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I May Destroy You

I do want to give a trigger warning at the beginning of this post. If you are not familiar with the premise of HBO's new show I May Destroy You I suggest you look into that before continuing to read. I'm not going into depth on this topic but you should have the choice as to whether or not you want to read more.
"I honestly don't know where to begin". That seems to be the answer that flows most freely from my lips when I'm asked to think about the last few weeks. I couldn't find it in me to write anything at all for the longest time. I'm disappointed but not surprised. I'm exhausted but I cannot allow myself to rest. I'm outraged and terrified, and disillusioned, and determined. Or as Black people call it, a typical Sunday night.But that isn't what brought me to finally pick up my computer today. No, I was pulled to write this post from a place of hurt caused by HBO and their choice to remove I May Destroy You from their Sunday Night lineup…
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To The Makers Featured In This Post, I want to thank you for your inspiration. You are a constant source of creativity. You challenge me to be better, create more, and never stop dreaming. You are magic and you are not alone. ..........
To The Other Makers Reading This Post, This list wasn't difficult to put together. It took longer to format than it did to track down. And could have been much longer. Continue to challenge yourself and expand your circle.

Crafting Horoscopes: July 2020

Hello Crafters! I haven't done these for a while and it's weirdly fitting that I'm writing these in a time when nothing is predictable. It is also the first month of my 30s, which still feels strange to say. It's probably for the best that I haven't done one of these in such a long time. There is no way I would have been able to give anyone an accurate horoscope for the beginning of 2020. But I was talking to my best friends the other day and out of all the many posts I've made, the horoscopes were the ones we talked about. And it made me realize something. I love doing these. They are so much fun to write and in through here I just want to do what I can to spread some happiness to all of you. 
Also, I left my 20s behind on July 2nd. So July is my Birthday month! This crab is inching her way closer to the other side of the hill. I've often joked that the older I get the less ironic my elderly millennial tag line will become. There will come a day when I will…

Stay Home + Knit With Clinton Hill Cashmere

Listen, I know that I am a hoarder. In general, I am a hoarder but I am particularly a hoarder when it comes to yarn. I knot memories into each skein. Winding them into each fiber until they become more than the inanimate objects that they should be. I can no longer tell you the color name but I can describe to you where I was when I first saw it and can tell you all about who I was with when I bought it. I can walk you through the entire day in precise detail. On the one hand, this sounds like a useful superpower. But it's actually my new project kryptonite and can prevent me from finishing & starting WIPs. 

I go to knit a new project and I'm no longer casting on with a hand-dyed speckled yarn. I'm knitting with My First Trip To Rhinebeck and no project seems to be good enough for the memory. This is the case with my first ball of yarn from the Clinton Hill Cashmere Company. Becky, of CHCC, sent it to me after we worked together on a sponsored post for *B*CH last year.…

Behind The Stitches: Sarah Neubert

Selfishly, I have several interviews that I have not had the opportunity to publish on the site. These haven't been published for one reason or another, the timing wasn't right, my schedule was too crazy to transcribe it, or simply and most honestly I wanted to keep them to myself. Sometimes an interview changes me and I'm not ready to talk about what I've learned from it with the rest of the class. But in the time of quarantine, I thought it would be good to revisit those interviews, finally, share them with all of you, and also test out this new interview style. Let me know in the comments below if you prefer to just read the transcript and maybe when things go back to normal so will these posts. Up first is an in incredible weaver named Sarah Neubert. I'm going to break down our conversation into four essential parts in hopes that you'll walk away with as great of an appreciation for her and her work as I did.
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Yarn & The City: The Perks Of Being A Wallflower

So I've wanted to share this for a while, but I'm anxious that this is going to be taken out of context. I in no way want to minimize what is happening in the world and I'm not narcissistic enough to believe that what I'm about to say isn't problematic and privileged in a big way. Hopefully, you all know my heart by now and know where I'm coming from with this. 
I am an extroverted introvert. It was a term that I first heard a few years ago and the second I heard it I was like "yep, that's me!". An extroverted introvert also known as a social introvert is often confused with being an extrovert. But for me being in highly social situations drains my tank. For example, after VKL NYC this year it took me about a month before I felt like myself again. Being in social situations takes a lot out of me but while I'm in those social situations I can come across as a more extroverted personality, particularly when I notice others in the group might be m…

Hybrid Belt Bag And The Cult of Namaste

Namaste bagsare the affordable Birkin Bag of the maker community. I first heard of them a little over a year ago when I noticed a knitter carrying the backpack at one of my knitflix nights. My eyes widened when I realized that it was a bag specifically designed for makers. Since then my obsession has only deepened as more new styles get released. BUT with that said for me I don't care how popular an item is. If it isn't a good product, in my opinion, you won't hear about it on this blog. It doesn't make sense for me to recommend something that doesn't work. This is the story of how I joined the cult of Namaste.

(I do want to add a note that all of these pictures and most of this post were taken and written before the craziness that is the world right now.)

The Knitwear of Mad Men

I believe that Mad Men is the perfect show. I recently confessed to having never watched an embarrassing number of extremely popular tv shows and movies. The OC and Barry... never done it. Love Island Australia and all of Bravo... I've watched every episode. But this is mainly because when I decide to emotionally invest in an actual show I want to be sure that I'm going to love it. I've watched Charmed all the way through at least three times and the same can be said about my favorite show of all time... Mad Men.

I had to do a quick search on *B*CH before I started writing this because it seemed impossible that I haven't already done this post. In fact, I don't think I ever hosted a Mad Men knitflix night which also seems impossible. But today I right that wrong and break down the knitwear of my favorite Mad Men characters and show you how you can make them yourself. 

Try to guess the moment when I discovered Lisa Richardson's patterns for the first time and then…

Grading In The Curve

As some of us cope with recent events by grabbing our crafts and rocking back and forth in the corner others have decided to take a much more productive approach to the lock-in. For the last few days, I've been in group A. Knitting away on a security blanket and obsessively checking twitter. But being in group A is no longer working for me. I need to do more to keep myself sane. So I'm going to try harder to be in group B from now on. 

Book Review: The Year Of Knots By Windy Chien

There are a few thoughts that can instantly bring a smile to my face. The first of course is the idea that somewhere out there Keanu Reeves and I are looking up at the same moon. The second is the knowledge that one day someone realized that if they tied point A to point B they could make magic and then they decided to share that idea with those around them. Whenever I get stumped on a stitch I take a step back and remind myself that at the end of the day it's just a series of knots.

The Knitwear of A Nanny Named Fran Fine

There are fashion icons who come once in a generation, making an impact so great that they will be remembered for all of time. I'm talking of course about the flashy girl from flushing (bump, bump) the Nanny, named Fran. As a child, my parents refused to get cable. It wasn't until I went away to college that my parents decided to get a cable box (still bitter). There was one month when in middle school my parents announced that we suddenly had cable. My sister and I took full advantage of this. Watching every second of cartoons that we could until at the end of the month my parents told us that it was just a trial and the box was going away. A crushing blow. Is it really any surprise that I decided to start a business where I can get paid to watch my favorite shows? Wow, that got off track quickly and is probably best left for my therapist.

Getting back to my point. Since we didn't have cable, network shows became my bread and butter. Sister Sister, Sabrina, and of course …

Yarn & The City: Breakes But Not Broken

Over the last month, I've started and stopped a new post a million times in my head. I never planned to take such a long break from posting. I launched this blog in July of last year and since then I've posted 2-5 times a week. As many of you, who have been around here for a minute, know I have the "too much gene". Meaning that when I have an idea it can't just be a passing thought with zero effort. It has to be epic. The epicness of an idea can create magic, but it can also drain me. I'm not someone who checks in with myself. I can work for hours before I realized that I haven't eaten or stood up all day.

I'm not entirely sure when I realized I was doing that with Bobble. But I decided to take a step back and planned to take two weeks off for the holidays. I don't think that I realized how exhausted I was until I stopped. Kind of like the first time you wear a new pair of boots. You are so excited about them and wear them all day. It's not unt…

Behind The Stitches: Nomagugu Sibanda

“I was raised by highly creative women, who, at some point earned a living from their crafts. There was always some knitting or sewing going on at home"

Sam: Where are you from and where are you currently based?

Noma: I am based in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Sam: Have you always been a creative person?

Noma: Yes – I was raised by highly creative women, who, at some point earned a living from their crafts. There was always some knitting or sewing going on at home, so I learnt early.

Sam: What is your craft of choice?

Noma: Definitely knitting!!!

Sam: Where do you think your love of crafting comes from?

Noma: I love creating something new and different that has never existed before - that’s the most thrilling experience ever.

Sam: When did you decide to start creating your patterns? Was that an easy jump for you to make or did it take a little convincing?

Noma: I had always created my own patterns even as a child. Somehow, I struggle with following instructions, so it was easy for me to do …