not my season!

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penny for your thoughts . . .

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