Announcing the knitting stitch library

One of the key building blocks of knitting is stitch patterns. Every sweater, blanket, sock, dog coat, whatever, has at its heart one or more stitch patterns – combinations of purls, knits, yarn overs, slips, knit togethers and all the other knitting elements, that make a pattern. These can go from the very simple –Continue reading “Announcing the knitting stitch library”

Feeding our liver lover

Our lurcher Roxy is very food-motivated, but we have found that quite a few shop-bought treats disagree with her tummy. She seems to tolerate liver treats best of all, (while recognising that they need to be used in moderation). I’ve started buying chicken livers from my local market and making treats for her at home.Continue reading “Feeding our liver lover”

Taming the curls

When I was about 32 my hair underwent a big change. I had a drastic hair cut (think Annie Lennox circa Sweet Dreams) and when it grew back it was curly. It wasn’t any sort of problem until I moved to South-East Australia – from 80% average humidity to 55%: not what my curls likeContinue reading “Taming the curls”

Damned transitions

The last 18 months or so have been a period of leadership transition at Uniting, where I work. In July 2019 our then CEO announced that he would be retiring. During the course of the search for his replacement, the Board Chair expressed her interest in the role and was selected. That meant finding aContinue reading “Damned transitions”

Lurcher coats

Our dog Roxy is a lurcher, which makes her a funny shape – skinnier and longer than her collie father, chunkier than her whippet mother. But like most lurchers, she feels the cold. I knitted her a few coats this year. The first adapted the SAS coat pattern, to add a turtleneck. She’ll only useContinue reading “Lurcher coats”

What remote workers teach us about leadership

I do a lot of thinking about new ways of working. Firstly, because of the focus on organisational issues during my Masters, and working for over a year for the Centre for Workplace Leadership at the University of Melbourne. Secondly, because of the work with Freelance Australia, and curating content for our community. Thirdly, becauseContinue reading “What remote workers teach us about leadership”