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Social Media Meltdown

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I'm tired of the game and the numbers. I'm tired of comparing myself to others. I am tired of scrolling through my social media to only feel bad about my work, my body, my wardrobe, my life. I am tired of self deprecating myself and thinking "I am not enough" when I know that I AM. I am tired of being glued to my phone and going to it every 3-7 minutes for validation and verification from other people. I am tired of seeing the fake, and the beautiful boxes with the mess covered up.

I am fucking tired of social media

Hosting a Knit Night

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Imagine this: You’ve just learned to knit or crochet - or maybe you have been for a while - and can't stop pining to talk knits and purls, crochets and cables, patterns and fibers and yarn, etc. There's just one issue: Your partner or close friend doesn't really care. They listen and smile, but just don’t get it. Welcome to my life.

 I started a weekly Stitch N’ Bitch in Calgary, Canada 2.5 years ago and it’s been the highlight night of my week since! It’s wonderful to get together to knit or crochet, chat, laugh and learn. So if you’ve been wanting some knit-friendly friends, here are my tips in starting a knit night!

Are you "selling" yourself short? How to Price your Items

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Pricing your items when it comes to handmade is so difficult. It essentially comes down to asking yourself how much you are worth as a person. Too many times I see people pricing their items so low that I know there is no possible way that they can be making a profit and it hands down pisses me off. It pisses me off that they aren't paying themselves what they deserve - as well as it pisses me off that they are straight up undercutting Knitatude and myself.

Is it Competition or Do you Need to Calm your Tits?

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Being in a community of so many crafters means that there's bound to be two people that have the same great idea at the same time. After all there's only a certain amount of "original ideas" out there. I think we have this tenancy to jump down each others throats right away instead of looking at things from a positive side. Or a neutral one. Competition makes us crazy but we shouldn't let it. Here's my "positive" way to think about some good ol' competition.  I may get flack for this... but here goes.

"Where didya get those pom poms?" A Quick Guide to Asking for Suppliers

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You're ready to take the leap, start your own biz, or maybe you're scrolling through your social media feed and really like something that someone just posted. You want to know where they got that yarn, those pom poms, those materials, etc so you head to comment section, start typing and... LET ME STOP YOU RIGHT THERE! 

Let's hit the pause button and I'll let you in on a secret: 

Cable Knitting - Why are you Scared?

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Ok! Since some of my upcoming patterns I'm releasing in the next few weeks include cables I thought it was time to tackle a blog post about them. JUST in case you have been wanting to do them but haven't yet because they freak you out. Cables. As a new knitter these are the dream, the life, the aspiration. They also look effing HARD! Turns out they are hella simple and they are nothing to be scared of.  

How to Gain & Maintain Instagram Followers

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There's no right and wrong way of gaining and keeping followers. I'm going to come right out and say it. There's also no glorious booklet that will magically make it happen and the biggest thing I stress is that it's going to take time. A shit ton of hard work, dedication and time. If you're coming here expecting to get thousands of followers in night/day/ month - please click that little X on the top of this tab and go about the rest of your day.

That being said here are a few tips that I have ingrained in myself to get to where I am. Do I want more? Heck yes - but I know I'll have to work for it.

How to use the hashtag

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We've all seen the skit between Justin Timberlake and Jimmy Fallon centering around the hashtag (If you haven't - click here) and we've all come back with the thought "Why would someone even use hashtags?". Yes. We get it. That was excessive, but that's the crazy part... hashtags aren't just for silly nonsense words that you throw up onto your post. Hashtags are a way that people can find you and a way of grouping and nicheing certain topics together. You can totally use them to your advantage.

Example:

Perfecting that Instagram feed

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PERFECT THAT INSTA FEED

We’ve all seen it, that glorious Instagram feed that we could stare at all day and double tap every photo. We don’t do that of course cause’ that would make us look like crazies - but you have to wonder what makes it so special. Not to mention they usually have a ton of followers too! The answer? Those feeds are highly curated! Here are some tips to perfecting your Instagram feed: