Last year I attended my first craft retreat. Though it was organized by Trips for Knitters, there was so much more than just knitting going on. Billed as a "stitch-makers retreat," it was an ideal introduction to craft retreats for me. In the almost week-long stay, each of our days was split in half, with … Continue reading Craft retreats are treats for the crafty
Late this afternoon I spied this book review on the New York Times website. It's a fantastic writeup of the book Cræft: An Inquiry into the Origins and True Meanings of Traditional Crafts by Alexander Langlands. The last paragraph made my heart sing: Langlands, surprisingly unsentimental for someone who made his fame doing historical re-enactments, resists the … Continue reading Traditional crafting
Yesterday I wrote about crafting for a cause, and how the generally supportive, generous nature of crafting communities lends itself so well to charitable efforts. That idea was spurred by the New York Times article I cited that discussed the needs of wildlife rescue organizations for warm coverings for both its animals and care-givers. The … Continue reading The analog nature of crafting
We're nearing the finish line, and none too soon! I'm not sure I love this idea of month-long blog challenges. This one was OK, as it did offer some interesting post topics, but it tended to be a bit repetitive. I really only like posting when I feel I have something interesting, entertaining, or insightful … Continue reading Naknicromo day 29: Any other crafts?
In the summer of 1999 I moved from New York City to Stuttgart, Germany. The opportunity arose from a casual conversation with one of my company's executives about the weather. Learning that the conditions in Germany were stellar over the long Easter weekend, compared with the damp chill in New York City, this colleague commented … Continue reading Naknicromo day 3: How did you learn your craft?