Many Little Menko

My evening project for the past week (alternating with knitting to give my hands a change, if not a rest) has been folding more little menko.

I am working with the offcuts from the two-inch menko, so the first step is cutting one-inch strips. (I looked it up: ‘menko’ is both a singular and a plural noun.)



Rather than folding random combinations, I am working to match a specific numeric code, so I have selected individual colour combinations to represent digits 0 through 9. The image below shows one of the options, but not the final one.

The final code was determined by counting which colour of strip I had least of and which number I needed least of and working from there. I will be folding for quite a few more evenings, as I estimate the string of menko will be over 38 metres/42 yards long. With a diagonal measurement of about 3 cm/1.25″, that’s a lot of little menko.

In other book arts news:

If you would like to check out The Decision Maker –my contribution to the collaborative book arts project organized by @aestusbookarts– you can now find a full set of images posted on Instagram. (The image above is a screenshot, so the little arrows will not do anything.)


Unfortunately, this talk by Irma Boom is already fully booked. If you would like to have a close look at one of her books, I posted one for the most recent Friday Night Flick. Since The Letterform Archive (organizers of the talk) record all presentations, I will try to remember to check back and post that video as well.


If you would like to read about Lewis Carroll’s longest poem, The Hunting of the Snark, and look at the fabulous illustrations by Henry Holiday, you can find an article by Edward Wakeling on The Public Domain Review.

In knitting news:

I blocked the second cotton scarf/shawl, and have completed a third.

I started a fourth one last night in navy blue.

In other news:

We have a bumper crop of crabapples this year. David’s theory is that after three years of having the blossoms eaten by forest tent caterpillars, the trees are now making up for lost reproduction.

The crabapples are photogenic both on and off the tree.

I made some crabapple juice to freeze for making jam in the winter with other fruit. Crabs are high in natural pectin so you can use the juice to make other fruits jell. For the purists out there: yes I squeezed the jelly bag, so the juice is cloudy. if I decide to make jelly rather than jam, I will filter the juice.

The crabapples aren’t the only thing we are harvesting these days.

Finally, in the category of just plain weird:

I had a brief burst of unusual spam emails this past week. The sender’s names were mildly odd, but thing that made them truly out-of-the-ordinary were the subject lines. Here’s a small sampling:

Purely computer-generated? Remarkably bad translation from an Asian language? Aliens are trying their hand at the spam racket?

About Byopia Press

I have been working in the book arts field for more than twenty years, and operating Byopia Press with my husband David since the late 1990s. I began producing artist's books and altered books in 2004.
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4 Responses to Many Little Menko

  1. roseanne333 says:

    Wow, you are so prolific! Beautiful work. Is the shawl pattern your own creation?


  2. lcmt says:

    I love “distillant abstraction” and “rablement ellipses”. How can I resist using them ??? And The Hunting of Snark! That poem is so important in Jackalopian culture. 😉


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