Bits About Me:
From the core, I'm musician, writer, crochet designer. My soul is a marriage of Geek and Maker, with a little serial social media consultant tossed in.
Since 2008, the competition known as NaBloPoMo has been my gig each November. I write about darn near anything that interests or moves me. That includes my two college kids majoring in the new Arts & Entertainment Technology degree at University of Texas in Austin.
As a crochet designer, I love just about every kind of crochet. I experiment widely and believe myself to be a trend-setter. Much of my work has been inspired by the needs of chemo patients, especially children. Crochet is very centering and meditative for me. I'm also super passionate about crochet hooks and their design and use. Because every hook has a different strength in design work, depending on shape. My obsession with hooks and tools runs so deep, that some years ago I took up making and hand-carving my own hooks. Because, yeah... I'm that much of a crochet geek. As well, my articles on crochet hooks and designs have been published in Interweave Crochet.
I've served my time as a military veteran's wife. It was tough. But even tougher still was becoming care partner and battle buddy for my husband during his fight against terminal grade 4 brain cancer - aka glioblastoma (GBM).
Glioblastoma turned our family's lives upside down, but it also became a crazy, miraculous journey of juxtaposed experiences between the horrific and the divine.
My dearest love passed away recently after a brutal 18 month battle with this, the scariest, fastest cancer ever known. Newly widowed, I'm still hurting from that, but I've much to share about deepest love and battle for life that I hope will help others.
On a whimsical level, I love Doctor Who, motorcycles, spiders, pianos, writing, astronomy, meditation and numerology. And that was astronomy, not astrology. Though it’s OK too, just not as interesting. And I’m pretty in love with Steam Punk.
My professional associations are too numerous to list here, but among them I've been a juried member of Art of Texas, the EtsyHookers Team and Austin Craft Riot (formerly EtsyAustin Street Team), as well as two time Maker for Maker Faire Austin (2007 & 2008) and local Mini Maker Faires. I was also a member of Spirit Jump until it dissolved. Spirit Jump was about "jumping" the spirits of patients who were fighting cancer by sending out to them cards, care packages and handmade gifts. I mention this association, because I still really love the concept of Spirit Jump, both in its simplicity and its compassionate unity in heart.
I’m also co-founder and Director of Operations for a local charity: RoundRockKidsDay.org.
Our next event is planned for 2019.
Bio: Julia is a crochet designer and hand-carved hook maker in the Austin, TX area with a background in music and writing.
With over 40 years of crochet and piano in her life, and a family far too familiar with cancer, Julia’s crochet work is often designed for chemo patients and charity too.
You can find her elsewhere online as BikerMom on Ravelry, @AberrantCrochet on Twitter, her stores at http://PixieWorx.Etsy.com and http://AberrantCrochet.Etsy.com, her crochet blog at: http://AberrantCrochet.com and her Facebook pages at: https://www.facebook.com/AberrantCrochet and https://www.facebook.com/John-Chambers-Family-Fighting-Glioblastoma-303426583411423.