The View From Here

It's hard to believe as I sit here writing this that I have a one month old.

Our son, whom we have nicknamed Pasha, was born May 17 in the wee hours of the morning and everything since then has been one joyous whirlwind. Yesterday was World Wide Knit in Public Day and I found myself thinking back to a year ago when I was starting a new job with no hint that one year later I would give up that job in favor of something even more important.

Yes, you read that correctly. I am now officially a stay at home mom for the next year. It has not really sunk in yet, but I am taking the 2016 school year off to stay home with Pasha. We are so blessed that I can do this and I am really excited to share these new adventures with you.

Speaking of adventures, I mentioned yesterday was World Wide Knit in Public Day, right? It just so happens that I was able to go to a meetup in Cary, NC organized by my friend Michelle of the ACTually Knitting Podcast. What better way to leave the baby for the first time than to have knitting and good company to distract me. I had so much fun hanging out and meeting new people that of course I forgot to take any pictures (bad blogger, bad!). Well, except for this one.

Yes, that is the Lollipop Yarn. And yes, that is a pile of new things. No I don't have any details on when or how, but yes some of it did come home with me and yes I did wind it up immediately.

As soon as I hear anything definitive I will let you know. But here's your head's up -- keep a weather eye on the horizon because awesome things are coming!

On Making

Back in January I blogged a bit about my journey of making.

This post was largely inspired by Kate from A Playful Day, who has crafted 2016 to be The Maker's Year. While that was somewhat an unorthodox take, it has kept me thinking about the idea of "maker" as a creative identity. This week Kate dropped the new episode of her podcast with the challenge to write about what making means to you, the listener. So, what exactly does making mean to me?

If you'd asked me a few years ago if I was a maker I would have laughed. I've never been one to "make" stuff. I mean yes, I knit, but I was more the bookish girl carting a notebook around with her. But the longer I've spent in this online community of knitters, or dare I say makers, the more I've realized that making does not have to mean something sculptural or artistic or monumental. Making can be as simple as the sock WIP I carry around to keep my hands busy, or the big pot of soup I make to keep us fed and warm. And making does not have to be physical items either, though that's its most common form. Every day that I spend tending to and writing for this blog I am making my own little space in the world. A space where I can safely hone my craft and express these thoughts.

For me, making has become something that is less about what gets made and more about the need to create *something*. I work with Kindergarteners who are super enthusiastic about creating. Any chance they get they ask if they can draw. I would not call them makers based solely on this artwork, but their enthusiasm and unexpected need to create these endless pictures and share them with others makes them makers.

Some recent artwork that made it home to my fridge. I love that this one kid gave me red hair. How did she know that in my mind's eye I am a redhead?

Some recent artwork that made it home to my fridge. I love that this one kid gave me red hair. How did she know that in my mind's eye I am a redhead?

I love to "make" knitted items, but the joy I get comes from more than just the tactile feel of yarn and needles. Rather it comes from engaging with the knitting community at large. Knitting is my gateway into a whole world of people to whom I hope to bring something relevant. That's not why I write, but it is why I pay for this website and spend so much time creating content. Because the need to make these things is great, but the need to share my joy with other people is imperative. And for me that need to create and share joy is what making is all about.

Holiday Market (Or Things That Aren't Secret Knitting)

I don't know if you've realized, but the Holiday season is upon us.

Oh, you did realize? It must just be me then who is reeling from the knowledge that Hanukkah just began and Christmas is only a mere three weeks away. In years past this would be the time when I complained about the crazy work schedule I am keeping, but as I am no longer at that job this year I have actually been able to enjoy the holiday festivities rather than scrooging it up from Thanksgiving to New Years. To that end I've been trying to partake in some more holiday themed activities, which in my world means hitting up a local craft fair.

Last weekend my friend Serena and I headed up to a local farmers market with the sole purpose of invading the booth of a local alpaca farm. Not much will get me up and out of the house on a Saturday morning anymore, but Alpacas will definitely do the trick. The farmers were a very sweet retired couple who happened to mention that they do tours out on their farm, so expect a road trip in the near future. They might regret they ever met us.

After fondling the alpaca wares it was time to check out the rest of the market. I had come prepared to shop in a way I think most people do not expect but like I said, the holidays are upon us. 

Maybe I should explain. In addition to the four people in my immediate family, three in Chris', and the few friends to whom we always send gifts, we always have a random two extra gifts we must purchase. Chris' extended family does a secret Santa drawing for all of the adults for which I always end up with someone with whom I have nothing in common. Or in this year's case have never met. When asked the family always suggests gift cards, which is cool if they can recommend a local business the person likes, but this year everyone was very vague. As I am me I had already decided that this year our gifts would somehow be locally sourced or handmade, completely forgetting about the exchange. So this year our recipients will be getting products made by local bee keepers. 

Cool, right?

And no real Christmas shopping outing is complete without a gift for one's self. It's practically mandated in the holiday shoppers' survival guide. So Serena and I both picked up mittens from this little stand (I checked, she doesn't have a website).

These mitts are made with recycled wool sweaters, felted down and lined with fleece. Super warm, super cute, and super affordable. I'm in love. 

What about you? Any fun holiday excursions? Or have you also gone momentarily insane and decided to knit a few gifts? I did. But more on that after Christmas.

Mmmm... holiday mints

Blogiversary (and giveaway)!

A year ago I took the plunge to reboot the Faithfully Geeky franchise

(we're a franchise now, did you know?), only without the pesky need for a new origin story. Seriously guys, we get it. Peter Parker is Spider-Man because he was bit by a radioactive spider. And his uncle dies tragically, giving Peter the drive to be a better man and live up to the ridiculous burden Ben puts on his shoulders. We get it. Can we move on now? Please??

<end rant>

Anyways, September 1, 2014 is when I moved Faithfully Geeky to this here lovely Squarespace site. I was reaching the end of my blogging mojo but knew that I wanted to write, and write well. So I convinced Chris to let me try this as an experiment. One year. One year to see if I could get it back. One year to see if anyone not related to me would read (hi mom!) One year to see if anything changed.

And it did! In the past year I've regained my love of writing. Not every post is spectacular, but they are consistant. And fun. And things have changed. I've met some pretty awesome people. I've undertaken some intense knitting. I was honored to be in not one but two (two!) monthly loves posts from My Sister's Knitter (who I just adore). And I have something even more cool coming in a few weeks.

But none of this would be as fun without you, my darling readers. Thank you for staying with me on this journey. You are what makes this worth it. So to thank you, I'm hosting a little giveaway of some super amazing geeky yarn.

This is Yarn vs Zombies Artefact in the I've Got Part of a Plan (Guardians of the Galaxy) colorway, part of the Year of the Geek yarn club. I've looked, there are only two stashes of this on Ravlery, and one of them can be yours.

You just have to get it away from Helo first.

So leave a comment below. Tell me something fun you've done, found, tried, or said as a result of a Faithfully Geeky post. And when you do, take a look around. I've given the site a face lift, so you might find something new. 

And most importantly . . . 

Thank you for reading!

Too Many Choices

I'm officially unemployed.

I had my last day at work on Friday and for the little while I am free to do whatever I want before school starts up. I can clean, I can write, I can read, I can sleep, I can go on long runs. So of course I've been knitting.

In my defense this is a test knit that I need to have finished this month and I would rather get it done sooner than later. But I think I have been paralyzed by indecision. There is so much I've been putting off until I have "enough time". Well, enough time is here and I'm spending it watching Housewife reruns and knitting lace. Not that this is a bad thing, it just makes for a lack of the "Hi honey, what'd you do today" content. That's one of the reasons I have been so absent from this space as of late -- I'm just not sure what I want to do first.

So here's the deal. For the rest of my summer break I am committing to posting twice a week. That was always my original plan, but I lost my way the past few months. What I need from you, dear reader, are some recommendations. What would you like to see popping up in this space? Is there anything I've mentioned in passing that you would like to hear more about? I want to generate content you find interesting, otherwise you can look forward to a detailed post about just how much reading Leviathan Wakes is freaking me out. The choice is yours.