**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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