Listening to the last episode of Binge Mode: Harry Potter got me thinking. The question I have been mulling over: Who is your favorite character in the series (besides Harry, Ron, or Hermione)? There are plenty of interesting people to choose from, but there's no question in my mind: Remus Lupin wins hands down. SPOILER... Continue Reading →
After two weeks of experimenting, I finally got crochet color pooling to produce an argyle pattern. For anyone interested in trying it, here are my tips for this technique. 1) Before you do anything else, watch some good videos. I recommend these by Marly Bird: a how-to that walks you through the basics and her secrets... Continue Reading →
I saw this video on how to make an argyle pattern with a crochet stitch and got all excited. I had to try it. I went through my stash and found a yarn I thought would work (based on their explanations) but after several tries, I hadn't succeeded. Determined to make something using this fun technique,... Continue Reading →
Why is beauty never considered a function? — Ronald Rael I came across this thought-provoking quote in the middle of a video about green technology. While the video shows the building blocks made from 3-D printers, it asks bigger questions. The most important one confronts artists and artisans alike: is it functional or is it... Continue Reading →
For years, I have been searching for a form of mediation that really works for me. As someone with a busy brain, sitting still and trying to think of nothing borders on torture. I do a little better with guided meditation, unless I'm asked to make decisions. Visualizing my favorite place or the last time... Continue Reading →
There are no new ideas. There are only new presentations. -- Deborah Robson I'm currently reading a book I should love (Hild, by Nicola Griffith). It's historical fiction set in 7th c. England, only a century later than the setting I've chosen for my novelization of Rapunzel. Hild is full of words, concepts, and details I've... Continue Reading →
I may have given you the impression that the only birds at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum are raptors, like the barn owl and Harris's hawks I saw in their daily Raptor Free-Flights. But visitors to the ASDM see plenty of other interesting birds, all native to some part of Arizona. When I was there in February,... Continue Reading →
Or, in Christopher Robin's words: GON OUT BACKSON BISY BACKSON, See you here next week.