Last December, when it was cold, cold, cold, I decided to use some bulky yarn to make a cowl. It’ll knit up fast, I thought. I’ll get to wear it practically immediately, I thought. I thought wrong. 🙂 This is the project that went beautifully until 80%. At 80%, I left the bag with the project open, and the cats laid on top of it. … Continue reading Gap-tastic cowl
I seem to cast on a pair of socks each Christmas, finish at least one sock, and then finish the pair by sometime mid-spring. These weren’t any different as I cast off on 6 March. Interestingly, the only reason I did focus on them was because I wanted to start something else, and felt that I have too many UFOs (unfinished objects) floating around. There’s … Continue reading Happy, striped socks | what should I be writing about?
I don’t like reading non-fiction.
There, I said it. It’s out in the open now.
The thing is, there are so many valuable insights available through reading non-fiction – I can’t ignore a huge swath of potential knowledge. So instead of avoiding it, I’ve been investigating different approaches to be more likely to finish reading non-fiction books and get more out of them. Continue reading “Tips for reading non-fiction”
I brainstormed my own personal commandments; these are the overarching principles that I live my life by. Some are part of my core personality that I wanted to underline, while others are things I want to strive for. Continue reading My personal commandments
I’m a Happiness Engineer on the WooCommerce Orion team, and have been working at Automattic for 18 months now. I’m doing a six month 50% rotation on Happiness Hiring; the rotation is from June until the end of December. That means I still do 50% support on WooCommerce, then handle applications, interviewing, and working with trials during the other 50% of my time. Continue reading A day in the life of a Happiness Engineer, October 2017 edition
In all fairness, I didn’t set out to drink three shots of espresso. I realized that the grind on the beans was a little too coarse, so adjusted and made another shot. Then another. All three tasted slightly different, too! Continue reading Sometimes you just need more
The sewing world doesn’t have a Ravelry equivalent. Patterns are spread across the Big 4 and the hundreds of indie pattern designers – last week, I was trying to find a specific pants pattern I’d seen a while back and finally gave up. Continue reading Textillia, the Ravelry of sewing?
I hate being late. It says “I don’t care enough about your time,” so I try very hard to be on time or even better: early.
When I worked in an office, I was usually early to meetings. My tactic? I got there early and just did something useful in the mean time. It didn’t matter if it was a meeting room in an office or a coffee shop; it’s easy enough to get out your laptop and do something useful, or catch up on email on your phone. This doesn’t work when working remotely.
In which I cover some of how I use Toodledo and a nice little script to open the note links in a new tab. Continue reading Toodledo and opening links in new tabs
This sweater came into being the Sunday morning that I asked Fred, “If you would hypothetically like a sweater, what would you prefer?” I was at a stage where I enjoyed planning out projects, choosing the yarn, etc. Fred liked the sweater I had chosen and away I went! According to the Ravelry project page, this took me just over a month in 2015 from … Continue reading Fred’s monochrome sweater (Jón 91149 by Hulda Hákonardóttir)