At blogtacular one of the quotes that rang in my ears was this:
Do something that scares you
– Joy Cho
And immediately my mind flew to an idea I have had for a while but have shelved because, quite frankly, I found it pretty terrifying.
I used to be quite scared of having my photo taken, I always looked awkward and geeky and what I saw in the frame didn’t match what I saw in the mirror or my own self image. But one of the best things about being an impoverished self publishing designer (cue violin) is that you can’t afford to pay a model so you’d best just suck it up and leap right in front of that camera. And, you know what, I’m actually okay, there are some really terrific shots of me taken by Kat and Kath where I look better than I do in real life.
I wear my own designs and other knit wear I have made a fair bit. I almost always wear it when I am teaching but a lot of the time I also wear it in normal life, to take my kids out for the day, to do the school run, to snuggle up watching the telly, to the pub in the evening (rare.) I enjoy wearing it, it expresses my personality and I get a lot of compliments (so it satisfies my inner show off too!)
I hear a lot from friends, students and passers by that they knit or crochet but never make anything for themselves.
I want to inspire people to turn their skills to enhance their wardrobes and create unique pieces that reflect their style in a way that fast fashion and the high street never could.
So with this end in mind I have decided to try and inspire people by showing them how I style my handknits. How I build those lovely pieces into my every day wardrobe. So I am going to blog it and share it on social media in the hope that more people will want to make themselves something wonderful.
But it is pretty scary because I don’t have a wonderful photographer and/or stylist following me around at all times, I will have to balance my camera places or bully friends into taking the photos. I am putting myself out there for criticism of how I dress and how I look on an average day. And I am a bit scared but so far the feedback has been really lovely.
If you want to follow my outfits then I will be rounding them up on the blog from time to time under the category #makeitwearit and pinning them here and using the #makeitwear it on instagram and twitter. I’ll also post them to my facebook page. All the links you need are in the sidebar.
Here are the first three for your delectation: