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Weekend Crafting

It's been a while since I dedicated an entire weekend to crafting, especially sewing. For starters, Gemma, my usual machine has been in storage since we moved. For another, there just hasn't been time, and all of my fabric is currently in the pod with the machine. But then...I saw an offer I couldn't refuse.… Continue reading Weekend Crafting

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Recent Projects

Lately I seem to be late for everything. I've had a lot going on the last few months, and executive dysfunction (a side effect of mental illness in which it's difficult to process priorities, manage time, and basically "adult") has been really bad. I can usually pick one thing to accomplish each day, but more… Continue reading Recent Projects

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Crafted

I put off my knitting/crafting update so that I could show you some actual finished objects. Earlier this month, I went on a brief sewing binge, throwing together three basic skirts to wear to work. I am sick to death of khakis and slacks. I've never liked either of those (just listen to them. One… Continue reading Crafted

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12 (or so) Crafts of Christmas

Every year I say that I'm done with handmade gifts. They take longer than I usually have time to spend on them, they are usually under appreciated, and quite frankly I'd rather knit for myself--at least if it's for me, I can make sure it fits before I call it done! But once again I… Continue reading 12 (or so) Crafts of Christmas

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Stress Knitting

This week at work was....Interesting? A Challenge? A disaster? All of the above? I found myself doing something that I haven't done in a while: stress knitting. I discovered after changing jobs back in April that one of the biggest reasons that I knit so much was stress--for years I was never without my knitting… Continue reading Stress Knitting

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UFO Sightings

I made a few small dents in the UnFinished Object bin over the weekend. On Friday, I cast off the dish mat that I started just before we moved into our current house--back in November, I think. It's been languishing for a while. First because lack of yarn, and then because I just plain forgot… Continue reading UFO Sightings

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Odds and Ends

I've done a little bit of shuffling around on my projects this week. I usually try to keep no more than 3 active knitting projects going at any one time, since that seems to be the limit of my attention span.My nook cover--which you'll hear a lot more about once it's done--is on hold at… Continue reading Odds and Ends

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Quick Reviews

Intertwined: The Art of handspun yarn, Modern Patterns, and Creative Spinning by Lexi BoegerHonestly, I don't know what made me pick this book up. I knew from the cover that it was going to be about art yarn (that would be "non-traditional" yarns made from things like plastic bags, cassette tapes, and with stuff like… Continue reading Quick Reviews

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Buried in Books (and That’s the Way I Like It)

I know I said I was scaling back on the writing, but clearly cutting out books is not my intention. This is my upcoming reading list. And that's not even including The Lord of the Rings that's currently sitting by my bed: Clearly I have enough there to give you at least a book review… Continue reading Buried in Books (and That’s the Way I Like It)

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Book Review: Sew Retro

Sew Retro: A Stylish History of the Sewing Revolution by Judi KettelerI picked this book up at the library this week, along with a stack of other sewing/craft books that I'd like to review for you. I was actually looking for books of fashion history/victorian fashion plates for a costume I'm planning when I found… Continue reading Book Review: Sew Retro