Author: Gregory Patrick

A mad man who writes books, knits, and deals with the daily dilemmas of living 20 miles from nothing...I'm not kidding.

One Simple, Strange Thing

The more Phillip works up his Strange Friends, the more he shows how creative he wants to be. (He’s taking a bath now, and may not read this for a while ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I do enjoy how madly happy he gets when he works them up. He pushes himself to finish one as fast as he can, only to work through one so he can begin another. I love my husband for that. As if he’s been tasked with building a bridge, goes through it, completes it and says, “Thank you, sir, I’d like to build another.”

He sways when he crochets, he whispers to himself. He shouts back at whatever he’s watching. He shows an exact attempt at not being distracted, locked in his head, hands clutching the crochet hook. He’ll rest for only a moment to make sure I’m ok, popping his head into the bedroom to ask if there is anything I need. He knows that right now his Strange Friends are what we have to offer. They’re whom we rely on. This band of mad looking lovelies that spill from the yarn, through his fingers, and into your lives. They’re beautiful and helpful, brought forth from his desire to make life better for us while I recover and recoup.

It really is the sort of thing that makes you cry as a spouse, because there was a time where he felt he had no interest in yarn, no care for it. And what’s even worse is that he said he lacked the confidence to even learn. Then one simple, strange thing happened. He realized he had to find some way to keep this family together, fed, and alive while he hunted for work. And as the notion goes, if no one would hire him, he would hire himself. And one simple, strange thing happened when he realized he COULD learn to crochet and make things, and even sell them to keep the lights on: he found that he was a rescuer. A hero.

And one simple, strange thing happened when he realized that he was solidly supporting us: he stood taller than his usual 6’4. His chest was broader than before, his eyes were keener. He became PROUD of himself in a way that he had never experienced before. No one had ever asked him to do it. He took it upon himself. He endeared himself to the craft as a means to make sure we could survive. And I LOVE him for that.

I love you, sweetheart. Thank you for all that you’re doing for us.

To adopt one of his Strange Friends, click here.ย 

“KNITTER BE DAMNED” Ep9. “Sickly and Shameful”

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A Family of Strangers, Flaws and All….

I imagine, that’s all I ever really wanted to do when I started this road down the Mad Man Knitting trail. I wanted to first inspire people to feel better about their situations, no matter how bad they might be. I know what its like to feel dismissed by the world. And in the process, I cataloged this life so that other people might see, recognize, and identify, that no matter how dire your life has become, you CAN overcome those issues and obstacles with hope. It sounds ridiculous, and quietly naive, but it is vital that you always have hope. Hope breeds dreams, and dreams breed purpose. Today is not what defines you, your vision of tomorrow does.

And along the Mad Man Knitting trail, I hoped to collect people who felt the same, building a family of total strangers who felt like rejects, who felt dismissed, that felt a sense of loneliness. I wanted this blog to be a place where we could meet, where strangers could interact and become friends, where we shared our hopes and dreams and found like minded loved ones who felt the same. I wanted to build a family of total strangers who now had a place to feel aware, confident, brave to be themselves. There are no judgments here. No dismissals. No banishing and banning. There are no rules for who is acceptable and who is not. There is only the hope (and I stress this word a lot) that you will find that you can do anything and everything you want in this life if you only believe that you can. YOU have to believe that. Sometimes, you just need a listening ear, a little encouragement. And I think we have found a solution to that.

It’s now time for us to speak to each other, find each other instantly and quickly, to brighten each other with encouragement. A place to meet and discuss freely. A place to not only feel welcome, but a place to encourage one another. We now have a facebook group (or as Phillip and I call it, “a little family”) building every day to invite people in, to get to know each other, to share with each other in ways that others wouldn’t allow previously. A place for the miscast, those rejected byย the fiber arts world, where no one is concerned with how well your projects work out, but more concerned about how well YOU are holding up. So, join us. Share with us, talk to each other, and build new worlds with each other in a place that does not have a stack of rules pinned at the top that won’t allow you to do anything

. We don’t care about rules. Creativity has no rules. Come as you are. Flaws and all.

Click here if you’d like to join us.

Just Two Minutes of Fun

If any of you are having a bad day, feeling a little cross, slightly soured by the world, I hope this will make you smile. Phillip and I did a little parody of those terribly sad SPCA commercials in our latest episode to promote his Strange Friends. So, just kick back, rest for 2 minutes and smile ๐Ÿ™‚

Click here to watch ๐Ÿ™‚

“KNITTER BE DAMNED” Ep8. “Dot Dot, Dash Dash”

This week we talk about World Wide Knitting in Public Day and how to make “Murder, She Wrote” a little more interesting!

This week we talk about Knitting in Public Day and how to turn “Murder, She Wrote” into a drinking game. ๐Ÿ™‚ Adopt a Strange Friend here:

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If Laurel and Hardy Had Knit and Crocheted….

I mean, look at the two of us. We do sort of resemble them, don’t we? Of all the Halloweens that come around, we’ve often threatened that Laurel and Hardy would be our first choice….or Frankenstein and his bride.

We did a little quick promo clip for our show. Just for fun, just to let you know the show is really just for fun. None of it is to be taken seriously ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s a romp at the end of the week, a laugh when stressed with tension, a guffaw to ease your gauge. I hope you laugh. I truly hope you do. Where once I had hoped to inspire many of you to find hope in everyday life, I know hope to inspire you to sit back, not to take everything so seriously, and chuckle for a minute. ๐Ÿ™‚ So, a quick message from the “The Fiber Union of the Crocheter’s and Knitter’s Education Department.” I double dog dare ya to find the acronym inย it!


“KNITTER BE DAMNED” Ep.7 “Mad, Bad, and Dangerous to Know”

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