Who is This DWJ?

Well, hello! I am DWJ. Or you can call me Dana.
Mint Madness
In 2008 I started a blog, the Art of Accesories (it eventually became I Am DWJ), and had some fun and great success. And after 5 years of blogging about beauty and accessories I decided it was time to stop blogging, I had moved on but said I might be back one day. In 2010 my father was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and I decided I needed to focus on the positive to help him through and to help myself and my family cope. So in 2011 I learned how to knit after wanting to learn for so long.
Matzah Ball's blanket and whale
I quickly fell madly in love with knitting and yarn, building my skills with each new project. I also used knitting as a way to cope with the stresses of life. In March of 2015, my father passed away, 5 years after he was diagnosed. I knit 13 sweaters (and various other projects) in the 12 months before he died. Knitting was my coping mechanism. Knitting brought me joy when I felt lost or sad. Knitting helped to ease my pain.
Sister sweaters
So I decided after my blogging hiatus to come back to blogging. I found my voice again in sharing what brings me joy. I find inspiration, excitement and sometimes comfort in creating things with my needles and yarn. Welcome to my little piece of the Internet.


43 thoughts on “Who is This DWJ?

  1. Heeey there! I am so sorry to hear of the lost of your father. i have enjoyed your former post of the A of A where you at times would share with your viewers your loving family, my prayers are with you. I was so excited when I ran across your newest blog! your knitting is lovely! looking forward to your post to see wait you create. Continued Blessing so good to see you back.

  2. What a wonderful blog! I’ve just found you and am really looking forward to following along with your knitting adventures and with precious Cher!! I can’t believe you’ve only been knitting since 2011. Your finished work is gorgeous!

  3. I am so happy that WordPress suggested your blog to me! I love your works and the colours,OMG, fantastic!
    I’m at the moment in my life right now where I’m not sure where to go next and feeling pretty sad so I also use my crochet and yarn to focus on the positive… and it helps!
    When I feel more confident in crocheting I want to get myself a sewing machine and remind myself how to sew, but now after watching your blog I think that knitting might be on the list as well 🙂 Anyways, thank you for sharing your story and your work here! Greetings from Dublin 🙂

    • Awww well I’m glad you found me as well! Knitting truly helps me stay sane in this unbelievably crazy world we live in. Rock on with whatever crafty skills you’ve got to make yourself feel great!

  4. Wow, it’s so amazing how many of us started some form of creative hobby whether crocheting, knitting, or sewing to ease heartache. I started crocheting when my Mom lost her battle with leukemia. That winter, I made everyone (well almost) a scarf or winter hat. I also taught my nieces and nephew as well, I wanted to pass on the new founded joy. I honestly believe that crocheting saved me. I tapped into a different world and was able to get through the pain and sadness I was feeling at the time. Haven’t done much since then but, I love your makes and now feeling motivated to learn knitting as well. Thank you for sharing.

    Roxanne T.

  5. I love your joyful knitting blog! I remember about 10 years ago, a few months before my Mom passed away. Her Alzheimers disease had progressed to where she did not know any of her family and her verbal communication was very limited. While we were sitting together I was knitting. She looked across and watched me knitting. Then she looked up at my face and I think she recognized me as her daughter who always has her hands busy with a knitting project.

    • Awwww that makes me all emotional. The nurses at the hospital would always chat me up about what I was making while I would sit with my Dad. Knitting can be a powerful thing.

  6. Your blog is wonderful — I found it via Fringe Association. Your voice and your stories are so engaging and inspiring, I now want to start a knitting blog. I got into knitting when I quit drinking — it was something to do with my hands, and I haven’t stopped. The things you say about knitting resonate so much with me (and with many others). It is healing, and it is love. Thank you for what you are doing, this is one of the most refreshing and uplifting things I have come across in a long time.

    • Oh you made my night. Thank you for your kind words! And thank you for reading and yes start a blog! Share your stories and your journey ☺️ There’s space for all of us out here.

  7. I just subscribed. I am here via a link from the Fringe Association and I enjoyed your blog entry. Happiness and joy! Who doesn’t want that.

  8. Omg I just found your blog through ravelry and am hooked. Love your message and gentle spirit. I look forward to following you and your project adventures in 2018. And I’m totally going to start knitting sweaters for my Borgi! I’m sure my kids will think I’m crackers which is part of the fun, Thank you for sharing!

  9. Hello Dana, I’ve recently found your blog and enjoy reading your posts very much. I am so impressed with your knitting! So beautiful! So colourful! Sooo fast! And what I absolutely love, is to see the photos of you in your new creations with such a radiant, gorgeous smile on your face. I can’t help smiling back, it’s so infectious- it really brightens my day. :))) Thank you for that!
    Sometimes you say that you are not like what other knitters are supposed to be. But I wonder, what are knitters like? I like to think knitters can’t be stereotyped. If you love knitting, then you’re a knitter, and that’s all there’s to it, IMHO.
    Maybe you’d like to know that I live in Aberdeen, Scotland. Just so you know you’re famous all over the world!
    Big hug, Elien.

    • Elien, thank you so much for the sweet note 🙂 And Scotland? Wow! There’s an Aberdeen, Maryland here where I live…I have a feeling it’s not quite the same.

  10. Hi Dana, it’s Peggy from Friends & Fiber. So happy to meet you today and chat with you! Thanks for showing us your beautiful sweater. Look forward to keeping in touch and following your work!

  11. Love the colors your and and techniques your in.
    do you make patterns and tool kits for beginners to advance ?
    please let me know
    Many thanks

  12. I read about you on the Mason-Dixon blog. I love your bright colors and positive attitude … and I share your joy from knitting. Thank you!

  13. I love the color choices in your sweaters. Like you I’ve been knitting for a while to deal with depression and stress after being medically retired from my career. I have never needed anything for myself as you stated before in your blog. I would love to knit sweaters for myself but I have trouble with deciding on what pattern and color choices. I just found you and your blog and I love everything so far I’ve seen. You seem like a very positive person and your knitting reflects it.

  14. I just discovered you from Mason-Dixon too. You are an inspiration, and I’m so glad to follow your blog posts (and Ravelry & Pinterest!). Your joy, and enthusiasm are contagious. Your knitting projects are the best!

  15. Hi Dana! Thanks for sharing your positive attitude and happy colorful projects. I saw you on Instagram in the Coral/cream sweater with your dog and literally LOL’d ( and then showed my husband who also laughed!) I am very inspired by your vibrant wardrobe and can’t wait to see what you do next. Thanks for all the joy!

  16. A knitting friend emailed your blog to me after your comment about easy 2color brioche was, and about how you knit 2 hours per day. Also how you managed to finish all the projects you have. She and I have been trying to get that stitch down so we could move on to start any Stephen West pattern with brioche.
    I am inspired by your projects and color choices. Cher and Jellybean are the cutest😙. You showed pics of Chicago, are you attending Stitches Midwest next month by any chance? I will be along with 2 other knitting kittens. We live in Louisville, Ky. I will start following you to see what’s next. Been wanting to do the Kangarullover too.

    • I have no plans to go to Stitches West but I was in Louisville over Presidents Day weekend! We have friends there and I posted about a great yarn shop ☺️

  17. Hi Dana, wish you every success in the future with the teaching and The PhD. Good luck! (But do’t give up the blog please!)

  18. So glad I found your wonderful blog. I truly appreciate your great spirit, creativity and shared joy. Thank you for being a positive voice in the knitting community. Kiss those sweet pups for me!

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