Before I post my blog project entry for this week, I wanted to share briefly about how I know each of the women involved. I want to start by saying that I have a knack for bringing people together who normally might never have met. Some friends of mine are now best friends with each other because I connected them in some way. Most of the time, the connection is between my high school and college friends. This time, it is more random. I basically introduced them to each other because they all live in Illinois and like to knit. They got me motivated to knit, and have been very supportive of my efforts.
I'll start with Froggie:
We met at summer camp back in 1987. I had braces and she was getting them soon, so she struck up a conversation with me. We've been best friends ever since that fateful day and we owe it all to our parents shelling out money for our teeth to look pretty. :) We've gone through a lot together and had our share of ups and downs. These days, we're closer than ever, even despite the miles between us.
Next, there's Charmingly Random:
While I'm usually one of the people who is able to bring others together, CR was brought to me through a connection from a friend. A few years ago, my friend was dating a guy and then they broke up but managed to stay friends. He later started dating CR and brought her to my friends' parties. I thought she was really nice and when we'd all hang out together to play board games, she became part of our "group." When my younger son was a baby, she spent all her time at a gathering knitting socks for him. That was when I first found out that she liked to knit and connected her with Froggie. I don't think they started really talking until more recently.
And now we come to Desperate Madness: I was involved with an online parenting group for moms having babies in September (back when my older son was born). I noticed in her posts that she lived in Illinois, our sons had the same exact birthday, and our sons' names sounded similar. We started e-mailing more often and met up at the mall when our sons were almost 1 year old. When I moved out of state, we continued to e-mail. I eventually found out that she was a knitter and connected her to Froggie, as well. Later, I also connected her with CR since they didn't live far from one another.
This past December, I shared a post with all three friends about a yarn store a friend here was opening. That spurned the knitting discussion that got me to purchase my first set of needles and ball of yarn. :) (Technically, Froggie said something that was the deciding factor in my plans to knit.)
When I started blogging recently, CR commented on a blog I posted to Facebook, saying she needed to get back to blogging again. I came up with the idea for this project from that. I decided to share it with all three friends and we discussed the parameters and how everything would work.
Now that you have the history, I hope you'll enjoy reading our blog project entries every Thursday. They present new challenges to make us think about stuff we wouldn't have thought of before. After you read my entry each week, please check out their entries as well. Not all of them may be posted at the same time (depending on how our weeks are going), but come back over the weekend if you don't see something posted at one of the links. Enjoy!