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Knitted Bliss - Fri, 02/09/2024 - 16:26

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My Favourite Articles This Week This embroidery of boot prints and paw prints in the snow is so magical. Have

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 01/26/2024 - 18:55

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  My Favourite Articles This Week Absolutely loved this piece from Fast Company about book covers that don’t make it.

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Twenty

Yarn Harlot - Tue, 01/23/2024 - 20:12

There’s quiet music playing in the kitchen. I’ve got a cup of tea and it’s snowing. My sweater knitting is calling me, but the house is a mess so really I should clean instead of knit, but I think we all know how that’s going to end, don’t we?

Truthfully I’ve got to much to do here at my desk to do either, but I’m bucking the feeling of being “behind” on that sweater and want to make some progress. I made a catastrophic error knitting it the first time (just an extra hundred stitches or so, no big deal. Chest measurement was 87″ instead of 40″. Whatever) and I had to rip the whole thing out, right back to the cast on, and in that moment it lost some of its charm, you know what I mean? It’s a super fun knit and I keep mumbling things to myself like “a knit so nice I’ll do it twice” but the truth is that I sort of think of it as a traitor now. Yesterday I brought different yarn downstairs and came within a hair of winding it to make a different sweater before I pulled myself together and reminded myself just how much fun I had the first time, and that technically if I make the big mistake on a piece of knitting that makes me the problem, not the sweater.

The sweater in question- Pattern is the Field Sweater, and yarn Lexington from The Artful Ewe.

When I put away that other yarn (not very far away, I tell you that) it occurred to me that this was quite Yarn Harlotish, blaming a project for my essential nature and trying to start another one instead of being monogamous, and that this is one of the things that has stayed the same over the last twenty years, because poppets, I have been reflecting a lot on things that have changed and things that have stayed the same over the last twenty years, and that’s because today is my 20th Blogiversary.

Twenty years since the day that Ken gave me this blog and explained that the outlet and knitters I were looking for were on the other side of this keyboard, and he was right. That’s something that’s stayed absolutely the same. The path to the knitters I’m interested in is still the internet – that’s the key that’s unlocked everything – although what shape of internet is another question entirely. These days I feel like most knitters want videos and reels more than pictures and words, so you you can find me making little Harlot mini movies (I’m sure that’s going to be a nightmare in a search engine) over at Patreon, and little snips of my life show up on instagram all the time, of course. (If you ever worry I’ve ceased to be, check there.)

Twenty years ago the pace of my life was different -I had little kids and a job as a doula and a lactation consultant and I worked inside and outside my home and I was just starting a writing and teaching and speaking career and now… my girls are grown and making lives of their own. I’m a grandmother and I work at home most of the time, and somehow I feel busier now than I did then, although I’m not sure how that’s possible. I feel like the younger me had more hours in her day, she got more done… How did I do all those things? (I suspect the answer is that I was twenty years younger. I spend a lot of time squinting at things now, maybe that’s taking more time than I think.)

Over the years there’s been thousands and thousands of times that I’ve sat here – well, if “here” is at the keyboard- I’ve blogged from all over my house, from parks, from airports, from holiday, from hospitals, from at least seven countries, from cities all over North America, from planes, from trains, from automobiles, from tents, from deathbeds, from birthbeds, and from everywhere that I was, every time I did it, I was reaching out for people, people like you who understood me and the things I cared about, even if that was the difficulty of getting through a buttonband, or a family tragedy. (They can both take a toll, as we all know.)

In twenty years, there has never, ever, been one time that when I wrote to you that you didn’t write back. Although who answered that horn when I blew it has sometimes come as a surprise. You’ve been wonderful, funny, strange (sometimes all of that at once) you’ve been supportive, critical, inventive, realistic, creative… there were even one or two of you that were scary. There are those of you – so many of you, that have gone on to be real world friends, knitters I met, knitters I corresponded with… there are so many of you that I can not go to any knitting place and not find someone I know something about, or who’s name rings a bell from the comments, or who’s got a picture of us together from some time in the last two decades. I have been blogging so long, that when I look back at the early posts it’s even a visit to so many people who are gone now – not just family and friends, but knitters and colleagues, gone to the great big yarn store in the sky. Change – whether any of us wanted it or not, has happened.

Isn’t it strange then, that with all that change in who is reading and when and where I’m posting, or how often I am called here to talk to you, I still think of you as The Blog. An amorphous collaboration that is here, in this little box, living your own lives, struggling through your own losses and triumphs and buttonbands, but always… here. I don’t know how many of you (because I do think of you as a collective, like The Borg but with more yarn) have been here the whole twenty years. Probably not many, but it turns out it doesn’t matter, one of you, all of you, you are my darling Blog and I am so incredibly grateful to you for everything.

There are not words for how you have shaped my life. I cannot possibly explain what it is to know that you are there, for years and years and years. To have a place I can call out to, to know I will always be answered and (mostly) understood, has been a tremendous privilege and an honour and you should know that it has always, always made me feel so… lucky. I deserve this no more than anyone else does, and I want to thank you for every single time you read, or commented, or donated to something I cared about, or said that you cared, no matter how you did it.

In my life, like in every life, there have been periods of profound darkness. Know that in those times, you have often been my light and touchstone, my hope and energy, my people, my friends and my community. I don’t know how often I will be in this space. Everything changes all the time, and who knows what turn of the wheel will bring me back, but I know you’re here and can’t imagine not coming. You’ll have to lean into the element of surprise.

Thank you for a wonderful, incredible 20 years.

(PS. Another thing that isn’t changing- it’s become a tradition to kick off my fundraising for the Bike Rally on my Blogiversary, and even though I’m closer to 60 than 50 I’m planning on riding again. In years gone by, kind readers have donated the number of years I’ve been blogging as a way of celebrating. This year would be $20 for twenty years. It won’t freak out PWA as much as getting a bunch of $19 donations did, but you can’t have everything. You can click here if you’re feeling it.)

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Fri, 12/22/2023 - 17:03

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My Favourite Articles This Week The “specialness spiral” might be the reason you have so much clutter. How to fit

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By Request: My Favourite Newsletters

Knitted Bliss - Tue, 12/12/2023 - 11:00

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The wonderful Kelly recently asked me to share which newsletters I subscribe to, because she loves the links I share!

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Link Love: My Favourite Things This Week

Knitted Bliss - Thu, 12/07/2023 - 11:00

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If you are in Toronto on Saturday, December 9th, I’ll be part of a wonderful mini yarn  market downtown! Check

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