Of natural phenomena, it is the collision of particles from outer space with earthly atoms and molecules in our atmosphere that leave me speechless every time I see it. Perhaps because I haven’t yet seen the lights in situ? (Or from space!)

One for the travel bucket list, then.

The Aurora from TSO Photography on Vimeo.

Aurora 2012 from Christian Mülhauser on Vimeo.

Northern Lights Trippin from Rave Dave on Vimeo.

A zone like no other.

As climbing videos go, this is beautiful: the character, the plot, the setting, the music, all contributing to a visual feast. Alex Honnold, free soloist extraordinaire, is always compelling to watch. Jimmy Chin, photographer and director, excels at providing the right amount of fear and awe and astonishment and wonder. (He’s also posted a behind-the-scenes peek on his blog.)

I won’t detract from the film by discussing Alex Honnold; he’s happiest off the ground and on the rock. There aren’t very many climbers who can do what he does…. so well.

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 pattern page.

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!

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