Welcome to the Maker's Journal. This will be the place I post musings, passing fancies, and maybe, once in a while, a deep thought, about the process of being a maker. Simply put, I live to make. A day without knitting is hardly worth living (ok, so I'm exaggerating a little). But truthfully, when family or life obligations require me to be otherwise engaged, I find I miss that haptic experience of having two sticks and some string in my hands and manipulating them by fine motor skills that I have practiced for what seems like a lifetime. The last couple months I have begun integrating surface design with my knitted designs. The textile I knit becomes a platform for fascinating and various forms unlike anything I have ever done before. The results are striking abstract arrangements that surprise me with their "rightness" ; they just work, in a way I did not, and could not have, imagined. It is a kind of synergy, where the result is greater than the sum of the parts. And it is oh--so much fun! Haptic, adjective 1. relating to or based on the sense of touch 2. characterized by a predilection for the sense of touch: a haptic person. Source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary online.