Karie Bookish Dot Net

From the Sublime to…

April 2011 018aaWhat an overdue blog post. It feels like I have aged five years in the last nine days. Where to start?

Let’s start with the good bits!

The Kickstarter for This Thing of Paper ended on June 22. In the end an amazing 725 people pledged a staggering £23,637 to help me bring my project to life! Isn’t that incredible? I am still blown away by the experience.

This Thing of Paper: Amnesty

A couple of people have asked if it is too late to pledge support. I know some of you only found out about the project on the day it finished or a few days later. I’m going to open an amnesty: if you are really keen on pledging support, please contact me using the contact form below. This amnesty is open until midnight GMT, July 7, 2016. If you miss this deadline, I’m afraid you will have to wait until the book is published.

We are a very, very small team and we want to get this book out as soon as possible, so we are very keen on avoiding complications at this stage! If we get more than a very small handful of responses, I reserve the right to close this amnesty before the date stated.

June 2016: More Good Bits

I didn’t realise until I looked back how busy June was. I taught in Leeds, travelled to Edinburgh’s Yarn Crawl, had fun at Glasgow’s Queen of Purls, and saw porpoises on my way to a workshop in Dunoon. I ran the Kickstarter campaign which was a lot of work (I had no idea how much energy and hard work it took to keep it running! I plan on doing a big post about that later). I also designed & knitted two garments and made two dresses. And all the normal day-to-day business work too. No wonder I ended up with laryngitis and fever at the end of the month. When work is this much fun, it’s hard to remember it is still work and that I need to take time off.

The porpoise-spotting was really magical. I was on the ferry to Argyll & Bute when I noticed rings in the water. I figured it might be a shoal of fish and strolled over to take a look. No! Two porpoises cheerfully started accompanying the ferry for a minute or so before swimming off in the distance. I was too busy looking to take photos – I find those are actually the best moments!

June 2016: Less Good Bits

I started out by saying I feel like I’ve aged five years in nine days. Nine days ago, it was announced that Great Britain had voted to leave the European Union. As a small business owner, this creates a lot of complications for me (though not on the scale of, say, a yarn shop that imports yarns from overseas). As an Dane who fell in love with a Scotsman many years ago, this creates a lot of uncertainty and heartache. I don’t want to go into details (we are all here for the knitting, right?) but I’ve spilled a lot of tears lately.

My good friend Woolly Wormhead has written an eloquent and important blog post on what the recent vote means to her family and her life. I am afraid there are many, many stories like hers.

Life goes on. Mostly it is filled with wonderful, amazing people and I get to see porpoises on my way to work. And I get to work with equally amazing people on projects I love! And then sometimes life throws a spanner in the work but we carry on.

I’ve updated the workshop page with the workshops I’m teaching this month and August. Do take a look and I hope you can join me for one or more. I feel the urge to spend time with wonderful, talented knitters.

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5 Thoughts on “From the Sublime to…

  1. Shuna Marr on July 4, 2016 at 3:56 pm said:

    I’m so sorry that you have been made to feel sad – I’m a Scot and voted remain and certainly don’t want you or any of the people who have chosen to make this country their home, to feel they have to leave. This vote has polarised views and divided communities and families. The fall out at both country level and personal levels will emerge over time. It’s not even certain that it will happen because of Article 50 and when (and if) it ever gets triggered. (If you are interested in knowing about that I’d recommend @DavidAllenGreen who is an English lawyer who has been following the stages and predicted pretty much what’s now happening on that front).

    But it’s causing unrest and uncertainty for so many. Even though I’m a ‘local’ and not so directly affected by it, I have been distraught and anxious, so I realise people directly affected will be much more anxious.

    If it is any help at all (and I feel so helpless and this is my small way of trying to make a difference – as you’ll understand if you read the article) is to
    read this, which helped me to understand my reaction.
    https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/jul/02/how-to-be-happy-when-the-news-is-bad-brexit-trump-oliver-burkeman

    The second thing I have done is listening to some anxiety reduction videos by Michael Sealy on YouTube which have helped me a lot https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hvOgpzRJxJg

    And finally a picture I can’t copy but I saw on Faceboon which said “when you can’t control what’s happening, challenge yourself to control how you respond to what’s happening. That is where your power lies”

    It’s so difficult to know what to say and maybe these might seem the wrong things to you, or too trite or whatever, but I mean them well.
    Very best
    Shuna xx

  2. Wendy Leigh-Bell on July 4, 2016 at 10:46 pm said:

    Dear Karie: Being Canadian I haven’t followed the brexit business in great detail, however being first gen Canadian of English Mum and Austrian Dad, (naturalized UK ) it does concern me. My impression with all these chaps resigning is that no one wants to be the one responsible for actually initiating the exit. I am hoping it won’t happen. In the mean time keep up your wonderful work and look after yourself. Creative people such as yourself are not found around every corner, and enrich our lives considerably. Alll the best, Wendy Leigh-Bell

  3. I’m really sorry that the Referendum result has been so upsetting, to you and other EU citizens living in the UK, and Brits living in Europe. It is very frustrating, definitely anger inducing and extremely upsetting. I voted remain, for many reasons, but mainly because I knew in my heart of hearts that staying in the EU would be more beneficial to Britain.

    I can only hope that you and anyone else who might be affected by this are still able to stay where you want to be.

    Sending lots of hugs and love your way. X

  4. Anne A on July 6, 2016 at 12:45 am said:

    I wish you well and hope that things will be ok for you. It’s a concerning time.

  5. Angela on July 7, 2016 at 8:56 am said:

    At least us knitters can knit away some of the stress! As part of a pro-European Scottish/German family living in the middle of England I’ve been suffering from referendum stress for months and yet I was still amazed at how angry I was about the result! Maybe we need a protest pattern to knit…

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