So many people are taking part in a number of different blog hops at the moment and clicking on the links from one post takes you to another blog and another post, you could end up visiting blogs you already know or ones you've never visited before, a great way to find new blogs to read and make new friends.
What Am I Working On?
As far as my writing goes, I'm working on my blogs. I started writing The Good Life blog when I took on an allotment in April 2009. I wanted somewhere to keep a note of what I was sowing and planting and how it grew, as well as seeing the progress we made on the plot. As time went on, I wanted to include other aspects of my family life, but didn't want to deviate from the theme of the blog so I decided to start a new blog to run alongside and in September 2010, Through The Keyhole was born. I still enjoy writing both blogs immensely.
As for crafting, I set myself the challenge of knitting one little hat for The Innocent Big Knit each week. By the time they have to be sent off, I should have made fifty.
I'm also still plodding on with Eleanor's ripple blanket. It's quite large now and not very portable, but there's still lots more to do. I'm really enjoying making this blanket and it's nice to be able to take my time over it and savour every stitch which goes in to it.
There's also a couple of secret projects which I can't blog about as they're destined to become gifts.
How Does My Writing/Creative Process Work?
With blog posts, I write about what's happened recently, either gardening or family wise. There isn't much planning as I tend to write as things happen, but sometimes, I'll get an idea about something I want to blog about so I'll jot it down in my Filofax. I have a Projects section and blog ideas get written in here.
I don't make up my own patterns for knitting or crochet so I don't need to make many notes. I usually see something I want to make, find a pattern and away I go. I'm not confident in altering patterns either so I tend to stick rigidly to the instructions given. I pick up lots of inspiration from blogs, I only started knitting socks as I'd seen so many gorgeous pairs which clever people had made and this encouraged me to give them a go. They're now one of my favourite things to knit.
How Does My Writing/Work Differ From Others In Its Genre?
I think first and foremost, my blogs are a kind of online diary, so I started writing for myself. I've acquired quite a few followers along the way and have now made lots of new friends, so I think the blogs have evolved in to a kind of newsletter telling people what I'm up to. I don't think my blogs differ from anyone elses, I think most of us in the blogging world are here to connect with other like minded people.
I don't think what I create differs from anyone elses work either. As I've said before, I follow a pattern to the T, so it's going to come out exactly the same as others made using the same pattern. What I do try to do is individualise things by using colours which I, or the recipient of one of my creations, like. Eleanor chose the colours in her ripple blanket herself.
Why Do I Write/Create What I Do?
That's easy. I both write and create because I enjoy it. None of my friends are gardeners or crafters and it's nice to share what I make with a community of people who will appreciate it, this is how my writing and crafting come together, I make and then I blog.
I'd now like to nominate some more people to carry on the blog hop, I hope you'll agree to take part.
Mitzi from Lazy Days & Sundays at The Willows. Go and take a peek at her four adorable doggies.
Ali from The Creations of Crazy Dazy. I'm using Ali's Innocent Big Knit hat pattern and I love it.
Anne from My Blethering Blog. Anne is a whizz with the sewing machine and I love the fabrics she chooses.
If anyone else fancies taking part, please do. Leave me a comment to let me know when you've posted so that I can visit you. Also, please leave me a comment if you've popped in here on your way round the blog hop, it would be lovely to know you've called by.
Don't forget to click on the links in this post to follow the blog hop.
Thank you to Angel Jem and Eleanor for nominating me for this blog hop, I've enjoyed it.