A couple of weeks ago I noticed that I was getting a lot of blog traffic from a site I’d never heard of before called “Pinterest You Are Drunk”. Turns out that someone had posted there making fun of one of the items I wore for my 365 Ways to Wear Crochet project. That’s okay; I can laugh at myself … and besides, it reminded me that I should post an update to let you know what happened to that project.
Pinterest You Are Drunk
So this site called Pinterest You Are Drunk is one of those sites that makes fun of the “craft fails” that are spotted on Pinterest. It’s similar to Regretsy or What Not to Crochet. In general I am not really a fan of these sites. I won’t lie; they can be really funny sometimes. And sometimes I check them out just to see things in craft that I’m not seeing anywhere else. But personally I think that a website that gets its laughs at the expense of others isn’t a positive thing. I’m not on some high horse about it; it’s fine if others like this style of humor and like I said, sometimes it’s funny. But usually I prefer sites with a positive undertone.
So what did they get me for? They called me out for one of the last posts I did for my 365 Ways to Wear Crochet project. I had found a child’s crochet sweater that I didn’t know what to do with and I tried to turn it into a statement neck piece. The post on Pinterest You Are Drunk was titled, “FYI: The Child’s Sweater You Turned Into a ‘Scarf’ Isn’t Fooling Anyone”.
Ha. They’re probably right. It wasn’t my best style moment. I can laugh at myself for wearing that out and about. But that’s okay. I’d rather take weird risks with my clothes and try some creative upcycling than just wear the same old same old every single day. Sometimes I definitely have misses – in crochet and in other fashion. But I have fun with it, and that’s all that matters, right?
I will say that they didn’t have to go so far as to tag it “reasons you are still single”. Ouch. That stings!!
What Happened to 365 Ways to Wear Crochet?
All of this reminded me that I kind of let the 365 project trickle away and never mentioned why. I was actually asked about it recently in an interview, so I thought I’d share my answer from that:
I launched a project at the start of 2012 called 365 Days of Crochet. The idea was that I was going to wear a crochet item every single day of the year and photograph it to share on the blog. I allowed myself to repeat items and individual pieces of clothing but never entire outfits. I kept up the project for about one third of the year and then it kind of tapered off and I haven’t been consistent with it since.
This was the first 365 project that I’d ever done and I discovered it’s a huge commitment to do something every day for a whole year! I really enjoyed the experience and got a lot out of it. It pushed me to expand on my own personal style in order to show more creative ways of wearing crochet. And I crocheted a lot more pieces for myself to have items to add to the project.
It actually really tapered off because I had to make some changes to my blog. At the start of the year I was doing about five posts per day and it started to take up way too much time. I don’t make a significant amount of income from the blog so I had to scale back and focus on the book and some of my other writing commitments. So I had to think about what needed to be cut out and the daily posts (quotes, an Etsy pick of the day and the 365 posts) needed to go. Not a single person commented when I discontinued the project, and the posts had never received a lot of hits, so I guess it wasn’t very popular with my readers anyway.
Nevertheless, I think it was a great project. I’d eventually like to take that idea and make a photo-rich coffee table book of ideas for styling crochet in contemporary ways.
I’m curious … do you enjoy sites like Pinterest You Are Drunk?