Valentine’s Day reimagined: compassion, kindness, and non-complementary behavior

I'm a sucker for holidays. I don't necessarily enjoy the taint of modern consumerism, but I do love food, making things, and celebrating seasons. I enjoy the connection that many of our Western, Christian-ish holidays have to the pagan traditions of Europe, the marking of the passing of time, and the opportunity to break out of … Continue reading Valentine’s Day reimagined: compassion, kindness, and non-complementary behavior

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Cedar Stitch Washcloth: New Stitch, New Pattern

Finally, I've written a crochet pattern! It's small and simple, but pretty and practical. It uses the Cedar Stitch, which is the name I've given to a stitch pattern that I created. Of course, the world of crochet on the internet is vast, so if you come across its twin with a different name, please … Continue reading Cedar Stitch Washcloth: New Stitch, New Pattern

Ideas, the creative process, and a new crochet stitch[?]

gray yarn skein, crocheted square in a textured stitch, and pale green crochet hook with blue grip, all on white background

Sometimes, when my health is swinging in the upward direction, I get a little project-crazy. I've had these bursts of creative brain juice since I was young and crayons/walls were my primary medium, but it's different with CFS. It reminds me of a classic Mitch Hedberg joke: It's as if the fatigue and brain fog are … Continue reading Ideas, the creative process, and a new crochet stitch[?]

Minimalism for well-being and the greater good, not perfection

  I recently had a conversation with a friend about the minimalism lifestyle as it exists in popular culture today. Minimalism as a way of living has been around in many forms, under many names, for a pretty long time. Though I didn't always have a name for it, minimalism has always been attractive to me in some way. … Continue reading Minimalism for well-being and the greater good, not perfection