Hi, welcome to String Revolution. I'm Léan, I live in Dublin with my husband and two little boys, and I am a dangerous stringy subversive.
My job is to radiate my creative truth, and to help you radiate yours. I create, without exception, every day. I write here when I have something to say.

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The Story So Far

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It’s 31 July – the end of my first full month of blogging here – so tonight I’m writing a little round-up of what it’s been like. I may institute this as a regular thing. We’ll see.

Baker’s Dozen

I’ve written twelve posts so far; this is number thirteen.

Starting with a personal ad seeking readers, I followed up with a recycled post about a hat, then wrote about some cushion covers I made for my mother-in-law.

Next came the genesis of the purple thing (which is creeping back towards the 49-row point again – rejoice and be glad), a triumphant FO post about the Oyster’s new jumper, and a post revealing where I found the phrase “string revolution”.

The purple thing returned in the company of Shakespeare, and then I shared some tips about knitting design, before writing a memorial to my grandmother.

Something possessed me to start a series next, all about the various crafts I do. First up, knitting. Ha. As if I know anything about it – for in the very next post I discovered just how thoroughly one can fall into the swatch-straight-knit-in-the-round trap. The second post in my series saw me fleeing irksome knitting back into the arms of my first love, sewing.

Chaos

As I mentioned in one or two posts, I could most certainly have picked a better time to start this venture. My home is in total chaos, as we draw near the conclusion of a huge extension project. What little organisation I had around my craft work has been entirely absent since the spring. (That’s the main reason why no fewer than seven of my first twelve posts are about knitting – it’s so portable and self-contained.) Finding a spot clean enough to take photographs, for instance, has been more of a challenge than I like to admit.

Truth be told, I tried to hold off. I knew I was being a little bit crazy to start when I did. But I couldn’t help it. Once the idea took root, I was like a four-year-old with a full bladder (see, this is why you read my blog – it’s the graceful refinement of my similes that keeps you coming back for more).

I had to register this domain as soon as I discovered the name, of course, in case someone else got there first. (In point of fact, they did: the unhyphenated version is taken. Boo. But unused. Yay.) And once I had the domain, nothing would do me but to start writing. So … here we all are.

Connection

Which brings me to the real reason String Revolution exists: connection. This is where you come in. It’s hard to exaggerate the thrill I felt when your comments started arriving.

I’ve written blogs before – quite a few, in fact – but this feels different. This is the actual, genuine me, you see, going out into the world with the stated aim of making real connections with other people who share my passion for crafts. This isn’t easy for me. I’m breaking down some fairly serious internal barriers here, and the results are nothing short of electrifying.

So, those comments and e-mails? Keep ’em coming! Thank you.

Meanwhile, I’ve been dipping a toe in the impossibly rich and vast world of craft online. Excuse the hyperbole, but there are some incredibly amazing people out there, making some astonishingly beautiful things. (I should maybe do a “showcase” series at some point. Should I?)

Two blogs that consistently make me bounce happily when I see that they have new posts:

  • Tiny Happy, written by a New Zealander who makes beautiful little embroideries, clothes for her children, quilts, bags – you name it. She is wildly prolific. I adore the aesthetic of this blog, not least because I have a long-standing obsession with New Zealand (having come within spitting distance of doing a PhD on the figure of the angel in NZ fiction and film).
  • Red Pepper Quilts features a steady stream of quilts, each more delicious than the last. The author is in Melbourne, Australia – perhaps the Antipodean sensibility is what’s floating my boat at the moment.

Business

Part of the reason for my untoward excitement about String Revolution is that I eventually want it to provide part of my income (hence the Amazon associate links, for example). So as well as craft blogs, I’ve been reading a lot (really a lot) about blogging for profit, marketing, and related topics.

I’m trying to find a path that will lead me safely through the swamp of crocodile-infested slime that is much of online marketing, because the last thing I want is to go all But Wait – There’s More! on you – that’s not my style at all.

I’ll probably post more about this as I go along, but I wanted to mention it now, because I’d hate for you to be unpleasantly surprised when I eventually work up the courage to offer stuff for sale here. Also because mentioning it makes the prospect a little more real for me. One step at a time.


Well, then, this is where I’m at. So far, I’m loving it, and I hope you are too.

4 comments to The Story So Far

  • If you keep this up I’ll have to get the sewing machine set up. I doubt I’ll ever be a knitter, really, but I might well sew.

  • Yes, I’m enjoying it & looking forward to each entry.

  • longtimenotknitsouthamerican

    I’m a lurker at a lot of blogs, but this is the first blog ever Where I´ve commented. I like it a lot. It´s very pleasant reading, I love your sense of humour (and your similes ¡) ) It´s also a connection to crafts I´m really attracted to, that I have a sort of soul yearning for, even though I seem to have a major block right now.
    A showcase series sounds great. Anyways, keep them coming!
    Oh, and personally I´m really happy that a lot of people are starting to achieve financial independence through the internet, doing what they love to do instead of any old job. I find it wonderful! It goes without saying that this is when it is done with integrity, and the page’s aesthethics and readability are not compromised. So I wish you the best of luck!

  • leannich

    @Ailbhe: I’d love if you started to sew – you’d make such gorgeous bright things.

    @Mollydot: Thank you! I’m very touched.

    @Longtime: I’m honoured that you chose my blog to start commenting! I hope it’s the first of many 🙂 I totally get the “soul yearning” you talk about … and the block part, unfortunately. Anyway, thanks for reading and commenting – it’s what it’s all about.

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