I am seriously thinking of applying for research funding to explore some of my recent findings. For a little while now, I have been subject to a phenomenon I can only describe as the Blogging Induced Inertia Effect. It goes like this: as soon as I blog about how much I am enjoying or learning from a project, I will immediately desist from said activity. Take for example my ramblings just over a week ago about how I was greatly enjoying learning how to develop my blog/website. Since my last post, have I spent a moment working on this wonderfully enjoyable project?? Pah! For not one second have I thought about it, let alone actually do the work!
This leads me to the question: is it just me? It is quite possible that I am just lazy and easily distracted. Then again, maybe this is an actual phenomenon that needs to be studied further. I will be interested to hear from other bloggers. If you have dectected evidence of Blogging Induced Inertia Effect (BIIE), do let me know. I can’t promise it will lead to a major research project…..but it will make me feel a whole lot better about myself!
Here is the main cause of my BIIE. I have been posting a couple pictures of pieces of work that I have completed over the last year on Instagram. When I posted this picture, someone told me they would love to be able to stitch one up for themselves. It got me thinking. Late last year, I did quite a lot of work on making up the whole alphabet for this pattern. The fairly free form stable made it quite a challenge to make into cross stitch. I decided I needed to circulate/sell much simpler patterns before I took on something so complicated. I then got distracted by a number of other freehand and embroidery projects and, well, here we are! As I write this, it has struck me as clearly as it probably did you, dear reader, that inertia, blogging induced or otherwise, is not my problem – I am, quite simply, a dilettante!
Anyway, my Instagram exchange made me think that I should grab the chance to start making real grown up patterns. I told my IG friend that I would be happy to make up a monogram pattern for her providing she gave me some constructive feedback. She requested this pattern with a letter “R” and so I got to work. I decided that I would make this one up myself so that I was 100% certain I was happy with the colour and composition.
With a few minor adjustments, I was able to produce another pattern I was happy with. It has given me the confidence to make up a whole alphabet of monograms. I hope to be able to have a relatively presentable PDF of this pattern completed in the next couple of days.
In order to help me to keep this momentum going, I am offering a little giveaway to followers of this blog. If you would like your own Fair Isle monogram pattern PDF, please leave a comment on this post with the letter you would want to stitch up. If this giveaway is popular, I will put all of the entries into a hat and randomly select 2 winners. To be eligible for this giveaway you need to be following this blog. I will announce the winners on September 30th.
I have also managed to fit in a little work on my tea drinking girl. I am really learning as I go with this one. I have made her hair too big and her right hand is a hot mess (I am going to redo it entirely) but I just LOVE how her jumper has turned out!
A few people have asked me how I managed to achieve the knitted effect. I used a very simple form of needle lace. It was an experiment that had a happy outcome. I was thinking about posting a tutorial on this stitch. No wait! What am I thinking?! I sense another wave of Blogging Induced Inertia overcoming me!