knitting

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

history

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

cats

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

writing

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?

knitting

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?

history

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

history

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

admin

New Patron Goals

In the interest of keeping a roof over my head, I've recently tweaked my Patreon just slightly. All the membership levels are the same, but I've added some new membership-based goals. My Patreon has been fairly stagnant for a while. I'm not entirely sure why, other than "just offering text rewards/author patreons are hard." So,… Continue reading New Patron Goals

knitting

What’s in my Knitting Bag?

I admit it, I'm a sucker for "What's in my bag" videos over on youtube. So here are my essentials for crafting. Note that some of these are not knitting specific, but more for creating in general. And you know, just generally handy things when I'm on the go. This little flamingo pouch lives in… Continue reading What’s in my Knitting Bag?

books, cats

Feline Fine, Part II: Our cats’ favorite things

There is nothing our cats like better than watching the birds out the window--and waiting for us to come home on the rare occasions one of us leaves (even if it's just to take out the trash). They can see everything with their two window perches. The suction cup style hammock can hold up to… Continue reading Feline Fine, Part II: Our cats’ favorite things