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

My Makes · Travel

Crochet update and thoughts on summer travel

Summer travel is usually big for me, and I typically try to get out of Korea during the hottest part of the year - my recent favorite August destinations have been home to California; Australia (it's winter Down Under in August); and Japan. This year is different, of course. Travel is made difficult because of… Continue reading Crochet update and thoughts on summer travel

My Makes · Treasures

An imaginative “map” of my neighborhood, and some crafty updates

On Instagram recently, I found out about a beautiful project from the artist and teacher Molly Mary Simmons at Direction of Flow. Her concept is called a Mapestry, and it invites people who are on their respective "islands" during this time of isolation, to submit individually-rendered maps of one's dwelling-space or neighborhood. These maps will… Continue reading An imaginative “map” of my neighborhood, and some crafty updates

My Makes · My Neighborhood

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

My Makes · My Neighborhood

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

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

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 Neighborhood

Folk Village in Winter: a little Old Korea near my home

Just a few minutes' walk from my home, at the edge of the Yeungnam University campus, is a charming folk village that is a favorite spot for field trips, early-morning promenades, and bird-watching. The folk village is actually a complex of relocated historic buildings. In 1975, the first of its buildings was installed - a… Continue reading Folk Village in Winter: a little Old Korea near my home