Books: August 7 & 14, 2022

Books: August 7 & 14, 2022

Two weeks at once! August 7 Quilt as backdrop even if I didn’t end up starting the embroidery yet. Here’s this week’s library returns and reads, a few days late because I didn’t feel like writing reviews. My books: Dyeing Wishes — a knitting plus a bit of magic cozy mystery. Includes a moody ghost, … Continue reading

Counting the countdowns

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a sucker for tiny daily packages of yarn, but my enthusiasm for opening them is a bit beyond my ability to actually use them. (Oh, let’s be honest, my enthusiasm for all things yarn is beyond my knitting and crocheting speed.) I’m glad to see a few more countdown/advent style … Continue reading

Books: July 24, 2022

Books: July 24, 2022

Library day + the sweater has one complete sleeve and I like the rainbow cuff as much as I hoped I would. 🌈 Kid reads: Mr. Postmouse’s Rounds was a big hit with all the details in the drawings plus my kid’s enthusiasm for getting mail. (We even play a game where I deliver packages … Continue reading

Books July 17

Books July 17

I’ve been taking pictures of my library returns pile and doing little reviews in the captions of my Instagram, which is fun for sharing what I’m reading right now with my mom and friends but it’s not searchable or easy to find later, and Instagram is notorious for mystifying and often racist moderation policies so … Continue reading

Mid year check-in: 2022 fiber goals

Mid year check-in: 2022 fiber goals

For the past 7 years I’ve done fiber goals instead of new years resolutions. It’s been a fun way to guide my crafting plans. Here’s a link to my 2022 fiber goals. We’re nearly halfway through the year, so let’s talk about how it’s going. Goal 1: Rainbows 🌈 Started strong with using half of … Continue reading

Sleep apps for parents

One of the hardest parts of early stage parenting is the sleep deprivation. When you add in a pandemic where “safe” childcare suddenly wasn’t easy to come by, then all time and especially sleep becomes a zero sum game between me and my co-parent. And the whole world is having sleep problems. Work provided me … Continue reading

Fiber goals 2022

Fiber goals time! Still more fun than new years resolutions. Previous years: 2021 Fiber goals 2020 Fiber goals 2019 Fiber goals 2018 Fiber goals 2017 Fiber goals 2016 Fiber goals are in bottom of 2017 post above. Rainbows 🌈 — I’ve taken to trying to find a rainbow project for pride month every year, but … Continue reading

Academic notes #1: “‘Passwords Keep Me Safe’ – Understanding What Children Think about Passwords “

This is the first of what might be a series of posts about academic research I’ve read/watched. Today’s talk is called “‘Passwords Keep Me Safe’ – Understanding What Children Think about Passwords” from USENIX Security 2021. This is the first large-scale study of kids and passwords and the results don’t seem too surprising (in a … Continue reading

Black light butterflies

Black light butterflies

I got this cool yarn from Black Squirrel Berkeley that glows under blacklight. It’s called “‘sup witches” and came in a kit with a matching bag: In keeping with my 2020 goal to do stuff from my queue, I pulled out an elegant pattern called Butterfly Dream Catcher by Lily Go. This is one I’d … Continue reading

Tiny embroideries

Tiny embroideries

Turns out the blog problem was solved on the app side after I spent all that time poking server settings. Augh! Anyhow, here’s some tiny embroideries to test that upload is working ok now. These are from another random chinese kit (multiple sellers have them on etsy and amazon). I made the blue one with … Continue reading

Mando gloves

Mando gloves

The blog has had some server changes behind the scenes and it accidentally broke the way I usually post from my phone. But while I’m working that out, here’s a recently finished project: Pattern: Mando. by Natela Astakhova Yarns: Studio Donegal Darnie from Black Sheep Fiber Emporium The yarn is a real winner here because … Continue reading

2021 Fiber Goals

2021 Fiber Goals

As usual, fiber goals are more fun than new years resolutions. Previously…. 2020 Fiber goals 2019 Fiber goals 2018 Fiber goals 2017 Fiber goals 2016 Fiber goals are in bottom of 2017 post above. 1. Knit something famous. I’ve never knit a Find Your Fade or anything by Stephen West. But I did try something … Continue reading

Half the Knit Sky

Half the Knit Sky

Pattern: Half the Knit Sky by @pdxknitterati inspired by photgraphic star trails. It’s such a great concept! Yarn: Gold cache gradient in “Bleeding Heart” from @fiercefibers (bought at @pearlfiberarts) and silver twist in “Good Silence” from @madelinetosh (bought at @foryarnssake) I always enjoy Michele’s patterns. They’re clever and often have stunningly beautiful results with easy … Continue reading

The Sharon Show (all 7 feet of it)

The Sharon Show (all 7 feet of it)

The Sharon Show was a mystery knit a long for a very long square shawl, easy knitting combined with some light hearted cat themed entertainment. I don’t actually love the long wraps, but I’d never tried a Casapinka pattern and I liked the pitch of $7 worth of entertainment. It didn’t start off so well: … Continue reading