#becauseofknitting

**The hashtag #becauseofknitting was originally from Michelle of the Actually Knitting Podcast in her episode 16. Give her a listen, she is fabulous and a dear friend of mine!**

Do you ever have those moments of epiphany? Where everything just falls into place so magically and you had no idea it was set up that way? I had a moment like that recently.

The truth is, I crave human companionship. I think that’s the reason why I started listening (aka became obsessed) with podcasts and even started one of my own. Even though others aren’t necessarily in the room or talking directly to me, I feel like I am having a conversation over coffee about knitting and other parts of my favorite craft.

As I mentioned in the last blog post, I have met some of the most amazing people through the podcast. My epiphany moment was when I looked at all of my current projects and realized every single one had a story with someone who had touched my life. I am currently knitting three different projects using yarn and a project bag from Danie of One Twisted Tree and the Prairie Girls Podcast, who has become such a dear friend and business accountability partner. Patterns by Susie of the Prairie Girls Podcast and Sarah of the In a Sknit Podcast make me smile every time I look at them. A project bag by Boston Jen of the Down Cellar Studio podcast and a needle minder from Java Jennie of the Kitchen Counter Crafter Etsy shop make me so happy to remember Stitches Midwest this past summer. Oh! Loops Yarn and a pattern by Lydia Brown of the Fiber By Design podcast make me remember how generous and kind Sarah and Lydia have been to me this year. Sock blockers (gifted by Laurie) and a fireflies project bag (gifted by Kristen of the Happy Stitcher Designs Etsy Shop) make me feel so much joy at having listeners who have chosen to bless me with their thoughtfulness. 

It’s not just the generosity that makes me feel overjoyed; it’s the level of relationship I have discovered through knitting. I feel bad because there are so many other amazing friendships not pictured in this photo I have made through knitting, but I thought this might be a good start. I know I will meet many more of you at Stitches West and Zombie Knitpocalypse come 2016, and I am looking forward to building relationship with you too! Have a blessed day!

How has knitting led the way to relationships and friendships for you?

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Life Right Now

After my last podcast episode, I received several messages with encouraging thoughts and words that warmed my heart. Knowing that the podcast has meant so much to you has blessed me immensley. I have been overwhelmed by so many of you offering to bring meals to my family or come and visit with me (which, to an extrovert is like the best Christmas present ever!). I want to thank you and let you all know I have a fabulous support system in place, we have family, friends, our church and our neighborhood all ready to help us figure out what the fall will look like and make sure we are well taken care of. Thank you! 

I worked really hard to wrap up so many things this week. I drew prizes for the Great Outdoors KAL and have ear burned all the winners and announced them on the podcast as well. I had hoped to get prizes in the mail this week but that just didn’t happen, but I will send you a message when they go out if you won. The KAL was a great success and I had an absolute blast with it. I finished a big chunk of work and have just a few tiny things to catch up on when I get back. 

I have to say, now that all of my big stuff is taken care of, I kind of find myself in a strange place. I can knit what I want, which is what I normally do anyway, but this time it feels like it’s “for real.” With my photography business temporarily shut down, I can focus on building my technique and photographing what is most important to me: my family. There is a tiny bit of “now what?” going on in my mind. I don’t have any commitments right now, nobody is waiting on work from me and I don’t have to report any projects I’m working on. It feels strange.

I do like this feeling, but I can already tell that I’m not built for it to last forever. I’m a social person, and the podcast for me has been a huge community builder. It’s more than just me sitting behind my computer and reporting on my latest projects and blunders; it’s about connecting with you all on a deeper level. Through the podcast I have made some of the most wonderful friends I could have imagined; people who “get” my obsession with yarn and craftiness, who are kind and thoughtful, and who have blessed me with relationship on a regular basis. I have discovered how much I love teaching photography and watching you all grow as photographers. The podcast has pushed me and helped me discover more of who I am as a person. For that I am forever grateful and looking forward to the spring. In the meantime I plan on snuggling a new nephew, playing in some leaves with my kids, and of course, knitting. Life is good. 

Episode 41 – Norwegian Knitting

To start, I announce that I will be holding off on podcasting from the middle of September until after Christmas while I heal from some health treatment I need.

I have also tried out Periscope, find me at butterflyem4 and I will do photography answer sessions.

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Great Outdoors Knitalong:

  • Don’t forget, Monday is the last day to enter the Great Outdoors KAL! You can enter via Instagram and Ravelry to win one of many fabulous prizes!

Photography:

  • I wanted to talk about the process of learning an art like photography. 
  • I listen to the podcast This Week in Photo (TWIP) but the episode with an interview with Rick Sammon about the process of learning photography.
  • Also be sure to check out this speech by Ira Glass about the gap between taste and skill.