Monday, September 26, 2011

Knitella Interview

Tell us a bit about yourself?
I am a university student, and when I have free time I LOVE to Knit! :D Never took it seriously till the beginning of this summer when a friend of mine introduced me to Etsy and I opened up a shop called Knitella2011 !

Apart from being ‘creative’ what do you do?
I read.. I network.. I cook.. but creating and designing is what I mostly do because it's my hobby and my field of study!

What inspires you to do the kind of work you do?
The yarn itself.. when I go to a yarn shop and TOUCH the yarn and look at all the different choices ideas just jump around, and I start knitting them. Sometimes, I see random things like if I see someone in the street with a color popping, I just make a note to make something with a similar color..inspiration is all around.. *al7amdulilah*

Do you look up to anyone? Who? Why?
I mainly love creative people with unique ideas because they inspire me to achieve and to produce.. there are too many to list!

What other passions do you have in your life?
1- I like making people happy, and pushing them to reach their goals.
2- Interior Design: creating beautiful spaces is what I want to do!
3- Teaching

How do you promote your work?
Facebook, twitter, etsy teams, craft fairs, and *praying*

In the future I’d like to be…a successful design professor *inshallah*

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

A Crafty Arab interview on Elan

I'm so excited that my interview is now up on Elan online magazine! Elan is the top Muslim lifestyle publication online, focused on global, Muslim youth culture. If you get a chance to read it and comment on the article itself, I would so appreciate it!

Monday, September 12, 2011

Reactions to What 9/11 means to me

I had some really great comments (from ACraftyArab.blogspot) on my How to talk to your What 9/11 means to me post yesterday that I wanted to preserve -


Naturally Nickel Free said...
Thank you, Kay, for sharing your story. I hope many learn from it. I'm passing it on.
Sandra's Fiberworks said...
I'm embarrassed for my fellow Americans who can show such shallowness and intolerance, that you would have to justify yourself at all with having to even tell this story. My heart goes out to you.
Cheryl Z. said...
Beautifully said, Kay. I always appreciate the personal stories of 9-11 & especially appreciate yours. How frightening for you & family.

Today is a tough day for all of us living here OR any place religious & personal freedoms are celebrated & sanity is presumed. We're all horrified when extremist "Christians" bomb abortion clinics in the name of my faith. In the same way, crazy, mass-murder, suicide missions in the name of Allah cause the world to cringe. Extremists of both religious persuasions often frame their fringe behavior as 'religious duty,' which unfairly ties the crazy act to religion. It doesn't help the cause when extremist clerics inflame their followers to the offensive, military-type jihad. Why can't the majority of sane moderates oust such clerics? I mean that as a serious question, Kay. (In my own small protest, I wrote my parish & withheld contributions for 4 years because the church wasn't proactive enough in sending pedophile monsters to a lifetime in jail. I've read that MANY did the same, which probably pushed reform forward.) Personally, I think proactive resistance FROM WITHIN a group is the best way to separate the sane majority from the public's perception of the crazy fringe. But until that happens, we must all remember that very few priests are pedophiles, very few Christians support abortion-clinic terrorists, & very few Muslims agree with violent jihad.
CW Smith said...
Thank you for your story, Kay.
Suzy, Pendant-Heaven said...
Thank you for sharing your story. It is so sad that all the families like yours are affected so much by something that had nothing whatsoever to do with you.
sweetaromas4u said...
All I can say is amazing! All Praises is to the Creator of the Heavens and Earth and All that's in between it!
Abracadebra Designs said...
Beautiful post, Kay. It actually brought tears to my eyes.
Cake Pop Fusion said...
This is a fantastic post, Kay. Thank you so much for sharing!

~ Pia
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Sunday, September 11, 2011

What 9/11 means to me

As a Muslim, I get worn-out from people thinking that I am responsible for 9/11 because of my faith. I came to this country when I was 7, because my parents wanted to study. When they were blacklisted by Gaddafi and never allowed to return, they had to learn to adjust to their new home. My mom decided to wear the hijab to become closer to her faith and both my parents became US citizens. When I first moved to Oklahoma, I was called a cameljock and told to go home. But I didn't have a home to return to. If we were to set foot in Libya again, my parents would have been picked up at the airport and shot.

I was just as heartbroken and shocked as the rest of my neighbors when 9/11 happened. I was in the kitchen of my folk’s home in DC, having a quite moment in the kitchen with my mom when my brother burst into the house and told us to turn on the TV. All three of us watched in a daze as what was happening and in my fog, all I can hear is my mom in the background praying under her breath. She was praying for the people in the towers and for the safety of all the lives affected. At the end, she also started praying that Islam was not involved.

A little while later, my father walked in the door, shaking like a leaf and white as a ghost. We immediately formed a group hug as he told us the story of his commute that morning. He was on his commute to work, when a plane flew into the Pentagon. He felt the ground shake and his absolute helplessness watching the ball of fire raise into the sky. A piece of the plane landed only a few feet from his car.

For weeks afterwards, my mom and my aunt (who also wears the hijab and was on a medical trip from Libya) would not leave the house for fear. Reports from CAIR were coming of Muslims or anyone that looked Arab being attacked, even killed. They were prisoners in their own home, made to feel guilty for representing a religion that had zero connection with what happened on that fateful day.

9/11 was not about Islam, it was not about Arabs or Afghanis or a single ethnic group. 9/11 was carried out by a group of mad men who decided that they hated life and the freedom that America represented. Just as Timothy McVeigh, Eric Harris, Dylan Klebold, Seung-Hui Cho, Jared Lee Loughner and Anders Behring Breivik, all mad men, who decided to take God's work into their own hands and decide on the fate of others.

We all need to move forward and stop hating Islam and realize that the 1.5 billion people who call themselves Muslims are not responsible for what happened on this day 10 years ago. Just like all white, Asian or Norwegian men are not responsible for what happened in Oklahoma City, Columbine High School, Virginia Tech, Tucson or Ut√łya. The quote should not have been “you are with us or against us” it should have been “we will not be ruled by terrorist, no matter their race or agenda.”

Looking past this anniversary, and into our future, 9/11 should represent peace, and how as a nation we need to heal. We can’t afford to let those mad men tear us apart. Because this is our home and we need to learn to get along.