Category: Handmade

*** 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,……


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 –……


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 Bomb-diggity

I have been posting alot about knit bombing lately.
There are a lot of reasons
1) Free art in the world

we need art
we need to make art
art inspires thought and dialogue

2) unique expression

my art is not going to be like yours
everyone has a different perspective of beauty to share
expanding perspectives by viewing others art is interactive
art can communicate emotions/experiences and spread joy

3) Unlimited opportunity – in particular with the fourth of July coming

Everywhere is an opportunity to make art
US infrastructure provides LOTS of places to install art
4 day weekend – we (yarn bombers everywhere) have TIME to get a bunch of pieces up
making……


Scratch That Itch.

Need something? Before you run to target, why don’t you see if you can MAKE IT?

The universe is full of great things, some greater than others. Like so many items, the ones that are made to solve a problem are more highly used. The ones that you make for others or yourself, tend to have more value. You know what it took. the materials inspire a memory. It has more value than the 1 thing you needed…

Are you able to re-purpose something in your closet? What about a trade? The love and effort and history in an object that has……


Fiber Harvesting and sustainable practices.

I am building a revolution of Passive Anarchy. Hashtag #kNiTpUnK and/or #PassiveAnarchy so I can find you on the interwebz. Come join me…    Click here: —-> Hell yeah! I’m In!

We are killing ourselves.     I am sure you know this.

We need to be better and better about leaving no mark on the face of this earth and maybe even help it heal from the marks of those who came before us.

There is a growing awareness of health and sustainability when you talk about farming and food. About decreasing litter and waste. About ditching petroleum products. About doing what is……


Color and Memory

Color is such a notable part of our lives, and we often take for granted how much it triggers our memories. Like smells or music, your brain-pan will file small bits away and as whole days fade away, snippets of moments are captured, in your subconscious, till that color/tone/lighting reminds you of something from your childhood, or your teens, or that time you married….years pass, but there is, like it was just moments ago, in your minds eye.

Along with my own opinions on this based off my own experiences, as someone that is hugely effected by color, there is some science……


Craftcation 2016

This early April I got the chance to do something amazing.

a conference.

ok – for many of you that is FAR from amazing. Still, this is my 1st conference that I attended to improve my skills, knowledge, network and focus of kNiTpUnK…

wow. it was a doozy.

Not only did I get a motivational kick in the arse, I was able to meet with so many intelligent, charismatic, savvy and talented people (mostly women, but not all!) in a really condensed period of time.

I have plans to improve my website, my etsy, my social media strategy, my unboxing experience…. AND NEW PRODUCT IDEAS!

so…….


Fears, Assumptions…

Fears drive many of our assumptions about ….. things.

Be it fears of exotic other people, or lifestyles you don’t comprehend, those foods that seem odd or weird, a regions risks and weather, the social standing of whole groups, even religions and their followers, or small challenges to your daily habits.

If you have fear of something, and you don’t address it, it becomes a monster. This isn’t a “it might” kind of observation. IT WILL. The longer you let that fear simmer, the more intimidating it gets. The hydra grows more heads. The werewolf gains sharper teeth and longer claws. The……