I was looking at my wallet the other day and reflected how well it’s wearing, especially in contrast with the one I had before. This one is a Fiorelli leather wallet that I bought around 2006. It does look a bit scuffed, but it is still in quite good condition and it will be doing [...]
I went to the library today and got a book that called my attention, Unforgettable Ghost Stories by Women Writers. I began to read it as soon as I arrived back home, and the very first story was a bit of a surprise. It is The Lost Ghost, a short story by Mary E. Wilkins [...]
At last I went and made it. I’ve been needing it for a while, but it wasn’t until I came across a book on felting at the library that I decided to go for it. I just wanted to try some felting techniques. I must say the book is delightfully informative and explains [...]
Knitting is, I find, a very pleasurable activity only when there is no pressure involved. Every time I find myself under the thumb of a deadline, I wonder why I keep at it. I remember I took this up because it helps me to relax, at which I have always been radically bad. [...]
I just updated my Designs page with my latest work. I’m only sorry that I work so slowly and that it’s so difficult to keep people updated, but after a brief period of elation following a successful day out, my back is killing me again. So I’m resting a lot. But I’ll be back. I’m [...]
Last week there was commotion within the community of crochet and knit designers. Somebody was (yet again) caught red handed selling patterns on line. That is, patterns that were not hers to sell. This, sadly, is a situation that keeps repeating itself in the numerous corners of the net where people can [...]
I’ve just finished my last pair of socks. It seems I’ve suffered from a bout of secondsockitis, because whereas the first sock took me a couple of days, its pair has taken one whole month. I guess the many interesting event that have peppered this month have helped too.
So I wanted to try something [...]
Designing a garment in several sizes requires grading. Grading requires maths. Luckily, we have so many tools available nowadays that any calculation is undertaken easily. You just need to understand what you are doing and why. Then you can use a number of tools and even create your own to help getting your results.
A friend is looking for a pattern to knit a caddy for the numerous remote controls that are gathering at her place. What with the TV, the viewbox or whatever it is called, the DVD, the gamebox, and add a couple more for extras, you can get a full collection of controls scattered [...]
I don’t have an enormous amount of knitting needles, but this amount does tend to increase slowly. Given time, I figure I’ll end up having a pretty extensive collection – a set for every need. At the moment it’s a manageable amount, but it’s still a pain if I need to pair them and can’t [...]
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