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Three Hundred

300
300 not out! Current state of play.

Welcome to the 300th post on my blog, which should by rights be a widescreen epic, but just how epic can a little old lady whittering on about knitting and stationery be? I’ve been asking myself if I am the same person today as I was when I began to blog and I think largely I am, if for no other reason than that I am convinced I am still the same person as I was when I was five years old!

Looking back, I find my first two posts, back in June 2011, set the scene for my current blog very well. In the first post I mentioned that I was knitting my Slope Rib Cardigan for which I used a deep blue coned wool; nine years have gone by and I am knitting a sleeveless sweater in navy blue coned wool. I’ve looked back at my finished object photos for the Slope Rib cardi and I look incredibly similar, right down to being slightly overweight and having straggly, growing-out hair. My second post introduced the theme of stationery, by way of a lament about the state of my handwriting which, I am pleased to say, has improved a lot over the intervening years. In fact, I can honestly say I’m very happy with it nowadays.

That first attempt saw me writing my blog sporadically for 15 months before my enthusiasm diminished to the point where I gave it up entirely. I didn’t kill it off, just let it slumber until the summer of 2018 when it suddenly seemed like the right time for a resurrection and from then I can honestly say it’s been a pleasure to write. 

I have learned a few things about myself over the life of the blog and a very important one is that I really enjoy reading blogs. This is interesting because I think in reality I spend more time watching YouTube videos than reading blog posts, and that doesn’t really reflect my preference. Partly it’s because I can half-watch videos whilst I knit or do the washing up, whereas reading a blog post (like reading a book) is a mono-tasking process for me. Maybe that is why I find it more enjoyable. There was a point where it was predicted that blogs would wane in popularity, that no-one wanted them any more, yet here we are in 2020 and it seems to me they are just as popular as ever.

I can see from the number of posts I’ve written that I tend to go off the boil when I am embroiled in anything intensive such as day-job worries, and that I am most productive when I feel myself to be open to all kinds of different influences. I think ebbs and flows are natural in a blog, just as they are part of life itself, but I do like to try and keep to a reasonable schedule. One thing I find desperately difficult is to pre-plan and pre-write my posts. Occasionally I will do that, and I know it is the only way to sensibly keep up a regular blogging schedule, but drafting something for future use always seems to backfire on me. I go off the idea, or I want to write about something else that is more current in my thoughts, or if I don’t feel inspired to write something new I don’t feel inspired to complete something drafted either. That is an interesting characteristic, and I’m not sure if I think it’s something that is useful to know about myself, or something that I want to try and change.

Over the past 300 posts, I’ve talked about my work on dozens of knitting projects, some of which I finished and these have become stalwarts in my wardrobe; others fell by the wayside due to lack of interest on my part, or lack of skill, or bad decision-making. I’ve talked about pens and inks and different paper, a subject that continues to fascinate me so you can be sure there will be more stationery to come. I’ve shared my growing interest in vintage paraphernalia, now blossoming into a love of vintage knitting patterns in particular. I’ve shared quotes that I love and sometimes things that have irked me.

My photo shows the state of play today, at blog post 300. I am knitting away on my navy sleeveless sweater, reading Gretchen Rubin’s “The Happiness Project”, writing in the “Inspired Stories 100-day Planner” with my current selection of fountain pens, listening to a Poldark novel on BBC Sounds, planning my wardrobe strategy and writing my novel. That’s the springboard: here’s where we leap off towards the next 300.

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