Because I don't have enough crazy craft stuff going on in my life, I decided to take a class at the San Jose Quilt Museum in making Temari Balls -- I had seen and admired these for years and the class description made it sound reasonable.
So -- it is an interesting process and I think the results are pretty cool even with the simplest of patterns. But I don't think I'm going to carry through with my idea of making them as holiday gifts for everyone!
*I love the crossword puzzles in the Sunday NY Times, and I'm always running about 3 months behind (saving them for my retirement, ha ha ha) The last one I finished had the theme "Single-Minded" and it was full of silly puns like
"beginner magician's arsenal?" -- bag of trick
"one who's read an encyclopedia's first volume?" -- man of letter