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Cricket Widow

Marcus asked me if I was a “cricket widow” last weekend, which is a fair enough question.  Neil has been very excited about The Ashes, especially since England now have a team to be proud of!  I am ambivalent for the most part (I do have a  crush on Alistair Cook). However, because cricket commentary […]

July 21st, 2013
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Afternoon Tea

When I flew to Europe last year, I packed a knitting project for the plane.  A shawl, one ball of yarn, on circular needles.  I figured I couldn’t lose a needle, and I would have to try pretty hard to have someone’s eye out.  I chose the Afternoon Tea shawl, because the shape is quite […]

July 14th, 2013
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I don’t normally travel with my laptop — despite the promise of mobility, I find computers heavy, clunky, and they don’t respond well to travelling on the back of a bicycle.  After a semester of riding to uni with my laptop, it’s not running quite the same.  However, it still works and it only needs […]

June 10th, 2013
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i got u a cat

I work in customer service, where interacting with an upset customer can turn a day into an absolute bummer.  My workmates and I will rally around each other, and send each other animal gifs and YouTube clips to raise a smile.  Actually, you know what, sometimes we do it anyway because who can resist a […]

May 27th, 2013
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The Ballad of Rocky and Adrian

When the crew attend music festivals, we take along two hobby horses, Rocky and Adrian.  Both horses used to talk if you squeezed their ears, but after much partying and time spent in Michael’s shed, they eventually lost their voices. After Meredith, I wanted to help them out, so I fixed up their voiceboxes.  Adrian […]

March 9th, 2013
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Mollie Wants Her Elephant

I was doing some regular Tuesday night type stuff the other day, like freaking out with Neil about having no more episodes of ‘Community’ to watch, when I noticed an elephant had taken up residence on our record collection. Okay, that’s a lie, I knitted the elephant and then posed it on top of the records. […]

February 11th, 2013
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A New Lease on Life, Part One

When my grandmother passed away a few years ago, I was in charge of sorting through her clothes.  I took a lot of them home initially as you can imagine, because it’s hard to make snap decisions about sentimental things, and ever since I’ve slowly filtered through the garments. Lots of them were worn out, […]

February 5th, 2013
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Better Late Than Never

When we go to camping music festivals, like Meredith and Boogie, we like to dress up.  Sometimes it’s within a theme, other times it’s just to be fancy and outlandish, at least compared to a workplace dresscode. I had planned to have this skirt finished by Meredith last year, but when I didn’t see that […]

January 31st, 2013
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Poor Tilly!

My furry flatmate, Tilly the Cat, is a sensitive soul, with sensitive skin to match.  As people, we know that if we stop scratching then our skin will heal, but you can’t tell that to a cat.  He just thinks he’s itchy all the time. Recently Tilly’s neck has been giving him problems, so we […]

January 27th, 2013
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Heathered Pink

“I thought you hated knitting socks?” Neil asked when I cast on a pair recently. “I don’t hate knitting socks,” I said.  “I just hate knitting the second sock.” I think the incident that has stuck in my mind is the time I knit a pair of knee high socks in a 2×2 rib.  I […]

January 23rd, 2013
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