My Makes · My Neighborhood

Gyeongsan forest walk, and crafty bits

Gorgeous weather kept my dog and me out an extra long time on today's afternoon walk in our neighborhood forest. I'll share a few photos here that only need a little explanation. The small pond above is one of two I'm aware of in the forest behind the university where I work. There are many… Continue reading Gyeongsan forest walk, and crafty bits

Free Patterns · My Makes

Mandala progress, and my basic applesauce recipe

PHOTOS: I'm about half-way done with the Spice Market mandala. All the colors are in play at this point. The avocado stitch marker comes from IKnit2Purl2, on Etsy. I'm still plugging away at the wonderful Spice Market mandala, which will turn out to be a special table or wall decoration. There are such a variety… Continue reading Mandala progress, and my basic applesauce recipe

My Makes · My Neighborhood

More Spring readiness – blossom inspiration and shawl

All this warm weather this past week in Korea is tempting me outside, to take longer walks with Bodhi. People in my area are emerging from their isolation, albeit cautiously, to sample the Spring air. Masks are worn; social distance is still respected among neighbors, but there's a general loosening of the vibe in my… Continue reading More Spring readiness – blossom inspiration and shawl

Expat in Korea · My Makes

Spring, social distancing, and an origami cocker spaniel

Just a quick post to check in. I'm still teaching online classes at my university, and we'll be doing them for an additional week. I've actually thought all along that we might have to do them online for the entire semester; let's wait and see. Spring is coming quickly to South Korea and people are… Continue reading Spring, social distancing, and an origami cocker spaniel

My Makes · Treasures

Small space storage of yarn, and WIP progress

Anyone who gets serious with a hobby (stitching, doll collecting, you name it) will eventually have to reckon with space concerns. Since I live in a tiny one bedroom apartment in Korea, that reckoning came pretty early on in my crafting adventures. Over the last few months, I've been trying to find some easy solutions… Continue reading Small space storage of yarn, and WIP progress

My Makes · My Neighborhood

More progress with the Spice Market project and doll

Just checking in to share where I'm at with a few of my long-term projects. I have been crafting a bit more slowly recently, since I am officially back to work. Because of the Covid-19 issue, I've had to revamp all my lessons to go online for the foreseeable future - so I am plenty… Continue reading More progress with the Spice Market project and doll

My Makes · Treasures

Potpourri of crafty updates: origami and crochet stuff

If you have the idea that I'm working on several craft projects simultaneously, you would be correct. That's normal for me and crafts. I'm not sure why, though, because at my job or with people, I am focused and steadfast. Since coming back from Japan, I've done a bit more origami, and organized my huge… Continue reading Potpourri of crafty updates: origami and crochet stuff

My Makes

Projects update: Spice Market CAL and doll accessories

I'm overdue for a check-in with some of my current stitching makes. There is no solid reason why I let so many days go by without posting - I am in the middle of some unexpected downtime these days! If you've been watching the news, you probably know about the Covid-19 epidemic in Korea, and… Continue reading Projects update: Spice Market CAL and doll accessories

My Makes

New amigurumi to love: Koala + bonus make

My koala is finished! I started making him before I left for Japan. He is made from a lovely pattern by Storyland Amis. PHOTOS: amigurumi koala; pattern by Storyland Amis. His eucalyptus is my own touch. I used my favorite amigurumi cotton yarn, Phildar Coton 3, a French mercerized cotton, in colors Elephant and Noir.… Continue reading New amigurumi to love: Koala + bonus make