Yarns in stash legacy artMany people choose a word to guide them. For 2017, I chose “Legacy.”

Back in the mid 90’s, I started my web-page. Our household was one of the first to get the internet in our small Kansas community, with a population of 1800 (On a good day). For years I sold eBooks, talked about art, growing cotton, my grand-kids, and yes even my dog. (Stops and pets Sparky)

In 2003 I started working part-time at an area public library. I told myself I would do it for JUST one year. It would help take pressure off of myself financially, and force me to get out of the house and around other people face-to-face. It is now January 2017, and I still work there. Why? Maybe more about that in a later post?

People ask about the eBooks. They started because I was teaching a photography class and I wanted the students to make their pinhole camera. I couldn’t find what wanted, so I made my own. I had this little book I had made purely for my student’s use, and I wondered, what would happen if I put this online? This was the beginning of me selling eBooks on eBay. Remember this was in the early 2000’s.

Over the years I sold my art and more eBooks. Then in 2013, I stopped. I haven’t painted since. Bluntly, I was broken and just could not open another emotional vein to create. (Another long story best left for another time) So I turned to knitting.

With knittinKnit Swatches Legacyg, I felt productive, creative and I could just keep going, one stitch after another. The focus eventually became learning new techniques and skills. What would I exactly do with those techniques and skills? I had no idea or clear plan at the time.

So now what?

In October of 2016, I began teaching knitting courses online through SkillShare. I made three small classes and learned a great deal in the process. Then at the end of November, my father passed away. It was not unexpected, and he is missed a great deal. It left me pondering, what would MY legacy be, once I was gone?

I wanted my life to have some meaning, some purpose. I have some training and background in education. But I knew that traditional teaching was not for me. For roughly a ten-year span in there, I taught Art as an adjunct at an area college. I found that I enjoyed the research and writing aspect, much more than the face-to-face teaching. Now it is January 2017, and here I sit, writing this post. So expect to see new eBooks released, and old-ones revamped. I have a plan. I have goals. Now I just need to work the plan.

I hope you stick around to see what happens next!

Yarn stash colors inspiresAs I planned for 2017, I asked the question “Who, living or dead, imaginary or real, inspires you? Who would I have as my board of adviser’s?”. Who inspires you to take it to the next level? When thinking about setting out on this adventure, the following people came to the forefront. (In no particular order)

Mark Lipinski http://marklipinski.com/

Mark Lipinksi, everyone’s favorite “Cupcake”! Although he is not a knitter, he is still important. As he says, “My life is just a series of awkward and humiliating moments separated by snacks.” He is a joy to hear and often says what I wish I had the nerve to say. He would be the one to tell me to be authentic, stop worrying what others thought, and eat the frosting first.

Marly Bird http://www.marlybird.com/

Marly is the national spokesperson for RedHeart yarn. I was not familiar with her until her grandmother and aunt told me about her in my day job (Library). Creatives are told about a cousin, brother, or family member that also create in a said medium.  In this case, I only wish I had heard of her sooner. Her podcast brightens my day, makes me laugh and motivates me to continue creating.

Alice Starmore https://www.virtualyarns.com/

She was masterful. Her work beyond compare. Amazing. I can only aspire to be half the fiber artist she personifies.

Meg Swanson and Elizabeth Zimmermann http://www.schoolhousepress.com/

Meg Swanson and Elizabeth Zimmermann. Mother and daughter knitting heroes. Elizabeth is considered the American guru of knitting. She took something she instinctively knew how to do, made it accessible and shared it with the masses. Her daughter and granddaughter continue that legacy today.

Kaffee Fassett http://www.kaffefassett.com/

One word: “Color.”

Mary Walker Phillips http://cprhw.tt/p/2AukR/

Mary Walker Phillips helped take knitting into the world of fine art. She showed that it was possible to be creative and expressive with simple needles and yarn. That it simply was “more.”

So there you have it. Seven people that help keep my creative juices flowing. Who would be on your list?

Bullet journal created and goals set. It’s time to get this year going!

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