dispatches from the loony bin / Medium Posts

My Failed Relationship with Toe Socks

This post was originally published on my Medium profile on January 21st, 2016. Since I was 12 I’ve been in love with toe socks. They’d become the symbol for the quirky, cute, intelligent girl who didn’t quite fit in but was still gorgeous according to conventional standards of beauty. They appeared in the glossy spreads of my teen magazines, desperately read in a grasping attempt to be relevant, to gain friends. Maybe if I did these things, people would like me…. It took me years to realize there was no magic formula between the covers of Seventeen or J-14

Fibre Arts

The Unorthodox Hat

I’m making a hat. I’m knitting a hat. It’s my first, so kind of a big deal. Firsts in knitting are always big, even if they’re not that complex. Same for crochet. But I’m not a patterns person. It’s nigh impossible for me to follow a knitting pattern and stick to it. I like making things up. I like improvising. I detest making gauge swatches. (I know. Bad Katje.) I bought this gorgeous purple merino yarn a while ago, with the intent to make a hat from it. But I couldn’t find a pattern I liked. I couldn’t find