Thursday, July 31, 2014

knitting love {on talents and the sweet peach shawl}

A couple weekends ago, I knitted up this shawl, the Sweet Peach Shawl by Lion Brand. It was my first attempt at knitting a shawl and I was surprised how quickly I was able to learn the pattern and knit this up (and it would've been even faster if I hadn't spent two days untangling a massive yarn knot...).

I really love the look of lacey, knitted shawls. They are feminine and elegant...yet...I still haven't gotten the guts to actually wear one outside of my own home! 

Knitwear isn't exactly "high fashion" and many people seem to categorize knitting as an activity only elderly women participate in. I even joke pretty often about how I'm an "old lady" trapped in a young person's body. 

But as weird a hobby as it is, and as "unfashionable" as it may be, I still love what I do. I like to make things by hand. I like to create, and I'm good at it. So maybe I need to stop wondering how other people might judge and stop stereotyping myself as well. 

I posted a quote on my Instagram (@lovecitycrochet) last week from a crafty business podcast that I love, Elise Gets Crafty, and it was,

"Don't water down who you are. Be you!"

This quote really made me think. Why be embarrassed or shy to show off something you love to do? And, this doesn't just apply to my knitting or crochet habits...but really any talent or gift that anyone has.

So my questions to you are...what are you good at? Have you ever been a little timid about sharing it? What are you doing to really appreciate your talent(s)?

Really...I want to know!


  1. I spent years being someone else. I'm so glad I'm now me. I love to crochet, knit, spin & craft. I gave up caring what other people think and I'm so much happier. People at work used to take the mickey out of me. The thing is I have so much to show for my time and life. I bring smiles to peoples faces and touch peoples hearts. That's worth more than anything else. If anything happened in the world I know my family could survive. I can make things without electricity. I can keep us clothed and warm. It's wonderful being happy being me.

  2. Wow just looked at the pattern online and I think yours looks better!