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Life is messy!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2014 in Blogging, Business Talks | 8 comments

I have only just noticed that if you are a regular blog reader but not a fan of social media, you may not have heard the news… Rock + Purl is moving overseas! Back in November, my husband was told there was a 9-month plan to divest the site he works at, rendering him unemployed by June. Once the dust (and hangover) had settled, we discussed whether he should apply to a job abroad: the employer had a placement in another country that matched his skill set while also offering him a possibility of professional development and growth that...

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I’m having trouble sleeping

Posted by on Jan 9, 2014 in Blogging | 7 comments

I’m having trouble sleeping

I can't sleep well. On December 19th, 2013, at approximately 5pm, I ran out of sleep juice. I took a glorious nap. And that was that. I woke up in that dazed, out of nowhere, confused state. The kind that has a warm, soothing feeling. You feel wrapped in comfort. You have NO idea where you are, but you are happy that you woke up like that. Pfffftttt sleep juice gone. It's been what, 3 weeks? 3 weeks of blaming days-too long, pillows-not-plump-enough, not-my-bed and one-coffee-too-many. “Ruth will sleep anywhere” has been a...

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Paying your dues

Posted by on Jan 8, 2014 in Blogging, Business Talks, Crochet, Designs, Knit, Technical Editing | 2 comments

Paying your dues

This post comes hand in hand with my previous post regarding compensation for your work and what kind of work is worth working for. Vanessa, from MMAAC, is a clever lady. She makes really unusual stuff to sell through her Etsy shop, and we've become quite friendly over twitter. Upon reading my post on Friday, Vanessa said: @MMAAC: @rockandpurl Question! At what point, as a newbie, do you STOP taking free/low paying work? I understand paying dues but at what point does it stop? Original Tweet link Paying dues… Paying dues is...

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SSP – good start!!

Posted by on Jan 6, 2014 in Blogging, Knit | 2 comments

SSP – good start!!

As you've seen recently, I have declared this the year I make Selfish Socks a PLAN and not an afterthought as something to do when I'm in between projects. My first chosen yarn was A Stash Addict Sock in Rainbow. This yarn features short colour repeats, but some of them overlapped in a manner that, in a small circumference such as a foot, it created pooling. I don't like pooling – I love crazy yarn that shows off its colours, though! I began playing with some unusual stitch patterns, with slipped stitches, double wraps,...

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Say yes, say no

Posted by on Jan 3, 2014 in Blogging, Business Talks, Crochet, Designs, Knit, Technical Editing | 3 comments

Say yes, say no

Being a freelancer, I know I am not alone when it comes to having issues deciding how much work to take on. Note how I say: How much work to take on. And not: Which work to take on. Walk with me here. When you are a freelancer and want to ensure you have a steady stream of income that allows you to pull your weight in the house along with your partner, or, you are the sole stream of income that fuels your household as either a solo household, or a single-parent household…. It's tricky to know when to say NO. Every NO seems to be a...

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Love thy toes

Posted by on Jan 2, 2014 in Blogging, Knit | 2 comments

Love thy toes

There's people who have never knit a sock in their lives. This fact amazes me. The feeling of warm feet wrapped in a handmade fabric with details, colours and construction that mimics the personality of its maker or wearer, is something that cannot be replicated.   I made some socks in 2013 – however it was definitely a year for warm hands. I made mitts, mittens, gloves, and all sorts of hand wrapping objects throughout the year. But this morning I saw my friend Joeli's resolution of making 14 pairs of socks. I hope...

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