Tag Archives: Inspiration

What Goes into a BraggAbout Creation?

9 Dec

I was recently asked about the reason to shop handmade.  I think the best way to answer that question is to understand the process of creating a handmade piece.  I’m going to walk you through the steps of making the latest BraggAbout Creation.

Step 1: Get Inspired

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Regardless if inspiration comes from a skein of yarn, a photo, or a conversation there is always some sort of inspiration behind a great piece.  The latest inspiration was from Pascha from The Posh Blog.  She sent me the above photo and asked if I could create something similar.  Of course my answer was YES!  We then discussed price range, color, fiber choices, and changes that she wanted.

Step 2: Find the Perfect Yarn

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I went to 4 or 5 stores and took an insane amount of photos before we were able to decide on a yarn that would be soft, chunky – yet not to hot, machine washable, and grey.  While this process has become much more difficult now that I have a 2 month old, it is still so much fun.

Step 3: Create Pattern

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All of the pieces I make are ONE of a kind patterns.  Nothing is ever written down, I simply decide on shape and then begin knitting.  What you purchase from me will have a similar feel but it will be customized to its owner.  I am a firm believer that if you are supporting me I will be making sure no one else ever has the same thing as you.  I recently collaborated and purchased a “custom” headband for Tiffany, the owner then made and sold MANY more, and a woman that was in a similar circle of friends with ended up buying one without knowing where I had bought mine.  I was SO disappointed!  That is the reason all of my pieces are different.

Step 4: Reassess Pattern

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This step is made much easier for me because I am engaged to an artist.  We are always discussing lines and continuity of the piece during the production of any of our art.  I redid the bottom of this cowl 6 times before I decided on the “bamboo” stitch.  I wanted something linear with a little curve to it.  This was a new stitch for me, and it has inspired a new cowl that I will be working on after the Holidays.

Step 5: Fill with Baby Snuggles

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This one is really happening during the entire process.  My sweet baby will probably be a master knitter before she starts school.  I like the owner to know how much love was put into what I am making them, and I love taking 500 pictures of my daughter.

Step 6: Take Photos

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Since I primarily sell online I have to convey the essence of my piece, and also make sure that the customer is pleased with what is being sent.  I always take photos to make sure that they are pleased before I mail it off.  In Pascha’s case she didn’t want the neck to be as big as the photo, so I had to confirm that this was fitting her vision.  Thankfully it was!  Currently this cowl is packaged and ready to be shipped off on Monday.

Have you ever had a custom piece created for you?  If so what was it and were you happy with the results?  I love collaborating on different knits.  If you have an idea you want made send an email to the BraggAbout Creation’s Etsy or Facebook page!

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Thankful Thursday

4 Oct

Thursday is becoming my favorite day of the week.  It’s a time of reflection. A time to stop stressing out that the laundry hasn’t been put up or our boxes aren’t all unpacked.  A time to look at my fiance and smile because he contributes so greatly to this wonderful life I live.

Baby Update: Prodromal labor is still happening, and yet she is still baking.  Because of this I am still not working, which is an unmarked territory to me.  Relaxation has NEVER been my forte.  When I was in grade school my parents had me in tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, cheerleading, and gymnastics at the same time.  That’s right 6 days a week of after school activities (and all A’s on the report card).  During high school my activity list may have gotten smaller, but the time required to participate only increased.  At 15 I was a full time high school student, full time college student, and cheer captain.  My day started at 6 am and my last class ended at 10 pm with no breaks in between.  I have a disease called over-achievement, and obviously baby Tiffany is very aware and is working on the cure as we speak.  Since I’ve been unable to go to work I have been able to come up with new ideas for BraggAbout Creations, work on new patterns, get reacquainted with my sewing machine, exchange foot rubs with my fiance (don’t tell anyone but I’m also teaching him how to sew).  It has been lovely.  Granted, I should probably be unpacking more but whats a few boxes scattered around my house?  The important stuff is out and working.  This experience has been a welcome break from the world of engineers, deadlines, scientific journals, and schedules.  (Side note: I’ve woken up past noon every day this week)

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Note: My fiance broke out the paint brushes and did some fancy work on my nails.

BraggAbout Update:  We now have a facebook page!  I may get around to getting new pictures done, but schedules are for the birds.  I’ve finished knitting a chunky infinity scarf just in time for the fall, and we are planning on making some really amazing new products in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  The most exciting part of all of this is that I’m not just sitting down to create.  I have time now, and while my body may ache, I am not exhausted.  We take evening strolls to the park and discuss our ideas and look around to get INSPIRED.  I was anxious about moving out of downtown.  I mean, what would our lives be without being woken up by the drunken hoards of people walking back home at 2 am?  How would we sleep without sirens at all hours?  More importantly how would we feel when we walked into our yard and could see stars?  Gasp.  This country girl, turned city girl, turned suburban mama could not be more pleased with that decision!  WE HAVE ROOM!  We have the ability to WALK to the park.  We don’t hear our neighbors every time they flush the toilet.  Most importantly our family, our business, and our ideas have room to spread out and grow.  It is what I like to call heaven.

I’m ready to hear about the happenings of the rest of the world.  What are you thankful for?  Does October mean anything special to you or your business?  If you’d like to join me in Thankful Thursdays head on over to Mustache Mama.