Sometimes it’s important to make a statement, sometimes it’s important to go on a mission, and sometimes doing both makes for very interesting business speak.
So in an effort to find my spark I give you, a mission statement Memo:
To whom it may concern:
It’s a Purl, Man is a show about a guy from Boston with Yarn issues.
This show is about the knitting scene in Boston and around the world. Why stop at knitting and purling… There are so many great fiber activities out there.
This show is constantly evolving in shape and form, but always tries to entertain and encourage fiber folks. Like community radio of the past, it sheds light on a community with great love and enthusiasm.
This show may cause stash rash or project startitis. It has also been known to cause people to hallucinate and want to travel to New England to join in all the fun. If longing for fiber lasts more than four hours, please rush to your local yarn store. Not recommended for children under 13 or people who can’t take a joke.
Last week I started to listen to the podcast from the beginning. You can really hear the excitement and momentum of my knitting life in those shows. I am so excited to reach out to the community and so thrilled to find an audience of people who share my love of fiber.
Sadly, I don’t quite feel that way now. While I am still a lover of fiber and community, I have to admit something. I think that I have fallen into a bit of a funk.
It’s not that I don’t want to knit, crochet, produce podcasts, build community, and dream up new fun things to do. It’s that I can’t find the spark right now.
The spark to finish a project… The spark to create something new… The spark to know what to do with my stash… The spark to know what I want next…
So here I am getting ready to start another series of the podcast, start another season of knitting, start a new series of podcasts and I find myself in a bit of a funk.
Perhaps I just a need to re-engage myself into projects and community, perhaps I just need to find an inspiring knitting project. What ever it is, I think that this may be a good thing to explore and think about as I start the new season of It’s a Purl Man.
I know I am not alone, I know we can all find our freak if we try… so let’s keep our eyes and hearts open to the new possibilities.
On this valentine day I reflect on the past couple of years and the people who have come into my life as listeners to my show.
So, it’s been a while.
I miss you and miss this show, but I have been really overloaded with projects and paid work. Between a major event every month from Nov. to Jan., a fashion show, FiberCamp Boston, the holidays, spending time with my family/friends, and trying to keep up at work… it’s been a lot.
Like so many people who try to make a change in the world, I have become somewhat burned out and have needed some down time. Time for me, time for breathing, time for knitting.
Soon, I will be back from my time off and putting out new shows both here and on the standard yarn. I feel that both shows are important to me and have different types of content.
Anyhow… Thank you for your patience and I hope that you will be mine this year…
Joanne Seiff, author of Knit Green and Fiber Gathering, joins me on the show to talk about Rhinebeck, fiber events, and the complicated landscape of bring green. She is very knowledgeable about both fiber and the environment and breaks it all down for us in her writing.
Many, many thanks to my friend Alanna at Tactile Travel for taking me on her tour to Rhinebeck. Her tour was wonderful and filled with fiber, history, and wonderful people.
Also… I am working on so many projects I hope you can be patient with me as I work towards getting the show out and putting on some major events with my guild. If you are in Boston please come out and join the fun.
On today’s show I have an interview with Kathy Elkins of WEBS America’s Yarn Store. She blogs and has a podcast about the yarn that comes into the shop and the many interesting people in the fiber industry.