MyMuddlings Episode 73 – Top Knot

Lovebird Lane Shop News

  • Christmas self striping yarns are up for preorder in the shop! Due to be shipped by mid-late November. Three colourways to choose from: Festive, Gingerbread House and the new 2018 colourway, Sooty Santa

Finished Objects

Works in Progress


MyMuddlings Episode 72 – All the things

Finished Objects

  • Traveling Pinwheels pattern by Jean Ahearn (purchased from the Yarn Worker website)
  • Gynx Yarns Targhee DK in Goth Girl (purple) & Fog (grey)

Works in Progress

MyMuddlings Episode 71 – Some Weaving

Works in Progress

  • Rose by Andrea Mowry, my project page
  • Knit Picks Bare Wool of the Andes Sport dyed by me in my colourways: Blushing Rose, Flowering Moss, Rose Batik & Winter


  • Rosehip Island Tasmanian Ethical Merino in Thunderstorm (warp & a little weft) and Delilah (weft)
  • Lovebird Lane Boo in Earl Grey (weft)
  • Lovebird Lane Sheepy in Street Art (weft)

That itchy feeling…

Photo by Kaleb Dortono on Unsplash

Do you ever get the itchy feeling of having an eddy of ideas and inspiration swirling around inside you, and there’s million things you’d like to do, but you’re just not sure where to start? Yeah? Well, that’s me right now.

I feel I’m being pulled in a myriad of directions with my crafting and business to the point that I can’t settle on any one thing. With the addition of my new rigid heddle loom, I now have another creative outlet to add to my already overflowing collection. And even with that, being new and shiny; after spending a few hours today weaving, I’m sorta weaved out but still obsessed to the point I can’t settle to another craft. Oh boy am I in trouble. And because it’s the weekend (and I’ve made the decision not to work on weekends), I don’t want to spend time on business stuff even though I REALLY want to. I have this irrational anxiety that if I don’t work on it NOW I will forget all my ideas.

I feel paralysed. Do I stick to my no work rule or do I just go with the inspiration?

Do you ever get the itchy feeling? How do you address it? Do you have any suggestions for me? They would most certainly be welcome. xx

MyMuddlings Episode 70 – She’s baaaaack!


  • Raised $156 for Beyond Blue Orgaisation! Thank you for your support!
  • There are still three skeins of Tits Out Collective yarn in the shop; wanna help me get to $174 donated? 😉

Finished Objects

Works in Progress

Weaving Items Mentioned

  • Loom Owls Loom – Mine is the Barn Owl. I purchased mine off eBay but they are also on Etsy here
  • Ashford Rigid Heddle Loom
  • Liz Gipson’s Yarnworker website

A darn sight better?

I have just begun an experiment. Nothing nefarious, and of course nothing on an unsuspecting being. Who’s the guinea pig you may ask? Well, it’s me.

A couple of days ago, I was watching a recent episode of my lovely virtual friend Michelle’s podcast, and she mentioned in passing that her husband is exercising his long vision when they go on their walks. Now, I’m assuming here but I think the idea came from a Katy Bowman book that Michelle is reading (Move Your DNA – correct me if I’m wrong Michelle!), and it was about how we are having an epidemic of sorts of short sightedness. We are constantly looking at screens close to our faces and spend so little time outside looking at far things that our eyes are adjusting.

Now, if you know me, I’ve probably worn glasses (and claimed to be blind – can’t see my husband clearly sitting next to me on the couch blind!)  for the entire time we’ve known each other (unless you’re my friend Jo who’s known me since I was 14 – I started wearing glasses for my long sightedness and headaches at 16). And if I wasn’t wearing glasses, I was for sure wearing contacts. Now that contacts are a luxury I can no longer afford (and if I can’t afford contacts I can’t afford Lasik – I can dream), I am stuck wearing a giant pair of plastic frames on my face day in day out. Don’t get me wrong, I love my glasses and feel super cute in them most of the time but sometimes it would really be nice to eschew them and go free-faced.

So circling back around, I am performing an experiment. I am taking off my glasses when I get home. I, of course, know my house enough to be able to get around and I can definitely tell the difference between Granger and Marion. 😉 I am attempting to go without them unless I’m driving or having to manoeuvre in public. Things are blurry but I know what they are. The worst obstacle I have is trying to read text on the the TV when we’re watching YouTube videos. I am writing this blog post sans  glasses. I think I feel an improvement already, but that could just be wishful thinking amidst the blur.

But on the plus side, my usually less than perfectly clean house looks a whole lot better in Vaseline lens.

On ageing…

Just last weekend I posted to Instagram about the dry skin issues I’ve been having in the Aussie winter weather:

Among other suggestions, a good friend of mine suggested it could be an ageing thing. Say what?!!

Since her comment I’ve been thinking about all the things I’ve done my whole life, chasing eternal youth. I’ve used sunscreen meticulously since I was a teenager, drunk lots of water, used the same regime of various toners, exfoliators, serums and moisturisers for at least a decade and my skin was still dry and beginning to crinkle. Did she have a point?

This lead me on to a book I recently read, ‘Dynamic Aging’ by Katy Bowman (Amazon AU link here). This book is less about superficial youth (superficial as in the surface, not in the other more derogatory sense), but physical youth by strengthening and simply USING your body. And it highlighted to me how my 35 years of paying attention to the superficial had left my body far older than my 35 years.

Now, don’t get me wrong, I’m not a decrepit 35 year old. I am overweight, yes, but I am fit and strong. I walk a minimum of 5 days a week for a minimum of 30 minutes. And my job as a yarn dyer is actually quite physical involving a lot of lifting, stretching and moving. Since reading Katy’s book I’m actually upping my walks to multiple a day and also on weekends (when my foot injury isn’t flaring up that is. But that’s another story). And despite my efforts chasing young skin, it turns out the thing that ages me most is my body. Especially my weight.

So I don’t know whether it’s the chronological age and the gradual knowledge that comes with the advancing years that has expanded my idea of youth, or my vanity and long-held desire to be thin and fit. But either way I am taking steps to improve the physical. More on that in another post. 😉

How has your idea of youth and ageing changed over the years? Do you still strive to be young or are you comfortable as you are? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments.