Free Patterns · My Makes

New market bag + more spring views

The Hummingbird market bag is ready for spring shopping. I made this lovely bag using a free pattern from Swedish designer Pysselofix (she has an Instagram account and blog). The pattern starts with a six-point star and ends with two handles and a tasseled drawstring. I used Paintbox Cotton DK in Vanilla Cream, and a… Continue reading New market bag + more spring views

My Makes · My Neighborhood

“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

My Makes · My Neighborhood

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

Expat in Korea · My Makes

Tweedy poncho is finished! + Seollal, Year of the tiger

Welcome to a new Lunar New Year, a new month, and to my finally-finished Tweedy Poncho! I so enjoyed this poncho project and look forward to wearing it, especially since it uses one of my favorite yarns - Rowan Felted Tweed. The poncho is from a pattern in Issue 141 of Inside Crochet magazine. PHOTOS:… Continue reading Tweedy poncho is finished! + Seollal, Year of the tiger

Expat in Korea · My Makes

Busan sea views; new crochet poncho project

My plans to go back the U.S. have been postponed until July, so in Korea I remain for the time being. The pandemic has presented complications that have kept me in a kind of physical limbo, but I'm doing my best to use my time well, which includes digging into several fun art projects I've… Continue reading Busan sea views; new crochet poncho project

My Makes · My Neighborhood

Halloween Greetings! A peek at Autumn

Happy Halloween! I promise I haven't "ghosted" my blog (feel free to groan... ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

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 (ํƒœ๊ทน๊ธฐ, 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

Happy Mother’s Day, neighborhood lake walk & crafty bits

Happiest Mother's Day to all the moms and all those who "mother" in some way. Mothering is a creative gift of the heart, no matter its object. There was a brisk wind yesterday which gave a lovely, gentle wave to the lake in my neighborhood. My pup Bo relishes these walks. Today in particular it… Continue reading Happy Mother’s Day, neighborhood lake walk & crafty bits