I just discovered Lynda Barry on Friday, 20 April 2018. I very first heard about her book Syllabus on Creative Bug, at some point this past week - but only started investigating her work on Friday. I feel like marking the day is significant because I don't think I'll be the same after this. That… Continue reading How to take Lynda Barry’s class online
On Friday night, I joined the Arts Night at the Museum at North Down Museum, and it was loads of fun! I took part as a member of Boom Studios, and it was a blast. Participants could go around the museum and join in arts activities at different stations. My workshop was in a room… Continue reading Exquisite Bangor at the Arts Night at North Down Museum
I love this video on Ira Glass's Taste Gap so much. If you're doing creative work, and you KNOW it sucks, watch it. Ira Glass explains that you know your work sucks because you have good taste! The only way out of it is through it. "The most important possible thing you can do is do… Continue reading The Taste Gap – If you’re feeling stuck, watch this!
I'm excited about Woollinn Dublin! After the success of YarnFolk Festival of Wool in August last year, it's clear we need more woolly events on this island 🙂 Ironically, it will take me as long to get to Woollinn as it does to Edinburgh Yarn Fest (door to door) 😂 😂 😂 😭. This island is so poorly… Continue reading The Woollinn Workshops!
i've always sucked at swimming. i hate putting my head underwater. (yes, i still blame my well-meaning teenaged brothers and sisters who chucked me into the water when i was little. because that was the best way to learn to swim apparently.) having my head underwater just seems like drowning. have you ever tried doggie… Continue reading i’m sorry, i was doggie paddling
I think Bernie (Bear in Sheep's Clothing Yarn) isn't the only knitter who taps when she knits. Once she showed me a welt in her index finger from where she taps on the needle as she knits. Like, a HOLE in the skin. She said she winces each time she taps, but can't really knit… Continue reading Tap when you knit? Use this cute finger protector.
Since I was very little, each letter has had such a distinct personality and relationship between its nearest letters. As soon as I knew letters, I knew who they were, just as if I'd met someone. There's handsome G, stuck between sweet, gentle F who he pines for, and on the other side: H who… Continue reading If all synesthesia is idiosyncratic, then why doesn’t anyone like 9?
I've tried a few times to do photo 365. I can't commit to a daily anything. I decided to pick a photo theme not dependent on frequency. My theme is "My Favourite Things" and I will count up to 100. I mean to capture things as I come across them. To start, my first few… Continue reading A few of my favourite things
In my previous rant about the student spindle, I pointed out you'd be better off showing people to spin with a CD spindle, and showing them how simple it is to make one, than giving them a way-too-heavy spindle. You really can spin with anything, and you don't have to spend a lot of money.… Continue reading A simple spinning on a stick demo for shows
For the third time in as many weeks, on Saturday a would-be spinner told me of her woes trying to spin on a spindle. I diagnosed her problem: a way-too-heavy spindle. I have been delighted recently to demo spinning and learn more about how to break down the steps and condense my tutorials down to get… Continue reading The scourge of the heavy “student spindle”