Introduce Yourself Here

by Kathryn on July 24, 2012 · 58 comments

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I was inspired by a recent post over on Untangling Knots (and some other similar ones I’ve seen) where the blogger asked her readers to introduce themselves. Although I know some of my terrific blog readers, I know that I don’t know all of you. And of those I do know, I’m sure there is plenty I don’t know about you. I’d love for us to join together in the comments so I can get to know you better and you can all get to know each other better, too.

So now is your chance to introduce yourself here on the blog! I’ll kick it off … you already know a lot about me if you read this blog but here are some random facts that you may not know:

  • Crochet Saved My Life is only my most recent book, not the first one that I’ve written. It’s the first book that came out of my own brain and that I self-published from start to finish but I’ve previously worked for others to author Ghosts of San Francisco and Ghosts of Alcatraz. And I have a book I wrote about ten years ago that I want to re-work and publish someday.
  • I was a high school dropout and also the senior prom queen. I went to a college prep school that really offered a unique environment with small classes and great teachers but I wasn’t at a point where I really appreciated anything about the school. School was never for me although I did eventually go to college for my BA in Public Agency Service and am planning to start a Masters Degree next year.
  • I love fresh fruits and vegetables. I equally love carbs in the form of pasta and bread. And I could eat cheese all day long. I think bananas are disgusting. I don’t eat tomatoes. And I constantly waver back and forth about eating meat.

So that’s a little about me. Who are you? Just head to the comments below and share anything about yourself that you want to share. Your name, your web links, your favorite crafty projects, your sources of inspiration … or just random facts about you that come to mind.

Don’t just lurk – leave a comment!! :)

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55 comments
jdwln320
jdwln320

i hope i'm known a bit by your readers from my blog http://crochet.craftgossip.com

i love crochet, watermelon, chocolate, walking, music on my ipod, and reading. that about covers it. mom of 3 grown kids who were homeschooled - one attorney and two entering their last year of law school i know, i know. where did i go wrong?! THREE attorneys when the world already has too many. all i can say is they were homeschooled and have made most of their educational choices on their own. i had to laugh about kathryn being homecoming queen and a dropout. my kids never went to high school and never got GED's. they just went to college. always an interesting source of dinner conversation.

i spend a great deal of time outside if i can, love to travel, have spent quite a lot of time in arkansas and india! how's that for both ends of the geographic spectrum? love st louis where i have lived since was 7 except for those summers in NW arkansas. only learned to crochet when i was 50. have tried my hands at most arts/crafts. most successful for me have been crochet, quilting/sewing, and beadwork. absolutely cannot tolerate cross stitch!!! or bridge or video games or screeching.

now, back to crochet.

jd in st louis

CrochetBlogger
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@jdwln320 Thanks so much for sharing this ... it's so fun to get to know you a little bit better. I think it's great that your kids ended up in law school without getting a GED! I'm actually a law school dropout as well ... I went for a semester and quickly realized that I liked learning law but wasn't ever going to want to practice it.

El_Gusano
El_Gusano

Hi Kathryn. Hi Everybody!

I just found your photo on Pinterest... Couldn't resist. It's a veeeeery good idea. Internet IS NOT anonymous and I like to know with whom I'm talk from time to time. I'm from Poland but over 4 years living in Spain, close to Barcelona.

I like crocheting an yarn... just like relax and therapy... And I think that I waste my time going to work... HAHAHAHA! Anyway I love handmade things. And I respect all those people who put a little piece of hart in that.

*My favourite colour = orange * My Zodiac Sign = Capricorn *My age = 23x2 hahahaha... *My Best Book = ''The Secret'' and YES... *I'm OPTIMIST!

Hugs and greetings.

Take care Kathryn.

Pawel

Catherine
Catherine

Hello Kathryn I am a fellow crochet addict and found your blog by chance.I have been crocheting since I was about 9 years old having been taught by my grandmother and have always crocheted since.I learned to crochet before knitting and consider myself to be a crocheter rather than a knitter although people always seem more interested in my knitting and tend to dismiss crochet as nothing to get too excited about....which is a shame! There are some absolutely awful crochet patterns out there which are not very inspiring but there are some wonderful ones too.I write a blog ( well try to!) and I must admit that my crochet posts never seem to generate much interest....perhaps it is the stuff I make ??!! At the moment I am making nothing but small shawls/scarves in lace weight or 4-ply yarns and at the moment am making my own design up.

Some of the items I have recently made in the last year or so can be seen on my blog www.themakingsofanurbanrustic.blogspot.co.uk.

Thanks!

CrochetBlogger
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Hi @catherine - thanks for dropping by! I'm happy that you found my blog and decided to say hi. I just popped over to your blog and there are some really cute things there. (Love the quilting, too!). Blogging is a tricky thing. You definitely need to have good designs and content to get attention but it's also more than that - connecting with other bloggers, getting your work featured in other spots online, doing some offline marketing for your blog, working in SEO stuff to please the search engines. It's a whole big job getting lots of traffic! But I think you're doing great work and do hope that more people find it! Say hi anytime.

icrochetinoh
icrochetinoh

I tried doing this on my phone and I couldn't get it to behave for me.

Hi Kathryn, I follow your blog and on google+, I also bought your book the other day, it will get here while I'm on vacation but I will read it upon my return. I have three children, two teens and one tween, who might as well be a teen, he's wise beyond his years, my youngest is. My oldest will get her license soon, so that has been fun this summer. I used to work full time many moons ago but I am a full time stay at home mom who over the years has been a soccer coach ( I also played in our local adult league for 9 years, great exercise), room mom, helped with cub scouts and I was a GS leader for 10 years, this was our last year we are finishing our last service project this week. I crochet because I truly enjoy it. I like making things for charity, I love testing patterns, I love making things for others, and I love making things to sell at the local craft show. Crocheting for me for the most part is relaxing. If I don;t want to do it anymore I put it aside and do other things. I never feel chained to it unless I put myself on a deadline, which has happened before. Even pattern testing, I get enough time that I don't feel like it's bringing me down so I can enjoy the process.

CrochetBlogger
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@icrochetinoh Thanks for being such a great follower. I truly do hope that you enjoy the book!

It sounds like you've been able to be a very involved mom, which is terrific. I bet your craftiness and creativity has often come into handy with that!!

Like you, I typically crochet just because I feel like it. When I put too many restrictions on it - deadlines or making things I didn't really want to make for people - then it loses its joy. I think crochet designers have a great job but also a tough one because they have to balance their love of the craft with the tedious parts of the job.

Thanks for saying hi!

bentonsa
bentonsa

Hi Kathryn, I follow you on Google+ and read your blog almost every day. I really enjoy the conversations that get started there. I am the mother of two adult kids, which seems crazy to me as I am still act like a kid a lot of the time. I crochet because I enjoy it and I like making things for people in my life. Pretty simple. I have enjoyed blogging about my projects and crocheting in the last year, I don't update nearly as often as you do, but I enjoy sharing my experience with others.

http://crochetwithlove-sabrina.blogspot.com/

kaij
kaij

Hiya Kathryn, before I talk about myself, I want to thank you for your blog. You always have something amazing and fulfilling to share for us readers. I know we've talked before, but I want to 'officially' share and acknowledge... I'm Kai from KAIJ (pronounced cage, as in Nicholas) and I like to combine crochet in my fascinators see http://www.kaijbiz.etsy.com and info on how to wear fascinators http://www.fascinatings.wordpress.com although I am asked to create all kinds of things - plenty of scarves, crochet over see-through tops, and a doggy coat that come to mind. I'm an Aussie from Melbourne and just love to create, anything! I just don't feel right unless I've designed and created something each day and especially in crochet. I feel so rewarded after a crochet flower or two, and I love its portability. I mean you can crochet anywhere, just remember to pop your hook and ball into your handbag along with your carkeys and there you are. Keep up the fabulous work and thanks again.

CrochetBlogger
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Thanks KAIJ! I love the beautiful fascinators that you make. The interview I did with you last year was one of my favorites. http://www.crochetconcupiscence.com/2011/10/etsy-crocheter-interview-kaij/

I really love what you've said here about feeling better when you design and create each day. I think sometimes people get so busy and think they don't have time for creativity but really if you make the time then you have so much more energy to do other things.

Sacredcrocheter
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Hey Kathryn, my name is Barbara Worn-Wurtz and I'm a crochet designer. My Ringtoss Afghan is on the cover of the August 2012 Crochet World Magazine! Some of my other work is on Ravelry. I read your blog daily and am a big fan. I also follow your pins on Pinterest. I ordered your new book and can't wait to read it. I'm a CROPROmember of the CLF which I love and also read daily.

I told you a little about my story on your blog. I"m a recovering addict. I became addicted to opiates after a car accident left me in pain from a back injury. After years of drug abuse I finally found a Doctor who talked me into checking into the detox ward of a hospital. All I took with me was my yarn and crochet hook. I attend NA meetings and there are always a few of us with yarn and hooks.

Even though I crocheted for many years and designed my own patterns, it was only after my rehabilitation from drugs that I was able to start submitting my work to magazines.

I crochet a lot because I love it. It keeps my mind off my pain and any negative thoughts I might be having if I didn't have my trusty hook in hand.Your blog is also a life line for me-it keeps me feeling connected since I spend so much time alone crocheting. Thanks so much for keeping me up to date on the wonderful world of crochet and congrats on your book!

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@Sacredcrocheter Thanks for sharing your story Barbara. You've shared a great example of how crochet can be used for pain management as well as dealing with addiction. I'm not at all surprised to hear that there are hooks amongst the NA group members ... but I'm glad to hear it for sure!

I'm so glad that you feel like a part of my little crochet community here. Say hi anytime!

PS - Congrats on having your afghan design make the cover!

Sacredcrocheter
Sacredcrocheter

@CrochetBlogger

You might also like to know that when I attend open sessions of AA there are even more hooks there- I guess recovering alcoholics as a group are more traditionally craft oriented (just kidding maybe). Love what you do Kathryn!

CrochetBlogger
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@Sacredcrocheter Hm, how interesting. Most of the research I was able to find in terms of studies that have been done into the health benefits of needlecrafting were done about knitting. I think the two-hands vs one-hands plays a role in why someone would find one more healing than the other (because two hands works a different strength in the brain) but I definitely don't have any definitive conclusions.

Latest blog post: Crochet Link Love, end of July

Sacredcrocheter
Sacredcrocheter

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I don't think I have ever seen anyone knitting at a meeting. I've always been interested in what makes someone prefer crochet over knitting-there seem to be certain personality traits that crocheters exhibit that knitters don't and vice versa. Of course there are some who do both and traits that the two groups have in common but my gut tells me healing and crochet are joined at the hip.

CrochetBlogger
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@Sacredcrocheter Interesting! Are there knitters there as well? I'm currently really curious in how many people are using crochet vs knitting in healing situations. They have so many things in common in terms of how healing they can be but I wonder if one lends itself better than the other to group setting work.

Jaime Maraia
Jaime Maraia

Hi Kathryn!

My life philosophy can be distilled down to this equation: Handcrafted + Not Like Everyone Else = Cool!

I am a crochet-loving cancer survivor! I am lucky that I can stay home and be the full-time caretaker for my two girls: my 5-year-old daughter, and my 91-year-old grandma. I began designing crochet patterns when I was 7 and my Cabbage Patch Dolls didn't have cute enough clothes (uh, I don't do that anymore...). I'm pretty new to the blogging world, but I love having a place to share my ideas and patterns. I adore your blog, and find it to be a constant source of inspiration!

When I'm not here, you can find me at www.CrochetDynamite.com

xo Jaime

biblios
biblios

Wow, where to start?! I am intrigued by the title of your book and want to read it, as it resonates with me. I stumbled across your blog recently and loved your recent post about 10 Ideas That Might Be Holding You Back In Your Crochet Journey; several of those points are applicable to life in general! Most of the women in my family are very crafty, from welding garden art to knitting to making bread to gee-what-shall-I-try-next? In particular, my mom is an amazing knitter and seamstress. While we were living on the island of Cyprus years ago, a group of teachers decided to start knitting and crocheting, and I loved crocheting more than knitting. Back home in the US, I left crochet behind for years and just began it again last Christmas. I needed some way to relax after helping my mom through a rare and near-fatal reaction to chemo last summer. On New Year's Day 2012, my mom then fell ill with Guillain-Barre Syndrome, a nerve disorder which destroys the myelin sheath on nerve endings, resulting in paralysis. Sitting next to her bed and crocheting has helped me to compartmentalize all the painful parts of this process and allows me to breathe more deeply and focus on what's right in front of me. I'm starting slowly with simple patterns, but loving the rhythm of the patterns and seeing a scarf or shawl or whatever emerge as I work.

CrochetBlogger
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@biblios Thank you so much for sharing your story. I am so sorry to hear about your mom's illness. I can absolutely see how crochet would be healing as you cope with this in several ways. One of the many interesting things that I heard again and again as I researched my book is that there is some benefit to doing a craft that ties you to the generations before you - so even though your mom is a knitter and you prefer crochet there is something powerful that binds you together even as you craft alone. It transcends language and I hope is something that will continue to give you peace as you go through your journey.

By the way, I can't take credit for the terrific post on What Might Be Holding You Back ... that one was from @crochetlibfront and I just shared the link when I saw it because I thought it was a great post. I totally agree with all it says though!

biblios
biblios

@CrochetBlogger You're so right about crafting which ties us to the generations before us; whether we in my family knit, sew, quilt, crochet, or weld garden art (my cousin just began this and is doing some wonderful things), it connects us all to our roots. Crocheting has brought me a great deal of peace along with the tai chi I've also begun practicing and it's my intent to continue both as long as possible!

Your blog is fascinating, it's going to be fun to read your posts. Thanks again!

CrochetBlogger
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@biblios The inner peace of crochet is definitely the main reason I do it! Lots of other reasons, too, but in the end it's that meditative, relaxing, soothing aspect that makes me turn to it again and again.

Tara Wiley
Tara Wiley

Oh, and I should have mentioned that crochet also saved my life! I began to crochet during a time when I could not play the violin due to a shoulder injury... And the loss of a creative outlet nearly did me in. Crochet became an incredible source of joy for me during this painful season, a place where I could create and explore and grow and pray and give away to others, just as I had with music.

Tara Wiley
Tara Wiley

Hi, I'm Tara, a hopeless romantic, creative-minded (read: scatterbrained, housework-hating, music and craft and writing and people loving) Air Force wife and mother of two. I collaborate with writing friends at www.shortyarns.wordpress.com. I am utterly addicted to crochet and occasionally list my items at etsy.com (http://www.etsy.com/shop/WileysWhimsies) but wear and give away most of my work. When I am not homeschooling my children and playing the violin and working on whittling down my yarn stash and writing fiction and catching up with my far flung friends and family on Facebook, I blog at http://becomingbrighter.blogspot.com. And I have loved getting to know your creative genius on this site!

CrochetBlogger
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@Tara Wiley Aw, you're so sweet. Thank you. I'm so happy that my readers are saying hi today and giving me a chance to get to know them better. Like you I am often scatterbrained (which I try to say is just me multi-tasking but that's usually not the case) and housework-hating (which I wrote about once in an article called Let Guests See Your Messy Home: http://kathrynvercillo.hubpages.com/hub/Give-Yourself-Permission-to-Let-Guests-See-a-Messy-Home). :)

And like you, I'm a romantic but I like to say I'm a hopeful romantic. :)

Off to visit your links ...

Catherine Reed
Catherine Reed

My name is Catherine Reed, aka Bouteloua. I live in the woods in northern California. I love multicolored yarns, random processes and big installations. See my work at <www.catherinecreed.com>. Kathryn, Thanks for your blog!

OnaHawk
OnaHawk

Greetings all! My name is Onatah. Ok, I don't know much about blogs (or computers really,) so I thank you for the invitation to share on yours. This is the only crochet blog I follow because it caught my eye and sparks my imagination, doesn't flood it.

I was born in Brazil & raised on Martha's Vineyard. I have been an artist since I was a toddler. As a child I loved drawing self-portraits, making beaded jewelry, and collecting rocks pretending they were crystals. I did spend many years in school & college studying things I was interested in but did not have a passion for. I failed my art classes because I never did what they wanted or never finished on time. I am now very thankful for getting kicked out of a "great" college and fired from a "great" job. Four yrs ago I taught myself to crochet from a book. I started as a way to provide myself with custom-fit hats and clothing and now I care to share my designs with others. I stink at following patterns so I think free-form is where I am headed next. As I look to make a living for myself now from my creative spirit, I truly value the sharing & learning between creators from all walks of life. Thank you!!!

ONATAH WORKS: Custom Crochet & Leather

www.onahawk.com

www.facebook.com/onatahworks

CrochetBlogger
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@OnaHawk I'm so glad that you said hello. I've seen your likes on Facebook and have been meaning to follow up and say more there but hadn't gotten around to it. I'm honored that you enjoy this blog. I try to provide a little bit of something for everyone who likes crochet but with an emphasis on art and design.

Congrats to you for taking those experiences that others might have seen as negative (getting kicked out of school, etc.) and turning them into a positive thing. I believe wholeheartedly that not everyone fits in the same boxes, that failure is a requirement for success and that leaving one thing (by choice or by force) is just the first step towards embarking on something else.

rootsandbones
rootsandbones

Hmm, I don't really know what to say! I only discovered your blog recently, via Twitter, and think that you always post interesting stuff.

But, let's see. I was brought up in a crafty household, in that my mum was always making things (she still embroiders cards to this day), and she always encouraged me to try things out for myself. I taught myself to crochet when I was fourteen, as I had a lot of sick days off school and wanted something to occupy me. I didn't really pursue it as a viable thing to do until two years or so ago. I am now self employed, making crocheted things for a living, which is not exactly what I imagined, since I always thought I'd be an artist (as in drawing, or painting, but I don't see why crochet can't be considered an art form).

I live in the UK, and was born and bred here. I play lots of video games. I have a cat who's about a million years old, but still thinks she's a kitten, and is mental with it. I work from home, and look after my mum.

Also I know exactly how you feel about cheese! I love the stuff (apart from anything with veins in, because it doesn't look right to me).

I can be found on twitter (@rootsandbones), tumblr (muladhara.tumblr.com), and Storenvy (aquaridescreations.storenvy.com). There are other places I can be found as well, but they're not as exciting as the three I listed, so I'll leave it at that!

CrochetBlogger
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@rootsandbones Thanks! I also feel like I grew up in a crafty household. My mom was usually busy with other work but she was always taking us to craft stores, buying us art supplies and collecting her own books on craft ideas to use someday. Every once in awhile she'll take out a project and do something with it and has recently started crocheting again. It's so neat to see.

I agree - crochet can definitely be a form of art! It's tough to find a balance as an artist between making what you are genuinely driven to make and making what you can viably sell. Do you still do your painting and drawing? I think sometimes when you do one art as a hobby and another as a living then both benefit from each other.

Off to visit your links!

rootsandbones
rootsandbones

@CrochetBlogger Dang, I also meant to say thanks for the follow on twitter, and hope you found the other links interesting!

rootsandbones
rootsandbones

@CrochetBlogger Yes, I still do paint and draw although, because the crocheting is my job, so to speak, I feel guilty for doing anything but crocheting (or research related to it, and similar). Which is kind of stupid, really, but on the other hand, at least I'm not totally distracted by stuff I shouldn't be doing. I think the drawing is more of a hobby at the moment, and yes, I can see the how they feed/benefit off each other.

Disou
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Hello!!! I have been a loyal follower on Pinterest for a while now and I have stopped by for a visit on your blog from time to time! I am a French girl born in France, I got married to an incredible Israeli man and I have been living in Israel for the last 21 years!! I used to teach English but I had to go through back surgery which left me on a wheelchair...That was the most difficult period of my life!!! But my granny taught me crochet when I was a little girl and that's what has been keeping me sane for the last two years!!

I found in crochet a way to live passionately without leaving my chair, that means talk, share, meet, learn, love, create, express, give but also take...

Thank you for asking us to introduce ourselves!! That's a great idea!!

Disou

CrochetBlogger
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@disou Thanks so much for coming by to say hello. Your story is so powerful. As you may know from my posts about my new book (www.crochetsavedmylife.com) I believe strongly in the healing aspects of crochet. I love the way that you've expressed how it has helped you.

I also love how many people are introducing themselves from around the world today!

danidoesdoilies
danidoesdoilies

HI! I'm Danielle and love your blog! Thank you so much for responding to my question quickly! I am in the midst of attempting to get my book of crochet stories published and am excited to use social media to get my name out there! Anybody interested, please drop by my blog too! It's danidoesdoilies.blogspot.com! Thanks for letting me share! I've got your site bookmarked!

momwithahook
momwithahook

Hi Kathryn, what a great idea to get to know your readers. Thanks Untangled Knots for the idea. You pretty much know me from our cross convo earlier this year but I'll introduce myself to your readers. I'm Sara aka Momwithahook online and I am a big fan of crochet and more recently crochet bloggers. I write about crochet via my blog and at various article directories. Love your site and learn something new all the time when I visit.

SalenaBaca
SalenaBaca

I just found your blog recently, but have been a faithful follower (especially on facebook) for a few months now! You're really interesting, and I enjoy your posts! Here's a bit about me!

Born and raised hippie in Hawaii, I was blessed to have a barefoot childhood rich in creative arts where I learned to crochet even before grade school. I married my husband nearly 10 years ago, and we have had a wonderful time raising two fantastic children (Halle 14, Aiden 3), two cats (Tido, Foxy Brown), and one dog (Kuma). We’re an Air Force family, and have lived in Georgia, Okinawa, England, and are looking forward to relocating to New Mexico in August. I’ve been an avid crochet artist my entire life, have designed over 50 successful patterns, and have a lesson plan that has produced advanced and intermediate level crochet artists for over 5 years. I enjoy sunshine, karaoke, Chinese food, cotton yarn, and a good book to read. My goals? I strive to be an innovative, original figure in the crochet world (or, at the very least, play with great yarn and make cool stuff). I’m global, so look me up on any of these forums:

www.facebook.com/Baca.Creations

www.etsy.com/shop/ShopBacaCreations

www.ravelry.com/stores/baca-creations

www.pinterest.com/salena_baca

CrochetBlogger
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@SalenaBaca Thanks so much for introducing yourself! It sounds like you've had a colorful, culturally rich life (I love the description of a "barefoot childhood"!!) and infuse that into your work.

I'm wondering if you've had a favorite place that you've lived? I'm from Tucson, AZ and moved to San Francisco about six years ago. Never say never but I can't imagine ever moving away from SF because I'm in love with the city. But there are a few places where I'd like to try living for a season or two at a time just to get that different experience. I've traveled all over the US and been to Buenos Aires (which I loved). Once you get to NM you should check out White Sands (if you've never been) - it's a beautiful place to spend a day!

I'm off to check out all of your links now.

SalenaBaca
SalenaBaca

@CrochetBlogger @SalenaBaca I definitely had a colorful childhood, and it was very rich in culture and art (I was lucky!). I've traveled my whole life, I love it! I've been to so many major cities (New York, Chicago, Oahu, Los Angeles, Tokyo, Paris), but my absolute favorite place is London! I'm fortunate to live just a few hours from it now, and I go every single chance I get - there's always something new to see, do, eat! I will miss London terribly when we move, and I can't imagine loving a place more. I hope to always move around and travel, but I definitely would not be disappointed if I had to settle down in ol' L-Town :) Thanks for the travel tip! I'll add White Sands to my list of place to see in New Mexico!

CrochetBlogger
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@SalenaBaca Interesting! I've never been to London and have heard such mixed things about it but I think that's true of all major cities since everyone is going to have their own unique experiences in them. It's going to be a huge change to go from near-London to New Mexico!!

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