What we’ve been doing lately

WordCamp OKC planning sums up our answer to “what have you been up to lately?” I say it’s our answer instead of my answer because it’s been a great joint project for Morgan and me and because J gets to hear a lot about it. Between communicating with our organizing team, creating/scheduling posts, thinking about which topics would be the best fit, and just obsessing about lots of details that probably aren’t even really mine to obsess about it has taken over 🙂

I knew it would be a good learning experience, and that has been true. I’ve learned not just about WordPress, but about working with a team of essentially strangers, and a lot about myself.

In the land of WordPress learning: I can now schedule posts and tweets to happen later -so I can set up a whole series at one time but release them at the appropriate times, cool, huh? I experimented with “edit” and “quick edit” and found they’re useful for different things. I also figured out that posts go on the front page and trigger an email to people subscribed to the site while pages don’t do that. So, if we want people to know a page exists it’s helpful to make a post about it, too. I know, for more experienced WordPressers, all those details probably feel a bit like the ABC’s, but to me it’s been good to get a real understanding of how it works. And, I know when the slack chats about events happen each day.

Often in the afternoon when J wakes up and wants to play I’m finding myself saying “let me finish this thing then I’m all yours” She’s doing a great job being patient with that. It may help that she has loved her experiences at previous WordCamps (stickers, friendly people, and Wapuu are pretty attractive to her). And, though it is sometimes tough I’m really trying to finish that one message and close up the laptop till later. It’s good for her to know we’re working on things, but also good to know that we’re here for her, too. Practicing balance in that will likely be a lifelong priority.

It’s scheduled for just over a month from now, July 30th. Tonight we released our list of speakers. They’re a good group. I’m proud of the quality of our lineup and look forward to hearing each of them next month. And, if for some reason I’m working on something else and miss a session or two, they’ll be posted on wordpress.tv later and I can see them there. You can too 🙂

It was fun to surprise my girl

At WordCamp US 2015 our daughter fell in love with Wapuu! She especially enjoyed the coins designed by Marktime media and distributed by GoDaddy.

So, when I saw a tweet about a crochet pattern for Wapuu I decided it was time to give crocheting amugurumi a try. You can read the article about the pattern too.

And, here’s the post from the creator. It’s fun to hear her version of how the pattern came about.

It’s so cool that the person who created the pattern made it available free for others to use. Not surprising, because that totally fits the WordPress community mentality, but cool in this time of lots of paid patterns available.

Doing something new with crochet was fun, and seeing her excitement as I finished the various parts was awesome. I was going to make it all a total surprise, but left it on the couch and she saw the pattern and figured out what I was making. After that she kept asking how each part was coming. It was fun to watch my progress together.

I have seen lots of pictures of amugurumi before, but just hadn’t ventured into giving it a try myself yet. Amugurumi is a knitted or crocheted stuffed toy.  While not perfect I think it turned out pretty well for a first effort. As time allows I may try some more animals or more Wapuus, we’ll see 🙂

You can see lots more pictures of Wapuu online.

Crocheting for the fair

I have a new thing to be excited about! I’m planning to enter a scarf in the Oklahoma State Fair Creative Arts Competition. This is the first year that exhibitors can submit a scarf to be donated to Threads of Compassion OKC.

I get to make a scarf for Threads, have it displayed at the fair, bring home a ribbon, and have the scarf donated at the end. So cool!!

Now, the tough part is deciding what to make. I can register online starting July 1st and then drop off the scarf September 10th and 11th. So, I have plenty of time, and too many ideas of fun colors and patterns.

I have vague memories of entering items in a fair when I was a kiddo. I’m guessing it was the county fair, but it could have been the state fair. As I recall it was cookies I made at 4-H camp down the street from my Grandma’s house. I believe I got some type of ribbon (which is probably still in my Dad’s garage with all the other stuff I should have sorted out by now). I’m pretty excited about working on this new submission and picking up a long-time tradition of submitting things to the fair.

You can also see the post I wrote about this over at the Threads blog 🙂

If you’re living in Oklahoma and can knit or crochet I hope you’ll join me.