Saturday, March 10, 2018

Appreciations and Connections

Hello knitting/blogging friends! 

I know that I don't tell you often enough how much I value our friendships. I never liked Facebook and I have lots of worries about all the social media platforms -- but knitting blogs are nothing but joy and fellowship. Truly, hearing about your ups and downs, following your knitting and families, and having your support has added so much joy and comfort to my life.
Here is the Kindness Shawl in process. It is a KnitCircus pattern knit in KnitCircus yarn!
In that spirit, I want to share a few connections I've been thinking of lately. I love Kat's blog. She introduces me to so many patterns that I would not have found on my own. Just last week, she pointed my attention to The Cooler Side of Warm Cowl in this post. I followed the link and was struck by the fact that the designer sounded familiar.  A few clicks later, I discovered the designer owns the yarn store I visited in Montreal. These little connections make me happy!

I would never have learned about Knitvent were it not for Deb at A World of Imagination.

Andi at My Sister's Knitter directed me to Knitting Ventures, where I learned that the author Chloe Benjamin is a knitter. I had no idea! And she lives here in Madison. She is doing some kind of collaboration with Quince & Co. in conjunction with her new book, The Immortalists. If you can figure out the nature of this collaboration, let me know! 

Sometimes, though, I have mixed feelings about all the inspiration I get from you. Over at Lovely Yarn Escapes I learned about the Color Shifting Shawl, made with KnitPicks Hawthorne. Here I am, trying to knit from my stash, and then this lovely and affordable project is dangled in front of me. Will I give in???
One more stash hat almost done!
On the other hand, Karen at Pumpkin Sunrise is helping me stash bust. She introduced me to the Kindness Shawl. How did I miss this? It's designed by Madison's own Jaala Spiro at KnitCircus! As soon as I read her post, I downloaded the pattern and found some KnitCircus yarn in my stash.

Kathy at Compassionknit (don't you just love that name?) is also helping me knit down the stash. Her Project Peace Shawl is so lovely that I think I'll just have to knit one myself!

I could go on and on, so don't think I don't value you if I haven't mentioned you in this post! As a former journalist, I can't let any one post get too long. So, thanks to all of you for being there to cheer, sympathize, and share. You make my life richer.


19 comments:

  1. I read "The Immortalists" a few weeks ago and hmmm. Can't really think of a knitting connection but maybe I"m not searching my memory well.

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  2. I love checking in a seeing what your doing. I've let my blog lapse about a year. I should get back to it. Connections are good.

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  3. Isn't that the truth. Without all my bloggy friends inspiring me everyday I'd probably be sitting in the corner staring at the ceiling.

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  4. I've found some excellent books as well as patterns and yarns via blog recommendations. Blogging far exceeds other social media venues for establishing friendships.

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  5. I agree completely. I would be so cut off-no one nearby knits and having the boys really complicates my days so the blogs are my link to the larger and creatively active world!! Thank you, thank you!

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  6. I agree also and have had the privilege of meeting some blog friends in person. Oh, and that reminds me, when are you coming to Seattle?

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  7. Beautiful yarn you have in the first photo. Your work is progressing nicely. I have started embroidering but have stopped again. I get busy with thing and another and my hobbies suffers. Have a great weekend!

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  8. I feel that same way ..... we may not know each other in person, but we are all friends just the same.

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  9. I totally agree with you. Which is why I took a blogging break only to delete my old blog but had to start another one. So glad I have as it is my zone.

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  10. Agree completely. I have made some brilliant friends through my and others blogs, and the knitting/crafting community is second to none, so I never feel judged, but always supported.

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  11. If I'm not mistaken, you're the first blog friend I met in real life! I hope to visit your hometown one day soon!

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  12. And YOU make my life richer with your blog. SOMEDAY we are going to meet!!!! I'm going to head over to the kindness shawl pattern . Thanks

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  13. You are so right about the blogs and us knitters! I love seeing everyone and reading what is new or not new. I love how we lift each other up or find something to recommend to someone. I love your blog and your creativity in knitting, stitching and of course the drawing. This big world is snug when us knitters connect :)

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  14. There is something different about our bloggy connections that the other social platforms can't touch. It is sharing and connecting on a whole new level. Thank you for mentioning my blog. It cheers me to no end that you found other connections through my blog- as that is the goal with my monthly loves.
    I am glad to have found your blog. You also bring so much to my knitty life. You also share your many talents that are not all knitting related, which I enjoy immensely.

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  15. Oh, thank you! You bring me volumes of inspiration also with your knitting, stitching, drawing, and reading! And, thank you for the links to the new to me blog! XO

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  16. Thank you for the great recommendations I have added them to my reading list. You are an inspiration to all of us, your creativity and talent are just amazing. Have a great week.

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  17. Aw, I love this web of connections! Gorgeous projects, too -- I want to knit a Kindness shawl, too, now. Your blog introduced me to the Land of Sweets cowl, which I enjoyed ever so much (and just finished!).

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  18. The blogging community is definitely a special world (in the best way). The ideas, inspiration, empathy, understanding, sharing...it is all so wonderful!

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