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One year ago, I guided this site into the world.
I wrote a mini-festo, embracing my unapologetically wonky nature.
18 months ago, I began teaching classes for craftybizes.
I didn't plan on doing more than one, but as my inbox filled up with questions, I thought, there's got to be a better way to share the answers. So I taught a class and was hooked.
I was soon annoying my yarn-buying people by talking to the biz-class-buying people, so I split the craftybiz stuff from the yarn stuff.
And I had no idea what I was doing.
I had a vague feeling that I might teach more classes.
I thought we might explore some non-yarn stuff.
I didn't know I was crafting a community.
I didn't know I was leading an adventure.
In the last year, you've taught me LOTS (more on that, Friday).
And together, we built something so beautiful I can't look directly at it without going blind (from the tears).
To reflect those changes and acknowledge that we are each, together, crafting our independence, I've changed the site name and my twitter handle (yep, I'm @taraswiger now, because it's time to stop hiding behind my alter ego).
If I had a new mini-festo, for this next part of the journey, it would say this:
There isn't a right answer.
This is all a big adventure.
By engaging with the adventure, by exploring your own world, you are crafting independence.
We'll be talking more about this in the coming days, but one of the easiest way I'm shifting the focus is with the banners.
The banners will rotate, but I thought you might like to see them all at once, along with a bit about each photo (yep, I took 'em all).
This picture was taken for the Happy Hat pattern, but I love the clear trail in front of me.
Obviously I didn't take this one, Jay did.
This is Mt. Ranier, as snapped through my airplane window.
I love the feeling of possibility I always get in an airplane.
The most bittersweet of all the images, this is a picture out the front door of my former home. The one I moved into on my first day of self-employment, the one that was burglarized three times, the one I had to move out of suddenly and painfully.
Taken from the train from Seattle to Portland, I'm pretty sure this is right outside of Portland. This was the first leg of a loooong train ride all the way to San Diego…one of the most adventurous (aka: hard) trips I've taken.
This is a snippet from my journal…a letter I wrote to you. It says, “I have hope. Clean, unfettered, feathery hope. For you.”
This path curves around my favorite blueberry farm, in the mountains.
The Manhattan skyline, as seen as I drove from Brooklyn to Queens for the Bust Craftacular last September. The day before I got up early to walk across the Brooklyn Bridge because I heard the view was gorgeous. Surprise! the fog was so thick I couldn't see my hand in front of me, let alone the skyline!
But as I drove to the show the next morning, I finally got it. The view was amazing, even if I did have to watch the stop + go traffic while clicking my phone camera. Safety first!
And that's it for memories of adventures, but it's just the beginning of a fun week.
To celebrate this site’s one year anniversary, I’m throwing a launching brunch for the Starship.
I’m cracking champagne over the bow, I’m making pancakes in the replicator.
You can join me in the Starship (tomorrow!), but you can also celebrate with me in the comments, on Twitter, and in the SparklePointers.
Tomorrow, I'll invite you to the brunch; Thursday I’ll explain WHY I’m giving everything I made in the last year away for less than ½ priced; and Friday (my birthday!) I’m throwing a little birthday party with an awesome gift for you.