BREXIT: The Leave Was a Lie

No Doubt, BREXIT is Bad Two weeks after the BREXIT vote, I am still reeling from how obviously bad it all is. BREXIT is bad. The referendum was a bad idea. The players behind it all were bad people. Yet, the slog towards BREXIT seems to continue. I can accept that before the vote, people might actually have believed…

Quilt Runnings

  Table Runner As I found furniture and started to get all the basics together, I decided that my big wooden table needed a runner. I liked the raw wood, and didn’t want to cover it all up. I wanted something colorful and geometric to go with the raw planks. When you have something very…

Cutting a Rug

The pattern Hardly a pattern: Knit 30 — do 8 rows, then switch colors. I Need a Rug I recently became an expat in the UK — which means a whole lot of rediscovering things which used to be simple: how does a plug work? why does no one own a dryer? is this why we learned metric…

Crazy as a Loom

  Spinners and weavers talk about getting into a meditative flow and the zen-like calm of doing craft. For me, it is more like a video game — a lot of stops, starts, and the occasional rage quit. (How do you reboot a loom?!?) After getting my mom’s spinning wheel working, I got some crazy…

Neoprene Tunic

If you saw my Hooded Cape, you might have spotted my addiction to cowl necks. At Mood I spotted this jersey backed neoprene which said, “If you think Star Trek is fashion forward, then I am the fabric for you!” You don’t have to ask to beam me up twice! The jersey gives a soft lining and…

How Many Babies?

This is one of those questions that gets under a programer’s skin: Supposed a society where people prefer boys. They will keep having children until they get a boy and then stop. What will be the percentage of boys to girls in this society? Programers Like to Complicate Things: I immediately started drawing out trees with…

Hooded Cape

I am working through some sort of hoodie obsession. I wanted a cape for an event. I started out as Very Easy Vogue V8959. I liked the style, but the sizes would need to be adjusted. (hint: I am not in the misses size range). The first thing was adjusting the pattern up a couple…

Hoodie Vest

  I bought some green jersey a while ago with the idea of making something “Robin Hoodie.” I wanted something that was snuggly for keeping my hands and neck warm when it wasn’t chilly enough for a jacket, but colder than just t-shirt weather. In other words, I was looking for an excuse to make…

Spinning Wheel, Come Home!

This spinning wheel has been sitting at my aunt’s house for many years as decoration. Turns out, it is older than the 1870’s. We know this because, that was the year my great great grandmother carried it out west in her covered wagon for homesteading. My aunt had decided to clean out her house and wanted to…

Stop Steven Moffat

Dear Steven Moffat, Like all good Whovians, I know that there are good seasons and down right stinkers. I know that there are amazing episodes and complete bombs. I know you are a human being and it is not my intention to rant, disparage you, or hurt your feelings. But after watching the premier of Doctor Who…

Hopeful Cynics

I believe their is a common thread of hopeful cynicism that binds Science Fiction fans and engineers together.   Engineers have to be cynics: Cynicism is the belief that can go wrong, probably will go wrong. And if it didn’t go wrong yet, just give it time. Everything breaks, eventually. The hopeful part is the belief…

Victorian Dress

Like all good sewing projects, this one sounded fun at first. It seemed like an innocent enough idea, essentially a skirt; but, like all paths to hell, you start with good intentions. The plan was to have a victorian themed Christmas. With a PBS fueled mania for all things Downton Abbey; large skirts, lacy focks, and…