Good-bye and I will miss you

Hi Weavers,

Yes, the rumors are true. I am leaving my job as Managing Editor of Handwoven. It's been tons of fun, a lot of work, and I've really enjoyed getting to know members of the weaving community. In many ways, this is a parting of sweet sorrow.

I'm taking many special memories with me, but my single favorite moment was learning of the reaction of long-term members of the Weavers' Guild of Saint Louis when we published a photo of them in Roving Reporters. I heard they "screamed like little girls." I hope that all of us will continue to honor the precious elders in our weaving family.

I've been inspired by Kathryn Pannepacker from Philadelphia and her work with the homeless. I keep asking myself how I can use my weaving skills for the greater good. I doubt I'll ever accomplish something as worthwhile as Kathryn's work, but hopefully I'll find my own way to share what's in my heart.

To my co-workers at Interweave, I don't even know how to thank you for all the light you brought into my life. And Madelyn, well, you know.

I feel full of possibilities and am happy for this new chapter. One thing for sure, a big part of it will be slowing down to savor all of the blessings of each day. I understand the importance of life being more than a perpetual "to do" list; I want to be present. We live in a world where "busy" is  often worn as a  badge of honor, but I'm just not woven from that cloth (pun intended).

Anyway, as old hippies say "it's been real."

Love ya tons and please stay warped!

Pattie Graver

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened."  Dr. Seuss      (thanks Tien)

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