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12 self-striping projects

Sunday, 1. January 2017 17:59

I did it! I finished 12 self-striping projects in 2016. I am starting 2017 with 16 WIPs and hope to end with fewer than that- we’ll see!

Here’s a self-striping retrospective…

 

5 projects for others, 7 for me. Not a bad effort!

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Reflection on 2016

Monday, 12. December 2016 1:24

In years past I sent out Christmas Cards, usually with a ‘newsy letter’ included. One of the joys of the digital age is the ease at which I can produce an epistle, and put it up for those who want to read it to read it and those who don’t can skim over it or ignore it altogether!

Overall 2016 has been a great year and this is the first year in a while I can actually say this. I am not sure how much is me choosing or being able to ignore the not so pleasant parts or if I deal with them in a different way, but the good seems to certainly outweigh the bad. My studies are going really well and I am achieving great grades. I know it is not all about the grades so it is also great to have amazing placements and to receive some very positive feedback from this work based practice. In April I started working as an Assistant in Nursing (AIN) for Queensland Health. Usually I sit with high acuity patients who need someone with them to ensure they are safe. I have met some amazing people in this work and I really love it. I think that one of the things I will miss as a Registered Nurse is being able to sit with the same patients for 8 hours and listen to them.

In February the four of us travelled to Melbourne to celebrate Mum’s 70th birthday. Only three of us returned home! Miss 18 stayed in Melbourne as she was accepted into Melbourne Uni to study Arts. She is majoring in Communication and Japanese and would like to become a journalist. She has had an amazing year. She received a scholarship to the same residential college her parents attended and has taken to college life like a duck to water.

Mr 15 has also had a great year. He has just finished year 10 and is ready to start his senior years. He will be glad to be rid of science subjects and taking Maths A which is the life application maths stream that looks at interest and budgets and has more practical application in his life. He is yet to look for a part-time job but had an amazing week’s work experience at a local web design company. He fluctuates in his ambitions, however he is determined to head to uni. Whilst he loves his drama still he is not sure he wants to pursue an acting career and is now wavering on game design instead looking at following his sister to Melbourne to study Arts majoring in creative writing. He is yet to secure a part-time job, however has had some acting/entertaining gigs that have boosted his bank account a little! In September he went with school to the USA for a fortnight for Space Camp at NASA. He had a wonderful time, despite his so called disinterest in science. Go figure!

MIML™ has spent a great deal of this year restoring an old 1970s Landrover Series II. I keep being told about it and I nod, but really am none the wiser about the diff and the gaskets! After joking that I would prefer it to have power steering and air-con, he has found a wreck that has some form of power steering which he is going to try and fit. Air-con is a fair way off I think!

Ninja the black lab is getting older but still acting like a puppy. She enjoys her evening walks with MIML™ and I and every so often we think she has stopped digging. Alas I don’t think she has yet to extinguish this trait! Max and Leo the ragdolls still lounge around the house and occasionally disgrace themselves believing someone’s bed is the litter tray. Bad kitties!

Both spawn are home for the holidays this year which will be lovely. I am not sure if I am working yet so will see if we have Christmas lunch or dinner! Miss 18 has a job at a local hotel in the food and beverage department so she may be working Christmas Day too.

So there you have it. A brief update on where we are at and so much easier than printing things out, stuffing envelopes, finding addresses and mailing them! Wishing you and yours a happy and safe Christmas and an awesome 2017!

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2016 Craft-olutions

Tuesday, 29. December 2015 13:18

What an awesome idea by the amazing Donna to put 2016 craft-olutions in writing.

So perhaps I should add my goals for 2016…

  • Finish or frog 10 current WIPs
  • Have a negative stash balance at the end of 2016 (more used than purchased!)
  • Spin and knit some 3 ply socks for me
  • 12 self-striping projects completed (can include current WIPs)
  • Knit a Baa-ble hat
  • Knit 6 projects out of handspun
  • 1 washcloth a month for Women’s Shelter (ABC Christmas appeal)
  • Podcast every fortnight

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Now Bugger off 2014…

Wednesday, 31. December 2014 10:06

I have ummed and ahhed over publishing this this year. Yes, 2014 had some highlights, but I have been in a shocking headspace for several months and it is hard to see the good bits. Perhaps in going through this I will be able to reflect myself so that I try not to make the same mistakes in 2015.

1. What did you do in 2014 that you’d never done before?

I visited Minnesota to meet up with some amazing people and attend the Zombie Knitpocalypse.

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I don’t tend to make resolutions as such. I looked to improve my fitness throughout the year and managed to shed over 15kg, however I then managed to find some of that again. In 2015 I plan to be kinder to myself, to undertake more psychotherapy and find joy in each day.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

A work colleague and several other friends.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

It has been a bad year for death. Our nextdoor neighbour died of cancer in February, another young friend had a terrible accident, An older friend whose wisdom I miss so much and a friend from uni who also lost his battle with cancer. Three people younger than me.

5. What countries/states did you visit?

I went to Minnesota, popped over the border to Wisconsin and visited airports in LA and Dallas. I also went to the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show and was fortunate enough to attend the Labor Women’s Network Conference in Brisbane.

6. What would you like to have in 2015 that you lacked in 2014?

A more stable mental health.

7. What dates from 2014 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

Apart from the deaths mentioned above, the ZK in June was such a thrill.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I won a trophy and award at the Cairns Show in the Fibrecraft section. I also managed to sort things out with the bank so I can keep my house.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I have stuffed up in so many ways and will need to spend the first part of 2015 sorting them out. I have stuck my head in the sand and not communicated as I should have.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Apart from a nervous breakdown…

11. What was the best thing you bought?

I haven’t had a lot of disposable income, but some of the skeins of yarn I have purchased along the way have great sentimental value.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My kids. They are pretty awesome. Also the amazing MIML™. The way we can communicate and talk through things still amazes me. Pretty thrilled that we are shacking up together too!

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

My own.

14. Where did most of your money go?

Bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

The Zombie Knitpocalypse and Bendigo Sheep and Wool Show. I have also enjoyed campaigning for upcoming elections, even if it is really challenging at times.

16. What song will always remind you of 2014?

I really can’t think of any off the top of my head.

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:?

a) happier or sadder?
hmmm…

b)thinner or fatter?
thinner

c) richer or poorer?
poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

I stopped knitting and spinning for a few months at the end of the year because of my stress. I really missed it and am only just starting to get back into it now.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worry.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

MIML™ and I spent the day together- long sleep in, brunch then a late lunch of seafood! It was delightful!

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?

Over and over again with the gorgeous MIML™

22. How many one-night stands?

None!

23. What was your favourite TV program?

Game of Thrones, Vikings, Scandal, Outlander…

24. Did you make a friend with anyone that you didn’t know this time last year?

I met so many wonderful people at the ZK and Bendigo and also locally through campaigning.

25. What was the best book you read?

The Outlander Series!

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I have been rediscovering classical music, especially violin music.

27. What did you want and get?

A part time job with a guaranteed income.

28. What did you want and not get?

Self satisfaction.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?

The Lego Movie

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was 42. I discovered the meaning of life… oh wait- no I didn’t!

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A lot less anxiety and depression.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2014?

Comfortable.

33. What kept you sane?

Nothing :(

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Ewan McGregor still does it for me!

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

Asylum Seekers, cuts to jobs and services.

36. Who did you miss?

Friends who live too far away.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

I can’t single any individual out.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2014.

It is what it is.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

I’m sure I’ve had this song in years past, but again, it is apt…

When your day is long
And the night, the night is yours alone
When you’re sure you’ve had enough
Of this life, well hang on

Don’t let yourself go
‘Cause everybody cries
And everybody hurts sometimes

Sometimes everything is wrong
Now it’s time to sing along
When your day is night alone (Hold on, hold on)
If you feel like letting go (Hold on)
If you think you’ve had too much
Of this life, well hang on

Everybody hurts
Take comfort in your friends
Everybody hurts
Don’t throw your hand, oh no

Don’t throw your hand
If you feel like you’re alone
No, no, no, you are not alone

If you’re on your own in this life
The days and nights are long
When you think you’ve had too much of this life to hang on

Well, everybody hurts sometimes
Everybody cries
Everybody hurts sometimes
And everybody hurts sometimes

So hold on, hold on
Hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on, hold on
Everybody hurts

Here’s to an awesome 2015!

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A Down Under Yarn Episode 79- Remember me?

Tuesday, 7. October 2014 20:51

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The delay is kinda explained in this week’s (month’s!) episode… It’s also on YouTube

No shownotes I’m sorry- ask if there’s anything you want to know!

 

PS- I have missed you all! xxx

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A Down Under Yarn Episode 75- Longer than expected!

Thursday, 3. July 2014 19:00

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Show Notes:

This podcast can also be viewed on YouTube over here!

Administradium-ia-ialia: If your name was drawn for either of the prizes, please contact me, either via Ravelry or fiona at solarflairfibres dot com dot au.

New Podcasts: Dairyland Knits, Hops and Hanks

FO: There and Back (Camp Loopy Socks)

WIPs: Holiday Ale

Spinning: Ixchel Fibres and Yarns

Shop News: The shop is here if you want to have a looksie! If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, it is never too late! I decided after podcasting to delay the update until Saturday, 9am to allow me to list more in the shop!

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A Down Under Yarn Episode 73- Smile because it happened!

Monday, 23. June 2014 8:06

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Show Notes:

This podcast can also be viewed on YouTube over here!

Shownotes to follow if I have time, otherwise, just ask please!

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Episode 62- Cuffs ‘n’ Stuff

Monday, 10. March 2014 18:58

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Show Notes:

This podcast can also be viewed on YouTube over here!

Administradium-ia-ialia: The Love for Leighton colourway is up in the shop. Please consider purchasing as $10 from each skein goes to Leighton’s family.

The Knit a Hug KAL will be going on throughout March and April. The idea is to Knit a Hug for someone for whom Mother’s Day is a challenging day. More information on Cairns Butterfly here. The hat pattern they recommend is Bev’s Baby Ribs Hat in head circumferences from 70mm up to newborn size (~344mm). The prize for the KAL is a gorgeous skein from Atelier Yarn!

FOs: Hear me Roar!

WIPs:  Test Knit for GSock it Around Me!New Year (Age of) Aquarius Low Tide, Mystery Fire

Spinning: Ewe Give Me the Knits Unicorn Farts (as part of Spin the Bin!), Spun Right Round Mixed BFL.

Acquisitions: Atelier Yarn

Shop News: The shop is here if you want to have a looksie! One spot is left in the Yarn Club! If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, it is not too late!

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Episode 54- New Bases!

Thursday, 9. January 2014 21:36

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Show Notes:

This podcast can also be viewed on YouTube over here!

Administradium-ia-ialia: Drawings for the Podiversary! If you won, don’t forget to contact me! Don’t forget about the 5000 Poppies project. Please take a look and consider knitting, crocheting or felting some poppies.

WIPs:  New Year (Age of) Aquarius Low Tide.

Acquisitions: Yarn vs Zombies

Shop News: The shop is here if you want to have a looksie! Next round of club signups are open! If you haven’t signed up for the newsletter, it is not too late! Please note this week’s update will be 24 hours later than usual!

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Meme 2013

Tuesday, 31. December 2013 14:33

I have filled in this meme many times over the years way back to 2005 I think. Most have been lost with teh great server crash of 2012, but I found the questions and decided to go again…

I find this one of the easiest ways for me to reflect on the year that was. In many ways 2013 is a year I would love to put behind me- it had some terrible moments and some great stresses, but, as always, it also had its joys and wonderful moments too.

1. What did you do in 2013 that you’d never done before?

I started my own business- Solar Flair Fibres and experimented more with colour!

2. Did you keep your new year’s resolutions, and will you make more for next year?

I believe every day is a new start, likewise every hour, minute second. I try and reflect on my decisions all the time (perhaps too much some of the time!). I have decided 2014 is the year to be kinder to myself and that does mean watching the fuel sources I put in. Knitting wise, I am going to only cast on one new project for two WIPs off the needles!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?

Tanya and Anastasia, although I have  been particularly bad at catching up with them both.

4. Did anyone close to you die?

Not really, although I have shared in others grief throughout the year.

5. What countries/states did you visit?

MIML™ and I went to South Africa in June to visit his family in June and I went to the Bendigo Sheep and Wool Festival in July.

6. What would you like to have in 2014 that you lacked in 2013?

More secure finances which probably means a part-time job of some description.

7. What dates from 2013 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?

No dates in particular stand out.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?

I learnt how to spin and bought (with help!) a wonderful spinning wheel.

9. What was your biggest failure?

I have turned some failures around- not having a job forced me to investigate my own business proposition which I am really loving!

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?

Not really.

11. What was the best thing you bought?

My Spinning Wheel and blank yarn for the business!

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?

My kids. They have been amazing inspirations. The way Immy went to Japan for 3.5 months and seeing her grow through the experience is so amazing. Knowing Japs has had a rough year but managed to pull through makes me smile.

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?

Federal and State Governments I think!

14. Where did most of your money go?

Bills.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?

Starting my business- I know, I am sounding like a broken record!

16. What song will always remind you of 2013?

I can’t actually think of any. There have been no stand-out songs and I probably won’t vote in the Tripe J Hottest 100 this year!

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:?

a) happier or sadder?
happier

b)thinner or fatter?
thinner

c) richer or poorer?
poorer.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?

Stopping to smell the roses

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?

Worry.

20. How did you spend Christmas?

MIML™ and the kids and I spent the day together. I cooked turkey with the trimmings and a Choc Cherry Pavlova. We laughed and talked and smiled!

21. Did you fall in love in 2013?

Over and over again with the gorgeous MIML™

22. How many one-night stands?

None!

23. What was your favourite TV program?

Downton Abbey, Scandal, Doctor Who…

24. Did you make a friend with anyone that you didn’t know this time last year?

I have met so many lovely people in the knitting community it makes my heart sing!

25. What was the best book you read?

I don’t know if I have read anything of substance that I remember this year!

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?

I’m not sure I made any this year. I am listening to less and less radio and often miss new songs.

27. What did you want and get?

Self satisfaction.

28. What did you want and not get?

A job with a guaranteed income each fortnight.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?

Gravity

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?

I was 41. I can’t remember what we did!

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?

A bit more moula!

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2013?

Comfortable.

33. What kept you sane?

Knitting!

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?

Colin Firth still does it for me!

35. What political issue stirred you the most?

Asylum Seekers

36. Who did you miss?

Friends who live too far away.

37. Who was the best new person you met?

I can’t single any individual out.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2013.

This too shall pass.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

This is for all my friends who have helped me and been my bridge over troubled water.

When you’re weary
Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

I’m on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you

I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine
If you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind

Here’s to an awesome 2014!

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