makin’ stuff

where the sparks fly

March 22, 2018
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She’s four. Sewing for the first time. It’s August 19, 1999, which I know because I happened to write about this day in my Mother’s Journal. She has insisted on sewing “with a real needle.” Together we decide on a felt pillow for her baby doll, Cookie. She chooses purple cloth, purple thread, her favorite. That night […]

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oh, december

December 21, 2015
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Oh, December. It’s so hard to write a blog post in you. I’m itching to write about how my 14-year-old doesn’t like to read. Which isn’t entirely true–he reads all the time, just not in my traditional definition of reading. It would be fun to tease it apart here, but no one wants to read […]

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new york, in snow and spotlight

February 19, 2013
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Mr. T and I had an adventure last week. You may remember, back in October, that I wrote about my older son’s Kickstarter project, a film he planned to make as part of his college studies. Well, the project got funded, but a few days before the shoot was supposed to start, a little force […]

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almost there

November 19, 2012
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I’m binding off on the last row of this shawl. (The pattern is Cloud Illusions.) Being that I’m on the last row, I should be close to the finish, but this shawl has a picot bind-off. For the non-knitters out there, that means that while binding the yarn off the needles in the last row, the […]

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becoming a filmmaker, ten bucks at a time

October 18, 2012
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My college kid is has his first Kickstarter project up. He’s making a film. That’s nothing new. H has been making films for the better part of a decade now. But this is the first major project he’s done in his college film program, and the first to require an actual budget. It’s a short […]

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atwitter: march

March 8, 2012
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It’s been a long while since I’ve written one of these what’s-got-me-worked-up posts. Finished knitting projects! Finally! Last year, sometime mid-summer, my knitting mojo got lost. But thankfully we were reunited in late fall, in time for me to dig out the sweater I’d started for my hubby, and to finish it in time for […]

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“don’t put this on your blog!”

December 8, 2011
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Dearest H, I know, I know, you told me not to put this on my blog. I understand that you’re nineteen and a college student and all, and being written about on your mom’s little blog could be pretty embarrassing. But really, buddy, who’s gonna know? I don’t use your real name, so anyone googling […]

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