In February, I participated in the Yarn Love Challenge and shared pics every day based on their prompts. I’ve realized I’ve gotten a few new followers on social media and on the blog because of it. So I thought I’d take this as an opportunity to introduce myself to you all (and again to some of you who have been here forever) and let you introduce yourselves to me! I’ve linked to some of the Instagram posts and blog posts that are relevant to this little introduction and I welcome you to share a bit about yourselves in the comments too (share you social, Rav ID, blogs, I want to hear it!).
My name is Dana and I started this blog in June of 2015 after taking a hiatus from blogging (my old blog The Art of Accessories/I Am DWJ is still around if you want to browse what I used to talk about). My father passed away that March 2015 after a long fight with pancreatic cancer and I needed something to bring back some joy into my everyday life. Knitting is my joy and what I wanted to share and that’s how this blog was born. I pretty much live by the mantra, Choose Joy. I make choices and decisions in life based on what I want to do, not what I feel like I’m being pressured to do or what other people want from me. I do what makes me happy and when I find myself not happy I choose to make changes. I choose joy because sometimes you have to make a conscious decision to do that when life is hard. I hope that what I share here reflects that way of thought and when I don’t feel joyful I don’t post. I think you can tell what brings joy to my life by what I share: knitting, family and dogs.
I’ve been married for almost 14 years to a guy who tolerates all my yarn hoarding and even remodeled a bedroom in our house to be an awesome craft room. We don’t have children of our own but we do have two dogs I’m obsessed with. Cher is a 12 year old Chihuahua Pug Mix and Jellybean is a 4 year old 5lb Chihuahua. Both are rescues and they make coming home every day a delight. My Instagram stories are filled with their antics and they’re the best snugglers while I’m knitting in the evening.
I learned to knit in the spring of 2011 taking a class at a local yarn shop in DC. It took about a month or so before it all clicked and then I was hooked. But in the beginning I wanted to vomit every time I tried to knit. I’m a bit intense sometimes and the Virgo in me wants to get things right and perfect even on a first try. Once I learned how to relax and just knit a new world opened up to me.
I am always knitting and thinking about my next project. I knit A LOT. You can read a recap on 2016’s projects here but I knit 25 sweaters in a year on top of other projects last year. I think that’s why so many people ask me to make them things but again…I knit on my on timeline. My favorite color is green but in all honesty I just love all color. The brighter the better and any opportunity to combine 2 or more colors is a perfect project to me.
I should also mention I’m a Digital Strategist by day and an adjunct professor at Howard University teaching Social Media Marketing. So social media is the thing that I think about the most and I also blog because I make my students do it and I like to stay on top of what’s new and happening. But I also love the community around knitting and yarn. I’ve met (online and in person) some pretty amazing people because of things I’ve shared on the internet. So this is me, Dana, in a nutshell. Oh and I like to take pictures where my mouth is wide open…a lot. It just makes me laugh.
So please, tell me a little bit about yourself too! Oh and ask questions as well. I’m happy to answer them. And if you’re new to Yards of Happiness, welcome.