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Frank Lloyd Wright Home

My parents came up to visit a few weeks ago for my birthday, and we had a nice visit to the Frank Lloyd Wright home and studio in Oak Park.

It was really interesting to see the home he built for his family, especially from the point of view of a designer. He had quite a lot of fascinating ideas, but they only developed over time, as is clear in the home. Some parts are very familiar as part of (more…)

Winter Solstice

I like the idea of the winter solstice. It always sounds so cozy, the dark of winter under the snow, before the sun returns to the world for the spring. This year’s solstice isn’t quite that cozy—it’s about 50º and rainy here in Chicago today.

This time of year, I always like to think about the winters I’ve spent (more…)

Reading All the Books

I’ve done a pretty terrible job of keeping up with my blog this summer, haven’t I? Life has mostly been consisting, in various proportions, of lots of design, trying to get settled in Chicago, contra dancing, reading scifi/fantasy, talking to people online, and learning about wtf Google is up to now. (more…)

Women So Badass I Can’t Even

My mom, thankfully, worked really hard to make sure that I grew up with all sorts of awesome women in my books, fictitious and historical. Since leaving school I’ve realized that a lot of people never get this experience, of knowing there are women defying gender roles and making marked contributions to humanity. One of her particular favorites among the real-life women always seemed to be (more…)

Kai, et al.

Wrapping up the excursion with my family to Lake of the Woods, we have the photos I took of the family dorg and friends. It was a good day for photos, with bright sunshine early while I walked around in the woods, becoming diffuse as we got back out to the manicured garden. While we were meandering down the trail, a herd of deer surprised us by running across the clearing. (more…)

Lake of the Woods in BW

I went out on Saturday to Lake of the Woods park with my parents, Kai, and my camera. Kai and I had a good photography adventure while the other two went and exercised on the walking trails. My photo group in Rochester liked to take pictures of tree branches in black and white for some reason unknown to me, so I decided to give that a try. This is the first of a couple of posts of my photos from our ‘splore. (more…)

Visting with the bro

I went down to Charleston to visit my brother for the weekend before Thanksgiving and watch large amounts of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. I got a lot of knitting done. We had a good visit with some tasty food, and the weather Saturday was really gorgeous, so we went for a walk around the park near the nuclear school where he’s been doing training. I haven’t really spent much time in the real South, so (more…)

Blue Elm Scarf

I made this scarf after buying just one skein of a great sapphire blue superwash yarn for my dad, and realizing I probably needed a second skein to have enough for a warm scarf. Another skein of superwash merino wool to the rescue, this time a sort of periwinkle variegated color. But how to combine them in a way that would look nice on both sides and not be cumbersomely thick? (more…)

Photos with Mom

My mom was in Blacksburg recently to hang out with me, and we ended up enjoying the gorgeous weather by going out walking with our cameras. Saturday we went to the Pandapas Pond trail and saw a couple of horses out on the trail, and Sunday we went to the Hahn Horticulture Garden at Virginia Tech, where there were many interesting plants and some beautiful koi. (more…)