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New Favorites: the Purl Bee three

Just as people’s attention is starting to turn toward warmer-weather pursuits, and the pace of new knitting pattern releases slows to a painful crawl, the… 195 more words


Picture Book Roundup #6

It’s that time again: time to tell you about the picture books I’ve been enjoying with my toddler. We make frequent use of our local library to take picture books for a test run; if we didn’t try books on for size before buying, my house would be overrun. 674 more words

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New Favorites: the perfect Summer aran

One night last week, we went out for ice cream at the local hotspot in my sister’s tiny coastal Florida town. Bob and I were enjoying the warmth, but the temperature must have dipped below 80 or something — the locals were all wearing jean jackets or sweaters, and you could tell they were savoring the chance. 77 more words


Decoder (1984) - "Pose, a colorless question."

A forgotten lo-fi pleasure.  “Nothing here now but the recordings” echoes down the Reeperbahn, montage & projection, monitors & peep shows über alles.  Klaxons moan, banshees horny for carnage.  186 more words

New Favorites: Linda

I’m truly savoring every cold minute we have left to us, living in dread of the swamp heat I know will be here soon, but also trying not to lose sight of the coming loveliness of Spring. 111 more words


Review: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak

I bought The Book Thief when it first came out. And — horror of all horrors — I let it sit on my shelf for years. 403 more words


New Favorites: Modified ganseys

I’m always hearing people talk about the gansey — relative of the cabled aran jumper in the classic fisherman-sweater family — and its characteristic underarm gusset. 85 more words