kNiTpUnK ramblings....

Weaving, Spinning – How fiber is rooted in the myths around the globe

There is a long history of fiber, spinning, and weaving in our short amount of humanity on this earth. Not only has it been used to create clothing, ropes, and nets, it has beautified our walls, become covers for our windows, upholstery for our furniture, keeps us cozy at night indoors and out, necessary for various means of transportation, even armor. I wanted to learn a bit more about the mythological history of fiber and discovered a TON.

 

I’m going to go over these mythological fiber crafters and provide links so you can read into further depth about this crazy cool……


*** The 1st annual Stitch & Kick is a reality! ***

I just need to make sure that you know about the FIRST ANNUAL STITCH AND KICK at the Portland Thorns.

This is a new event being planned to bring together fiber crafters, our glorious PDX summer afternoons, handmade creations for donation to our local community in need, and professional soccer.

*** The 1st annual Stitch & Kick is a reality! ***
(snoopy dance!!)

There is a custom designed THORNS colorway created by our very own local, Lora Jean of Knitted Wit.

Donations will be collected at the stadium, at the last match of the season (always an exciting match!) and can be any scarves,……


Be an effective Ally – Equality for minorities

Some of you know me on Facebook and see me post longer missives when I am trapped in my head and need to say something. Usually, when I need to make clear something that I cannot voice easily for fear of interruption before the message is complete, or because verbalizing an idea that has so much effect and depth can be very difficult and dangerous.

These two posts are something I feel very strongly about. I would say I feel strongly enough that they need repeated attention. Read then take a day or a few and re-read. Look critically at not……


2016 goes and 2017 arrives

Why is this still on my mind? I just, sort of, kind of pulled myself out of the new year funk that leaves me wanting to curl up with pets, a scotch and a movie that will make me cry.

We are into March, and I am still thinking of transition.

First off – lets have a short review… Last year I wanted to do a few things

be on a podcast – goal met on Jan 8th! (Fun!)
go to Craftcation business conference – goal met April 9th (SO GREAT!)
do a wedding event – goal met on Oct 1st! (What a whirlwind!)
kick general ass –……


The belief of no belief system

There is a lot of talk of religion going on in our world/country and how it immediately affects our daily lives, whether you are a believer or not. There are agnostics and atheists involved in conversations with people of secular belief systems over how we live our lives and how laws are applied to our businesses, our movement and even how we educate our children.

There are discussions often driven by an elected “leadership” group that has worked to get placed in these positions of power through *convincing* people that they have the voice that represents them. These leaders now act on the……


Death and rebirth – ideas

The swinging door, the year changing – the frightfully awesome thrill of a new endeavor….

2016 was full of highs and a lot of noteworthy lows. It was not all bad, and we ave come back to this change in the calendar, Time to re-set our auto pilot to sign 2017 (good luck with that).

While negativity is not needed, there is much sarcasm and and a healthily jaded perspective from many of the people that lived their youth in the 80’s. Icons and heroes have left our world and we ask “who do we aspire to now?” I would like to……


Vote with your dollar

Every time you spend money, you are providing an exchange of value worth the time it took for you to earn that money. You are telling the maker/grower/manufacturer that their products and their business actions and in many cases, their politics and religious beliefs  align with your own belief/views. You are providing them means to be a voice on your behalf. You are supporting their networks and goals. In many cases, that is OK! There are a large number of businesses and people doing business that use their skills/network/money for the greater good.

however…  there are a bunch that are not.

Fast……


Buy Local/Buy from a Maker

So a while back this lovely post started bouncing around facebook. Saw a handful of friends post this. I would love to see more. I would love to see all our networks grow!

Wanna find out who you know that is a maker, that you may not know about? Post this on your page and see what cool stuff pops up for ideas on holiday shopping that will have an IMMEDIATE impact on our local economy and a maker/artist/farmers life while taking positive steps to minimize the transport/big oil consumption and fast fashion/trend consumption and waste that comes with buying at……


Knit-spiration

Metrics.

For many in the production/manufacturing world where output levels are closely monitored metrics can be considered a curse word. HA!

Technically, everything you observe can be a metric. It just takes perspective and observation. Every day we wake up at about the same time. Every day we go through little rituals. Every day the weather happens. Every day we get to deal with traffic/people/technology/environment.

How about instead of moving through life without seeing, without being intentional and aware, we learn to observe and even try to use your lifes little metrics as a knitting/weaving/crocheting inspiration?

I got a chance to take a class by Lea Redmond and get……


Travel with Art

Why just sit and stare at your phone?

What about in a tunnel?

Get motion sick?

There are great things to do with your time. Playing a game, posting meme’s on facebook, twittering about your coffee can chew up minutes, but when you are all done, and you get to where you are going, what have you gained?

I am a BIG FAN of reading, but I tend to get carsick when reading on a bus/train/car. So… MAKE SOMETHING!!

A few ideas: knitting, crochet, rubber-band bracelets, lap loom, small scale tapestry, embroidery, coloring, braiding, sketching, photography, lucet, you name it…

I want to bring to……