My Makes · Expat in Korea

Folk village in summer and peek at a new project

I'm making a summer top with the Phildar Shiny yarn, a cotton yarn with touches of polymide and polyester, which provides a little sparkle. I absolutely love the yarn - wish the sparkle showed up better in photos. The yarn has beautiful color flecks, and doesn't split. The top I'm making uses simple mesh and… Continue reading Folk village in summer and peek at a new project

My Makes · Expat in Korea

A bit of “housekeeping” and a sneak-peek at my test garment

I have been so absorbed with work and my crochet projects that I think I've lost a bit of my paper mojo (pojo?). I want to get inspired again, because I have a lot of beautiful ideas on the back burner, including a cut-out paper flower kit I bought in Tokyo that would be perfect… Continue reading A bit of “housekeeping” and a sneak-peek at my test garment

My Makes · My Neighborhood

Current craft projects and neighborhood encounters

I'm more than half-way through a semester of teaching online, and daily doing my best to keep to a schedule that balances my work with hobbies, exercise, and contact with the "outside world." By outside world, I mean my little neighborhood in Korea, as well as electronic links with friends and family in many different… Continue reading Current craft projects and neighborhood encounters

My Makes · Travel

Crochet update and thoughts on summer travel

Summer travel is usually big for me, and I typically try to get out of Korea during the hottest part of the year - my recent favorite August destinations have been home to California; Australia (it's winter Down Under in August); and Japan. This year is different, of course. Travel is made difficult because of… Continue reading Crochet update and thoughts on summer travel

My Makes · Treasures

Crafty updates and knitted film memorabilia

This will be a short potpourri of updates. I'm nearing the end of the Spice Market mandala pattern, and still enjoying the journey. I'm now on Part 8, which introduces an interesting Swiss-cheese like pattern composed of single crochets and chains. Slow and steady progress has thankfully resulted in not too many mistakes: PHOTOS: Spice… Continue reading Crafty updates and knitted film memorabilia

Expat in Korea · My Makes

Craft Tidbits and Happy Mother’s Day

I've taken on yet another project. I was chosen to test-crochet a garment for a young designer, and it's an easy one with a June 2 deadline. I have to keep the details about it mum, but I promise to share when I'm finished. I'm using my tried-and-true Hi-soft cotton blend yarn and a 3.75mm… Continue reading Craft Tidbits and Happy Mother’s Day

My Makes · Treasures

An imaginative “map” of my neighborhood, and some crafty updates

On Instagram recently, I found out about a beautiful project from the artist and teacher Molly Mary Simmons at Direction of Flow. Her concept is called a Mapestry, and it invites people who are on their respective "islands" during this time of isolation, to submit individually-rendered maps of one's dwelling-space or neighborhood. These maps will… Continue reading An imaginative “map” of my neighborhood, and some crafty updates

My Makes

Crafty updates and new “helper”

Back in February, I finished the Floating Pineapples shawl, but didn't manage to get a good photo of it, until now - I just bought a simple torso mannequin to help me with styling and taking photos. PHOTOS: Floating Pineapples shawl. The pattern is from Crochet magazine, using cotton-bamboo yarn. The pattern called for two… Continue reading Crafty updates and new “helper”