A Frayed Knot

Words on writing, needlework, and the nervous system

Finding Higher Ground

There are few things that terrify me more than spiders; I’m as big of an arachnophobe as they come. So don’t worry, you will never see an image of a spider here. And yet, I’m also somehow oddly fascinated with them—their resilience and ability to adapt, and the...

In Living Color

I just started stitching a bright summer pattern and realized that, aside from the calm feeling of contentment I usually get from cross stitching, I was getting an extra boost from the brilliant colors I was using. Really? I thought. Am I really feeling happier...


Welcome to the A Frayed Knot blog, my tiny corner of the interweb where I talk about writing, crafts, and the nervous system. I’m so glad you are here. Lately, as I’ve been embroidering in the evenings, my thread has been snagging and knotting more than usual. I am...

About Me

Ruth Kogen Goodwin is a writer and editor currently living in Southern California. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Writing/Literature from the University of California, San Diego. After studying Spanish literature in Spain for a brief period, she went on to earn her Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from American University in Washington, DC. There, she focused on writing poetry and creative nonfiction, as well as translation and teaching. Afterward, she taught college level courses in both rhetoric and literature, while also managing and organizing literary and academic events such as Fall for the Book, the Big Orange Book Festival, and TEDxChapmanU.