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a black & white experiment

Remember way back when, when we were all still learning to use Photoshop and similar software, and LJ icons with creepily oversmoothed skin, oversharpened eyes and mouths, and eleventy textures and effects all layered on top were like, the height of artistry? Back then, there were A LOT of tutorials out there, teaching you how to do all sorts of stuff. I still have a lot of them bookmarked (and I have no idea how many of them are still valid links), and I know I learned a lot from them. (Of  ...

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There is neither lighter burden, nor more agreeable, than a pen

I’m pretty sure I was given a fountain pen by one of my parents when I started first grade—they’re supposed to help with your handwriting, make it tidier and nicer. It didn’t really work out for me that way, and I stopped using a fountain pen in favor of pencils or ballpoint pens. There were times when I picked one up, but I never stuck with it. Just before I moved to Poland, I decided to buy myself a “nice” fountain pen and try it out again. It wasn’t  ...

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domestic virtues, knitting, random blather

omg where is the coffee?

I blocked another shawl yesterday! I’ve got an Ishbel to photograph and write up, and I’ve taken the pins out of a Bridgewater this morning, so I may do both at the same time. I miss my blocking wires terribly, because blocking lace with waste yarn threaded through (waste yarn that’s kinda thin and not very strong and at risk of breaking) isn’t very convenient, especially since it stretches and then the tension goes all to hell. Marta helped me pin this one out, and  ...

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wherein I freak the fuck out

When I was in New York for the first time a few years back, I went to a bunch of museums (mostly because it was too damn hot to do anything outside). I bought a book of tickets to various museums and attractions (ah, Empire State Building, where you stand in line to stand in line to get into the building and stand in line, and then about four more lines before you get to the terrace and have to fight your way through all the crowds NEVER AGAIN OMG), and one of them was the Guggenheim. I’m  ...

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