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String books!

This has been languishing in my to-post pile, but that’s unhelpful, because you all NEED TO KNOW (no, really) that many of Penelope Walton Roger’s books on Viking, Anglo-Viking and Anglo-Saxon textiles are available free online, including the one that is so hard to find that even I din’t have a copy. Go forth and […]

Water everywhere

Some recent water adventures were bad. But now I’m prepared for the rest! Because I am an incompetent blogger, I wrote the above post on July 4 and never actually posted it. Since then I have demonstrated that the smaller kayak fits in my Forester just fine, so I can go out by myself any […]

Event wrap-up and new toy

F^n was this past weekend. This was the eighth year for this SCA fiber arts symposium, and the first time under new management. All went very well, though there were some glitches – only to be expected when switching event staff. (It started out as FFF – Fiber, Fabric and Fighting – and has added […]

Poppets like string

Photo post

Yes, I do have a new camera. I have a shiny new Sony alpha 300 digital SLR, courtesy of the Circuit City going-out-of-business sale. Their prices are still lousy on most of the things I want (10% off a 20%-too-high price is uninteresting), but the cameras were 30% off, and that beat what I could […]

Further adventures in organization

I have this foolish idea that my office/studio at home should be somewhere that I could actually, well, work, not just store piles of stuff. That’s crazy talk, I know, but I keep trying. Most recently, I cleaned the desk. I put away or otherwise disposed of all the clutter that had accumulated, leaving only […]

SOAR Update

Laura asked for a SOAR update, though she’s a long way away and not attending herself. I got off the waiting list last week, but the only reason I knew was that I contacted them. As a further sign of extreme disorganization on their part, SOAR is being held at a resort hotel that isn’t […]


You’re in luck!!! I wrote a very long post early this morning about the excessively long and complicated day I had yesterday, punctuated by phrases like “11-hour work day” and “cumulative distribution function” and “vacuuming the couch”, and conspicuously lacking words like “knitting” or “yarn” or “beer”. But no sooner did I get it written […]

String and things for string

Whirlwind update with something for everyone. I’ve been collecting photos and not posting them, so here’s a catch-up photo essay. I have a new reel, complete with rotation counter, courtesy of Nick. It spins beatifully, although the counter-post is going to need some work. The furniture fairies (aka Nick’s parents) brought us some things last […]