hannaontheroad Podcast Shownotes Episode 26: Send coffee, please!

Episode 26 of the hannaontheroad podcast focuses on ALL the making - a new FO, a few WIPs, and introduces two special womxn who are doing amazing things with locally sourced yarn!

I also answer Yarn Flakes' question on how to balance exploring the various things our creative minds are attracted to and having an efficient business image on Instagram! (Plus, I just basically want ALL the coffee during the entire recording of this episode.)

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Call to arms - no, thoughts: On creating a business based on what matters to you.

Here's what I do when I have an idea: I sit with it. I let it sink. I don't do anything, in the strict sense of the word, except for not think about it. Why? Because the "not thinking" provides an excellent filter. When an idea comes back to me, unprompted, a few days, a few weeks after I first thought of it, when it comes back more often, when I catch myself thinking about it during my morning meditation, then I know that it's here to stay and that it's time to give in to that instinct of pursuing it.

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On womxn tearing each other down.

If you're part of the knitting community on Instagram and / or Twitter you've probably come across the discussion that ensued two days ago about a certain picture of a sweater by Verena Cohrs for Laine Magazine Issue 3. 

If you haven't heard of it, let me give you a quick run down of what happened:

When the Ravelry page for that particular design was put up by the publishers a few weeks ago, comments and emails criticizing the photo started to arrive on Ravelry and in the designer's inbox almost immediately.

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My Month in Review: October 2017

It's 6pm, and it's dark outside. Happy November - almost! We've turned back the clocks the past weekend, and while I really like that it's a lot lighter when I get up and gets dark sooner, the change feels somehow more pronounced this year.

Maybe it's because this time of the year leads to me reflecting more, maybe I'm just paying more attentions to my surroundings - who knows. I quite like noticing things I haven't noticed before. 

October treated me well in some regards, and in others, it's been very intense and emotionally draining. It's been mostly good though and I'm excited and feel ready for the holiday season!

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Why it's a good idea to curl up with a book.

If you've been following me for a while, you know that I love books. I've always been a book worm - rumor has it that I can't even remember not being able to read - and I've found a lot of comfort and delight this year in (re)discovering new and old favorites.

Getting lost in a book is especially appealing if you're in the Northern hemisphere like me and the days get shorter, the light gets greyer and the rain showers appear more frequently in front of your windows. It's an excellent - and cheap, if you're a devoted library goer - way to shut out the world, but it's also wonderful to get inspired, process your emotions and thoughts, and realize that there are other, greater, problems out there in the world than a few seams being wonky or a shipment of fabric getting lost. 

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We must risk delight.

In my last newsletter, I shared a poem I came across via the ever-inspiring Jen Hewett, a printmaker and textile artist based in San Francisco. I believe the first time Jen shared it in her newsletter (which I can only highly recommend!) was shortly after last year's US election, and then she re-posted it a few weeks ago.

It stuck with me, and after getting a few emails and messages from lovely people who read it in my newsletter and thanked me for it, I wanted to share it here as well.

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Seasons.

I've been thinking a lot about seasons lately. Maybe that's because the shifts from winter to spring, from spring to summer, from summer to fall seem to come faster and faster with every year, and I find myself at the end of summer wondering how it can be that it's already over. Maybe it's because I've been thinking and doing a lot of tilting - prioritizing work over other things, and slowly tilting back into a more balanced division of my days into work and play.

I strongly believe that there are seasons in life - busy seasons, and messy seasons, and grief seasons, playful seasons and wonderful, joyful seasons, and "I'm so happy I could scream" seasons, too.

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hannaontheroad Podcast Shownotes Episode 23: Blurrymania!

First up: APOLOGIES! I managed to sit so close to the camera that I'm actually out of focus almost the entire time :/ Luckily though, it's only a short episode and I don't have a lot of knitting to show so if it bothers you, simply listen without watching. Ehm. You know what I mean!

I'm showing you my two current WIPs, and then there's a longer section on podcast recommendations before I round out the episode with a talk about self-care and what I've been up to lately.

Without further ado, meet Blurrymania! :

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