Archive for June, 2013


Hibernating, maybe?

30 June 2013

I’ve been asked quite often lately what has happened to Kerrie Allman/Rycroft/Tallulah Ray/Jenn Smith-Clarke/other names I can hardly remember.  Well, you’ll be pleased to hear that she’s not currently publishing magazines as far as I’m aware.

Truffle Magazine rolled over and died after two issues and I’ve no idea whether bills were paid.  With her track record with printers, any printer producing magazines for her without demanding money up front needs his head examined.  KAL Media folded owing over 100,000 pounds to one printer alone, and ACM had a number of printing debts when that too closed down.  Craft Magazines Limited applied to be struck off Companies House register earlier this year but the application was refused, presumably because it has a lot of debt and the creditors objected.  I gather it takes a year or two for Companies House to investigate.

For the last six months, she’s been promoting herself as a “professional graphic designer”, a profession she has only recently joined.  My husband did a four year degree and has over 30 years experience in that field.  I, on the other hand, have a basic understanding of Photoshop and can produce a reasonably passable leaflet for a knitting event.   From the comments I’ve read on the internet about the quality of her work, I gather her skills are more on a par with mine than my husband’s.  I love the way she threatens to sue anyone who doesn’t want to pay her for the “job” she’s done.  For someone who has left debt in her wake wherever she’s gone, she’s very quick to want to call in the legal profession every time she feels aggrieved. 

So apart from the occasional rude comment here, all is quiet on the Kerrie front.

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Knitted By A Prime Minister

23 June 2013

I’ve mentioned before that Australia has a Prime Minister who knits. 

Last week the MidWinter Ball was held in Canberra and traditionally it’s used as a fundraiser for various charities.  Our PM’s contribution was a hand-knitted scarf, knitted to order in the colours of the winning bidder’s choice. 

The details are here.  And the scarf went for $4,050. 

I do hope we get to see the finished item.




No Skill Required

19 June 2013

A friend of mine – a knitter –  told me that at a recent dinner she’d attended, one of the women informed her that quilting was very different from knitting because of the skill that quilting requires, whereas once you’ve learnt to knit you can knit anything. 

I think I must be a bit slow on the uptake because I’ve been knitting for over 50 years and every month I learn something new, very often from one of you or from the internet in general.  My mother who was a very accomplished knitter, was learning new techniques from me well into her 80s.

And there was me thinking that quilting was just about cutting up perfectly good fabric and then sewing it together again. 


Normal Service Will Now Be Resumed

15 June 2013

I hadn’t realised that it had been quite so long since I last posted anything here until very kind people wrote to ask if I were OK.  Yes, I’m fine, and thank you for your concern.  Real life just got in the way of my blogging activities but I’m now getting a bit better organised.  I can understand why anyone who knows me would wonder if I were perhaps ill if I stopped chatting!

In Australia we’re now in that awful period coming up to a Federal Election – although it isn’t until September – when all political life centres around electioneering and point scoring.  This week, Julia Gillard (the Australian Prime Minister for those of you who aren’t aware of her – and she of the “misogyny” speech which went around the world) has again been the focus of some pretty personal abuse.  The Liberal Party held a fund-raising dinner where one of the items on the menu was described as “Julia Gillard Kentucky fried quail – small breasts, huge thighs”.   

A couple of days after we heard of this, she was asked during a radio interview whether her partner, Tim, is homosexual and whether she has a normal heterosexual relationship with him!  The interviewer thought this was an appropriate question because Tim is a hairdresser.  The radio station at least had the good sense to sack him.

Has anyone ever asked Tony Abbott (the Liberal Party leader) whether Mrs Abbott is a lesbian?

Still on the subject of Julia, does any other country have a leader who tweeted best wishes last Saturday to those among us who celebrate World Wide Knit in Public Day?  Yes, she’s a knitter and apparently has a knitting bag with a “PM” tag on it, which is taken with her luggage whenever she’s travelling.