It's no secret that I love Instagram. It has become such a life-giving creative outlet for me and I am quite honestly blown away by the positivity, encouragement and beauty that I find there every single day. Part of my rediscovery of knitting had to do with the inspiration I found on Instagram and through blogs. I was so blown away by how beautiful knitting could be and I dove into it with a passion that I didn't have previously. And I basically learned to crochet after seeing photos of granny squares on various Instagram feeds. I'm not sure if this is embarrassing or not. But I do know it's true. Being a part of this community has challenged me and inspired me and encouraged me to push myself, to learn and grow and make.
It's funny but sometimes I'll get a comment from a friend or relative who doesn't knit. Usually something along the lines of "you sure do post a lot about knitting..." or, "what's the deal with all the photos of yarn?"
Yes, I post often about the things that matter to me. Yes, what matters to me are often the small moments at home with my projects. And yes, I try to make my photos beautiful- not perfect, but positive and inspiring and representative of me and my life.
But somehow, for me, it's bigger than that. I really feel that there is value in sharing these small moments, in documenting the process we go through to make something. The fact of the matter is that knitting (or crocheting, or needlework, or weaving, or whatever craft you've chosen..) takes time. There is no shame in sharing this fact. I use Instagram to celebrate the things I make, the small everyday moments, the beauty I find in the ordinary. I am participating in and contributing to a community that inspires me daily. And I am proud of this.
So to all you makers out there- please keep documenting your work. Don't let the questions or negativity of those who don't understand get to you!
I am so grateful for this community, and for each and every creative who takes the risk and puts in the time and energy to share their work. And I believe with all my heart that this has value.