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Working on New Year’s Eve? All by yourself in the office? Here are some things that might keep you from getting too bored. The UK has put images of all publicly-owned paintings online, all 212,000 of them. Here’s the search. How Grendel Stole Christmas. Evidence for Viking-era hemp in Norway. A spindle typology, with pictures. […]

Merry Christmas

It’s Christmas morning, if only for another hour. There’s family, and food, and even snow. And the boxer, of course. I’m looking out the window at the snow, with a mug of coffee and some knitting. One sock on double-points, one pair of socks on two circular needles. I wanted to learn something new and […]

Fiber, science, fiction

For those of you interested in science fiction, I have a short essay on fabric and worldbuilding at Science in My Fiction today.

Endlessly entertaining

Boxer, on encountering snow for the first time. Wait. This is not right. Are you sure we should go out there? Really? Mom? Mom? Really? NOT RIGHT. *sticks snow in shrubbery* *snow falls on nose* *licks nose* *cautious advance out from under porch* Mom, you’re sure, right? Hey! Everything smells DIFFERENT! Mom, we need to […]

A new oath

I swear to serve the Kingdom, the Society, and the Arts to the best of my ability, now and always. Let me back up a step. This weekend was Fiber, Fabric and Fighting (and other things that start with F), an SCA event I helped start ten years ago. This is an SCA story, and […]

The wonderful and the ugly

The intersection between fiber arts and science (don’t forget the hovertext): Also interesting: new research on the Bayeux Tapestry. I’d like to read the original, as I’m not certain how deciding that the work was made by professional embroiderers means that it wasn’t made by nuns, or at several locations. [Doh! Added the link.] But […]


I taught a new class at Complex Weavers in late September, on edge finishes for woven textiles, both warp and weft. I thought I was going to get the bibliography cleaned up and posted weeks ago, but since that hasn’t happened yet, I’m going to just go ahead and post it as is. The class […]

A good week for the arts

Sometimes living in a college town is pretty good (remind me of that next home football game, would you). This week we saw Pilobolus Dance Troupe on Tuesday, and Bruce Springsteen on Thursday. You might not think they had anything in common, but both were wonderful high-energy shows. I hadn’t seen Pilobolus since I was […]

Oh so many things

We prepared thoroughly for Sandy, as it was predicted to run right over us with associated winds and heavy rain. The possibility of extended power outages, so we readied water, food, flashlights, solar chargers, all the goodies. But unlike points east, the storm was fairly trivial. The power only flickered, and while Penn State closed […]

Friday lunkhead

Trygvi is settling in. He’s filled out nicely, and he’s going to be so disappointed when we stop cramming him full of food and settle on a maintenance diet. We’ve gone through two dog beds, and all the squeaky toys,even the new nearly indestructible one. Try has learned some basics, like “sit” and “leave it,” […]