From time to time, an IGer comes up with a photo challenge to encourage fellow IGers to share more of their creative world. I’ve only taken part in one photo challenge in the past – #animaldoodleaday – and what a challenge that was! By taking part I completely stepped out of my comfort zone and designed intarsia patterns daily. Hard work, but it paid off, since the 30 Animal Squares project is one of my most popular patterns to date!
When I came across the #MarchMeetTheMaker challenge, I was just getting back into my knitting routine after a long break and was really keen to start posting more on social media. Perfect timing! I loved it – it simply just motivates you to create more quality content and is an amazing way to connect with the community. If you don’t follow my on Instagram yet, I’m here :)
Here are my 31 pics!
#marchmeetthemaker DAY 2 – You I'm Julie, I'm French and 10 years ago I moved to the UK. I work in the corporate world by day, but my second job is knitter of cute stuff. When I'm not knitting, I love spending time with my lovely bf and dog, eating out, going to gigs, travelling and doing anything crafty!
#MarchMeetTheMaker DAY 7 – How & Why I got into knitting when I was a kid thanks to my grandma but, being an 80s kid, video games and movies became my everything and I just gave it up. A few years ago, I felt the need to get back to traditional crafts and taught myself how to knit again through YouTube videos. I knitted bows mostly. From day one I knew I wanted to make modern, cute and colourful knits and here I am, years later, still knitting bows (and other things or that would be worrying)
#MarchMeetTheMaker DAY 10 – Favourite small business I love illustration and am a huge fan of @linzinator's brand Em & Sprout – look at that cute kitty!!! Her @etsy shop features a huge range of designs and products and I'm lucky to own quite a few! I particularly love the sailor (I own the tshirt AND dress) and things in space designs ❤️ #emandsprout #kawaiifashion #smallbusinessowner
As I don't have any post run pics for today's #MarchMeetTheMaker – I mostly sell digital patterns these days! – I'm sharing a project I recently finished. Not my own design this time, but a bobble hat pattern by the very talented @annaknits. PS these #knitpro needles are dreamy! Yarn is by #ricodesign 👌🏻👌🏻👌🏻
#MarchMeetTheMaker DAY 13 – Feedback The first ever feedback I received on @etsyuk was for this anchor bow "Ooo… My niece will love this! Vey well-made. Quickly shipped and nicely packaged — thanks so much!" As a maker, feedback is everything! Reviews, likes and comments help me figure out which knits and patterns are most popular and what to make next. Thank you to all who take the time to share feedback ❤️
#MarchMeetTheMaker DAY 14 – Creative friends. Love today's theme! My best buddy @ludmilla_drago does the best cross stitch and I'm lucky to own quite a few of her pieces already. This one was a special order for a friend and it's just too much 😭 Check out her Etsy shop xBasketCasex 🙌🏻 And a little shout out to more creative gal pals @dieyoungbaby @marie.merry.mary @almostzerowastencl 💖
#MarchMeetTheMaker DAY 17 – Photography It took me a while to get it right, and I've learnt it's all about getting the right tools! To shoot my finished knits and tutorials I use my Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 camera and big studio lights (you simply can't rely on decent natural light in the North East of England!) and I often use patterned fabric as background for extra cuteness 📸
#MarchMeetTheMaker DAY 20 – Sketchbook My moleskine is the starting point of my design process, where I first draft sketches, charts and notes. It sometimes takes me months to be happy with a project and finally knit it! This is a corgi framed knit I made for myself when I started doing chart work (based on a simple corgi pattern I found online) because dogs (and the queen)!
#MarchMeetTheMaker DAY 22 – Best seller My 30 animal squares pattern is without a doubt my best seller! They're available to buy together or individually on Etsy, Ravelry and Craftsy and are perfect to make a cute blanket. #knitstagram #instaknitting #knittingpattern #iloveanimals #tricot #babyblanket #cutestuff #etsyuk #craftsy #ravelrypattern #knittedsquares
#MarchMeetTheMaker DAY 24 – Milestone 3 years ago @molliemakes digital editor found me on IG and asked to do an interview for their website. From this point I then became a regular contributor for the magazine and also worked on a Xmas themed project for their latest book, How To Knit, now available in paperback (this cover project is by the super talented @sincerelylouise)! It all happened thanks to Instagram where I was sharing progress on my little knits. So happy and proud to be a #molliemaker!
#MarchMeetTheMaker DAY 25 – Packaging Yes, I took a break over the weekend and am now 4 days behind! I've actually stuck to the same packaging since I started selling my knits – my essentials include little paper or kraft pouches, customised JATK stamps and stickers, business cards, washi tape and sweets 🍬🍬🍬
#MarchMeetTheMaker DAY 26 – Colour/Texture Any knitter will tell you, you can never have too much yarn! There are so many textures and shades to choose from, there's always one you need but don't have yet. I love merino DK yarn and wish I could own all the alpaca yarn. Would love to hear what your favourite type of yarn is!
I strongly encourage any creative IGers to join a photo challenge! And if you know of any other challenges, please let me know :)