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Hi.

Welcome to Ravin Sekai Designs. This is where I come to post my new knitting and crochet patterns. Also, any other interesting (or not so interesting) things that happen in my life!

New Blog! New Life!

New Blog! New Life!

Isn’t life funny?

When I was younger, probably in my early 20’s, I used to have a fashion blog that I kept up with almost religiously. But, as I got older and life happened, I started updating less and less and slowly migrated away from the fashion community that I once loved so much. It wasn’t all at once, and it was crazy when I finally went back to that old blog and realized it had been THREE YEARS since I last posted. It felt like an end of an era.

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Being so very busy, living and working in a foreign country, I lost track of so many things I used to just LOVE to do. Blogging and sharing myself with other people who have the same hobbies and loves as me is one of those things that fell by the wayside.

And, every time I got myself psyched up to maybe start something new, life happened again. Moving countries, getting married, changing jobs, getting promoted, moving house 3 times in one year, moving countries AGAIN, and stress stress stress, once again, I put everything off.

It’s been awhile since I last opened up a blog and started putting down the words in my head, but finally life is settling. I can focus on some of the things I’ve wanted to work on for years now! Blogging and sharing my love for knitting, crochet, and fashion!

But sometimes it’s a little scary…

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After many weeks and months of planning and a HUGE push from my husband, I finally decided to bite the bullet and get this blog going. But, putting myself back out there and really sharing some of the things inside of me is really a daunting prospect. I’m not one to share a lot about myself and my patterns are my babies. A lot of effort, time, and love goes into every item I make and every pattern I write. However, what purpose do they serve if they are just floating around in a folder on my computer? What is the point of putting all the work into making something I believe is awesome just to let it sit?

On the flip side of that coin, though, wanting and planning something for so long, when it’s finally time to put all those hours of thoughts into actions, the task seems almost insurmountable! it’s scary. What if I fail? What if no one cares? What if I can’t make it into what I really want it to be? The negative thoughts can become overwhelming. It would be so much easier to just leave those patterns in the folder, put those garments back in the drawer and just continue on. No one has to know, right?

But, what a waste of time! In the end, it doesn’t matter if you fail (and what is there to fail anyway!!). You can’t succeed if you never even try! It’s time to put my big girl pants on and stop wishing and start doing! I’m here, I’m back, and I’m ready to start something new!

So what are my plans for this space?

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This is primarily my landing space for pattern designs. Most of those patterns I’m going to be offering for free (everyone loves free, especially us crafters). All of my patterns will also be available in ad free pdf form for a small fee. These versions, as well as being ad free, will also contain more detailed pictures and charts to aid with the creative process. This fee goes towards the maintenance of my domain, the costs of running a blog, and also so I can continue to purchase the supplies to create the patterns we love(yarn, charting programs, photo editing tools, etc)! Of course it also feeds the yarn monster in me (it is a very hungry beast).

Additionally, I plan on using this space as a place for my creative musings and processes, maybe occasionally a life post or three.

What I’d love to achieve here is a new pattern twice a month (if not more), random life updates of any interesting things my husband and I do (we’re boring, so don’t expect too many of those), and any other things I think are intriguing that I think are share worthy. But, of course, I’m going to have a big emphasis on knitting and crochet patterns. Sharing is caring!

I hope you’ll all come along with me on this new journey!

Stained Glass Festival Top

Stained Glass Festival Top

Simple Chevrons Scarf Pattern

Simple Chevrons Scarf Pattern