As it applies to my blogging - it began in 2006 when my sister started a blog for the two of us to share our knitting. It was called "Show Me The Knitting". She wrote this:
Hoping you'll join me!
I'm hoping you don't think I'm a huge loser dork. I dropped the old blog I had, as keeping up with the family one is all I can do. However, I still write you & show you what I'm doing, as you do for me.
So we started a back and forth conversation about what we were knitting, things we had discovered, etc.
My sister's last post was December 12, 2007 when she noted she wasn't blogging:
I know...it's "Two Sisters, one blog" and there has been only one sister.
Sorry. After a while, it becomes embarrassing, and I don't even look at the blog. I have been knitting, and I have been thinking about blogging...just haven't been doing it.
So, I take a deep breath, and jump in again, knowing you won't hold it against me.
I too started to notice I was the only one blogging and sharing...it was a one sided conversation so on September 10, 2008 I decided it was time for my own platform and I started this blog.
The other aspect of Beginnings I want to talk about is how my blog was the beginning of sharing my own knitting designs. It started slowly with a sweater here and there that I crafted for myself or our daughter.
The beginning was October 2007 when my daughter saw my Fetching fingerless mitts and asked for her own pair. So I adapted the pattern and made these:
Then I had some yarn and we designed a summer tank for her...she picked out the stitch pattern on the sides and I created.
I then created something just for me - I loved the detail in the back of a twisted rib section. That was an aha moment of how little details are everything.
My first published pattern in August 2009 - another beginning - was this scarf (Saphira Scarf). It was a free pattern and it was when I dipped my toe into publishing patterns on Ravelry.
It took me until March 2012 to publish another pattern - Farfalle. It's a free pattern too and is one of my most popular downloads (as free patterns are downloaded a lot).
That was the beginning - I have been publishing patterns ever since. If it weren't for my blogging, I don't know if I would have had the confidence to publish patterns. The comments I get whenever I post something help me to try new things.