In recent weeks both Elzaan and Kate have tagged me to take part in the World Blog Tour. Elzaan is an expat and blogs at Huisvlyt. She blogs in English and Afrikaans and lives in Mauritus. She makes lovely quilts and I always try to read the Afrikaans portion of her blog first to try and see how much I can work out. Kate is also an expat and blogs at Kate’s Quilting. She does much more than quilt, making wonderful Artist Trading cards and cross stitch as well. Kate is a blog reader who has become a good friend and I’m hoping that one day we’ll get to meet in person.
On to the questions.
1. What am I working on?
The short answer to this is: A thesis…(due for submission at the beginning of December so I’m currently a little bit obsessed with it).
Craft wise I’m working on another crocheted hippo like this one. This one still needs ears and eyes…
There is also a hand-pieced hexagon quilt which is a slow ongoing project.
There is also a strip quilt waiting to be basted (my least favourite part of quilting)
and there’s the Very Hungry Caterpillar quilt.
I also scrapbook
and lately I’ve been dabbling in the shiny new world of art journalling.
Weirdly for me, there is no knitting WIPs at present.
I also spin.
2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
I’m not sure that it does. My friend Kerin, who no longer blogs, but should :) tells me that I have my own distinct scrapbooking style that she can now recognise. Living away from craft stores forces me to work from stash, so there is a lot of handwritten titles and journalling on my pages and I’m starting to incorporate more doodling as well.
As far as knitting and crocheting go I tend to follow patterns pretty closely. Quilting I’m starting to make up my own patterns, but because maths is not my strong point they are pretty loose and free.
I guess my blog is different because I live in a place where most craft bloggers don’t and so I get to share pictures like this with you from time to time.
(This was Independence Day celebrations at Gorgeous Girl’s school a few years ago).
3. Why do I write/create what I do?
I like to make things. I enjoy the process of being creative. Being an isolated crafter I cherish the connections I’ve made through this blog as it allows me to feel part of a broader community of makers.
4. How does my writing/creating process work?
When I have free time I make things. Then I write about them so that I don’t accost random strangers to show them what I’ve made. I usually do different crafts on set days as it helps me not to have to decide what to work on during the spare minutes. Though lately I’ve just been obsessing on the crochet animals…
At this point I’m supposed to nominate three other bloggers to host the Tour on their blogs. However, nearly all of the blogs I read have already played along. So, if you have a blog and you haven’t played along and would like to, please let me know in the comments and I’ll give you a shout out in my next blog post.