My Makes · My Neighborhood

Crafting updates and my favorite local bakery

Happiest July 4th to all my American family and friends! I've been spending the weekend (since Thursday) wrapping up the semester, hosting a beautiful little dog for a night, cooking, crafting, and enjoying the fruits, flora, and fauna of my Korean neighborhood. On Thursday, I went to Siji, a neighborhood about a 12-minute bus ride… Continue reading Crafting updates and my favorite local bakery

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 · 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 progress with the Spice Market project and doll

Just checking in to share where I'm at with a few of my long-term projects. I have been crafting a bit more slowly recently, since I am officially back to work. Because of the Covid-19 issue, I've had to revamp all my lessons to go online for the foreseeable future - so I am plenty… Continue reading More progress with the Spice Market project and doll