Why I write…a belated blog hop

It’s quite some time since Annie from Annie Loves Linen nominated me for this blog hop. She’s been very forgiving of my tardiness, but as the new year is under way it seemed a fortuitous time to think about these things and share a little with you.

Why do you write?

For the rest of the week I’m mummy, wife, daughter, aunt, friend, housekeeper, chief cook and bottle washer.  I love all of those roles and I love my life more than I have words to express.  What this little blog of mine does is give me a space just to be me. More importantly, with live whizzing by at the speed of light, it gives me a place to record it all.

I take pictures of our life all the time, but without this blog they’d just be sat on our hard drive waiting to see the light of day.  Here I can see the children growing, celebrate life’s events, big and small, and share my creative endeavours.

I can reflect on what I’ve made and hopefully learn a little each time in the process.

And, unexpectedly, I have made some amazing new friends from across the globe. I originally started this blog as a way to connect with my family in the south when I moved back to Lancashire.  It never crossed my mind at that point that anyone else would be remotely interested in my ramblings, and it has surprised and delighted me to make these connections and meet new folk, both on line and in real life.

How is your blog different?

Oh this is so hard.  I’m not some pattern making wunderkind, I’m not the worlds speediest sewer or wielder of needles.  I don’t have any fabulous tutorial that will have you inserting a fly zip in 30 seconds.

We are just normal folk living a quiet life and raising our kids.  And maybe that’s the key. In a world dominated by celebrity, photoshopping and twerking, I know I love to connect with blogs that reflect my life and the reality of everyday life and creativity.  To connect with folk who are juggling and whose life isn’t one Pinterest moment after another.

We’re just keeping it real, here.  Obviously with disgracefully cute children and an adorable dog.  I’m pretty sure they help! 😉

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What are you working on at the moment?

My knitting needles are the most busy at the moment.  I’m knitting Harbour Island by Amy Herzog for myself and making great progress. This is another CustomFit project and I’m cracking on with it and already halfway up the second front.  This is my primary project, so I’m aiming for a finish by the end of the month (or very early Feb at a push).

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I’m also knitting socks for the Mr in Jawoll Magic.  It’s always good to have a portable project and he picks great colours to knit.

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Sewing has been sparse non-existent of late, but I’ve just printed off these two patterns and will be starting taping and cutting next week.  Both will be blue stripes…I need some basics in my wardrobe.

What is your writing process?

Do you know those organised folk who have posting schedules and content plans. Yeah….I’m not one of them 😉

My blog is ancillary to my life, it’s not my job, and therefore sometimes I don’t get to post here.  When I do write, each post is driven by a project or event.  The content here reflects our life, not the other way around.

As for the actual process, it’s project, then photos, then words.  The only exception to that rule is a post like this, which is all about the words.  In this case I’m sat in a coffee shop with my second latte, listening to Aloe Blacc and letting the words tumble as they may.

I tend to write as I speak.  I hope I do.  I’d like to think that those who know me IRL would be able to hear my voice in the written word.  That’s my goal, anyway.

So there you have it.  A little update and a little insight.

At this point I’m supposed to hand the baton on to another blogger, but, in truth, I’m so very behind with this post that everyone I’d nominate has already written.

So perhaps I’ll take this opportunity to ask you guys a question.  I’m always thrilled when you guys pop in to see what we’re up to, and even more so if you leave me a comment.  But I often wonder if there’s anything you like to see more or less of on this blog?  Do tell…I’m intrigued and open to suggestions.


4 Responses to Why I write…a belated blog hop

  1. What a great post. No, nothing from me. Your blog is great (which is why I read it) I love all your knitting projects and sewing for your beautiful children. Sprogzilla is too big now for any of those patterns but she would have loved them when she was wee. Also your voice does come through. Too many blogs now trying to be something that they are not. Nice to hear a real voice. Xx

  2. Loved this post – it was great to learn more about you. Your thoughts and life seem to very much relfect mine (minus the children – but our approach to real life and blogging!). Really enjoy reading your blog, long may it continue! Hope you’re keeping warm up there in the cold north 🙂

    • Evie says:

      Thank you! I do think we were cut from the same cloth, for sure. And you do have your fur babies, don’t forget!
      It’s chilly here for sure, but not raining, which is always a good thing in my book!

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