Amanda Sue Howell

Fiber Arts: It’s More Than “Just” Knitting & Crocheting

Sorry, I couldn’t figure out any awesome song-inspired lines for my post title today, so we’re stuck with straight forward today. Forgive me? Awesome. You’re the best.

 

When I think of fiber arts/fiber crafts, I think of knitting & crocheting. But that’s really just because that’s the primary form I practice. But just because I don’t do them, doesn’t mean they don’t exist, or that I don’t want to do them.

So what else is out there? Well technically anything made with a plant fiber is considered fiber arts. Which I think could technically include paper, since paper is usually made from wood or cotton…but it’s got it’s own category…”paper crafting”. Cue the little green aliens from Toy Story.. “Oooooooooohh”. That’s right. Paper is just that darn fancy. Ever since it got turned into money it’s been turning it’s nose up at the rest of the crafting world. Just kidding. I really have no idea why it’s in it’s own category, but you know what? That just means I’ll have to do a series on paper crafting later…right? I have to right? Ow ow ow okay you twisted my arm. It’ll happen.

Okay so back on track. Sorry. I did warn you yesterday that I’m easily distracted sometimes.

Okay so other forms include:

  • Tatting (totally used to look at this stuff in a craft book my Mom had.)
  • Macrame (Kinda reminds me of these wooden beaded seat covers my parents used to have in their van.)
  • Sewing (I have a sewing machine…I have for almost 4 years now. Still don’t know how to use it. I know. More craft shame for me.)
  • Quilting (Quilting is like paper…it’s too good to be included in regular old sewing. So many snooty crafts…you didn’t know did you? Hehe)
  • Basketry (I’ve wanted to do this for years, but the closest I’ve gotten is those little woven paper heart basket things…but as we just discovered paper is not fiber. I know I’m a smarty-pants. I’d love to blame the military, or kids, or my husband…but I hear tell that I was an ornery child too. I know…totally hard to believe, right? I hear you snorting over there. You cut that out!)
  • Weaving (Weaving is one of those nifty crafts that goes way way back…like spinning. I always thought spinning seemed like it would be fun to learn, just because…well almost no one does it anymore.)
  • Rug Hooking (I used to latch-hook as a kid. Okay I had one project. Okay I never even finished it. Another check on the craft-shame tally for me please!)
  • Braiding (I’m assuming for rugs and such, but I used to make bracelets this way too.)
Craft Win! My Scarf is Done!
Okay. This is here for no other reason than to prove that I can actually finish projects. Just so you know.

There’s more, lot’s more…but that’s a good start. Oh, and just in case any of you are the type to go check things for yourselves…yes in some circles paper crafting gets included with fiber crafting. But the majority of fiber crafting circles don’t include it as far as I can tell, so we will roll with that. Or I will. You can roll with whatever you want. 🙂

Okay so, which of these fiber arts will you be focusing on this month? Do you gravitate towards any in particular, or do you like them all? Please comment! Comments feed my soul, and my mother is a ginger so you know I need all the help I can get! 😉 (Love you Mom.)

If you’d like to go check out some other awesome challenges, or sign up yourself, hurry over to The Nester, and join in the fun!

This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❤)

Voulez-Vous Crochet Avec Moi (Ce Soir)?

Ha! Can you tell I’m having fun with the song inspired post titles? Granted I think that literally translates to “Will you hook with me (tonight)?”, but then crocheters have a long-standing tradition of making “hooking” jokes, so it still works.

Day 2 of Fiber Crafting….what are you working on? Are you one of those individuals who has about 7 projects going on at one time, or do you prefer to choose one at a time?

I’m totally the first one, cause what I want to work on depends on my mindset. Okay, and it’s environmental. Let’s face it, when you are the worlds slowest knitter, and you knit like a cross-eyed mole with the needles 2 inches from your face so you can figure out what on earth you’re doing….it’s not wise to do it around rambunctious toddlers.

So I have 2 projects that are my “when the kids are awake and I can’t concentrate” projects…a scarf I’m making for a friend who’s been having a rough time here lately, and a baby afghan for a friend who had a baby…oh…hmm…7-8 months ago? Yeah, I know. Although in my (partial) defense, I had my kiddo maybe 2-3 months later. Oh, yeah…and I really had no idea what I was doing when I picked it up. Oh, yeah…and I’m an out of sight out of mind person, so putting it in the basket behind my bedroom door for “safekeeping” kept it safer from me than anyone else.

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I actually used one of the afghan squares for the background of this badge…it’s not totally going to waste!

Speaking of projects in the “safekeeping basket”, there’s a knitting project from almost a year ago. But we’ll discuss my knitting shame on another day.

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The knitting project. A washcloth. For my daughter. That I still haven’t finished. Do I win good mommy of the year award or what? And she loves lime green, so I tried to tone the color done some cause it is b-r-i-g-h-t.

So tell me, what projects are you working on? I’d love to know what you’ve got going, and how long you’ve been working on it. I love comments!

If you’d like to go check out some other awesome challenges, or sign up yourself, hurry over to The Nester, and join in the fun!

This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin the first post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❤)

The More We Knit Together, Together, Together

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Actually I used knitting, because it works better with that line than crocheting does. I happen to be way better at crocheting though, which is kinda tragic because I know about 4 stitches in crocheting. But hey! I happen to have a whole month to work on it, and it comes complete with husband approval because he’s awesome like that. (Don’t hate, ladies.)

This month is about more than knitting, or crocheting though. It’s even about more than the scope of fiber crafting (and there is more than “just” knitting & crocheting.) It’s about challenging yourself to create. Every. Single. Day.

Create beauty.

Create peace.

Create warmth.

Create because you need it.

Create, because you want your children to revel in their creativity too.

Day 2 | Voulez-Vous Crochet Avec Moi (Ce Soi)?
Day 3 | Fiber Arts: It’s More Than “Just” Knitting & Crocheting
Day 4 | Weekend Challenge : Day 4 of Fiber Crafting
Day 5 | 6 Fast Resources: Day 5 of Fiber Crafting
Day 6 | Weekend Challenge Check In: Day 6 of Fiber Crafting
Day 7 | Amigurumi: Japanese For “Adorable Crocheted Thingy”
Day 8 | Quilting: Not Just For Grandma
Day 9 | Pinterest Roundup: Day 9 of Fiber Crafting
Day 10 | Crafty Genius: NerdyKnitting
Day 11 | Weekend Challenge | Day 11 of Fiber Crafting

If you’d like to go check out some other awesome challenges, or sign up yourself, hurry over to The Nester, and join in the fun!

This challenge is as much for myself as it is for you. I make plans to create, but then it takes a back burner. If you’d like to join in, please subscribe so you don’t miss out. (These come as a weekly round up with the newsletter.) You can also bookmark/pin this post, because I’ll update it with links to each day’s post. (But subscribing is still recommended if you want to keep up with me past the 31 Day Challenge. ❤)

Welcome to the New Page (To the New Page)

Just in case anyone is wondering why “to the new page” echoes, it’s a joking reference to a song called “Radioactive” by Imagine Dragons.

Well I’m super excited about the coming changes, cause it’s finally going to feel like I’ve always wanted it to feel. So this will just be a quick recap/update post about the changes I’ve already made, and the changes yet to come. 🙂

 

Changes Made

  • Started posting my photography here and there.
  • Trying to fully infuse my personality into the posts.
  • The site got a total makeover. (I’m loving the polka dots!)
  • I put out my first infoproduct – 30 Days of Creative Abandon
  • I joined Compassion Bloggers, and just did my very first post yesterday.
  • And I’m uniting with World Vision, and 15% of the profits from my coaching services will go to their Micro Loan program.

Changes Yet to Come

  • New tabs coming – Super Quirky, Super Nerdy, Super Geeky, Super Creative, and Super Heroic.
  • Super Quirky will cover topics like Steampunk, Legos, Zombies, Mustaches, Angry Birds…random things. 🙂
  • Super Nerdy will cover topics like Gaming, Books, Star Trek, Punk, Hobbits, Zelda, Math/Science, Gothic, Chess, Sudoku/Crosswords
  • Super Geeky will cover topics like Webcomics, Tech, Etsy, Doctor Who, Instagram, eBooks, Board Games
  • Super Creative will cover topics like Knitting, Crocheting, Painting, Stamping, Music, Dance, Writing
  • Super Heroic will cover topics like Working Out, Healthy Eating, Charitable Works

I’m looking forward to having you along for the ride! If you want to stay updated on each post, please subscribe via Bloglovin’. If you’d rather wait for weekly round-up in the newsletter, that’s fine too. If you want to go for both, that’s awesome as well. 🙂 I’m so laid back, lol.

If you have any great ideas for any of those topics, I’d love to hear from you. I’d also love to hear from you, if you’re a creator and you’d like to be interviewed. 🙂

Dignity In the Presence of Lack

A week and a half ago, I made a life changing decision to join Compassion Bloggers. This is my first post for them, the first of many I hope.

This weeks assignment, is to write our thoughts based on a particular quote or sentence. I chose to work with the assigned sentence “The presence of dignity doesn’t mean poverty is absent.”

Dignity.

The fact that we, as a people, are so unwilling to ascribe dignity to the homeless says more about us than it does them.

Sometimes the homelessness comes as a result of poor choices. But not always.

Photo credit: pedrosimoes7 / Foter / CC BY

Sometimes, it’s a veteran unable to find a job.

Sometimes, it’s a child abandoned & forgotten.

Sometimes, they’re displaced persons from a terrible tragedy or storm.

And yet they’re treated as sub-human, by many people. We assume that they’re not really hungry, that they intend to buy alcohol with any money. So buy them food. We choose not to help, because they look like an addict. Face it, addicts get hungry too.

I remember a few years back, a homeless man (Ted Williams) was discovered to have an incredible speaking voice.  A few years before that, Nathaniel Ayers became famous from a movie called The Soloist. His talent? He’s a wonderful musician…cellist in the movie, but bassist in reality.

Why the shock? Is it really just the level of talent? Or is it that they’re talented, and homeless? We get so lost in the dirt, and stench, and rags, that we forget there is a real human under there.

A real human, with feelings.

Real tears. Real pain. Real stories. Real memories.

Real dignity.

Photo credit: pedrosimoes7 / Foter / CC BY

Find Your Path to Abundant Creativity

30 Days of Creative Abandon
30 Days of Creative Abandon

 

I’m thrilled to announce, that my very first product has arrived! It’s a 30 Day e-course, in PDF form so you can faster or slower if need be. It is absolutely crammed packed with…

  • Inspiration
  • Time-savers
  • Resources
  • Randy nerdy references
  • Awesome quotes
  • Creative prompts

I would be absolutely honored if you would go check it out! 🙂