So I actually wrote this a month and a half ago and then I got busy with things again. I really am back this time and will write more about what I have been up to in the meantime (at least the crochet and knitting related) but in the meantime feel free to take a look or just skip it and wait for the new one (I wouldn't blame you!) Thank you so much for still being interested enough in my blog to read this!
As crafters we are so driven to want to include crafts into the major parts of our lives, sometimes we forget how forcing ourselves to craft can sometimes make it less enjoyable.
I decided to make my own wedding bouquet. I am allergic to flowers and not a very girly girl so making a rather simple bouquet of knitted flowers and a couple other little touches was a great idea. What a pity I came to it two weeks before the wedding. It was a huge rush to find patterns I liked, find time in between moving to make them, and then put them together (than god for friends who are better crafters than I and willing to work on crafts while waiting for me ti get my hair done the day OF the wedding). The first few flowers were so much fun, but I quickly felt like I was copping out and could and should be making something much more interesting for myself. I do like how it came out and am so glad I have a bouquet I can treasure forever.
The second craft I worked on for my own wedding was our wedding favors. The friends and family coming to celebrate our commitment was very important to us so it meant a lot for me to make something special for them to take home. Somehow I failed to budget just how much time it would take to make goodie bags for over 100 people (thankfully less than 60 by the time we had our final numbers) We finally stuffed bags the night before and I had less than a third of what we needed. I started off knitting bags which took at least 3-4 hours each of straight knitting, and thankfully switched to crochet at the beginning of June. Even with my own bag pattern witch took a third of the time, I ended up with less than 30 of the bags. A year out 100 bags seemed so doable but they got so boring, simple and repetitive, it just never happened.
The last thing I, personally, crafted for my wedding was my table decorations. (The dresses for all the women we also made by hand just not by my hand, and thankfully I didn't end up making my own wedding cake) I had a gorgeous venue so I just tossed my little octopuses on the table and everyone was happy.
I wish I had put more passion and less quantity into the rest of what I did for our special day. In the days since the wedding I have had very little wish to craft at all and that is just sad. I am working to find a good crafting space for myself in our new home and hopefully will be able to work on furthering my kills and finding new challenges to keep me as enthuesed about my yarn as I have been for the past few years.
Expect more from me soon as I give myself the time to find my love of the yarn again. In the meantime, Happy crafting!
I know a lot of my enthusiasm remaining is in thanks to an amazing crochet group I recently joined, crochet 4 the masses on facebook. Such an amazing and supportive group of crafters. Please give them a look if you're a crocheter on facebook. (no advertising by them just a community that has meant a lot to me, not a group for selling or advertising your shop, just helpful awesome crafters)