These are the post topics for the 5th Annual Knitting And Crochet Blog Week. This year we will have a great time focusing on finding creative and inventive ways to enjoy writing fresh content for knitting And Crochet Blogs and also explore a few ways of adding to that other important area of a blog – the photography!
Further information about Knitting And Crochet Blog Week is available if you wish to take part. Have a read of the topics below and get those creative blog ideas flowing.
Day One (Monday 12th May): A Day In The Life.
Describe a day in the life of a project that you have made, or are in the process of making.
You can choose to handle this topic in a number of different ways, but a few points to consider might be the following:
- First-person or third-person account? Will you write from the point of view of the garment/finished object, or as a wearer or observer?
- Finished project or WIP? Will this be an account of the creative process and what the object goes through, or it’s ‘life’ after creation?
- Fact or fiction? Will your account describe the wear and tear, love and compliments all experienced by a crocheted hat on a rainy day, or will you write the fantastical account of what a knitted trilobite gets up to on its adventures once the door is shut and nobody is looking?
Day Two (Tuesday 13th May): Dating Profile.
Write a dating profile for one of your past finished projects.
This topic is designed to get bloggers exploring different ways in which they can write descriptive posts of finished knitted and crocheted projects. Many bloggers will be used to writing adjective-rich accounts of finished items along with an account of how the item was made, but it can be fun to play with this format. Usually a dating profile would be written in the first person, so you should imagine that you are the cardigan/socks/hat writing the piece. You might think of including some or all of these elements in your dating profile:
- An introduction: where you were knitted/crocheted, how old you are.
- A physical description – keep it fun and intriguing but honest.
- A photograph.
- Your interests: Are you a crocheted sun-hat that enjoys long walks on the beach, a paper cup cosy that loves meeting friends in the local coffee shop or a thermal pair of socks that loves going on skiing holidays?
- Things that you do not like: Do you avoid moments of friction because it brings you out in pills? How do you feel about moths? Are you a little orange cardigan that just simply cannot get on with a fuchsia blouse?
- Your thoughts for the future – do you have any ambitions – where do you think you will be in 1, 5, 10 years time?
Day Three (Wednesday 14th May): Experimental Photography And Image Handling For Bloggers.
Every Year Knitting & Crochet Blog Week tries to feature at least one day where photography takes a key role, because it has been proven many times that what captures reader’s attention for the first few seconds to hopefully hold them long enough to invest the time to read your words is your pictures.
It is easy enough to fall into a routine of photographing your finished projects as is – clearly displayed, maybe from a few varying angles, and for a large part of the time these are what blog readers will expect to see, but every now and again it is good to throw in a picture that causes people to linger.
Refresh your skills at creating attention-grabbing pictures. Take your own creativity and run to your camera with your own ideas, or use these few easy ideas as a starting point:
Use a few background props – you will be amazed at what you can find around the house if you just pick a few items up without thinking too hard about it. These can be props that either add to the ‘story’ of the photograph or just chime well with the colours and style of the finished object.
You can take this one step further by creating a ‘picture’ with your project, materials, WIP, etc.
Alternatively, you may wish to experiment with past photographs. One way of doing this is to use various filters and photo-editing software. With the prevalence of smart-phones many people now have access to many free and inexpensive apps that can change the look of their photography. There are also a number of websites such as Pixlr and BigHugeLabs that let you edit and manipulate your photos for free.
If used intelligently, filters can sometimes be used to highlight specific elements of a project. Using the filter below, for example, highlights the pop of colour that the bright buttons have against the neutral background and what this adds to the design in comparison to the desaturated areas of the photograph.
Another way to add a new element to your photographs is to overlay them with text or doodles. This can be purely decorative, or to serve as a graphic ‘post title image’, or it can contain helpful information, particularly useful when making things such as tutorials:
Day Four (Thursday 15th May): Conversations Between Workers.
Start by writing a few short paragraphs from the point of view of one of the tools you use for your craft. this might be a spinning wheel, crochet hook, pair of scissors or your knitting bag. These first few lines should include a description of this tool’s task and usage. If you are feeling particularly in tune with this item you might assign it feelings.
Then, write a dialogue between yourself and this item. It might describe your relationships, the annoyances that you have felt for this item at some point (or could it have possible ever have felt annoyances with you) and the wonderful work that you have created together.
Day Five (Friday 16th May): Something A Bit Different
It’s the annual challenge to blog in a way different to how you normally blog. You may choose to create a podcast, or vlog, create a wordless post, a beautiful infographic or write in verse. You can post on any topic you like, but be sure to post in a style different from your usual blog presentation. There’s not too much guidance for this one simply because the more varied the posts are on this day, the wider the sources of information for other bloggers will be.
Day Six (Saturday 17th May): Views Of Others, Views Of Yourself.
Write about another knitter or crocheter that you admire. This could be someone you know or used to know – an aunt that taught you to crochet or the school-teacher that used to run the after-school learn-to-knit club, or someone who you are aware of because of blogging or other areas of social media. Write about your feelings either for their work or what they bring to you as a knitter or crocheter. Reminiscences of the sound of your mother’s metal needles, or the description your grandad gave of what he’d knit as he sat on his bunk below deck in his sailor’s days are as precious as sharing the enjoyment of the work of a new indie designer or dyer. Spread your enjoyment to your readers.
Next, think about if anyone has ever told you how they feel about your knitting, positive or negative. Have you delighted strangers who have enjoyed telling you how they would sit with their grandmother who loved to crochet doilies, or have you had to withstand a little brother telling you repeatedly that knitting is for grandmas?
Day Seven (Sunday 18th May): Looking Back, Looking Forward
If you took part in last year’s Knitting & Crochet Blog Week, look back on your Day Seven post. Did any of the techniques, ideas and hopes for the last 12 months that you wrote about at that time ever make it onto the hook or needles? Did anyone cast on and complete the project researched in last year’s Day 2 post?
And there is also time to look forward again: One year from now, when the 6th Knitting & Crochet Blog Week rolls around, where do you hope your crafting will have taken you to? What new skills, projects and experiences do you hope you might have conquered or tried? Do you have any wishes for your blogging that you’d like to follow?
Information relating to the all-important post tags will be coming soon. If anyone has any other questions, please feel free to leave them in the comments and I will try to answer any queries at the same time as when I post the Tagging information.
If you’ve got an appetite for even more information of this great event, there is plenty more information on Launch Of The 5th Annual Knitting And Crochet Blog Week 2014 and instructions on how to take part.