Author Archives: HappyGoth

About HappyGoth

By day, I'm a graphic designer. By night, I'm a knitter. I'm doing my part to keep Hotlanta stylish. I imagine that if you don't already understand the title of the blog, you're probably confused and perhaps slightly annoyed, but never fear - I do have a reason (and it's a good one). Having gone to hear Stephanie Pearl McPhee, and then having been inspired to blog about knitting, I found myself wondering what to call the blog. I recalled a conversation I had with Mouse and the Chicken Goddess about why it is a Bad Idea to anger knitters - this conversation was following SPM, aka the Yarn Harlot telling the assembled throng about Those Who Do Not Understand Knitting and Therefore Belittle It Much to the Chagrin of Others, or TWDNUKTBMCO, which is not the acronym she used but is the one I'm using because I forgot hers - that is, we are numerous and we all have very pointy sticks, easily transforming into an angry mob. Therefore, knitters = angry mob.


So I accidentally shut myself out of this blog for, like four years, because I’m not great at the internet. I just now figured out how to get back in! Posting shall resume soon! Stay tuned!

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First illumination ever!

I can talk about this now, because the recipient of this piece has received it, and it’s no longer a secret. It is not, however, a secret that I bind Islamic-style books. One of the sad things about this is … Continue reading

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Short socky post

In which I shock all y’all, because I 1. Said all y’all 2. Am making a new blog post 3. Finished a pair of socks Three is by far the most significant because I’ve been suffering from some wristy nervy … Continue reading

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Making things!

Okay, the making isn’t the big thing. The blogging is. ANYWAY. I’ve been working on learning book embellishment techniques outside of the simple blind tooling I’ve been using on the Egyptian Mamluk books I’ve made, and up until now I’ve … Continue reading

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Not superstitious.

But if I was, this would creep me out:   Heh. Now we’re at 667, so if you’re one of those people who are weirded out by three sixes, you can breathe easy. (Though I like to see it as … Continue reading

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I’ve been falling down the tumblr rabbit hole and I totally forgot about this thing. So anyway, here’s what I’ve been doing lately: That’s a 15th-century Mamluk book binding, based on a group of books in an exhibition at the … Continue reading

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And then (more music)

After an intense period of insomniac self-reflection last night, I came to the following realization: I just really, really like music. With the exception of a lot of ballady R&B, most rap, and the harder end of metal (my tastes … Continue reading

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Boy Bands, a little late

  O hai Big Bang. But I have to ask, Taeyang – what’s up with that turtleneck? Sneeeeaky. (Apologies in advance for the folks for whom this post is entirely irrelevant. When I asked my husband if he was into … Continue reading

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Thank you thank you thank you.

(This post is heavily SCA-based, and because Facebook won’t let me post it due to length, so apologies to those for whom this will be confusing). I think it’s appropriate that Castle Wars comes before Thanksgiving, because I am full … Continue reading

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New Book, Part 2

So with the block completed, the block is ready for covering. Which is infinitely more difficult than I had anticipated. European-style binders, I respect you in new ways now. Anyway, first came lacing the covers onto the block, via the … Continue reading

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