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Japanese Stitches Unraveled

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

While I was ordering yarn for holiday gifts, I took advantage of the KnitPicks 40% off book sales to buy Japanese Stitches Unraveled. I was so impressed with the last Japanese stitch directory I bought, I have ben eyeing this one for a while. My initial response was an emotional roller coaster. First, I was […]


Saturday, August 11th, 2018

This weekend I’m finishing up a dress for the Baby and starting the Christmas sweater vest from Erika Knight’s Men’s Knits. That’s been my go-to pattern book for menswear for years. But I just received a new men’s collection from KnitPicks: Dapper. It contains multiple patterns for fingerless mitts, giant scarves, and handknitted ties. Will […]


Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

The Lost Art of Dress has a long section on thrift. I needed a new, smaller wardrobe, and I planned to create it with my large collection of beautiful fabrics and yarns, saving large amounts of money which I could use to pay off the debt I added to my cards when I was traveling […]

Fail Forward

Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Failing Forward: Turning Mistakes into Stepping Stones for SuccessJohn C. Maxwell; Thomas Nelson 2007WorldCat•LibraryThing•Google Books•BookFinder The GOB recommended this book to me. I probably wouldn’t have found it on my own. I don’t usually think of myself as a failure. I work hard, I set realistic (some would say wimpy) goals, and I get a […]


Sunday, October 13th, 2013

Yesterday I scrubbed the scrubbable parts of the house, did laundry, went grocery shopping, and worked on #2 son’s sweater. Nothing exciting, but a productive and pleasant day. My husband was watching some Lao music videos. Many Lao music videos have stories about people going into the city to earn money, but then feeling too […]

Richard Dawkins Backs Off

Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

Richard Dawkins was on The Daily Show last night. I’m a great fan of his, as you may know if you read my blog and have total recall. For your reading pleasure, a few of my many posts on his work: Unweaving the Rainbow The God Delusion The Ancestor’s Tale A Presbyterian clergyman asked him, […]

Partial Success

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

Yesterday I worked all morning, went out to lunch with #1 son, hung out with my husband, read on the porch and enjoyed the mild weather, and did a little bit of the work for the week, but not much. First, I tidied a couple of shelves of my crafts cupboard: namely, the soap and […]

All the Pretty Horses

Sunday, August 25th, 2013

In church this morning, the preacher began with this line from Cormack McCarthy’s All the Pretty Horses: That night he dreamt of horses in a field on a high plain where the spring rains had brought up the grass and the wild flowers out of the ground and the flowers ran all blue and yellow […]

Sugar Salt Fat

Saturday, March 30th, 2013

I’ve been reading Sugar Salt Fat by Michael Moss. I like books of this kind. I really enjoyed Salt by Mark Kurlansky , Candy Freak, Something from the Oven, Jello: A Biography, and The Botany of Desire, and really that’s just the beginning of what would be a very long list. I like the combination […]


Sunday, February 3rd, 2013

  Yesterday I made a lot of pink things. I don’t know why the colors in these pictures are so completely inaccurate. In any case, I finished my new nightgown. I like flannel nightgowns for winter, and had tried to find some really beautiful flannel — a thick, creamy solid color would have been fine, […]

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