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A Review: Renoir Boots from American Duchess

One thing I've been doing since I started working from home is slowly compiling the pieces I need to finish off my Victorian costumes for reenactment, since that's something I'd like to get back to once we can go places again. The first item on my list is one I've been lusting after for years,… Continue reading A Review: Renoir Boots from American Duchess

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Knitter Seeks Burial Stockings

You've probably figured out by now, even if you're new here, that I like history. And textiles. And in particular, textile history. Several years ago, back near the start of this blog, I lived in Italy for a brief period while studying textile conservation. While there, I developed a keen interest in the burial stockings… Continue reading Knitter Seeks Burial Stockings

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The Monmouth Cap

It's the time of year when fuzzy hats, toques, beanies, and other headgear are getting a workout for those of use that still have to be outside (or are just sick of being inside for so many months). Every winter seems to see a new trend. A few years back it was bun hats (Ravelry… Continue reading The Monmouth Cap

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Successes Were Had

Last week I looked at the mistakes I've made in publishing, and this week I wanted to celebrate five things I've done right in the five years I've been publishing. Read the fine printAlways read your contracts very carefully, kids. Protect your rights. This goes for book contracts, and also for classes, pattern sales, or… Continue reading Successes Were Had

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It was Bound to Happen

Hi, my name is Sìne and I like stationery. A lot. When we moved, I valiantly pared down and packed away my stationery supplies. It was a lot. I managed to fit most if it into one or two boxes. One or two boxes I have not seen in over a year. And about halfway… Continue reading It was Bound to Happen

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Mistakes Were Made

But I always learned from them. It recently occurred to me that this May will be 5 years since The Spider's Web was first published with Torquere. That publisher folded six months after my first book was published, and I was never paid for it. I did get the rights back (obviously), but it got… Continue reading Mistakes Were Made

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Cat Update

Last week wasn't a great week at Chez KnotMagick. Wednesday, I was just about to make my breakfast when Ash informed me there was bloody stool in the litterbox. So we ran around catching cats and trying to figure out which one had left the deposit. It turned out Hermes was the culprit. Hermes is… Continue reading Cat Update

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The First Female (Acting) President of the U.S.

If you've been over to my reading blog, then you probably know I am not a big fan of Woodrow Wilson. In fact, I would go so far as to rank him in my top five worst presidents we've ever had, and that is a pretty competitive list. But I'm not here to talk politics,… Continue reading The First Female (Acting) President of the U.S.

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New Year WIPs

It's a short list at the moment, but I have started a few things since I finished my holiday projects. First, my reward for getting everything done: socks in Tsuki Mountain Fibers in the colorway Guardian. I've been eyeing this yarn for ages, and saving it for something special. It ended up being a bit… Continue reading New Year WIPs

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New Year Plans

I know I'm not the only one who hesitates to make any kind of big plans for this new year, considering just how ridiculously unpredictable things were in 2020. For example, I really want to go back to Steampunk Symposium in August, and I want to take a research trip to New England in the… Continue reading New Year Plans