My Makes · My Neighborhood

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

Expat in Korea · My Makes

Happy Chuseok! Plus, WIP cardigan progress

Happy Chuseok (추석)! Roughly translated as "Autumn eve," Chuseok is a major harvest festival and a three-day holiday in both North and South Korea. It's celebrated on the 15th day of the 8th month of the lunar calendar on the full moon (at the Autumn equinox). Westerners understand Chuseok as "Korean Thanksgiving," and although its… Continue reading Happy Chuseok! Plus, WIP cardigan progress

My Makes · My Neighborhood

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

Free Patterns · My Makes

Riot granny scarf debut + free pattern link

The finishing touches have been added to my granny square scarf, a free pattern by Wool Thread Paint, made with King Cole Riot yarn in shade "Waterways." The pattern was fast-moving and the frequent color changes made it fun to work on. I used a 4mm hook throughout, and it took just under three skeins… Continue reading Riot granny scarf debut + free pattern link

Expat in Korea · Free Patterns

Aug. 15: Love for Korea and the Humble Granny Square

Today is Korean Liberation Day, a major holiday celebrating Korea's 1945 emancipation from the Japanese empire. We're in holiday mode and the Korean taegukgi (태극기, national flag) is flying high. A much more humble observance underway for us crafters is the yearly commemoration of the granny square, a familiar, homespun classic that's found on countless… Continue reading Aug. 15: Love for Korea and the Humble Granny Square

My Makes · My Neighborhood

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

My Makes · Travel

WIP updates & Busan sea view

Korea is deep into the mid-summer monsoon season, with heavy rains, heat, humidity, spectacular cloud formations, and glaring sun when it does shine. I just returned from a quick trip to Busan, Korea's second-largest city, at the southernmost tip of the peninsula. I lived in Busan for three years when I first began working in… Continue reading WIP updates & Busan sea view

My Makes · My Neighborhood

Sakura mandala cushion is finished, plus assorted WIPs

What a blast it was to make the Sakura Mandala cushion cover! I made two mandalas with Scheepjes Softfun yarn and a 3.50mm hook, and sewed them together for the cover. Part of the fun was the 24 pompoms that encircle it - justifying my very smart purchase of Clover pompom makers, which I'm now… Continue reading Sakura mandala cushion is finished, plus assorted WIPs