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Why I Don’t Take Commissions on My Knitting

It’s inevitable: as soon as word gets out amongst your friends and family, people are going to start asking you to knit things for them, either as gifts or commissions. Some people are perfectly reasonable about it, and ask politely while offering to p ...

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Why I Want to Teach Yoga

I decided recently that I want to get my 200 hour yoga teacher certification. This is a huge undertaking, with a lot of invested time and money, so you might wonder WHY on earth I would want to put myself through that? What makes me want to teach yoga? ...

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What is Bio-Synthetic Yarn?

In my brief foray into knitting store employment (don't ask), I often had to field questions about the fiber content of yarns. Most of the time, this was simple, as many of them were your standard fibers like wool, cotton, cashmere, or alpaca. But there w ...

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I Really, Really Hate the Word “Flattering”

To me, the word flattering should mean “what I personally feel looks best on me, based on my own personal standards for my appearance.” Unfortunately, in our thin-obsessed fashion world, it has become code for “smaller.” I hate -- like, really, really, R ...

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How to Crochet a DIY Snuffle Mat for Your Dog

(This post may contain affiliate links.) Have you heard of snuffle mats? I hadn't until recently, when Wesley started his obedience class. It's a mat that has strips of fabric coming out of it, like a long shag rug. You toss treats into it, and the ide ...

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Loving My Difficult Dog

I adore my little chihuahua, Wesley. But he is not an easy dog. He came to me in a way that let me know he wouldn't be simple. He was malnourished, unneutered (at an estimated 9 years old), had a skin problem and a heart condition, and he had been aban ...

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Why I’m Not Wearing My Pussy Hat This Year

Last year, hundreds of thousands of people came together to march against Trump. Unfortunately, I had some sort of plague-like cold, so I was not among them, but I watched the events unfold from under a fuzzy blanket on social media. One of the symbols o ...

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Let’s (Not) Talk About Trump’s Weight

I really don’t like having to defend anything about Donald Trump. Look what you’ve made me do. It came out that “President” Trump, following a physical, is supposedly 6'3" and 239 pounds. Why we are supposed to care about this, I don’t know (actually I d ...