Friday, February 28, 2014

Sharing Some (Social) Tidbits Before the Weekend

Last night I did a presentation to a group of farmers along with web designer Mary Hager. Mary has designed my website and websites. My section was called Beginning Social Media Marketing for Farmers. I was asked by the fine folks at CISA - Our local Buy Local Food Support Organization. It was fun to share the things I do but I was so exhausted listening to all the balls I juggle in the air. I touched on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Websites, Pinterest, and blogging. Geez - no wonder I am always busy. I must admit, I don't do the best job at Twittering or Pinteresting but at least I knew what to share. 

I did discover, upon preparing my presentation, that I started this here old blog on March 16, 2006 - almost 8 years ago. I remember how trepidatious I was about writing anything. I had discovered blogs a few months earlier (with Jane Brocket's Yarnstorm and Alicia Paulson's Posy Gets Cosy) and wasn't sure that I had anything to say. Eight years later - wow - I guess I had something to say. I never really look back on the content of my blog much. After writing it for almost 8 years, the one thing that is constant is the changing seasons of the year here on our farm. This blog has become a document of our farm life and of my creative life. It is pretty amazing to see how much things have changed and how much they have also stayed the same. 

When I began "Getting Stitched on the Farm", I never thought I would be carrying it on now in 2014. I don't really have the attention span to carry on things for such a long time. Blogging does fit my personality though because I flit from one project to another. Posts are easy and quick to do (not all of them) but it is rewarding to get it out there immediately. 

There is talk of how the internet is changing and how blogs are going away. I still enjoy blogging and sharing with all of you and hope you keep reading. I know many people have moved on to the Pinterest platform. I am always slow to adapt to the newest technology not usually joining in until I know it is a success and will stay around. I guess I had better improve my "pinteresting" so I don't lose out.

My message to the farmers  was "JUST TRY SOMETHING". I stressed that they needn't do it all and many of the social media platforms out there are not right for everyone. I'm hoping some of them try to "get out there" so their businesses grow and prosper. Not everyone has the interests or the talent and desire to have an internet presence and that is fine. 

I do know that my life and career has changed since I started blogging. Doors have been opened to me that I never would have dreamed of. I have met people across the world and next door because of this blog. It is an amazing platform to have available. It is easy to post and share and I have grown as a writer and a photographer. If I didn't sit down and post so regularly, these improvements in my skills would not have happened. I want to thank you all who follow me - since the beginning or those of you who have just found me recently. It means a lot to me to have readers check in and comment (yes, I do check those visitor stats). I'll have to do some kind of big anniversary giveaway!

So onto the subject at hand. Here is a project I have been meaning to share with you all. Sometimes I receive photos of projects people make from my knitting patterns. I love to see the alternatives that knitters dream up. A few weeks ago, Elizabeth sent me this note and photos. I was particularly impressed with her work.

Hi Kristin - I wanted to tell you how pleased I was with your “Field of Diamonds” Pillow pattern. The directions were clear and I never added color to a piece using your over stitching method. It has opened up a whole new avenue for adding color to a piece after knitting. I’ve been knitting since I was 7 years old (I’m 64 now!) and you can teach an old dog new tricks!

I thought you might like to see my finished product. I made a table runner for my kitchen that we just painted. I have a blue and white Asian theme and wanted to do a runner with the shades of blue that are in a piece of Chinese porcelain. I lived in Asia for 9 years and have quite a collection of blue and white pieces in the kitchen. I wanted a pattern that I could use multiple shades of blue and would work with the Asian theme. Your pattern fit the bill nicely. 

Blue and White Chinese Bead fringe

Isn't this an amazing piece of work? The details, the colors, the beaded fringe. Gorgeous. Elizabeth calls duplicate stitch - one of my favorite techniques "over-stitching". You can find a tutorial for it here.

Here is my original "Field of Diamonds Pillow." You can see how different Elizabeth's version is.

Beautiful job Elizabeth and thanks for sharing your work with me and my readers.

You can purchase the Field of Diamonds Pillow Pattern from my website here or from Ravelry here

Check out Rikki Snyder's blog post over here. She shares some sneak peeks from the Where Women Create article. Rikki is such a great photographer and a lovely person to spend time with. You can purchase copies of the magazine here

Have a great weekend everyone.


Auntie Shan said...

Great Job ELIZABETH! - [You too Kris! ;-D] - BTW, how many of those Blue&White "CHINA BALLS" do you have? I'd love to see which patterns are on them... I've been "learning" to photograph my new ones AS soon as I get them, so I can remember *what* I have! - They're like collecting *really* big MARBLES!

Marcia said...

i read your blog all the time. It's an honor and inspiring to see all you do. I'm in awe of your familys hard work. Many thanks.

Pammie said...

I got to know your work through Creativebug and then started reading your blog. I'm glad you've kept at it all these years. I think we have something in common - I like to do a lot of different things and also flit from one project to another !

Reneelynn said...

Please don't ever quit your blog! I come here several times a week to see what is new!! Wonderful job on the runner Elizabeth!

Sally said...

Congrats, Kristin! I haven't commented in a while, but I'm still one of your biggest fans. Keep on keepin' on. All best, always. Sally

Anonymous said...

Beautiful! I'm glad you're blogging. Pinterest is terra icognita for me too. ann from maine

Anonymous said...

I really prefer blogs to Pinterest-- it's lovely to have something to read. The photos are great, but they aren't everything. :)

Lizy Tish said...

Yes, I will keep reading! Interesting to hear that you are introducing these platforms to farmers -- I'm sure it's a hard turn for some of them to make. And what a gorgeous table runner! The colors are beautiful. I had not seen your pillow pattern before - it, too, is gorgeous!

Cathy said...

Time does fly in the world of social media. I'm not sure blogs will disappear, they just won't be the 'social media fad'. They give more information than Pinterest or Instagram or Twitter and help develop that personal connection.

Thanks for sharing both farm life and your creative life. Thank goodness your snowman has such a beautiful scarf - otherwise he might have been smashed out of frustration for this nasty winter. Are you ready for our next round of weather??

Beau said...

Kristin, your blog is one I always take time to read - regardless of what is going on. You provide enjoyment, education and inspiration.

I don't know who is saying blogs will go away. Perhaps it comes from those who cannot write a sentence capble of being diagrammed or anything longer than 140 charaters. :) The good blogs will live and yours is one of those!

I found twitter took too much time. I don't do FaceBook or many of the other social medias. The benefit recieved is not great enough to warrant the time.

Blogs take a lot of time and effort. Thank you ever so much for doing it. Know you are muchly appreciated!!!

tjf said...

I'm so glad you have a blog. I love reading it. I don't really keep up with other forms of "social media" but I do enjoy a few blogs. Thank you for writing and for sharing the many facets of your life.


Anonymous said...

Don't even think of quitting your blog!! I have learned so much from all your wonderful writing. Love to read about your sheep and to order your books and patterns. But most of all, just to connect to someone in another state and to read the interesting things life brings there. Thanks for your hard work because I know it takes a lot of your time. Your readers do appreciate all you do.

Peg said...

I'm a huge fan of yours - your books and your blog - please don't stop writing your blog - I'm a regular reader - as a city gal (Wash DC) it's wonderful to see your real life on your sheep farm. I've been knitting since 1996 and just retired - now I'm thinking of starting a blog - so what you wrote today was particularly inspiring. I would love to read more of your thoughts about social media. Thank you so much.

Louise Cady-Fernandes said...

I would be so sad if blogs went away. I love reading them and having one so much. I am about to have my 4th anniversary. And guess who first told me about blogs? You! It was on st Pats day in Southie. I had no idea what a blog was until that day. You had just started yours. Thank you for the inspiration Kristen.