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Spinning Wed Aug 23 2017 11:45:00 GMT+0000 (UTC)
WHERE THE PARTY'S AT -- Have you noticed how common it is for a friend to tell you how they have been traumatized by a narcissistic ex of theirs? When Did Narcissism Become So de Rigeur?I think I need an old-person translation...what did we used to call narcissistic asshole
Having grown up as a white male, I have had all the privileges that comes with that, but I also have many of the biases.Racist But Not a HaterI grew up learning an amazing amount of bigotry...as a white Catholic boy, I can't tell you how many times I
Recently, I surveyed my Facebook friends for pricing thoughts on a new product I'm adding to my craft show table sales inventory.Tips On Hive-MindLike many social media concepts, the hive-mind can be both a great way to access community ideas or virt
Even when it's a small craft show business, there are many aspects of business that come into play.Taking StockLast year, I attempted to sell my hand knits at a couple of different local artisan/craft fairs and did reasonably well...at least well eno
I honestly imagined that when I stopped working that my workspace would get a bit more organized.Staying the SameDespite the fact that I have no job-related work that needs to be done, my desk continues to be strewn with unfiled and random crap. &amp
I'm not a serious biker...I don't own any spandex padded pants, my handlebars aren't all twisty, I don't wear a helmet, I don't race...hell, I don't care at all how fast or slowly I ride.Three Top Reasons for BikingAs other cyclists go past Thaddeus
Can you ever have too many friends?  Even if they are Facebook friends?One AwayAs of right now, I have 1,999 Facebook friends.  That number may have changed by the time you read this given how much my friend-count fluctuates...and I
Financially, the best advice I've ever heard is from Suze Orman (who I normally don't find offers very useful advice).  She says "Live below your means and within your needs."From Struggle to SecurityWhen I first started off living on my own
Many of you know that I live in a touristy area, and recently, someone posted a question to our local community forum on Facebook.  She was visiting this area for 10 days with her two young children, and wanted to know what activities she co
Blogging about knitting for all these years, I have had ample opportunity to take some truly awful photos of my knitting.Bad Knitting PhotographyLighting, staging, depth-of-field, color correction and even focus have all been areas where I have made
I've been making scarves, wraps, hats and blankets that will eventually be put for sale at arts/craft shows in the third quarter of this year.Enjoying Production KnittingI wasn't sure if I'd enjoy knitting items that would be put up for sale.&nbs
My craft space and stash storage area had gotten a little out of hand, so I decided to do another clean up of the area.Rummaging Generates IdeasGoing through bags of yarn and storing books back on the shelves generates a lot of ideas.As an example, I
As a long-time knitter, shawls seem to be the go-to project to use beautiful yarns, practice a new stitch pattern or work a new technique.Shawl BenefitsThe construct of a shawl is optimal for design work for a knitter wanting to experiment with any t
I never saw this episode of Modern Family (Season 1, Episode 3), but the conversion that Thaddeus had from NEVER wanting to go to Costco, to really enjoying it, is similar to this episode.It Makes Me HappyPerhaps it's something I should bring up with
Donald wants notoriety and diversion and the media wants ratings and associated advertising fees.  And the public gets screwed.Tired Old TrickYears ago when I was trying to grow blog readership and increase my share of knitting viewers in th
When it comes to evaluating books or designs or magazines or someone's newfound love for dyeing yarn, there is a limited group of people that value my opinions.Paying for the BlogI have never wanted to really go to all the trouble of trying to moneti
There is a certain jolt of excitement I get whenever a package arrives in the mail with my name on it.Canadians Have the Best Packages!This particular package isn't directly from Canada, although the contents were made there.I ordered a few hanks of
One of the few areas where I agree with my regressive/conservative citizens, is that Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act should be repealed.Surprised?Honestly, given that even the Democrats had to pander to the insurance company interests, the ACA w
For the past few years, one of the guys at the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat has been leading a workshop introducing guys to the joy of weaving on a rigid heddle loom.  Here are the guys with their completed scarves from a couple years back.
Finishing a garment has never been a chore for me...yes, it's a different skill than knitting, but it's still part of the knitting process for me.Ends!Many knitters complain about having to weave in ends, but it never occurred to me that this task wa
I have knit for over 30 years now.  I have been spinning for about 12 years.  I have taken multiple workshops on fiber preparation, sheep breeds, and spinning techniques.Still a Rank AmateurAt this year's Men's Spring Knitting Retre
It's hard to imagine that anyone doesn't recognize the power that billion-dollar corporations have in our country.All PowerfulThey elect politicians, they write legislation, they install judges, they determine pay and benefits for their employees, th
  Three of the vendors that donated generously to the 10th Anniversary Men's Spring Knitting Retreat were Trendsetters, Lickin' Flames and Knitter's Pride.Artyarn, Ceramics and Needles - Oh MyArtyarnHave you had a chance to see Interweave's
One of the greatest things I did upon retirement is buying bicycles for Thaddeus and I so that we can ride around the New Hope/Lambertville/Delaware River/Canal area and enjoy the beauty in a somewhat slower pace.Beauty, History and Exercise - All at
One fiber-related skill that I've never pursued is crocheting amigurumi, but now I have a little starter kit.Zootopia AmigurumiThunder Bay Press and Disney have come together in what I consider to be a very smart move to create the Disney ZooTopia Cr
Did you ever have your eyes open to something that you've needed for years and didn't know it?Knitting Notions DishIt doesn't hurt that these items are extraordinary examples of beautiful ceramics, but even more, I can't tell you how many times I loo
This year's Men's Spring Knitting Retreat found us hosting both current and upcoming superstars in the world of fiber...honestly, they're all superstars in my book!Retreat - It Means Just ThatThere were a number of guys at the retreat this year that
The accommodations may be rustic and the sounds of nature may be unsettling for those unused to it, but I love my annual visits to this place and revisit it often in my mind when I need to reconnect with my own inner peace.The Men's Spring Knitting R
I've always loved yarns with deep, saturated, broody colors...Koigu, Noro, some Rowan.Tweedy Rich GoodnessI've also always loved deep, ruddy tweeds...at least the colors of them.  The texture of the knitted fabric was not always very pleasan
I don't really believe in the concept of heaven, but for the sake of these two amazing people, I hope I'm wrong.Good PeopleThaddeus's Aunt Dorothy and Uncle Jack were the definition of "good people." Uncle Jack had already passed away a few years ago
Hell, if you're going to have REALLY fresh food, why not do "Forest to Table"?Nature's BountyThaddeus went on his annual trek into the mountains this year to find the prized morel mushroom.Unfortunately, a few years ago, all of his morel hunting spot
Language evolves, but some incorrect uses of expressions  annoy the shit out of me.  They seem so lazy and inaccurate.More Like Decaying...Not EvolvingThe first time I heard the expression "out-of-pocket" where the person meant "unr
Many have asked me how retirement is going and it's going very well. In addition to knitting, spinning, crocheting, blogging, and coordinating the men's knitting retreat, I have also started doing quite a bit of leisurely bicycling in the beautiful a
As someone who doesn't sew much, I was wondering if experienced sewers underestimate the time, effort and expertise involved in a sewing project as much as I do.As Complex as Healthcare in the U.S.When I decided to line the back of my knitted blanket
With the White House, the Senate, the House of Representatives, and many state governments all in the hands of Republicans or crazy people (or both), it seems like the courts are the only option we have for protecting civil rights.The Most ImpactIn l
Despite how long I've been crocheting, I have never really participated much in on-line forums or groups about crochet and I've never understood why many of the on-line crochet people can be so bitter and insulting.Needing TranslationI have a few You
Getting to know some of the regular vendors at our local flea market has paid off again. Cheap and Bountiful I saw a large zip-loc bag with what looked like a lot of double-pointed needles in it.  The vendor had wandered off, but Thaddeus kn
Now more than ever, taking stock of what's important to me and making that a priority becomes more and more critical.Fast Pace Requires More FocusThe politicians seem to only want us to focus on self-serving issues and what the lobbyists pay them to
But You Are Blanche!Recently, we've been watching the FX series Feud: Bette and Joan.  I've always been a huge fan of Jessica Lange and both she and Susan Sarandon do a great job of portraying these two iconic actresses during the filming of
There may be some who are Groupon masters and get fantastic deals from Groupon, but for me, it's almost always either more expensive, or way too difficult to get what I want based on the savings.Bitchy WhiningSkip this part if you don't want to hear
Have you ever walked through a large museum and found yourself so overwhelmed with masterpieces that your mind just becomes inured with seeing beauty?Sensory OverloadI remember thinking a number of times as I went through the Louvre in Paris, "Oh loo
As promised, since I was able to learn how to do the Crochet Broomstick Ripple Lace stitch based on a tip from a blog reader, I created an English language tutorial for the stitch and put it on YouTube.Continued FascinationI have honestly never gotte
Mostly, I love Noro because nobody does color like they do...rich, vibrant, deep, saturated, luxurious color.Designing With NoroI was reviewing the latest Noro design book - Knit Noro Accessories 2I was realizing how difficult it can be to successful
This isn't a request...it's the name of an Australian television show called "Please Like Me", written by the person in the video above (he's also plays the main character.Gay and Sexy and FunnyEverything you'd want in a television show as far as I'm
Anyone that knows me, knows that I'm not a very patient person.  I get an idea in my head and I need to act on it immediately, even if that means having a less positive outcome.Intolerance for Lack of ImmediacyHonestly, I just have little to
Is there no end to what skills can be learned in the hobby of knitting?Duplicate StitchIn thirty years of knitting, you'd have thought that I have done everything there is to do in knitting, but as I was working on my current intarsia project (which
Even after decades of knitting, I can't say that I am very good at visualizing and designing knitted objects that are sculptural or three-dimensional.Willie Warmers, Amiguri and Toys...Oh My!Other than sock heels and toes, when it comes to items like
Trying to build inventory for future craft shows has found me knitting the same pattern over and over.Knitting - A Pleasure or a Chore?If someone offered you the chance to knit the same simple pattern (easily knit while you watched television) that t
Face RealitySomeone on Facebook asked her readership,"There are still trump supporters out there.... how? How is that even possible?" One of the commenters left the following response, "There are many of us around who support President Trump, but cho
Each year, participants of the Men's Spring Knitting Retreat volunteer to lead workshops at the retreat.Knitting Expertise SharedWe have amazing spinners, weavers, knitters, crocheters and designers who show up to the retreat each year, willing to sh