Archive for April, 2012

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If You’re Not Knitting, Start Reading

28 April 2012

I know you’re all longing to hear the latest news about All Craft Media Ltd and its, shall we say, rather unusual business practices.

Well, the editor of one of the magazines resigned last week because she’d prefer to work for a company that pays her. On time, every time.  NOT 3-4 months late.

And the lace club members still haven’t received their last installment of yarn which was supposedly sent to them on 11th April.

And the sock club members haven’t received the printed booklet of patterns which was expected from the printers on the 3rd or 4th April. 

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, a little light reading material here:

Rock and Purl

Dull Roar

Confessions of a Yarn Addict

Joyama

Making Light

Joyama (2nd post)

If I’m not writing, them I’m knitting  (and with apologies for plagiarising this for the title of this post)

And on my blog here, here, here, here, here, here and here.

That should keep you occupied until I post again! 

 

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The Day We Remember

25 April 2012

Today (25th April) is ANZAC Day in Australia, and a public holiday.

Last year on this day (which was also Easter Monday) I was at my mother’s house preparing for her funeral the next day and I mentioned to my sister that it was ANZAC Day and we talked a bit about Gallipoli.

She then told me something I hadn’t known before (she often does that – she knows more than I do!).  My grandfather (my mother’s father) fought at Gallipoli.  He wasn’t Australian and I hear very little mention of troops, other than those from Australia or New Zealand, who fought there.  He was from Yorkshire but was with an Irish Regiment (maybe Judith knows which one??) – the whole of Ireland at that time (1915) being part of the UK, of course.   

I think I’ve mentioned here before that I feel more affinity for ANZAC Day than I do for Remembrance Day (in November) which was introduced to commemorate the end of the 1st World War.   I think this is because Australian armed forces’ memorial days revolve more around their involvement in the Far East (apart from the Gallipoli campaign, of course) than in Europe, whereas Remembrance Day generally concentrates more on action in Europe. 

Both my parents were in the armed forces (my father in the Army, my mother in the Air Force). My father spent the 2nd World War in India and Burma, while my mother was in Delhi then transferred to Ceylon (Sri Lanka).  They married in India, in Bangalore, in 1945.    My father used to tell me stories about the Australian troops he served with and for whom he had the greatest regard.

I now have my grandfather’s medals (my sister has my father’s) so I can now show any Australian that I have a connection to this country which goes back much further than my citizenship certificate.  

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A Ribbon (If they can find it!)

22 April 2012

I collected my Easter Show entry yesterday but they couldn’t find my ribbon.  You’ll just have to take my word for it that I won one (it’s in the catalogue so it must be true).  It was only a Highly Commended but my first so rather special.

As I mentioned before, it was hung dreadfully – completely out of shape – but doesn’t seem to have suffered for the experience.

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The pattern is the #12 Cabled Shrug from Designer Knitting (Vogue), Autumn 2011 – no idea why it’s called a shrug as it’s nothing like a shrug.  And the yarn is Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran.  The photography of course is mine – there aren’t REALLY white marks on it and I’ve no idea why the photographs look like that.     

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We Really Couldn’t Make This Up!

18 April 2012

A bit of an update for those who can’t quite believe the machinations of All Craft Media.  It’s true, honest, every word of it.

So the final installment of the Lace Club yarn was due in the middle of March.  You may remember this was to be Wollmeise lace but although ordered in November, it wasn’t paid for until the beginning of March, by which time Wollmeise had sold the yarn and returned the money (they’d no idea who it was from – sent from a different name from the person/company who placed the order).  So an alternative yarn was sourced and was to be hand-dyed by a ‘professional’ dyer (no name ever given) and sent out to the members. 

Everyone has been assured that it was posted last Wednesday (11th April).  As at 17th April, not ONE package would appear to have been received by a member.  NOT ONE!  No surprises there then.

And onto the Sock Club.  They’ve now had all their yarn but are awaiting their final pattern and a booklet of all the patterns they were promised (and PAID FOR).  This was due with them at the end of March, which came and went with no delivery.  On 3rd April, ACM assured everyone that the booklets were with the printers and would be delivered to ACM “Today or tomorrow”, at which time they would be immediately sent out.  Nothing materialised.

On Monday 16th (after a phone call to their offices), they said that they had the PDF of the pattern book so would email that out to all the members before the end of the day.

On Tuesday 17th (after a phone call to their offices), they said that they had the PDF of the pattern book so would email that out to all the members before the end of the day.

Yes, you guessed correctly.  Both days came and went without said email. 

I know they’ve been really busy.  They appear to have spent the last couple of days deleting all critical comments from their Facebook pages.  So it’s our fault then.  If we weren’t so nasty they’d have time to actually provide the goods that so many people have paid for NOT waste their time racing around the internet erasing every bit of ‘negativity’ they can access. 

Correction:  The PDF of the Sock Club patterns has just been received by members – ie about 11.30pm (UK time) on Tuesday night.  Well, they said they’d send it on Tuesday!

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Garbage In – Garbage Out

16 April 2012

My science education was seriously lacking but even I could immediately see the idiocy of this.  I think it’s been around for a while – not sure why I haven’t come across it before.Pc83Z

This came from a Baptist Church website promoting homeschooling in the USA.  So there are people out there actually passing on this garbage to their children.

ETA:  Thanks to the people who’ve pointed out to me that this is a fictitious church.  Wonderful parody of the whole fundamentalist stuff.  When read with that in mind, it all appears funny rather than mind-blowingly frightening.

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Where Two Negatives DO NOT Make a Positive

9 April 2012

So I’m negative apparently because I don’t say anything “nice” about the All Craft Media stable of publications.

Subscribers to KAL/ACM publications don’t get their issues on time (or at all), the quality has deteriorated to a point where some of them are unreadable (they don’t appear to have proof-readers and no good quality designers will work for them as they don’t get paid), the sock club members have still not received their pattern books which were promised by the end of March, the lace club members haven’t received their final skeins of yarn which were supposed to be with them by the middle of March, designers are still not getting their samples returned …….

Forgive me for my negativity but if you can think of anything positive I should be highlighting, please feel free to let me know.

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The Politics Of Inertia

6 April 2012

David and I were talking last night about the best ways to succeed in politics.  Yes, we have some fascinating dinner conversations at Chez Pompom!

We decided that the most successful course of action is to do nothing. 

The O’Farrell State Government has now held power for a year and is still quite popular but neither of us could think of anything that they’ve actually DONE.  The Federal Liberal Party in opposition would appear to have a policy of keeping the electorate in the dark about their plans for the future should they win the election in 2013.   

They’ve said they will overturn practically every piece of legislation that the current Government has introduced but are fairly silent about any positive plans of action. This will be interesting – the Carbon Tax comes into force on 1st July this year and as a sweetener to the electorate, the Government has tripled the amount of the  tax-free threshold (the amount at which our earnings attract tax).  The Liberal Party would therefore have to return this figure to the current one if they’re going to abolish the Carbon Tax – and I’m not sure people are going to be happy to find that under a Liberal Government their take-home pay would dramatically decrease.  

The Liberals have said they want to change our recently-introduced paid Maternity Leave scheme where mothers now get 18 weeks pay at the Federal Minimum Wage ($589.30 per week) and replace it with a system where new mothers get 6 months pay at their current salary level (topped at $150k) giving some up to nearly $3k a week!  And they’re now talking about introducing tax concessions for mothers who hire nannies.  There is no real legal definition of who constitutes a nanny and I can’t be the only person who would object strongly to people receiving subsidies for housekeepers.  This will cost about $500 million a year which would be much better spent on providing more childcare facilities where at least we know that the staff are NOT doing the shopping and cleaning for the children’s families. So their plans of which I’m aware are to abolish practically every piece of new legislation and throw a lot of money at the child-producing section of the female population.   

Many people seem to be programmed to object to any change suggested by ANY Government so I can see that the best way for a party to stay in power is to do absolutely nothing.  Barry O’Farrell and Tony Abbott would appear to have cottoned on to this course of inaction too except where they feel that it may help their chances if a group of voters is “bought”.