Silver Threads

a knitting blog with occasional side trips

2015 Knitting & Crochet Blog Week—Day 2: It’s All About You


Cast your hooks and needles aside!

This year you are challenged with one of those tasks that some bloggers can find quite daunting: but there’s never a better time then when we’re all in it together, so let’s shift the focus and turn the attention from the things we make to the things that make us.

The important thing here is to remember that you don’t have to go into great personal detail and certainly do not have to reveal anything too personal. You can be as candid or as private as you like, but you can also give your readers a feel for those things that you like to do outside of your crafting.


The short version: glance down the side of this blog (or wherever the widgets appear on your device) and find the other two blogs I have. It seems that if I have a strong enough interest in something, eventually a blog comes out of it. From which you may conclude that I enjoy blogging, but you suspected that already, right?

Blog #1, Fine Print, represents my love of books and reading. For fiction, I mainly read fantasy novels. I used to say my favorite genres were science fiction and fantasy, but it’s finally sunk in that I don’t actually read  a lot of SF. Watch it, yes: there are great SF TV shows and movies out there, but for whatever reason, I don’t read it often. Possibly because when I’m reading fiction, I’m likely to be reading fantasy.

I’ve managed to pull my love of books over into my professional life: I work at a library. Contrary to popular belief, this doesn’t give me a lot of opportunities to read, but it does let me organize things a lot, which is a mini-passion of mine. (That Ravelry lets me sort and categorize my projects, future projects, and stash is only one of the reasons I love it, but it’s a major one.)

My nonfiction reads are less restricted. I most often read books on philosophy/spirituality/religion, astrology, and divination, but every now and then, something completely not like any of those grabs my attention. These topics, though, are the focus of Blog #2, The Cottage Upstairs. Astrology and divination (a catch-all term for things like reading tarot cards, consulting the I Ching, throwing the runes, etc.) have interested me since childhood. They’ll never pay the bills any more than knitting will, but I enjoy doing them. And let me assure you, books on these topics can fill up a home just as fast as a stash can!


11 thoughts on “2015 Knitting & Crochet Blog Week—Day 2: It’s All About You

  1. Hi Elizabeth! We have so much in common that I am a bit taken aback! I found your blog through the #6kcbwday2 hashtag. I am also doing the challenge because I knit. I also live in MN and I also love divination – mostly I Ching but also tarot and runes. I also have multiple blogs – having just started a second one because I did not want to dilute my Tao Te Ching Daily blog with knitting info. On my Tao Te Ching Daily blog, I am doing an entire series on the I Ching. I am writing essays on each, in order, and I am currently on #26. Glad to meet you! How fun!


  2. My new blog, by the way, is Hope you will stop by and say hello.


  3. I love this topic. I’m learning so many interesting things about people:) I like to organize too but you’d never know that if you looked at my stash.


  4. I am impressed you can run three blogs – good for you!


  5. I, too, tend to watch more SF, than read it…..but I am pushing myself to read more….I read John Scalzi’s blog and he presents new authors often…plus I loved his Old Man’s War and Redshirts….I also read Joe Mallozzi’s blog…he was a writer/producer on the various Stargate shows…and I was captain of the Stargate team in Nerd Wars on Ravelry……but he also reads a bunch and recommends tons of books…it’s where I first heard about Game of Thrones….I’ve read all but the last one….I have to restart it, as I kind of stopped reading it…I’ll check out your other blog….also I like Kate Morton…she blends modern and historical quite well…


    • Redshirts is on my to-read list. I read Scalzi’s blog every now and then, but I’m so behind on all my blog-reading that I hesitate to add another to the list. I read the first two books of Game of Thrones, and gave up partway through the third book when it proved too heavy to carry around and when I got tired of characters I liked getting killed.


  6. I’m with Mary-Anne – I’m impressed you run three blogs. I had two briefly and it was too much of a good thing. 🙂


  7. Organizers of the world, unite! (We all have a touch of anal and OCD, but that makes us sooo useful.)


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