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Mini update: Ukrainian crochet lace + my neighborhood

A few weeks ago I posted about some Ukrainian artists on Etsy that I love, and since then, I have found a few more. I'm working on a beautiful leaves mandala/doily pattern by Mykolayiv, Ukrainian designer Crochet Lace By Lara, whose patterns are stunningly detailed and nostalgic. Many of them would be pretty stretched into… Continue reading Mini update: Ukrainian crochet lace + my neighborhood

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“New Life” crocheted mandala is finished

The "New Life" mandala is done, just in time for Spring. This is a lovely pattern by The Guy With the Hook, designed to use an entire 1000m gradient yarn cake. I made mine with YarnArt Flowers and a 3.00mm hook. It is just big enough to trim my kitchen table (below, you can see… Continue reading “New Life” crocheted mandala is finished

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One Fine Spring Sunday + “New Life” mandala progress

Just a few photos and words to catch you up on one of my current WIPs, the "New Life" mandala. As of today, I've zipped ahead to round 34, and well into the green section of the YarnArt gradient cake (see photos below). I also have a few shots of today's walk around my neighborhood's… Continue reading One Fine Spring Sunday + “New Life” mandala progress

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Nammeji Lake sculpture festival + holiday bits

Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas! Whatever winter celebrations you may observe, may they be joyful, safe, and healthy. I'm preparing for a trip to the States next month, my first in two and a half years. I feel a mixture of excitement, hopefulness, anxiety, and sadness as I get ready to go. The pandemic… Continue reading Nammeji Lake sculpture festival + holiday bits

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More autumn goodness + new and finished projects

Gingko trees are some of the most beautiful and interesting trees I know of. I read somewhere that these ancient trees were around at the time of dinosaurs, and their species has no living relatives. There are dozens of these living fossils throughout my neighborhood, and they turn a stunning shade of gold each autumn.… Continue reading More autumn goodness + new and finished projects

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Halloween Greetings! A peek at Autumn

Happy Halloween! I promise I haven't "ghosted" my blog (feel free to groan... 🙂 I've really let some time pass between postings. I have no better excuse than my work duties have exponentially increased recently. By the end of December, I should have a very, very welcome reprieve, which includes a trip back to the… Continue reading Halloween Greetings! A peek at Autumn

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Late summer treasures + WIP updates

My excuse for posting is to share a few photos from today that reflect the season. Late summer/early fall in Korea is my favorite time of year. It might be a season all its own, since this transition time is much milder than high summer, yet the leaves have only just begun to look a… Continue reading Late summer treasures + WIP updates

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Quick WIP update – cardi and infinity scarf

Just a quick craft diary entry today. I finally stitched together the ends of my latest scarf, made with Scheepjes Wanderlust gradient yarn. It has settled into a beautiful infinity scarf, which I plan to gift to a dear friend who is moving abroad. The Mama Bear cardigan is coming along nicely, too. The yak… Continue reading Quick WIP update – cardi and infinity scarf

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Afternoon trip to Gyeongsan’s Bangokji reservoir

My second summer "staycation" in Korea has included a number of local day trips that have increased my appreciation for the area I live in. I've always thought of Gyeongsan as a booming college town, but it also encompasses a lot of farmland and charming pockets of "boondocks" countryside and small bodies of water to… Continue reading Afternoon trip to Gyeongsan’s Bangokji reservoir