Wednesday, July 07, 2021


 and the living is easy. 

A little too easy. I don’t know why I expect anything different. I do this every summer. I taught summer school this year so that pushed the usual process into summer even further than in the past. Typically, I make a huge push to support students as much as possible to get to graduation. Then they graduate and that day was so, so amazing this year. I got to meet students I’ve come to know and love in person for the first time. It was exhilarating and exhausting for this social introvert. Then summer school…meh. A whole lot of calling, texting, and offered support and only tepid reception. 

I had such plans, big plans, for designing, writing, and knitting at least two series. Remember the series I thought I’d complete last summer? It released in January. Oy. I still have big ideas, just not much energy. Somebody please remind me every June that this is how it goes:

  1. Finish school and graduation.
  2. Get excited about “all the time I’ll have” and come up with sixty kabillion ideas. 
  3. Settle on a couple and feel they’re “doable.”
  4. Write down notes.
  5. Sleep ten hours a day in June.
  6. Play WoW for ten hours a day in June.
  7. Eat for three hours a day in June.
  8. Take a shower and attend to personal hygiene for one hour a day in June…maybe.
  9. Attend a conference or take a class in July. 
  10. Wonder where all the summer free time went mid-July.
  11. Realize school starts up again two weeks after we return from a planned vacation for four days late July.
  12. Get excited to go back to school.
  13. Don’t sleep the night before.

I suppose I should modify my design outlook to:

  • Finish the Punk Rock Pattern series  

In the meantime, here’s actual knitting on the Klee for me by Bonne Marie Burns.

Friday, June 11, 2021

An Apology

I recognize that many people have been hurt, deeply hurt. I sincerely apologize for my part in that hurt. I agreed to submit designs for Harry Potter Knitting Magic in early 2019, then for Harry Potter Knitting Magic More Patterns in June 2020. JK Rowling‘s comments from June 6, 2020, then her subsequent behavior of digging in instead of apologizing have been abhorrent, disgusting, and unforgivable. I kept my promises and fulfilled my contractual obligation, while becoming increasingly more aware of Rowling’s transmisogynistic views. In view of those horrific statements and the hurt they caused and continue to cause, and with a desire to make reparations, I won’t be pursuing or supporting anything which might support Ms. Rowling, regardless of how direct or indirect it might be. I hope all who have felt any pain as a result of my participation in Harry Potter projects can forgive me.

Marta, aka martaschmarta

Chantel/Mudpunch said it perfectly, “…a fictional world does not take precedence over the pain real people feel.” Thank you, Chantel.

Friday, March 19, 2021

Girl in Trouble Cowl is LIVE!


Friday, January 29, 2021