A Saturday Morning Thank You

 

Oh! I Forgot to mention that I have a teddy bear in my shop that needs a home right away!

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“Knitter Be Damned” Ep3. “A Fellow Knitter From Across the Lake”

Wow….That’s all I can say. HA! WOW! What an episode this was! We had a fellow knitting fella from the UK send an us an audio recording, which we played and responded to with some notable hilarity. 🙂 As rough as I felt through this episode (and you’ll see why), I managed to pull myself together, even though I didn’t do very much knitting through this episode. Phillip, however, does not dissappoint with his usual bastardizing of the English language. I think we’ll have to turn his unintended innuendos into some kind of “look for it” game. Just click on the picture, or here, to watch this week’s show.

We also have hours of unused material that was never aired, lots of bloopers and some ramblings that were quite funny, but that were just cut for time. So, we’ve decided that if you donate just $5 to help keep the show going, we’ll send a private link to our “bonus” video to say say, “Thank you!”

Enjoy the show everyone. And thank you SO much for all the support you’ve shown us. You’re making two guys feel really special and loved! Thank you!

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Cheers! To All of Us!

 

We wrapped this weeks episode of “Knitter Be Damned” today, giving us plenty of time to edit it and promote it before we upload it Friday night. Now, we did get some negative feedback about the show, some calling it vulgar, disgusting, and rude. And all we could say was, “Yay! That’s awesome!” We won’t bend our ways because people don’t approve of what we’re doing, because we’re having far too much fun with it, and no one is getting hurt. So, yes, some people will be offended, but unfortunately, that is likely to happen these days if you say something as simple as “Good morning.”

But, who cares? We’re the bad boys of fiber arts right now. We’re the “Absolutely Fabulous” of knitting. We’re the “Car Talk” of crocheting. We’re real people talking about real life while knitting and crocheting. So, in order to keep the show going, and not have it yanked, we’ve decided not to monetize the videos on youtube. Here’s what monetization is, if you’re not familiar. We throw ourselves into an ad pool, ads are put on our videos, and the more people that see the show, see the ads, and hence, the more money we’ll make.

However, according to those guidelines, there are certain perimeters you have to work within in order to be monetized. You can’t say certain things, you can’t DO certain things on camera, and you are pretty much at the mercy of their control. We would have to sterilize what we say, wouldn’t be able to be as overtly fun as we are now, and it would all get…..well, boring. So, instead, we’ll take what we call the PBS approach. We’ll rely on funding “from viewers like you.” Yes. 🙂 Just like PBS, we’ll be asking that if you like our show and would like to see it continue, to donate a few dollars to show your enjoyment of it. That way, we’ll be allowed to run free, not be constrained by guidelines, and continue doing the show as we like it, without an advertisers input, but by YOUR input instead. And even if youtube were to yank it, we’d be able to raise the funds to go “premium” on this blog and upload the videos here.

We really like doing this show. You cannot imagine how much it has strengthened the relationship between Phillip and myself. We were already closely tied because of our love for each other, but we now have something that we’re both involved in that has offered us a different sort of bond that just made our relationship stronger. We LOVE what this show has allowed us to do: be real. No Photoshop, no Instagram filter, no high production value….just us enjoying each other and sharing it with you. And we’re having the time of our lives, finally.

If you like the episodes we’ve done so far, help us keep it going! We have a lot of plans for future episodes. Yarn bombing knitting groups. Remote, on location yarn shopping. Guests from all across the world. And more importantly, a keen push to get more men knitting. 🙂

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How Proud, The One Hand Man….

If you’ve been watching our little show on youtube, then you’ve discovered that the phrase, “I’m the one hand man” has become something of a joke (Phillip had tried to call himself “a one man band,” but tripped on the words and it came out “one hand man,” instead). Oh! and hilarity ensues….

Before we started doing our podcast (or vlog, not sure, so we call it our “show”), not a lot of people knew very much about Phillip. He hadn’t been seen much, here and there in a few pictures, seen rarely, heard even less. He had an issue with confidence. He didn’t like people seeing him, he would freeze up when you tried to take his picture….but, now, NOW that we have started recording our youtube show, he has blossomed, grown more confident with himself, and has opened up in wonderful ways while in front of strangers. And he just loves the comments he gets from all of you about his Strange Friends, and his truly humorous and wonderful personality.

All of this has truly inspired him to catch a dream and run with it like a kite, let it fly, soar, and keep it aloft for as long as possible. He never thought in a million years, (what? six months ago?) that people would have flocked to his Strange Friends, nor even that he would ever have a life that is full of all the inspiration that you have given him. He thanks you for that. He thanks you for making him feel liked and special. So, here’s to my “one hand man,” and all his dreams.  And I would like to thank you all for making that big hearted man feel welcomed and warmed into all our lives. 🙂

Make my husband proud, grab one of his Strange Friends here!

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Because of His Silly Laughter

Good morning! Somewhere shy of 7am, I’m sitting with the coffee, my yarn gathered around me, Mario lapping up love from her bowl….

Phillip and I have been watching our videos over and over again, (not only because we enjoy them), but because we look for things we might do differently. And as I watch them, I can’t but help notice how different I feel these days, how my spirit seems to be brighter, happier. I smile more these days, and you can see how big my eyes are with wonder, how my stance is more comfortable. How I LAUGH more. And all of that began to grow the minute that man came into my life. I get to enjoy myself more. I get to appreciate things more. And when he’s not around, it’s that same chill of a feel that happens when something blocks the warm sun.

I am so delighted these days, because of that man’s silly laughter. Everything started coming together for both of us when he showed up. I noticed that in our videos. Being so close to being on a level playing field financially, we work ourselves as hard as we can, knowing that I’m doing it for him in my space, and he’s doing the same for me in his space. And we never tire of it, we never sigh in despair. Not many people are given the chance to do what they love, and even fewer still are given the chance to pursue your dreams with someone you love.

img_3238So, thank you so much. So many of you pointed that out to me. You mentioned that you noticed the Gregory you’ve been watching in our new videos is not the same Gregory you read a year ago. This one is brighter, the conversations lighter, the smile mightier. So, thank you.

We have a couple of things in our shop that we simply must get rid of today to get the bills paid. They are ready to ship, ready to go to new homes. So, be sure to look around and grab yourself a Strange Friend,or a teddy bear. We are so close to finally being free….

It’s going to be a sunny day. I think I’ll make us some eggs, and instead of retreating to our different spaces to work today, I think we should take ourselves as a couple outside, sit as a pair working under the beauty of the sun….

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“KNITTER BE DAMNED” Ep2. “You, Too, Can Be a Homophone….”

vlcsnap-2017-03-03-21h48m19s670So, the second episode of our new podcast, “KNITTER BE DAMNED” has been uploaded! Whew! That took a while. Hope your Friday nights will always have a place for us on your watchlists 🙂 In this episode we covered what it was like for multiple knitters to live under the same roof, a few reviews of movies we watched while knitting, and answered some questions we got on Facebook. Once again, we had the best time, laughed our butts off, faux pas’d here and there, were incredibly politically incorrect, but I’m sure you’ll enjoy yourselves. So, to watch our latest episode just click here. 

On with the show!

But before we do, Phillip has a few new Strange Friends in our shop, and I have a little teddy bear, all ready to go, all of whom need to find new homes right ASAP!

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Full Speed Ahead

img_3317Phillip and I have been in incredibly high spirits lately. A few weeks ago, we started changing our view of our situation. We started taking stock of what was important to us, and what wasn’t. Basically, we shifted our mood from feeling in many ways from burdened to blessed. The moment that shift turned, we started seeing amazing things happen in our optimism. Rather knitting and crocheting to get ourselves out of debt, or to simply pay the bills and put food on the table, we started thinking of our craft as a means to get ahead. We work constantly, from the time we wake to the time we sleep, and we would probably keep going if it weren’t for need of sleep 🙂 And we noticed that we smiled more, worked better, harder, smarter, than grinding away on a wheel that just spun and spun. I am happy to say that we are about $400 away from being out of debt, having worked it off tirelessly over the last 3 months (we weren’t supposed to have it paid off for another year). We cut back our already meager expenses, which we found more ways to save money, spend less. We haven’t had the air conditioner on in almost 6 months. Our landlord gave us a screen door, and now not only do we have a TON more sunlight in our apartment (sunlight is very important to me), but we have this wonderful breeze that swirls happy through. We set up a little garden area by our front door with crowns of thorns and succulents, all of whom started as one little plant, but we kept clipping those little plants until now we have about 10! It certainly is a nice place to sit in the morning with your coffee and knit.

img_3319So, we are incredibly happy now, because saving for tomorrow is so much closer than it was before. It used to feel like saving money for ourselves was a long haul off, where all of what we made stayed in the hands of bills, we are so close to being able to keep some funds for ourselves, allowing to grow and protect us.

Phillip has new Strange Friends in our shop and I have a new little teddy bear, all ready to ship, if you’d like to take a look.

It’s a beautiful morning here. Hope it’s the same where you are. 🙂 Have a wonderful WONDERFUL day.

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