New and improved

Yummy Yarn 2014 by Mary Joy Gumayagay #

I don’t know if anyone remembers that I once kept a knitting blog. In 2003 I started Yummy Yarn to chronicle my knitting experiences: techniques, projects, knitalongs, meetups with other knitting bloggers. Inevitably I joined the list of knitters-turned-designers, and my blog posts became more and more infrequent until I stopped blogging there altogether. (Well, there were other reasons, such as my move to Europe in 2007, and the discovery that my blog posts were being copyscraped. But let’s move on.)

This year I finally made the decision to delete the blog—poof!—and launch a portal.

What’s new? Well, it’s hard-coded. Responsive. And the image hover is pretty nifty. I haven’t done code in ages! What’s improved? Yummy Yarn has been stripped down to the essentials. All you have now is a gallery of my designs with links to their respective Ravelry pages and magazines (such as Twist Collective and Brooklyn Tweed), free pattern pdf downloads, and direct Buy now links for premium patterns. There are a few other links, such as Information, Terms of Use, and Contact, as well as external links at the bottom of the page.

Yummy Yarn has re-opened for business!

The Office

The red canopy #

Travel and work: sometimes compatible, sometimes not.

Balance. (A good coffee, croissant au beurre and a killer view can tide you over an intensive project. Tried and true.)

On their blog Signal vs. Noise, 37signals wrote about empathy here and here. (The comments on the second post are also worth reading.) Interacting with clients is a necessary aspect of independent contracting. Empathy is a skill—37signals describes it as such, to which I wholeheartedly agree—and learning it, and using it, is crucial to client relationships. Graphic design is a service-based industry, after all….


Spring! #

Munich was the third stop in the Bavarian tour. I had been here on a day trip years ago, to see Albrecht Dürer’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man in the Alte Pinakothek. This time around, I had lots of time to wander. Spring is a glorious time; leaves are sprouting and sometimes there are early flowers, like these on a chestnut tree in the Viktualienmarkt.

Gargoyles galore #

The apartment was just a few steps away from the market and the Marienplatz. Given that I had only a few days, I decided to concentrate on the Innen Altstadt (the city center). (Next time the BMW Factory Tour!) In the morning, the interplay of light and shadow among the many spires and statues and gargoyles of the Neues Rathaus (New Town Hall) is absolutely beautiful. A Glockenspiel captivated the plaza with its animation, and a street performer entertained a friend with stories of rich Saudi Arabians in the summertime.

Odeonsplatz #

The Temple of Diana#

The Odeonsplatz is another big square, a popular meeting place for tourists, tour groups, and locals alike. A Baroque cathedral, the Theatinerkiche just to the right of the Feldherrenhalle (Field Marshall Hall) was another main attraction. Directly across the Odeonsplatz was the Hofgarten, a large square that on this sunny day was the perfect location for painting (and dozing on the grass).

Strikeria! #

I arranged to meet my friend Adriana, who has lived in Munich for 8 years now. Her German is excellent, to my ears at least! (Here’s a picture of us in Twist Collective’s blog; unfortunately my mouth was filled with macaron, lol.) We took the tram to Strickeria, where we put our (knit) finishing skills to use. A bit of back story: Football club Bayern München had won the national championship and were set to play Dortmund Borussia for the Champions League title. Local radio station Bayern 3 sent out a call for knitted squares—red and white—to be sent in to create the “World’s Longest Fan Scarf”. Boxes and boxes of the squares were then brought over to Strickeria, and we happened to be there when Bayern 3 filmed one of their segments. We set to work; at the time there were three massive rolls of knitted scarf and the deadline loomed: threee days to go! Pathetic me only managed to finish a meter-long segment; the resulting scarf was 1.6 kilometers long!

Special thanks to Adriana for guiding us all over town on such short notice, and for feeding my fabric and yarn stash!

More photos can be found in 2013.06.15 München, part of the Europe 2013 collection.

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