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Would this Kill Me in the 1800s: Cleft Palate

It's been a while since we had a good old fashioned WTKM. This time, we're exploring cleft palate. Cleft palate/lip occures when the tissue on the roof of the mouth doesn't fully form/develop, leaving a gap. We don't know why this happens, whether it's genetics, some kind of mutation, or if it's caused by environmental… Continue reading Would this Kill Me in the 1800s: Cleft Palate

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2022 Release Schedule

Mark your calendars! May 30: Nanowrimo WorkbookThe 2nd book in my Author Roadmap series, this PDF download is geared at both new and returning Wrimos, to help you not only reach your goals, but to get the most out of National Novel Writing Month. Includes printable pages for your planner or bullet journal. - $1.99-… Continue reading 2022 Release Schedule

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French Vanilla Sweater

Sometimes we start a project super eager, enthusiastic, and with a ton of drive and desire to get it done. And then.... Yeah, it's one of those projects. The thing is, it shouldn't have been. This sweater is self-designed, and it's made to be simple. It is a tube with arm holes. There are no… Continue reading French Vanilla Sweater

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A Selection of Finished Objects

Nowadays, most of my finished objects are showing up on my podcast with more detailed descriptions on top of the progress shots, but I still wanted to share a few recent pieces here. First up, we have the hat which is going with the WWI sweater. It's made of Knitpicks Twill worsted in the color… Continue reading A Selection of Finished Objects

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The New England Vampire Panic

This essay is taken in part from Episode 14 of the Spooky Stitches podcast, where we talk knitting and ghost stories. If you want to see more content like this, please check out the podcast, or the Patreon, where stories like this are posted regularly, often before they show up here on the blog.  Today,… Continue reading The New England Vampire Panic

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Kittenball Run

Some houses have names. Usually, they are big, grand houses with giant yards–which get called “gardens” because it makes them sound even fancier–and staff that wait on you hand and foot.  Our apartment also has a name: The Cattrap Hotel and Day Spa.  Gwyd was guest number 1. And no, he's not checking out any… Continue reading Kittenball Run

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Are you a writer?

I post a lot of info around here for new authors, whether you are still working on your manuscript, publishing your first book, or looking to dip into self publishing. Over on my Services page, you can also find a link to my Advice for Writers, which has recently been updated to include recent blog… Continue reading Are you a writer?

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Is Knitting Contagious?

Well, not quite. But I have seen some discussion lately on Twitter about the potential of re-infecting oneself through your knitting. As someone who has been infected with practically everything (thanks, retail), has a weakened immune system, and has dealt with everything from parasites to viruses to bedbugs, here are some things I have learned… Continue reading Is Knitting Contagious?

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WWI Sleeveless Sweater for Soldiers

It doesn't look like much, does it? Let me just say, this sweater is more than the sum of its parts. I made this sweater for a friend and fellow history buff, someone who is very interested in military history. He requested it, and as soon as I saw the picture I knew exactly what… Continue reading WWI Sleeveless Sweater for Soldiers

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Historical Profile: Ching Shih

From Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End If you ask most westerners about female pirates, they'll either give you a blank look or pipe up with a fact about Anne Bonny, and maybe Mary Read. But there's one woman who could take on both of them--who had a fleet of ships and commanded the… Continue reading Historical Profile: Ching Shih