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Speaking with an accent

To speak the language is to belong. Sort of. The first step in learning to fit into a new community is to learn its customs and most of all, its language. I speak three languages myself: F...

The rise and fall of macramé

I am obsessed with the 70's. Not the bell bottoms, lava lamps and disco music 70's. I am obsessed with women in peasant shirts who thought it a superb idea to encourage us to raise sheep so that ...

The grieving hat

There’s so much to grieve this week: the agonizingly slow, public death of George Floyd in Minneapolis, several COVID-related deaths in our friend community and the mounting worldwide toll of dea...

The beautiful imperfection

Given the choice, I prefer working by hand, especially when I am embroidering text. It’s tedious. I need to ice my hands at the end of each day and I've developed callouses on my thumb and forefi...

Why I am mending socks right now

The cotton socks aren’t particularly well made but they come from my son, the least crafty person in our family. He tie-dyed them for my birthday several years back. I don’t care for tie-dy...

A deserving hat

Sarah came to see me about her hat. She had read my post on Sashiko mending and was wondering if I would consider repairing her hatband - a plain gross-grain ribbon that had become unglued ...

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