Recently I hit an amazing milestone of 30.000 followers on Instagram! 😍👏 Instagram is where my crochet journey started and where I met most of my crochet friends. Every Instagram milestone is special to me and I’m always so excited when a new milestone is about to happen.. I’m literally counting the days!
I still can’t believe how I ended up where I am today with so many new friends and living this exciting crochet life. I thought it would be nice to reflect back and see how I got here over the past three years.
Quick walk down memory lane
December 2014 I created my very first crochet item: a christmas tree. After Christmas I searched for more projects and ended up making a minion which took me 2 full weeks. My addiction to crochet was born.
March 2015 I started sharing my crochet projects on Instagram, initially for friends and family. However, I noticed most of them didn’t really care about crochet and they stopped following me. I felt quite discouraged and didn’t want to waste their time and ‘spam’ their feed. Soon I found others on Instagram doing the same as what I loved: crochet. I started following more and more crafters like me. And.. I started to gain followers who actually liked my work!
December 2015 I wanted to create a blog where I could share my crochet projects. January 1st 2016 I registered the name wilmade.com and started sharing blog posts every once in a while.
September 2016 I hit 10k followers on Instagram: “oh my, this is getting real”!
December 2016 the bun hat craze started to happen and I jumped on the bandwagon. I made my own versions and shared the patterns for free on my blog. Since that day my blog really took off and I felt the excitement to design more, more, more!
The bun hats I designed
In 2017 I still went to university full time and worked part time next to it, so I didn’t have that much time for crochet and designing. Every few months I made something and shared the pattern for free on my blog.
April 2017 I hit 20k followers on Instagram: woohoo!
July 2017 I published the Bella Vita Shawl which happened to go viral-ish, giving my blog another big boost. I was going to graduate for my Master’s degree 2 weeks later. More time to crochet, I’m coming for ya!
Bella Vita Shawl
September 2017 I learned more about this interesting blogger’s world and how to make a living out of it. I started working together with companies and was able to share patterns more often because I had a bit more time after graduating.
October 2017 things were going very well with my blog, but I couldn’t publish as much content and patterns as I wanted to because I worked 4 days a week at communication & PR departments.
January 2018 I quit my jobs and registered my company Wilmade to focus full time on my blog & crochet activities.
Some of my recent patterns
April 2018 I came back from the USA where I stayed the first three months of 2018. I met some amazing fellow crochet bloggers and learnt some new tips and tricks about crochet blogging. I also shared my very first ‘selfie’ on Instagram and openly talked about my tumor on Instagram and my blog.
May 2018 I started a special series of free crochet patterns dedicated to people with the same condition as me.
June 2018 I reached 30.000 followers on Instagram! Whaat! 🎉
I want to thank you all for your support, comments, likes and messages. It helped me become who I am today and your support made me feel confident enough to share ‘selfies’ 😊
To celebrate this milestone, I reached out to Katia yarns and together we created three enormous yarn packages to give away. And as I loooove yarn cakes, you’ll find a lot of this type of yarn in the prize packages 😉
Three of you can win one of the big packages filled with the following yarn:
- Katia Sunset
- Katia Spring Rainbow
- Katia Soleil
- Katia Flash Rainbow
- Katia Top Rainbow
- Katia Capri
- Katia Tencel Cotton
- Katia Bora Bora
- Katia Polynesia
- Katia Degrade Sun
- Katia Hawaii
How to enter the ‘30.000 followers on Instagram’ Giveaway
To enter, complete all the following:
2. Like the giveaway post on my profile @wilmawestenberg and tag friends who you think would like to win too
3. Leave a comment below with what you would like to make with the yarn
Giveaway will close on Tuesday August 21st at 11.59 PM UTC and winners will be announced on Wednesday August 22nd!
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