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  • Musical Butterfly
    on Jan 19, 2011
    Just a reminder that my Wordpress blog is still going strong over at MusicalButterfly! Come over and say hi, and check out what i'm working on at the moment :)...
  • FOs 2009
    on Jun 28, 2010
    FOs 2009, originally uploaded by Ballatrina2008.I finally got around to doing a photo montage of all my projects of 2009, so I thought it best to finish off this blog with the photos. More details can be found throughout the blog.
  • New Year, new blog
    on Feb 5, 2010
    I am now blogging over at my new WordPress site, Musical Butterfly. I'd love it if you could stop in there and say hello, and maybe bookmark it or subscribe to follow along with what i'm up to from 2010 onwards!I've started things off there with a l...
  • Merry Christmas!
    on Dec 17, 2009
    Today is my last day working in the office I have been in for the last four years - its going to be sad to leave.But - I have tomorrow to look forward to - I leave for America! (Just for a holiday...)I'm sorry I haven't been around to blog in the la...
  • Crafty links!
    on Nov 26, 2009
    Image from hereI'm getting to the stage now of ticking off what needs to be done at work, and counting down the days until I hand over to my replacement in a week. I had a day of lasts yesterday - last day of board meetings, last day of full corpora...
  • Refashioning fun!
    on Nov 23, 2009 in sewing
    I've been reading the Wardrobe Refashion blog, and particularly Sew I thought's posts, about making clothes and accessories from what you have or what is second hand, rather than buying new all the time. This includes giving new life to vintage clot...
  • Feels like winter
    on Nov 17, 2009
    So, here in the southern hemisphere, its supposed to be spring. Its pouring with rain and freezing cold outside, so I don't think so! Therefore I don't feel weird at all about looking at the preview of the winter Interweave Knits magazine.Not that...
  • FO: Poppy hat
    on Nov 12, 2009 in Poppy
    Have I mentioned recently how much I love Ravelry? No? I love Ravelry! I don't think I would be where I am with my knitting today without it. I love that you can do research before you start on a big project, have a nosey around a whole bunch of de...
  • In a holding pattern
    on Nov 10, 2009 in personal Celastrina Creations CPH
    I applied for my student loan yesterday - it only took 15 minutes online - so now we wait... It doesn't seem like there is alot to do between now and February - other than packing of course, for both my christmas holiday and moving cities, but right...
  • Share the love award
    on Nov 8, 2009 in award
    I was honoured to be one of the recipients of the Neno's Award from dear Karen over at Musings of a (mostly) Self-Taught Knitter. Thanks Karen for all those lovely things you mentioned about me!The Neno’s Award Rules and Regulations: 1. As a dedica...
  • Let's talk: Christmas presents!
    on Nov 3, 2009 in random gifts
    Firstly - thanks to everyone for the lovely comments on my last post! Its great to know I have lots of support out there, and i'll be keeping in touch about what kind of things the course involves as I go through the year(s).On to topic - there was...
  • On a new path
    on Nov 2, 2009 in personal
    I handed in my resignation at work yesterday, after working in this office for the past four years. I'm starting again in a new direction...I have decided to move out of Wellington, to go and study full time in Hamilton*. The course I will be doing...
  • Five books on the re-read pile
    on Oct 29, 2009 in Ballatrina's Books
    With the dawn of audio books, I've been rather slack at reading actual books, preferring to jam in my headphones to get me through the train trip every day.Meanwhile, i've still been buying books from the local second-hand place! There's just somethi...
  • Etsy Treasury: Blue Butterflies
    on Oct 27, 2009 in Etsy
    Spazzyyarn made a gorgeous Etsy Treasury a while ago, and kindly gave me a link to instructions on how to make one. She also linked to a clock which showed how long to go until the next slot to get in to make one, since you've gotta get in quick!Sin...
  • Needle storage
    on Oct 27, 2009 in random
    Wow, three posts in 24 hours! That's some record for me!I was reading Marilyn's blog, The Stair Landing, this morning, and her latest post has got me thinking. As well as covering what fearless knitting she has done in 2009 so far, she's also questi...
  • FO: Buttony
    on Oct 26, 2009 in Buttony
    (Excuse my weird vacant expression and crazy hair...)Buttony is finished - after starting it in MAY i'm glad its done! This picture was taken pre-blocking, so hopefully it won't look so bunchy after a wash. I'm pretty happy with it though.I wanted...
  • FOs: Baby Suprise Jacket and Baby Beanie
    on Oct 22, 2009 in personal Baby Surprise Jacket
    Would you believe that, apparently, it's spring here in NZ? You wouldn't be able to tell, from the abundance of rain and clouds over the last few weeks - it does not put one into a spring-type mood at all!At least it is a long weekend, the weather is...
  • FO: Verity
    on Oct 5, 2009 in verity
    My Verity beret is finally finished!I used my two special skeins of Artyarns Supermerino for this, and it was well worth it - it's fabulous to knit with! I started this back in July, but as i'd just shifted I could only find one skein of yarn as the...
  • Sad 'n sweet September
    on Oct 4, 2009
    I didn't do alot of blogging in September, but alot happened!Firstly, we found out that my puppy is very very sick. I say puppy, but he's really 13, and has had a very good life. We are happy that he continues to be with us, two weeks longer than e...
  • Win yourself some Ugg Boots!!
    on Sep 28, 2009 in random
    I've just been alerted to an amazing competition run by Whooga Ugg Boots, where you can win a pair of ugg boots each month! And its open to anyone in any country! I don't know about where you are at the moment, but here at the moment ugg boots are s...