Today’s my birthday so I thought it would be a great day to really bring my blog back. I could complain about how life has been in 2019 but it’s not even worth it. There are things happening that I can’t even give voice to but that’s life. My goal is to persevere and be grateful regardless of what else is going on.
The other reason I figured I’d start documenting here again is that although I love(d) Instagram, the current silencing of BIPoC (Black Indigenous People of Color) is really getting to me. The supremacists and racists are getting all kinds of passes on that platform and sometimes it’s just too much to deal with. When social media gets to the point where people’s physical lives are threatened and they have to leave Instagram for the safety of themselves and their families, I’m out. I’ll fight for and with the pro-social justice warriors but I don’t want to spend whatever time I have fighting with people who are not interested or willing to stop devaluing black and brown bodies in all the ways they do.
The older I get, the more some things become priority and arguing with irrational people is not one of them. As my mother always says “the very word irrational tells you when to walk away. You can never have a rational conversation with an irrational mind.” When I type here, document my life and my crafting here, it’s for me. Those who want to engage do so and frankly, this is a space I can control to a higher degree than I can on Instagram. If no one engages, it’s still for me.
So I’m back here. In my tiny spot on the net. Anti-racist, anti-supremacist, anti-capitalist, pro-social justice, inclusive, pro-intentional living, examiner of my own privilege and without a doubt, PRO-craft. This used to be a primarily a craft blog, now think of it as a mish-mash of my life. Think of it as the electronic diary of my life — which incidentally is what it started as. So here on my birthday, I’ve come full circle — well at least with what this blog will serve as.
On the craft front, there’s been nothing but spinning, spinning, spinning. I don’t think I’ve knit 1 stitch for the year so far — no lie! With a lot that happened this year, I didn’t have time to sit and think about patterns, it’s been easy to sit at my desk, stand on the train, chill outside waiting for friends or my favorite cousin (Sabs) and spin. And spin. And spin.
Some of my WIPs include:
These tiddly bits that I made from a neon braid purchased from Mirla Fiber Arts
This is a long term project. I’m a migraine sufferer and can’t take my meds for the foreseeable future so this project is my stress reducer at work.
This one is a fun spin. BFl locks carded with merino from my friend Amber Helena I’m almost done with the last rolag she sent, after that, it’s a wrap on my Andean ply tool then a 2 ply spin.
This one is super special. My friend Elisa Dallomo sent this spindle to me as a self-care “you got this” gift while I deal with some serious health issues. The spindle is a pleasure to spin on but the confidence she has that I’ll be fine in the end makes this project even more pleasurable ❤
This project is another one that I’m not rushed about. In August, I added a mini electric wheel to my fleet of wheels and this spin is just to test out that machine. With a wheel that small, at the cost of a spindle, there were bound to be some issues. I don’t mind testing it out at all — the review will come once I’m done the spin and all the recommended hacks.
So yes, I’ve been busy … still spinning/crafting (and working on a secret project 😉 ) despite my absence and quiet in this space. I’ll wait until next time to tell you about my spindle loving obsession. 😆 Yep … same ole me. When I jump in, I’m all in! 😆
Hope you’ve been well and I’d love to catch up with you in the comments ❤
xoxo & keep crafting,
I’m terrible at keeping up with blogs, but so good to see you back in the blogosphere! Social media is a hot mess. And I know the struggle to find that line and respect our boundaries between connecting online with the greater whole and withdrawing when it becomes too much. Much love to you. Hope your birthday was wonderful. I want to make it to NY before the year is up but we’ll see. Miss you and love you.
Miss you too friend and love you lots. We’ll talk whenever you make it to my city. In the meantime, it’s good to see you back in the blogosphere as well.
What a wonderful thing it is to see you here, Nicky! I love this space. Your words and photos and the whole vibe are absolutely comforting and happy making–a much needed reminder about how important it is to keep my priorities straight. And your spinning pics are making me want to pick up my spindle! Looking forward to more posts as you have time to write them. ❤️
Thank you so much for the welcome back friend. It’s been lovely re-settling here. Quiet and comforting.
Thank you for hanging there with me. ❤
You’re welcome. Initially, going back to blogging was to help me with procrastination and time management but I like that you’ve described this effort as being responsible for changing my narrative. Didn’t look at it like that before. ❤
Happy birthday Nicky. Love your spinning posts. A friend from high school who spins and vends at yarn fests, is trying to get me to try it. But my knitting has taken over the house and hubs said, “what’s that, a $400 purchase?” And I said “more”. I don’t think my brain could process another hobby. So I live vicariously through you. And it’s beautiful. Glad you’re blogging again. IG has turned into a mess. I’m now following more dog owners and farmhouse decorators and sheep farmers. The knitting world has become disheartening.
I totally understand. Mind you, I’m always down for a good brawl in the fight for social justice and equality but the silencing, brigading, doxxing of BIPoc, their lives being threatened — I just can’t take that. Then IG’s inability to curb the abuse of BIPoC, the knitting world doesn’t feel very welcoming to me right now so I agree, it has become disheartening. A place where I once thought I fit in, I’m seeing that I really, in the grand scheme of things, don’t. And that hurts.
And if you really want to learn to spin … let me know, I’ll send you a spindle. That way, you can tell hubs, the equipment is free. LOLOL! Others have been good to me in terms of gifting, I’m more than happy to do the same for you. ❤
I love this post so much. It is everything. Yes, Instagram is a mess and it makes my heart happy to see you here, sharing the birthday edition. ❤️😘❤️