Category Archives: everything else

High summer in early June

It’s been hot.  That’s pretty unusual for Yorkshire in early June.  In fact, it’s pretty unusual for Yorkshire at any time.  The sunny days have been interspersed with cloudy and thundery ones, but there have been several shorts-and-T-shirts days. One … Continue reading

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A free macro lens for a phone

There are lots of tutorials on the internet showing how to make a removable macro lens for a smartphone using a lens recovered from a disposable camera.  I could do with a macro lens, so when I was in Leeds … Continue reading

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Patternless dressmaking

Remember Chinelo? Anyone who watched the 2014 series of the Great British Sewing Bee will remember one of the finalists, Chinelo Bally.  She produced stunning garments by measuring her model in an unconventional way and then transferring those measurements directly … Continue reading

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I confuse Google AdWords

At a houseparty in France five or six years ago I met a very funny American guy who complained that his Tivo didn’t understand him.  For those unfamiliar with Tivos, they are digital TV boxes that present their owners with … Continue reading

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Don’t Google “whipping”

I should have known better than to put “whipping” into a search engine.  I was just trying to remind myself how to neaten the end of a piece of rope or, in this case, vintage-style electrical flex for my Edison … Continue reading

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Fish Lips Kiss conclusions, and a cushion

These socks, my first pair with Fish Lips Kiss heels, are just about finished.  They’ve taken only two weeks, about half the time it normally takes me, but they are very plain with no complicated stitch pattern.  I didn’t even … Continue reading

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