My Makes · My Neighborhood

Crafting updates and my favorite local bakery

Happiest July 4th to all my American family and friends! I've been spending the weekend (since Thursday) wrapping up the semester, hosting a beautiful little dog for a night, cooking, crafting, and enjoying the fruits, flora, and fauna of my Korean neighborhood. On Thursday, I went to Siji, a neighborhood about a 12-minute bus ride… Continue reading Crafting updates and my favorite local bakery

My Makes

New granny square bag, and care package from the U.S.

I just finished this little granny square bag, using some leftover Phildar "Shiny" yarn from my summer top, as well as some brown and pink cotton that I had in my stash, found during a yarn shopping trip in Fukuoka three years ago. All the cottons together make for a sturdy yet supple bag. PHOTOS:… Continue reading New granny square bag, and care package from the U.S.

My Makes

Juniper cardigan is finished, plus what’s ahead

Just a quick post to share the Juniper cardigan I finished about two weeks ago. I volunteered to test-crochet the garment for Rachel at Desert Blossom Crafts. It's a simple, lovely cardi that's crocheted in one piece and has minimal seaming. The pattern is very beginner-friendly. PHOTOS: a few shots of the cardi I tested.… Continue reading Juniper cardigan is finished, plus what’s ahead

Expat in Korea · My Makes

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

Expat in Korea · My Makes

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