Happy Spring Pouch Pattern

A collage of three images of the same crocheted pouch in pastel colors with hearts, flowers, cupcakes, and a rainbow on it. Left photo is of pouch with a pencil box and yellow envelope in it. Top right photo is a close-up that shows the front of the pouch. Bottom right is a close-up of the metal filigree heart button.

Maybe I've been inspired by the freakishly warm weather we've had off and on for the past week, or maybe I'm disturbed by the way it reminds me of impending climate disaster and I need something cheery to distract me. Whatever it is, I am deep into happy, bubble-gum-and-candy colors and adorable spring motifs for … Continue reading Happy Spring Pouch Pattern

Be a careless artist and a ruthless editor

This week I started watching Abstract: The Art of Design. I'm not the most talented TV review writer, so I'm not going to bother describing to you how good it is. It's really good. The first episode features illustrator and New Yorker cover-designer Christopher Niemann working in his minimalist studio, with a bucket of primary-colored … Continue reading Be a careless artist and a ruthless editor

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

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