8-8: Community Thursday!

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“Being an artist is dragging your innermost feelings out, giving a piece of yourself, no matter in which art form, in which medium.” – Henry Rollins

Welcome to another Community Thursday! I’m sorry about missing last week’s post – things were a bit tough, though excuses don’t cut it, do they? I promise to pack this post with lots of good stuff to make up with it! And I dunno why I decided on Henry Rollins quotes… I guess I just needed a little no-nonsense Hank in my life today… maybe you do, too?

Anyway, I hope you enjoy this Community Thursday post! Also, you might notice that I revamped the website this week – YAY! If you want to leave feedback on it, that would be grateful accepted. I hope you like it! I wanted something bright and fun, maybe a little less cluttered. Whee!

Now, onto the wonderfulness!
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This is perfect to start off our Community Thursday – a call to EXPLORE!
Tara Swiger is a yarnie turned tireless Biz Coach/StarshipCaptain/Author of Crative Biz books [one of us, one of us!] – and she always has something interesting up her sleeve to get me thinking and dreaming BIG. She’s also a big believer in Community, and this Exploration Party is all about building it! She says,

The Exploration Party is an opportunity for you to declare your boldness and connect with other explorers, by sharing a story of what you’ve explored.

To join in:
1. Write a post about something you’ve explored or experimented with (ideas below)
2. Post it anytime next week (August 12-16), and include a link to the Exploration Party page, so that your readers can find other explorer’s stories.
3. Leave a comment below with your post!

If you’re a small biz owner who finds it difficult to connect outside of selling things, this is a perfect opportunity to give people a sort of glimpse behind the scenes. [sound familiar?] I’LL definitely be joining in, and I hope you will, too!
http://taraswiger.com/exploration-party-invite/

These tags don't lie - it probably take forever to make your handknit! Tags from DarbyCardsNashville on Etsy.  https://www.etsy.com/listing/111912344/care-instructions-for-knitted-homemade

These tags don’t lie – it probably take forever to make your handknit! Tags from DarbyCardsNashville on Etsy.

Sometimes, labels lie. Here’s a great breakdown of the top five lies you’ll find on your yarn label. If you’re an indie dyer/spinner, you know why some of these sometimes happen… but it’s always a little surprising on a commercial yarn!
Article: http://www.thesamestitch.com/2013/05/top-5-yarn-label-lies_21.html
Labels: https://www.etsy.com/listing/111912344/care-instructions-for-knitted-homemade

“I’ve always seen it as the role of an artist to drag his inside out, give the audience all you’ve got. Writers, actors, singers, all good artists do the same. It isn’t supposed to be easy.” – Henry Rollins

Most useful granny squares ever! Photo: Fiber Flux

Most useful granny squares ever! Photo: Fiber Flux

How cute AND useful is this? Easily adjustable granny square pattern is perfect for holding your tablet or nook or kindle. As someone with an odd-sized tablet, I appreciate the versatility of this pattern and LOVE the adorableness of it!
http://fiberflux.blogspot.com/2013/07/free-crochet-patternfruit-punch-tablet.html

image: http://instagram.com/arockandatree

image: http://instagram.com/arockandatree

Mashable has a great compilation of fun and inspiring knit & crocheted yarnbombs from all over the world. Unfortunately, the artists aren’t credited, but there’s some classics in there, as well as some I’d never seen!
http://mashable.com/2013/07/23/crazy-yarn-bombs/

These might be the perfect DIY pants. Photo: The Sewing Rabbit.

These might be the perfect DIY pants. Photo: The Sewing Rabbit.

Anyone who knows me knows that I mostly wear skirts, over leggings. That’s my default uniform. But these pants would be so perfect for bumming around on the screened-in patio with some iced coffee and a certain Squeegee Cat… and they look SUPER easy to make! Yep, I really need to add this to my list of things to try making soon!
http://www.mesewcrazy.com/2013/08/easy-knit-pants-diy.html

“We know that in September, we will wander through the warm winds of summer’s wreckage. We will welcome summer’s ghost.” – Henry Rollins

The cutest pencil case ever! Tutorial and photo by: Petals to Picot

The cutest pencil case ever! Tutorial and photo by: Petals to Picot

Here’s a quick and fun pattern for making a pencil case in crochet – great for back-to-school or just for carrying around in a purse! I love little bags and containers, and I loved the stripes on this one. Too cute!
http://www.petalstopicots.com/2013/08/crochet-case-for-pencils-perfect-for-back-to-school/

And with these words of… well, this Hank-ism *grin*, I’ll bid you good day and thank you profusely for following along with Community Thursday!

“Some music really does suck!” – Henry Rollins