Monday, February 28, 2011


I have a thing for all things ladybird related. Other people have realised this and so I've collected quite a few ladybird treats. Even my husband knew I liked them before we really knew each other well. He brought me back some chocolate ladybirds from Italy which sparked the start of a lovely romance. We then had those little ladybirds for wedding favours, one of the fun things we indulged in. There was also the pi cake and the polka dot dress. Of course I completely forgot to explain the ladybirds to anyone on the day. But we knew the significance of it.

I thought I might include some pictures of my ladybird paraphernalia, including the stuffed one that inexplicably appeared on my desk. I have yet to discover its origin. There will probably be a pinterest board on ladybirds once I actually get used to pinning. For now you can see my bits and pieces on flickr.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

World of Wool

At Christmas I received a beautiful spindle of my own from a wonderful friend who had been lending me hers. It's a clay top whorl drop spindle from Zebisis designs on Etsy, 26g approx, and I love it. It wasn't long before my new resolution of spinning a little every day brought me close to fibre-less-ness.

Hence I decided that the perfection celebration of my paper submission to a major conference would be an order from World of Wool. 2 kilos of fibre is an appropriate prize, right?

February came and still no sign of my fibre. I was down to my last pieces of fluff. Well, apart from the silk I'm saving for the day I'm able to spin consistently. I had to spin as thin as I could so the fibre would last until the WoW order arrived. Eventually all problems were sorted and I am now the proud owner of a years supply of fibre. 500g corriedale which I hope to make ablanket from. A mix of 3 natural bfl fibres. Some bfl and silk to try, some coloured merino to be pretty and some amazingly soft camel to snuggle.

I finished the fibre on the spindle as fast as I could so I could try a little of each fibre. Mammoth plying session left me a little burnt out. Should probably have just waited and plyed the two singles. Patience will need to be worked on. A great excuse for another spindle I think.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


Today, I'm taking part in Nicole Ducleroir's Bernard Pivot blogfest!

What is your favourite word?
Today it was 'interesting', repeated ad infinitum.

What is your least favourite word?
definitely, necessary - I have trouble spelling both of these.

What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
space to think, freedom to be me and experiencing nature.

What turns you off?

What is your favorite curse word?

What sound or noise do you love?
the sound of the wind and sea, babies giggling, piano music.

What sound or noise do you hate?
high pitched buzzing/whining/screaming. Also the 'sound' of touching things like polystyrene or rough fabrics.

What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
doctor (everything from dermatologist to pathologist), fine carpenter, mechanic, psychologist, professional fibre artist, dancer, science journalist, designer and many MANY more.

What profession would you not like to do?

If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
You did your best and that was good enough.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


To help with my technical writing I will *try* posting here more often. Topics will be as disparate as usual and may include anything fibre/wool/maths/science/books/education related and assorted opinionated rants. Please allow that I might be 'trying on' a viewpoint or discussion basis rather than laying out my personal beliefs.