Knitting and the Art of Advocacy.

img_5351The art of knitting and the art of advocacy are not so different.

I recently finished a custom order – two Grab Back Hats aka Pussy Hats for a young woman named Jia. She and her Granny will rock these warm, cozy hats at this month’s Women’s March in Lansing, Michigan. And as I knit, I think of the women who will wear them – praying for them to stay warm, empowered and vigilant. I am inspired and energized every time I knit, but today I am honored and thankful for women like Jia and her Granny, who will stand together in the cold, in the wind, in the snow to advocate for equality for all women. For me.

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Advocates like Jia and Granny share a common thread with knitters (and other makers). It’s this DIY spirit that fuels us and moves us through challenges, successes, through life.

I see these commonalities everyday as I am both a knitter and an advocate. When I knit, I have a plan, I have the tools to see that plan through and I have friends to knit with or call when I get stuck. I watch my project come together stitch by stitch, bit by bit. At my day job, I advocate for policy change that leads to safer, walkable communities. I have a plan, I have tools to see the plan through and I have friends and colleagues to collaborate with or call when things get tough.

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Like advocates, knitters are patient, creative, flexible (knitting everywhere from coffee shops to bus stops), passionate and determined (we will restart a project about a million times….). We build networks. We lean on one another for support. We share ideas. We live and breath the DIY spirit – often in a quiet introvert style, but we live it nonetheless.

So to Jia and Granny, I wish you all the patience and perseverance in the world.

Grab Back, ladies. Persist.

Sooo… Research Is a Thing You Should Do aka What Happened When I Made a Loom

Can I tell you a secret? I am completely jealous of people who know how to weave using a loom. I’m not talking about one of those hat looming kits that you can pick up at Joann’s (although I’m not knocking those. I don’t know even know how to use them). I’m talking about the big beautiful wall art pieces that you see at DIY maker shows. I don’t know what it is, but I love them.20728779_1527358123969087_2912709131475766515_o

My love of loom art persisted throughout 2017, but I didn’t have any tools to try this out myself and I didn’t want to spend a bunch of money on a loom or on classes. So, my lovely partner Roxanne helped me build my own loom. I was so excited. I got to spend time with Roxanne, play in the garage with power tools and finally I had a loom of my own.

I was very proud of it and wanted to start using it immediately. I had a lot of ideas in my mind of all the fun and funky woven projects I would make – mostly wall tapestries with lots of loud colors. Finishing up the homemade loom just made me daydream even more.

So I started using my loom and quickly learned a few important lessons… Continue reading

Ready. Set. Knit.

Happy New Year!

I’m excited for a brand new year of creation! PYC has a new line up of creature cowls for you this year. Don’t worry – you’ll still be able to order the Cinna Fox that started it all. We’re also trying out a few new fiber arts. Be sure to check the blog for sneak peeks of what’s next.

Knitting may move a little slowly for me at the beginning of this year. Just two days after Christmas, I bought a new house.

The new place is a spacious homestead with lots of potential. It’s quirky and I love it. Although, it’s quite the fixer upper. It is in need of lots of renovations and updating. So I’ll be squeezing my knitting in between knocking down walls, painting and putting in new kitchen cabinets.

Wish me luck! ❤

That’s a Wrap

We had an amazing time at Detroit Urban Craft Fair. There was lots of laughs, good food, wonderful people and record sales for PYC.

Thank you to everyone to stopped by, shopped and visited from our hometown of Flint. A special thank you to Handmade Detroit for accepting PYC as a DUCF vendor this year! We have learned so much and already have ideas for making our craft game stronger. 💕🙌🏾😘💪🏾

 

In Preparation

So much caffeine will be consumed this week. I’m a little stressed (FREAKING OUT) with Detroit Urban Craft Fair coming up this weekend AND trying to close on a house by Christmas. Uh…. Wait. What was that now? 🤪 #purlyoucrazy #youcray #nosleeptilducf #ducf #doilookstressed #knitting

Do all the things

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The most hilarious graffiti of all time.

It finally happened. Jen​ and I made it to Toronto! It was an amazing best friend trip. We ate vegan poutine, made Drake references and earned 30,000 steps on our Fitbits. Jen and I crammed an incredible amount of awesome into two nights and three days. So much awesome that we made it into a list. Continue reading