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March 22, 2019

Once again, I have acquired some yarn I didn't really need.  This happens to me a lot, and, if you're a Textile Artist (i.e. you make stuff with yarn—dishcloths and baby hats count) and you have been at it for more than a week then it has undoubtedly happened to you, t...

March 13, 2019

Knitters be warned: this post is mostly about the glowing spirit of indomitability that resides in us all, but superficially it sounds like I'm talking about crochet (perhaps because I'm talking about crochet).

As a knitter, I love projects that give me a little nudge o...

When I first become obsessed with some new passion, be it knitting, gardening, musical theatre, or people surnamed Hemsworth, naturally I want to know more about it.  How does one purl successfully? What climate zone is my garden in? Is a "musical" different from a mus...

In a video game, once you have achieved certain goals, you get to level up.  Oftentimes a bell will ring, some sort of alert will appear, and you get to choose new skills that will enhance your ability to:

  • throw flames from your hands at undead skeleton warriors (en...

February 28, 2019

In one sense, sure, of course my knitting is trying to kill me.  I could be out playing lacrosse, raising my heart rate, but instead I'm sitting (in an extremely comfortable chair), moving my hands around slightly. Luckily I try to work hard to compensate (hello, Fitbi...

February 26, 2019

I was on a quest

At Stitches West

For yarn for a vest

By Stephen West

And another vest

By Stephen West

(that's not a jest,

I'm a bit obsessed).

Alpaca is best.

Only one week after Madrona in Tacoma, I was in Santa Clara for Stitches West.  Completely accidentally—my Great Aunt...

February 19, 2019

I'm beginning with a sidebar, then getting on to the knitting. Ahem:

Nobody reads Edward George Bulwer-Lytton anymore.  Though popular in his day, he just doesn't hold up the way Dickens or Eliot do.  In his commercial triumph The Last Days of Pompeii, the opening...

February 4, 2019

I'm recovering from a nasty bout of flu (is there any other kind?), and didn't get a chance to update you with the good news: Yes, I'm officially Master of the Universe: Sophie's Universe, to be specific. Last week I successfully completed Round 113, the final official...

January 24, 2019

Readers, don't let this happen to you.

I was minding my own business at the Circle Craft Fair (it's a local artists' co-op that famously runs a massive craft fair in Vancouver's Convention Centre shortly prior to Christmas), when my difficult-to-shop-for* sister pointed...

January 18, 2019

A good cruise ship has much to offer ... ours had nonstop entertainment options, karaoke nights, gourmet meals (and a buffet open 7:00am to 1:00am), spa, fitness centre, pools, hot tubs, move nights, lectures, shopping, trivia contests, yoga sessions, hot glass bowing,...

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