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3 Questions : Kristin

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

This week I get the privilege of interviewing Kristin. When I think of her, the word ‘anachronistic’ pops to mind. She is one of those souls who is from another time and place. A true lady, she is sweet and charming and gracefully. And has a passion for sewing, knitting, spinning, crafts, reading and old movies and shares all of this and more with us on her blog. 

What is your favorite TV commercial? 

I love watching my favorite shows on

DVD

, but I rarely watch actual TV so I don’t see a lot of commercials. There was a

Volkswagen one

 last year that I liked, though. A few guys are driving a convertible in a cold and snowy environment, so they’re wearing ski masks. They stop at a convenience store, and the guy who goes inside forgets to take off his mask. The reactions of the other customers inside are hilarious (they assume he’s going to attempt robbery). I drive a VW Beetle so of course I’m partial to their commercials! Also, whenever I get the chance to watch 

TCM

, I really like the bits they play between films: a mix of special features, old movie trailers, and commercials for DVDs and such. I’m a huge classic movie fan, so that’s the one channel where I actually enjoy the commercials.

What makes you unhappy? 

Conflict. It makes me feel so uncomfortable when people are arguing or when there’s a disagreement that can’t seem to be solved. It’s not that I consider myself a peacekeeper…I don’t try to fix the conflict, I just avoid it. That’s something I need to work on, though, because you can’t really solve any problem by ignoring it.

When have you embarrassed yourself in public?

Many, many times. I’m a shy introvert with a tendency towards clumsiness, which leads to all sorts of awkward situations. To make matters worse, when I’m embarrassed, my face blushes beet red, so it’s impossible to pretend that nothing happened. I’ve fallen down the steps on a bus. When I took a mandatory public speaking class in college, my hands shook so badly that my papers kept rattling. I’ve said things that didn’t quite come out the way I intended them to (I’m not very good at small talk). I knocked over a glass jar in Hobby Lobby and it shattered on the floor, which sent a couple of employees scurrying my way with a broom and dustpan. Once, I was supposed to play the piano for the Easter service at church, and just before we left the house, I misplaced my sheet music. I tried to make it through the song from memory but got stuck in one section, so I played that part over and over until I finally just gave up. (When we got home, there sat my sheet music, in plain view on the coffee table.) I’m trying to not take myself so seriously…these things seemed awful at the time, but now they just make me laugh!

Be sure to check out Kristin’s blog, shop, Ravelry, Pinterest and Goodreads.

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3 Questions : Kylie

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

One thing I love seeing is young photographers, crafters, makers and artists, especially when they have such a strong foundation with technique and personal style. Kylie is a 19-year-old Canadian gal who fits this bill. (And yes, I’m getting to a point where I can call a 19-year-old young.) Visiting her blog is not only a treat for the eyes (thanks to her gorgeous photography) but also inspiring to see all the knitting, sewing, crafting, baking, gardening and general stop-and-smell-the-roses attitude.

What do you think of when you think of New York?

I really love New York, and it always makes me think of new adventures and exploring new places! I live in a big city and although I often miss the open skies and fresh air, I love that I will never see or experience everything there is. I imagine living in New York is the same- always a new shop to visit, a new park to explore, a new restaurant to try out.

The last time I went to New York was a few summers ago with my dad, and we had such a great time. Some of my favourite memories are walking through Central Park, seeing the city from the Highline, and buying yarn at Purl Soho and books at The Strand. Hopefully I’ll be able to visit again soon!

What is the last dream that you remember?

 I very rarely remember my dreams, but I do remember snippets of one I had  recently where my mum and I travelled to British Columbia… I’ve never been there but I’ve heard the coast is beautiful. Since I’m not travelling much this summer, I guess dreaming about new places will be the closest I get to actually seeing them!

In what ways are you a nerd?

I think being a nerd just means you’re enthusiastic about your interests… which I definitely am! Aside from knitting, sewing, cooking, and the other crafty endeavours I often blog about, I also watch a bunch of different shows, listen to podcasts, and read blogs and books. I really love hearing stories, whether they’re fictional or real!

Be sure to check out Kylie’s blog, twitter, Ravelry and Instagram.

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3 Questions : Julie

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

This week, I have the privilege of throwing three random questions at the lovely Julie of Knitted Bliss. I first found her through Ravelry or some other knitting source. Her collection of

patterns

is impressive (I’ve tried

one

already and can’t wait to try more.) But I enjoy her blog for more than just her patterns. Her own knitting projects are impressive and inspiring. Plus, every week, she shines a spotlight on a fellow knitter who did a clever or beautiful modification to an existing pattern. As well as shares some of her favorite things from around the web (I’ve found a lot of great things through those posts.) And, like all my favorite bloggers, she shares a bit of her life as well, all the little things that fill her days and bring a bit of joy.

Did your mother or grandmother make a specific food you loved?My grandmother used to make these amazing coconut squares with pink icing, which are sometimes called Pink Lady Squares, or Pink Party Squares, or even Pink Angels. They have a graham cracker base, a condensed milk and coconut middle, and a pink icing top- they are insanely sweet and indulgent, but my grandmother used to make them all the time when I was a kid. Even though she passed away about 5 years ago, and in the years prior to that her Alzheimer’s was too severe for her to bake anything anymore; my mom or my aunt will still make these squares around christmastime, and having them there on the holiday dessert tray is a bit like having my grandmother’s spirit in the room.

What is the story behind one of your scars?I have a scar on my shoulder from last summer, when I had a lump removed. The very phrase ‘lump removed’ makes people panicky and immediately think of cancer, but it was benign- it’s called a lipoma, which is basically just fatty tissue. When I was pregnant with my daughter, it grew rapidly (no doubt my body was in the mode of growing everything!) until it was the size of a mouse, which is not something you really want to have to live with if you don’t have to. The funny part is that while Canada has amazing healthcare, since the lump wasn’t actually affecting my health, it was deemed a cosmetic issue and I was referred to a plastic surgeon. I had never been in a plastic surgeon’s office before, and I had to have three appointments- the consultation, the surgery, and the follow up to remove the stitches. Being in a plastic surgery environment is stepping into a completely different world- everyone who worked there was tall and lean, had lashes the length of butterfly wings (due to a product that they sold there), and looked incredibly good- nurses in their 50s looked maybe only a few years older than myself. Everything was white, there were chandeliers in every room, except the surgery- that room had an entire wall of cabinets that held nothing but breast implants, which you could just make out from the frosted glass of the cabinets. It was such a surreal experience, to be having a cosmetic surgery, even though it wasn’t cosmetic in the conventional sense, and surrounded by people for whom this was a very normal sort of environment.

What is your favorite movie line?I’m not sure I could pin down a favourite movie, but one I enjoy watching again and again is Midnight in Paris. Partly because I’m love with the jazz age, partly because a lot of my favorite writers are represented in the film, and partly because of this scene that I find endlessly hilarious- Gil, the main character, has found a rip in the fabric of time and can visit Paris in the 1920’s anytime after midnight. While on one of his visits to this time, he is sitting with several great thinkers and artists of the time, confessing that he has fallen for a girl from this era. Their responses are priceless, and show there are a lot if different ways to look at the same thing:

Man Ray: A man in love with a woman from a different era. I see a photograph!

Luis Buñuel: I see a film!

Gil: I see an insurmountable problem!

Salvador Dalí: I see rhinoceros!

Be sure to check out Julie’s blog, Ravelry, Pinterest and Twitter.

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3 Questions : Alicia

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

This day got away from me. It was the longest day of the year and was so full of sunshine and midsummer beauty. But I’m not here now to talk about me and my day. No, I’m here to talk about Alicia, a beautiful nomad with a deep heart. It’s always so impressive and inspiring to find an artist who, well, does what an artist really does—-translates emotion and experience into a piece of art. Her travels and experiences have inspired the jewelry she makes. When you blend that with her organic design approach, cultural and personal influences, artisanal techniques, her pieces have an impressive journey all their own.

If you could bring one thing from the 50s to the present day, what would it be and why?I would bring aprons back into the kitchen! I have a collection of aprons from the 50s and 60s that I have found at many-a thrift stores. I love to wear them for cooking or with a dress to add more color. They are practical for messy cooks, like myself and they also offer some fashion for meal time.

Is it easier to win or lose with grace?I view losing and winning as the same journey. Both pathways are challenging to do with grace as the ego is connected to both reactions. Winning you can feel the power of being greater than while losing is just the reaction of feeling powerless or less than something else. The journey is to detach ourselves from the “win” or the “lose” and see the connection.

What is the prettiest place you have been?I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to travel to so many amazingly beautiful places. Each place unique in it’s own way. For this question I will narrow it down to three places that really made me feel overwhelmed by the magnitude of their beauty.

1. North Cascades Mountain Pass – Washington State

2. Zomba Plateau – Zomba, Malawi, Africa

3. Arches National Park – Moab, Utah

Be sure to check out Alicia’s blog, site/shop and instagram.

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3 Questions : Gretchen

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

I had seen Gretchen’s blog (with its clever title) often when I participated in Ginny’s weekly Yarn Along. And I had seen Nerdy Gerdy designs on Ravelry (had a few patterns in my queue to knit someday, especially the 

Clarity Cardigan

) but I never put the two together. When she reached out to me to say Hi and I actually took the time to peruse her blog, it was one of those moments where I thought,

why wasn’t I following this blog sooner?

Gretchen blogs about her life on a Minnesota farm complete with a handful of kids and critters, living that modern farm wife dream of building a family home around food, faith, homeschooling, growing, crafting and more. Her honesty, humor and grace and her celebration of the everyday are what keep me coming back.

What is your favorite meal of the day?

I’d have to say the evening meal. My husband often serves breakfast to the kids while I sleep in to 7:30 or so, since I’m often up at night. Lunch is the crazy time of day as everyone’s schedules collide from the farm to the schoolroom and we all attempt to sit down together, and someone is always in a rush to get somewhere. The evening is just a sacred time where we talk about our day, and things we have read. The meal is often full of the day’s work. I wouldn’t exactly call it peaceful, but it’s more intentional, and full of good conversation.

Why were you given your name?

My mom just liked the sound of it. My sister and I both have German names, even though we’re Irish-Norwegian Americans. My name means “precious pearl” which my mom really liked, and talked about that meaning often. During hard times my mom would tell me about how pearls always start out as a grain of sand that is aggravated and distressed over a period of time inside of a clam. This whole process brings about a beauty that simply cannot be made any other way.

What culture fascinates you the most?

Well, it’s becomes apparent pretty quickly from my blog that my family has a strong Norwegian influence, but outside of that, it would be the Japanese culture. My mom was actually born and raised in Japan from American parents living there. My brother and I would always try to study the language to figure out what our aunts and uncles were talking about near Christmas time when Japanese felt like a “code language” of the adults.

From a crafting perspective, I love Japanese fabrics, and stitch patterns, and fashion. I love the food and the art, and the attention to detail in even the small things—maybe most especially in the small things. I feel like the Japanese culture really strives for creating beauty in the everyday, and that is something that inspires me.

Be sure to check out Gretchen’s blog and knitting patterns.

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3 Questions : McKenzie

3 Questions is an interview-style series featuring some of my favorite bloggers. Every week, I ask one inspirational person 3 completely random questions and ask them to share three photos that represent Who they are, What they do or make and Where they feel the happiest.

Lives and paths change, sometimes slowly, sometimes rapidly. We as people change and grow. If you’re a blogger, this can mean your subject, voice and tone can all change, or rather, I should say, it can 

evolve

. I started out as a blog heavy with sewing content but nowadays I focus more on what is growing in the garden and what I’ve made with a stretch of yarn and two needles. I’m sure I’ve lost a lot of readers due to this but I’m simply in a different place in my life and won’t force myself to sew to try to keep up or build readership. Anyway, when I found McKenzie, she was a farmer in Maryland. It was smitten at first sight. I guess because she was much more than just a farmer, she was a photographer, spinner, artist, gardener with a wild and wise soul. Her life has changed a bit since then and has moved from a rural setting to an urban one and instead of watching over a flock of fiber animals, she spends her days with children and is much more reliant on imagery rather words to speak for her. But her spirit still shines through in this amazing imagery and readers like me have stuck around because of this. The way she captures the world around her through a lens and the stories and emotions she presents through art have always been such an inspiration and motivation to me. It’s really an honor and joy to be able to watch someone grow in this way.

What in your life have you left up to chance?

This is a tricky question. Day by day, I feel like I’ve always made an effort to go with the flow and let life take me where it wants to go. But looking back on the past, I see that so much of what I’ve done has been consciously decided upon. Chance and choice are just different sides of the same card. When I graduated high school, I’d gotten into four good universities. (I was all set to become an “eco friendly interior designer”- now I can’t imagine myself doing that!) For a few reasons I ended up going to community college, but decided to drop out after the first semester. Within a few months I decided I’d rather be a farmer, so I did that. I found two adoptable alpacas on Craigslist, then a silly little lamb. That year, my then partner and I moved to a one room log cabin on an alpaca farm. Then we moved to a larger rented farm and were given more sheep. (The first five were sort of chance, but letting them breed and ending up with over a dozen sheep was choice.) Most recently I left the farm and an extremely unhealthy, abusive relationship. It felt so out of my hands at the time. It felt like chance. I certainly hadn’t expected it or wanted that part of my life to come to a close, but now I look back and see that my heart knew what was coming almost the whole time. I chose to leave, because it was the healthiest path for my heart. Now I live in the city and nanny and make art and have a tiny urban garden and a very loving partner and pinch myself daily. I love my life and my heart has never been happier.

If you had an extra hour every day, what would you do with it?

If I wasn’t ready for bed, I would draw. Or maybe take a walk in the woods. Or maybe write a blog post for once instead of just posting pictures? Or respond to the comments I so dearly love to read? Or play kalimba? Or snuggle my cat… or or or…

Have you ever had an out of body experience?

When I was younger I had several experiences induced by responsible and guided use of certain, um, plant medicines… (Ones that aren’t particularly smiled upon by authority figures.) I consider those experiences incredibly instrumental in helping me find my drawing hand. I’ve always drawn. My mom was always illustrating something, and I’d try to copy her as a kid. During my teen years I started drawing again after a long break, but there was a lack of confidence and a hollowness to it. During and after certain experiences, I found an enormous drive and motivation to illustrate. Those experiences helped me make the most important realization though, which is that the ability to draw and creative subject matter and stories I want to tell are in me, always have been, and will only cease to exist if I let them. I draw every day now and it’s the best thing in my life.

Be sure to check out McKenzie’s blog, site and Etsy shop.

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