Formosa Moon Promotion

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Now that our book Formosa Moon has been released, Josh and I are starting to do more promotion. Our latest was for a tv show and we got the full treatment. You can buy our book here.

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Despite my side eye to the mascara, the experience was fun. The hair and make up person curled my hair and I swear I could feel it straightening back out during the interview.

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Even Hazel and Floyd got spruced up!

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More details soon!

Solstice Hat

Our Australian vacation took place in August which meant we’d experience winter temperatures. I decided Josh needed a new hat for the trip. Alas, Floyd didn’t get a new outfit but I’ll be sprucing him and Hazel up for our book release party next month. (Pre-order Formosa Moon here!)

My best friend Kelly and I designed the pattern back when we were living in Portland. She still knits versions of this hat without a written pattern while I follow my notes and tweak the pattern every time. We both make the hat long enough that the tail can be used as a scarf.

When Josh and I moved to Taiwan I brought my beloved Noro yarn with me as I couldn’t bear to part with it. Knitting with Noro is always a delight. This is the colorway’s natural variation.

The tassel is my favorite part of the hat. I like to make them long and chunky.

A work in progress shot to show the beautiful color pattern.

Name: Solstice Hat
Pattern Source: Me, Kelly
Craft: Knitting
Yarn: Noro Kureyon-#233, Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted-Kiwi
Needles: US 6-4.0 mm, US 7-4.5 mm
Size: Custom

Sick in Singapore

Our Australia vacation was quite the adventure. And like any true adventure it had its highs and its lows. Since I’m a bad news first, good news second kind of gal I’ll cover the low part first.

During the end of our time in Australia we both caught the flu from a friend. I fought it for several days but it dug its claws in and put me in rough shape.

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My eyes were so red I looked possessed! A doctor in Singapore filled me up with medications and told me to stay in my hotel room. The trouble was my ear drums were in danger of rupturing if I flew so I had to rest up to recover enough that I could fly back to Taiwan. My trip to Singapore can be summarized by this photo

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which is the view out of our hotel room. It was a long three days of self-quarantine. Josh was feeling better so was able to explore the city and visit with friends. He brought me back delicious Singaporean food-a mango coconut rice dessert was my favorite. While visiting our friend Trust he got interviewed about Formosa Moon. The Taiwan News ran an English translation of the article.

Lonely Planet travel writer to publish book about Taiwan

Inspired by our soon to be released book they created a Top 7 list of books about Taiwan.

Top 7 non-fiction books about Taiwan

As for our book, Formosa Moon comes out October 1st. You can pre-order it here.

I’ll cover the awesome parts of our vacation next post.

Formosa Moon Advance Review Copy and our first interview!

We recently received the Advance Review Copy of Josh and I’s book Formosa Moon!

It’s so exciting to finally hold it in our hands. Though I will confess it’s a little surreal to see our photo on the cover.

Currently we’re proofreading the book looking for any errors and writing captions for the surprisingly large amount of photos. The book is large too; it numbers 329 pages.

Josh and I recently went up to Maokong to do some proofreading while enjoying coffee and the splendid views.

We had our first interview on James Thomas’ show 4 Seas 1 Family. You can listen to the interview here. The interview was fun to do even with Hazel and Floyd making unscheduled appearances. You can’t stop those two.

Tiny Stitches, Tiny Shrimp

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My internship at the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum just passed the three month mark so Kim gave me this lovely pin cushion, which I’ll need for my current work. Rosie and I are making customized puppet costume pillows.

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The pillows give the costumes a dimension which really brings them alive. And they help to open up creases without damaging the material. My top stitches are so small I need a magnifier.

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Josh and I went to Wulai to hang out with our friend Tobie to discuss our latest developments onĀ Formosa Moon. We stopped at my favorite restaurant and had some small fried shrimp. They crunch just like popcorn!

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Just in time for summer-Alpaca Knucks!

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These Knucks are my first completed knitting project in Taiwan. Made out of Alpaca they will be toasty warm in winter months. I started these when it was so chilly in our apartment that I was wearing a sweater and long underwear. It’s April now and the days are only getting warmer so they will have to wait awhile to get worn.

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I’m super happy with them. This is an excellent pattern and the yarn is super soft.

In gluten free news I found a delicious bread I can eat.

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Heitong Gao ie Black Sugar Cake is made with rice flour and brown sugar and can be found around Taipei. Super delicious and check out this texture:

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So yummy. Plus it’s great to take a break from cooking and just buy some bread from a street vendor.

Exciting news! I’ve started my International Internship at the Taiyuan Asian Puppet Theatre Museum. Right now I’m helping to prep puppets for an upcoming exhibition in South Africa. I got to assist sewing these beautiful puppets to be displayed.

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These lovelies are both Taiwanese shadow puppets.

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Josh and I recently returned from Tainan. We saw a spectacular puppet show by the talented Goodoo Theater. Their show Heart Sea Fantasy was phenomenal and we will be featuring them in Formosa Moon.

Knitting, baking but most of all puppets!

Great progress on the knucks last night. I usedĀ Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off so the cuffs easily stretch over my hands. Every time I do this BO I forget how so Cat Bordhi’s tutorial was quite helpful.

When I first became gluten intolerant I was getting sick almost every time I ate. My naturopath doctor said my body was in crisis mode and overreacting to grains, processed foods and sugar. He put me on the GAPS Diet for two years. Now I am thankfully able to eat other grains but find I still like making GAPS Diet food. This apple walnut dessert is simple yet delicious.

I was able to find all the ingredients and my small bread pans worked great. This is one of my favorite breakfast dishes.

In other news, our puppet Floyd has some new roommates. Our friend C.S. was clearing out his studio and knowing I loved Taiwan puppet theater offered to give us two remarkable puppets.

Guan Yu and Floyd getting acquainted.

The Monkey King also moved in. We will be making videos ostensibly for Formosa Moon promotion but really I don’t need an excuse to play with puppets.