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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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Spice Market mandala progress on a rainy day

We had some rain today, so that meant less time outside with my pup, but more time inside cooking, answering student messages, and edging ahead on my various projects. Here's what the Spice Market mandala looks like, as of today: PHOTOS: some views of the Spice Market mandala I'm into Part 7 now, so 3… Continue reading Spice Market mandala progress on a rainy day

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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