Are you playing along with Me Made May this year?

me made mayWell May just seemed to sneak up out of nowhere this year. Maybe it was because April was such a hive of activity (and inactivity at times.) Or maybe because the weather at the end of April was so vile here that I couldn’t possibly believe that May would even happen!

Anyway here it is and it is one of my favourite months. May is my birthday month although this year it is a big birthday (I will smack anyone who says happy 50th or 60th!) so I intend to declare birthday Summer instead of birthday month. May always hints at summer, and spring and hope and the change of pace of life that a little sunshine and longer days bring. No more rushing home through drizzle to hot chocolate, we switch to long park visits after school.

The past three years I have also enjoyed May for the fun and inspiration that Me Made May brings. Dreamt up by Zoe, of the So Zo What do you know… blog, it is a month long celebration of hand made and home made clothing. Whether you sew, knit, crochet, weave or upcycle this challenge is a great one to get involved with. Participants make a personal pledge that is challenging but not impossible. For example you might pledge to wear a handmade item every day through May or wear an entire handmade outfit once a week. You choose. You can sign up and pledge here or just find out more about it.

I was a little late pledging and deciding but here is my pledge:

‘I, Joanne of Not So Granny and The Crochet Project blog, sign up as a participant of Me-Made-May ’16. I endeavour to wear at least one handmade item (preferably two) each day for the duration of May 2016′

I love this challenge because it really makes me think about my making and how it fits into my everyday life. I always end up digging out something I haven’t worn for a while or find a new way to style an old favourite.

In the past I have become a bit fatigued with taking endless selfies (because I really enjoy seeing other peoples outfits and sharing my own) so I plan to use the challenge as a prompt to get a bit more creative with my photography and try out some different styles of photography for outfit posts. I’m going to be playing along on instagram so follow me there to see the feed. They should also get copied over to my facebook page (provided I remember to tag them correctly!)

I feel like this year is going to be the best year ever – mostly because I have three new cardigans to swan around in! Yes I have the samples from our new book Three From The Top and I am not afraid to wear them!

If you’d like to come along and see the cardigans in the flesh I am at The Sheep Shop in Cambridge this Saturday (7th May 2016) I’m teaching crochet cardigans from the book all day followed by a show and tell and book signing. All of the class places got snapped up a long time ago but if you’d like to come and say hi, see the cardigans and pick up your copy of the book then please come by the shop between 4pm and 5pm.

Three From The Top Collage