Good News I Didn’t Expect and a Call for Story Ideas

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  1. Kristyn says:

    That is great news! Congratulations.

  2. Tami In Denver says:

    Congrats! Too bad you had to go through all that drama!

  3. Jennifer- This is such good news. My heart went out to you these past few months as you thought you’d have to wind your column down. I know we’ve only spoken on the phone a few times, but I feel like you are my crafty friend and I’m so happy that the new chiefs at the paper have recognized your talent. Hooray!!

  4. Jennifer says:

    That’s wonderful news! That is such a good opportunity – ie/ with wider distribution ” an expanded state wide audience”!!

  5. Deb says:

    This is fantastic news! I’m in the upper peninsula of Michigan, and I sure hope your expanded statewide audience includes us. We have a local paper that isn’t great, but I continue to subscribe because I value what it brings to our community. I grew up in Detroit, and I’m still shocked that the Freep and News aren’t separate anymore. Every time we lose a paper or journalist, we lose an important way to spread ideas and generate discussion.

  6. wonderful news!
    with the doily on your back, you look like some sort of crafty superhero. :)

  7. LynnH says:

    Celebrate one’s quirks? Normally that’s pretty easy for me, today not so. Thanks for a nudge back onto the yellow brick road.

  8. Lois Carpenter says:

    Whew! For you, your family AND US. Best of luck, waiting with anticipation for your ramped up version!

  9. Congratulations on the reprieve! I went through the first part of your story when my former employer decided to outsource its publications department, putting me and one other out of a job. I knew it wasn’t really personal, but it sure sucked nonetheless. I felt like I should have been able to reverse the move through my own sheer awesomeness (as if the decision weren’t financial… which it was), but I’d failed somehow. It’s been 5 1/2 years and it still stings a little.

    And Lisa Gutierrez is right, you *do* look like a superhero!

  10. Sarah says:

    Wow! Great news. What an amazing relief! Much love x

  11. Bonney says:

    Happy to hear the good news!! Wish I got your newspaper!!

  12. Julie says:

    What wild news! So happy for you and I’m eager to see what this opening door reveals. Life certainly isn’t boring!

    I laughed when I read the phrase “art & craft in the mitten.” (Maybe people from Michigan don’t even blink when they hear that phrase, but it always gives me pause.) Maybe you could creatively use that as a theme for your column?

    Again, congrats!

  13. Julie says:

    a story idea…
    I notice that there are knit/crochet projects that I totally attribute to my grandmother’s generation, e.g. granny square afghans, acrylic slippers, pixie hats, crocheted clowns. Some of these continue to be popular projects for crafters today. But I was thinking, what are the projects today that future generations will associate with us? There sure are a lot of trendy patterns in Ravelry that get really popular. Sometimes when I dress my sons in handknits, I’m aware that I love the garments more than they do. I’m thinking of a February Baby Sweater, Milo vest, and pixie hat in particular. As I cast off a project, it sometimes crosses my mind that I could potentially be teased in the future for “making my child wear this.” And then I throw caution to the wind and cast on another, chuckling that wild-colored hats might be something my grown-up boys will remember, perhaps with an eye roll I’ll choose to ignore.

  14. DianeP says:

    Congratulations Jennifer! I’m very, very happy for you and wish you every bit of success – you deserve it!

  15. Tanya says:

    Congrats! I’m not sure how far out you are planning, but happens in early Feb

  16. linda says:

    Fantastic news! Congrats!

  17. Katie says:

    Congrats!!!! I ALWAYS read your craft column and I enjoy your blog. Great news!!

    Lowell, MI

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  19. MzTallulah says:

    This is great news for you and your family (and your readers, of course!), Jennifer. I guess that we all could tell how affected you were by the end of the column, even though you bravely tried to hide it, and this uneepected silver lining makes me hopeful for all of us crafters and makers.

  20. Sabrina says:

    So happy for you!!!!! Awesome:)

  21. Elizabeth says:

    Yay!! Congratulations, my friend!! :)

  22. I am so happy for you and for us, too. It would have been a great loss for all of us.

  23. judy says:

    I LOVE your column. So glad you won’t have to give it up – until YOU want to.

  24. so excited! congrats to you! i am glad we don’t have to give up our craftsanity on sunday mornings!

  25. raebeth says:

    It’s great to here you’ve been re-employed! Good Luck to you & hope it brings you wider success! You have so much going on, I don’t know how you keep it all together! You rock!!!
    Please don’t give up the podcast though unless your writing comes to one of the Chicago newspapers!

  26. Jan Stave says:

    YAHOO for you and your family! You are very talented and I am so happy for you!

  27. Linda in the UK says:

    So pleased for you, although I don’t live in your area to see the articles, keep on crafting, and talking about it. You are great.

  28. Julie says:

    another story idea: what craft are you? You know how there are surveys out there that ask you 10-20 ?’s and then determine which Jane Austen character you are, or something similar? What if you made a survey that directed people to which craft they’d like based on personality? And then you could do a series exploring each craft. Something that would encourage novices to get started, to make craft less intimidating and enjoyable to a variety of types. It seems that people who enjoy puzzles and math might like traditional quilting, people who are more free-flowing might like watercolors or clay, and people who are practical-minded might like sewing for everyday use or gardening. Just a thought. Okay, I’ll stop sharing story ideas.

  29. i’m so glad. i wondered FOR you. and as i am teaching my children the value of the written word. the value of journalism in any form. i’m so happy to know you will be continuing to inspire all of us! *throws confetti in air*

  30. Diane says:

    What wonderful news! I am so excited to hear you can continue to spread the joy of crafting far and wide! Keep up the great work.

  31. jennifer says:

    Thanks for all your kind words. It’s a fun gig and I’m very happy to be able to continue.

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