Category Archives: Miscellany

Review: “Making Life More Beautiful: A Maker’s Handbook”

For several years I’ve been following Kate Davies’s blog, “Fabrickated.”  London-based Kate has a “real” job, but among other talents, she is a skilled and creative clothing designer/maker with a keen eye for assessing fashion.  Kate’s mission always seemed to … Continue reading

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Summer Knitting

We have short but glorious summers here in southwest Washington state.  Granted, the temperature where my daughter lives in California is expected to reach 106F (41.1), this weekend while our high temp is supposed to be 76F (24.4C) … and … Continue reading

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Hamansbrød (Haman’s Bread)

While there is no Norwegian treat called Hamansbrød (at least that I’ve ever heard of), that’s the name I gave to a sweet bread I came up with that’s a meld of three dessert traditions:  The dough is adapted from … Continue reading

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Aprons

It’s official: I’ve become my grandmother.  My mormor, a farm-raised woman who lived her whole life outside a little town in southern Norway, wore aprons every day.  So do I.  At any time I can be found puttering around the … Continue reading

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Sunny Visit

I recently returned from my visit with my daughter and her family over my grandchildren’s spring break from school.  They live in the blindly-bright and parched city of Sacramento, California.  While I brought an easy knitting project with me (a … Continue reading

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Humble Knitting

A few months ago I was invited to a ladies’ afternoon tea/coffee (for lack of a better term) hosted by one of my sweet neighbors.  The host told me one of the ladies there was a long-time knitter, so I … Continue reading

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Stress-Combating Fiber Arts …

For years I’ve appreciated that my fiber arts – particularly knitting and weaving – can combat stress and/or anxiety.  Since 45 entered the White House, my fingers have only reluctantly picked up my needles or warped my looms.  However, I … Continue reading

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