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Thank you for another wonderful hat to try. Shelter is a great choice for your sculptural hats.
Toggle Commented Nov 14, 2011 on 兜 | KABUTO at assemblage
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Oh Mary-Helen - how dreadful. I lost a cardigan I'd knitted for my grand-daughter and was furious with myself. The only consoling feature of these losses is that you lose something you've knitted yourself - I think it would be even worse to lose something knitted for you by another person. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you that it will turn up.
Toggle Commented Oct 18, 2011 on Careless... so sad at Witty knitter
I'm particularly enjoying the pics (though of course I love the posts too!). I visited friends who were living in Ibiza about ten years ago. They lived in the hinterland of the island where the fincas could have been any hundreds of years old and you had a sense of farming carried out generation after generation. I also loved the old towns. And then you had the horror of the seaside towns that at that time were the mecca for drunken, clubbing Brits and northern Europeans on holiday. All amazing. Enjoy yourselves.
Toggle Commented Jun 1, 2011 on Out of Palma - Sunday edition at Witty knitter
Glad to hear you've arrived without too much trauma. Enjoy yourselves. I really enjoy the 'accidental' tourism of going to places for a purpose other than being a tourist and then discovering the random charms of wherever you are.
Toggle Commented May 23, 2011 on ...and we're here safely at Witty knitter
As a reasonably regular Thursday night knitter at M&S I was sad to hear about your work colleague's feelings about a group knitting around the table in the shop. I know there are often classes or groups who meet at other times that might be different, but the Thursday group is frequently joined by people visiting from other countries, knitters who've been told about the group at M&S classes and casual purchasers in the shop. Last week we had about 14 people knitting on Thursday evening, at least half of whom were first-timers. I would have thought the group was generally quite inclusive. In relation to 'A Coffee and a Yarn', I've now met other knitters there a few times. The owner is very welcoming, the coffee has improved immeasurably since it opened and variety and quality of the yarn is gradually being increased. The owner seems to be using a business model of gradually building the business, rather than taking on too much at once. I'm not sure if this will be successful over time, but I guess it's more manageable. I so envy you your visit to Knit/Purl in the USA. It's my favourite online shop. I think the volume both of business and of product in the US is a significant factor in the quality of what they can offer. Have you been to Calico and Ivy? Another approach again.
Toggle Commented Apr 21, 2011 on Core business at Witty knitter
The grey top in Rowan Purelife is particularly lovely - so well designed. Have you finished the seashell scarf? I'd love to see it.
Toggle Commented Mar 14, 2011 on More recent knitting at Witty knitter
Congratulations - a Significant Knitting Achievement. And it really does look wonderful.
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2011 on Recent knitting at Witty knitter
I have my first day back at work tomorrow. Sigh... When I get into the routine of working it's fine, but going back after time off is taxing. (and yes, I have entered June 5 in my diary)
Toggle Commented Jan 4, 2011 on It had to happen at Witty knitter
Great post on SL, Mary-Helen. Thank you.
Toggle Commented Nov 8, 2010 on Post on craft business at Witty knitter
Congratulations. You'll be deservedly well-read.
Toggle Commented Nov 4, 2010 on Some exciting news at Witty knitter
Oh, and I forgot to mention that it's only quite recently, ie less than 10 years, that future superannuation payments had to be taken into account in property settlements at time of divorce. Before that, women(and a very small number of men) who hadn't worked or had no access to superannuation during a marriage had no right to a share of any future superannuation benefits accrued during that marriage. End of rant!
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2010 on Myths about baby boomers at Witty knitter
Thanks for this, Mary-Helen. Essentialising or glibly stereotyping groups is always invidious and divisive. I'm not even a baby-boomer - I'm a year too old to fit the category. I went to university courtesy of a teachers' college scholarship that provided a wonderful opportunity to poor kids not to pay fees and receive a living allowance. I'm eternally grateful. But the quid pro quo was agreeing to teach for 5 years and be sent anywhere in NSW as a teacher. I'm not sure how many people would sign up for this today. Free tertiary education was introduced only in the 70s with Whitlam. Many 'baby boomers' went to university in the days of up-fron fees, ie no HECS. When I started work women who married immediately lost their rights to permanency as teachers which meant no right to superannuation or promotion. Women outside the public service had no access to superannuation under any terms whatsoever. I spent a lot of my adult life (like many women) changing jobs to fit around the family or in contract work that gave me no access to superannuation. Over the last twenty years I have had access to a good (though not wonderful) superannuation scheme. All payments to this are automatically taxed at 15%. Under current government provisions (brought in by the Libs) I won't pay any tax on this at the time of receiving an income from it. It's probably unfair that income derived from superannuation is not means-tested and though I'd be worse off if it were, I would support such a change. But at 66 I'm still working because I want to be able to support myself for the rest of my life. I've paid taxes all my working life and would love to see more of my taxes go to education, including reducing or even eliminating fees for higher education.
Toggle Commented Nov 2, 2010 on Myths about baby boomers at Witty knitter
I haven't read 'The Children's Book' - I have a rather uneasy relationship with AS Byatt. But you certainly make make me want to try it. Glad you're getting better.
Toggle Commented Oct 11, 2010 on Inhabiting fiction at Witty knitter
Deep and heartfelt envy!
Toggle Commented Sep 1, 2010 on Knit August Nights at Witty knitter
I, too, am afraid. I despair at the senselessness of so much of the election rhetoric. So much of it simply disregards any evidence-based argument. Urgh!
Toggle Commented Aug 20, 2010 on Now I'm really afraid at Witty knitter
This really is one of the loveliest shawl patterns - both Fee and Sandra are miraculous knitters. Hope all goes well for Sandra in Singapore - and for you in Sydney.
Toggle Commented Aug 8, 2010 on Sandra knits lace at Witty knitter
Mary-Helen I do not want to hear any stories of things going wrong with renovations after only 18 months - I have sufficient forebodings without you adding to them! To move to more cheerful things - that Kaffe Fassett swatch looks wonderful and I'm looking forward to seeing the completed BFL jumper. You are being so industrious and creative.
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2010 on Domestic dramas and other news at Witty knitter
That gobbledegook identification above was me. I always forget how to comment on your blog. And the fourth word of my comment was meant to be 'link'. I'm not scoring very well today.
Toggle Commented Jul 27, 2010 on Now here's the thing... at Witty knitter
Happy birthday, Mary-Helen.
Toggle Commented Jun 6, 2010 on Another year... at Witty knitter
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