Category Archive: Life in General

What’s new?

I thought I should post an update of what’s new around here. First of all, I got enough votes to move to the next round of the Mission Main Street Grants Program. Thanks to all who voted for me! They will announce 20 winners in January, so I just have to wait until then. Keep …

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Ibuprofen and Wool

Usually on Thanksgiving Day I post a list of things I’m grateful for. I missed it this year. It’s not that I’m ungrateful. I’m grateful for many things. But it was hard to focus on anything except my back pain. It’s been aching for the past month. Wednesday, after realizing I’d been saying “if it …

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Adventures in Fibonacci Weaving

This is about the interconnectedness of all things. In 1202, Leonardo Pisano Fibonacci, an Italian mathematician, wrote a book called Liber abaci (“Book of the abacus”). In this book he posited a problem: A certain man put a pair of rabbits in a place surrounded on all sides by a wall. How many pairs of …

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What’s going on with Ken’s site

Long time readers may know that I took over the maintenance of my dear friend Ken Kifer’s website after he was killed by a drunk driver in 2003. Unfortunately if you go to his site now, it isn’t his site. It’s a Japanese WordPress site. I contacted Joe Gardner, who actually takes care of the …

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Trains are cool


A few months ago Rob suggested taking a train out to California for his Aunt Elspeth’s 80th birthday party as a surprise. I was a bit lukewarm about the idea at first, as it meant I’d have to miss the Ann Arbor Fiberarts Guild Holiday Sale, but the more I thought about it, the more …

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My garden looks so thirsty! Is there a drought where you are too? It finally rained a bit this morning, but my soil still looks like powder. It need to rain a lot more. At least it isn’t 12,000,000°F out there anymore. I haven’t been leaving the house most days. I am thankful that I …

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In which Riin is cranky

So I was going to card up a bunch of batts for you guys, but I was wondering how best to display them in my booth at shows. Clear drawstring bags was the consensus on Facebook, so I ordered a whack. They arrived, only they were much smaller than I had anticipated. I hadn’t realized …

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My excellent New York adventure

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Or the story of Vogue Knitting Live 2012. Wow. Just wow. That’s the short version. The long version is much longer. With lots of pictures. Ok, let’s get started. We left Wednesday morning with Rob’s van loaded full of all of my yarn, fiber, wearable art, booth fixtures, our clothes, and so on and so …

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An abundance of awesomeness

Vogue Knitting Live!

This week is full of awesome things. Let’s play show & tell! Thing the first. Look what I got in the mail this week. Pretty exciting for me to see my tote bag in a national magazine! Thing the second. I’m going to Vogue Knitting Live! I was waitlisted, but they added more vendor spaces, …

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All fiber, all the time


Let’s see, where were we? In our last episode, our plucky heroine (that would be me) had just returned from Greencastle. Since then… I went to another show, this one in Kendallville, Indiana. It was…well, I won’t be going again next year. Maybe in a few years when the organizers are more, well, organized, and …

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