My Neighborhood · Treasures

Antique crochet pattern booklets; WIP update

I've been officially on break from my teaching duties for the last couple of weeks. Apart from my trip to Seoul, I've stayed relatively close to home, since the pandemic keeps me grounded, but not idle. While going through old papers in my home yesterday, I came across two vintage American crochet booklets from 1916… Continue reading Antique crochet pattern booklets; WIP update

My Makes · My Neighborhood

Back in Gyeongsan: giant lotus; making fresh tortillas

It's been a couple of days since I returned from Seoul, and my thoughts are looking ahead to the next trip, to Andong at the end of next week. Meanwhile, I've been doing a lot of home improvements: I bought a new dresser, dining set, lamp, and screen door. I'm also about to hang my… Continue reading Back in Gyeongsan: giant lotus; making fresh tortillas

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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

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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

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Bird watching (with video) and a new garment WIP

The rain has cleared, and that means back out forest-walking with my pup. These last couple of days have been amazing for sighting birds. I think a combination of fine weather and few people gives critters the courage to make an appearance. In a previous post I mentioned that I knew about three ponds in… Continue reading Bird watching (with video) and a new garment WIP

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Hidden places in my Korean neighborhood; finished Frontier shawl

I just finished another Frontier shawl, and I am ready to start yet another, this time in ivory. What do you think of this light orange color? It will be great with denim, I think. Now, to find someone to adopt it! PHOTOS: Frontier filet crochet shawl from start to finish. It was made using… Continue reading Hidden places in my Korean neighborhood; finished Frontier shawl

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Round-up of last week: WIPs, mugwort, and lilacs, and what’s to come

I've let a whole week and more pass since my last post, which I'm sorry for - there really is no excuse except that I've been distracted. We are still in a semi-lock-down in Korea, including my current online teaching for the university. There is every expectation that I'll continue to teach online until the… Continue reading Round-up of last week: WIPs, mugwort, and lilacs, and what’s to come

Free Patterns · My Makes · My Neighborhood

A place for the violets, and more Spring updates

The violets from my last post are now at home on a tiny crocheted basket, complete with a crocheted mini beaded egg. I did this little ensemble quickly, and it's not without flaws, but the concept is promising. I might try another idea like this, and plan the details a lot more carefully. I used… Continue reading A place for the violets, and more Spring updates