Notes from the Road – Yarn Harlot Edition

knitting by the fire

I had such an amazing fun weekend at Mount Magazine with 18 other knitters and the Yarn Harlot, aka Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. For the uninitiated, Stephanie is probably the only knitting humor writer to come out of Canada, and because you can’t quite make a living writing knitting humor, she also teaches and speaks about knitting. […]

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Some Thoughts on Passion, Faith, and Growing up

lace knitting magic

The other morning the Bit and I were snuggling in bed, trying to keep the day from starting, and she asked me “what do you want to be when you grow up?” The question kind of startled me. First, because I figured she thought I was already a grownup (she’s pretty sure that happens around […]

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I’m not one of those people who jumps on the online “thoughts and prayers” bandwagon every time tragedy strikes. Mostly because I don’t pray, but also because it just feels so reflexive, so, “me, too,” as if if you don’t post something about it it’s automatically assumed you don’t care. I’m also not the sort […]

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What We in the Business Call a Craft Fail

melted perler beads craft fail

The Internet is full of lies. We sanitize our Facebook and Twitter posts to show only the smiling faces, the victories, the highlights. Of course we want to focus on and share the good stuff. No one wants to be friends — even just Facebook friends — with someone who complains and is negative all […]

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Inspirational Imagery


When I decided at the beginning of the month to focus more on my own — and your — creativity, I made myself two promises. The first was that I would do morning pages every day, and so far I’ve kept up with that, though they have occasionally been evening pages. The second was to […]

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