This is my very first pair of needles, which I learned to knit on nearly fifteen years ago at age 12.
A teacher who worked at my middle school would graciously give up her lunch hour every day to share her knowledge and love of this beautiful (and useful!) art form. She was so inspiring, and I'm so grateful to her for giving me such a wonderful skill.
Today, after some little test runs here and there, I begin a new chapter for Slope Girl Knits--teaching children and adults how to knit-- and I'm a mix of thrilled, nervous, excited and grateful. I only hope I can measure up to my own first teacher, and inspire a new class of knitters and creators the way she did for me.
To new adventures!
You've probably been wondering where I've been again, when I promised to blog more often!
Well, about two weeks ago I vended at my cornerstone market of the year, the Etsy NY Team 8th Annual Holiday Handmade Cavalcade, at Chelsea Market. The event is led completely by a team of Etsy sellers in NYC, and it's so unique because everyone who sells there is also on Etsy and is a member of the team. Everything is handmade, and we all volunteer to make it happen. It took A LOT of work (I led the marketing team) but I couldn't be more proud of how it went! I loved meeting my customers and arranging special orders. It makes me so happy!
Over 18,000 people attended and the lines were so long....I'm super grateful to everyone who made it out to see us, as well as our sponsors, including Etsy and Brother Sewing.
Check out all of these great photos!
[Photo Credit: Jen Hsieh]
And this is me, at age 2.
90's jeans jumper, bright yellow heart-shaped sunglasses and all. Sometimes, it's takes time to grow into your cool...
But you know what's always cool and NEVER out of a style? A big, month-long birthday celebration...with an INSTAGRAM GIVEAWAY!
This whole weekend, you'll have a chance to win a $20 gift card to Slope Girl Knits, by following the simple steps below on Instagram!
Click here to start by following @slopegirlknits on IG.
I've been so fortunate these past two years to do what I love and make products people enjoy. I've learned so much about owning a business and about knitting and crocheting. I have met SO MANY fantastic people and sent my products around the world and the 50 states. I can't believe some of the amazing custom orders I've had the privilege to design, and that's because of all of you!
You guys are amazing, and I can't thank you enough.
...and stay tuned for more birthday surprises all month! :)
My shop is getting a facelift.
Several weeks ago I had the good fortune to have fashion blogger and photographer Jen Hsieh at my house, shooting a new crop of beautiful photos for my shop (see here). I'd been in need for a long time because, let's face it, amateur iPhone photos can only go so far!
I was so amazed with Jen's creativity and ability to bring my products to life. She made it seem easy (though of course it's not).
I learned a lot from her too, for example:
1. With the right tools and the right light, you can create an at-home studio anywhere.
2. White seamless makes everything better. Seriously. I mean how amazing do these photos look?
3. Prep for your shoot ahead and think about adding context to your photos with props. A prop can be anything you have in the house-- a book, flowers, confetti, balloons. There is no limit to creativity! Just have fun with it.
I can't wait to show you all the rest of the photos (soon!) and to debut my new products!
Make sure to subscribe to blog email updates below and follow me on Instagram (@slopegirlknits)--there are lots of fun things coming along (including an Instagram birthday giveaway this weekend!!) so don't miss out!
Close your eyes and imagine your dream craft night. Are you painting on a blank canvas, while maybe sipping some Prosecco? Are you chatting it up with other DIY-ers, sharing tips and winning free swag? Perhaps you're perfecting the perfect dinner table and learning how to decorate your home with HGTV star and design guru Genevieve Gorder. If any or all of the above sound right to you, then you know where I was last night: The 2nd Annual Blogger Block Party, hosted by HGTV Magazine in New York City.
My good friend Nikki invited me last week to join her after she'd received an email invite from HGTV. Nikki and I affectionately refer to ourselves as the craft twins. And with good reason-- we love DIY, we love art, and we love a good silly photo op (see below as proof). After all, we do work in social media...
I was thoroughly impressed by the #BloggerBlockParty, designated as a day for crafty people alike to test out new products, watch panels and share what they learned on different platforms. Upon arrival Nikki and I were handed magazines, tote bags and a schedule of events. We were also handed Prosecco, and who doesn't love Prosecco?
Inside, the event was modern and appealing with a variety of activities set up for attendees to enjoy. Nikki and I first made our way over to the green 'grass' area, in front of brightly colored doors where you could take your picture. We immediately noticed the amazing Genevieve Gorder taking photos with fans. We waited a short while for our photo with her, but for great reason; ever so gracious, Genevieve made a point of chatting thoroughly with each person who greeted her, not only signing autographs and giving hugs but also taking time to answer individual questions. She gave us tips on how to decorate a home that worked for both men and women ('Use bright colors.' 'Even if there are 17 girls and 1 guys, you can and should still keep a balance between masculinity and femininity.') She was lovely, and I was very happy to meet her.
Moving along, Nikki and I found our way to the terrarium station, where we created little plants with help from event staff. They were made from black sand, pebbles and moss. My gardening skills are not quite up to par with my knitting skills, so let's hope this little guy lives :)
Finally, we put our creativity to the test and designed some table settings. Who knew throwing a fake dinner party could be so inspiring?
Party tip: invite guests to share their favorite foods with each other and watch all your friends make new friends!
I really had such a great time at this event, and wish I'd been able to come early for the full day. Till next year...