This post is about sharing all the news!
|Brent Reilly of the Crows is |
chaired off after his 200th game
by Ben Rutten & Scott Thompson.
(Source: AFL Media)
The most recent news is about Adelaide Crows footballer, Brent Reilly, who announced his immediate retirement from football yesterday.
Please refer to the post, "Shocking News on the Radar" for the background. That blog entry is also updated with the latest news links.
Katrina Gill's article "Reilly Retires" lists all of Brent Reilly's achievements and discusses his future plans. The Adelaide Football Club have also posted a video tribute to the career of Brent Reilly, "Thank You Radar" (3'51").
It always makes me sad to see someone's livelihood come to an end due to injury or illness.
I have been battling regular flares this year. It has been a very busy start to the year with barely a moment to catch my breath.
As the years roll on, the MCTD seems to insidiously introduce new symptoms to the mix; fleeting ones which occasionally popped their head in the window have decided to come right in – perhaps they are hoping to find a cosy place to stay for the winter – but I am hoping to put a stop to that.
The rounds of medical specialists and tests have started again which is good for crocheting in waiting rooms, but being out and about so often puts pressure on the weekly schedule and restricts my physical capacity to manage the regular household routines.
Don't get me wrong, I have enjoyed some years of relatively good health and been able to do many things that were mere dreams all those years ago when I first fell very ill. It has been a good ride for so long but now I am reminded every day to be careful.
Have I taken the good times for granted? I hope not, but it is so easy to pretend on a good day that I can do normal things again and get carried away with the joy of it! Recently the MCTD has been quite disruptive again and I am sure my over-activity has played a part, along with other aggravating factors.
Family demands and special events do take their toll eventually and during April and May I took a week off to rest and recover after being super busy.
Some things are just impossible to avoid such as …
|It looks like a party!|
We had a milestone birthday in the family culminating in a party at home with approximately 20 people. I used to love entertaining and I miss the days when I was able to host regular gatherings. I am too tired nowadays and it takes most of my energy to get through the regular daily tasks.
It took months of planning due to budget restrictions and the challenges of fatigue:
- how to find time to do the extra shopping
- entire weekends taken up with cooking and nothing else because once the party food was done, I was spent! Meanwhile the other jobs got left behind with lots of catching up to do
- finding energy for DIY preparations
- how to get the house tidied in advance and keep it tidy
- rallying friends and family for practical help
|Recycled glass jars were used as vases|
and holders for tea light candles
and placed around the garden.
It is always a juggling act but lately I feel like I am just balancing on that tightrope and any moment now I could lose my balance and slip and drop all the balls!
I am happy to report that the party was a success, everything went to plan and I managed to survive! Despite the absolute fatigue catching up with me, I was so happy to have hosted a large social event at my home for the first time in years. It was fun and left me with a sense of triumph.
Wishing every one who helped and supported me and my family
The next big thing was the Stitches and Craft Show from which I am still recovering – almost there!
I've never had so many Works-In-Progress (WIPs) at one time! Somehow I am surrounded by scarves! They all have unique techniques and challenges.
|The scarf started at |
Prudence Mapstone's crochet workshop
at the Stitches and Craft Show.
- Of course, I started a new scarf at the Stitches and Craft Show. It uses a double-ended hook to create tricot stripes.
A former 'gallery scarf' in progress.
- All of my 'gallery scarves' have sold and I am madly working on some more for this winter season. The current silk-mohair scarf is a new design of mine and I am very pleased with it.
|Last year's slip-stitch scarf in progress.|
(Pattern: Slip Slope Scarf by Vashti Braha)
- Last year, I made a slip-stitch scarf for a family member which was so popular that I am now making another for someone else! This technique is also known as 'Bosnian' crochet and I had intended to blog about it last year, but never got there! When this year's scarf is done, I promise I will write all about it and slip-stitch crochet.
These are not the only WIPs. I also have:
|The backpack on the blocking board.|
- A small crocheted backpack which uses 'split stitches' to create the fabric pattern and I made the straps using a french knitting dolly. I have chosen the fabric lining but am at a standstill until the recipient can decide the kinds of embellishments they want on the bag. I want the threads from the embroidery to be on the wrong side of the bag and behind the lining.
- A baby blanket which is resting until I can shop for some novelty yarn for a special effect.
- The fingerless mitts which had been packed for hospital have been started but interrupted by the other projects!
|Some of the poppies I crocheted.|
Last but not least, I am continuing to crochet poppies! There is a special reason for this but that is all I can say for now! (It's a secret; promise you won't tell!)
Some of my original blog posts have been updated with extra information (either in the comments fields or in the text and reference lists).
- As news comes to hand, links are being added to the post about Brent Reilly, "Shocking News on the Radar.
- My post about the "Adelaide Stitches and Craft Show" is now complete with photographs and references including a link to a video in which Fiona Hammond and other crafty people from the show made it onto local TV!
- The collection of "Poppy Patterns" continues. Internet addresses to new patterns are being added in the comment fields all the time. I do not know how to insert active links into Blogger comment fields but I don't want to edit the original post so into the comment fields the new information goes! Not to worry, I will collate them all with active links in a future blog post later in the year.Remember to add your favourite poppy patterns too!
That's the news!
With all of that going on, it's no wonder I'm tired!
References & Links
Adelaide Football Club, "Thank You Radar" [video], Duration 3'51", Channel Crow, 13 May 2015, 12:14: http://www.afc.com.au/video/2015-05-13/thank-you-radar
A video tribute to the career of Brent Reilly.
Braha, Vashti, "Slip Slope Scarf", free pattern PDF, Ravelry download: http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/slip-slope-scarf
Gill, Katrina, "Reilly Retires" [article] Adelaide Football Club, 13 May 2015, 11:19: http://www.afc.com.au/news/2015-05-13/reilly-retires
Reviews Brent Reilly's achievements and future plans.
Lupey Loops, "Adelaide Stitches and Craft Show", blog entry, 9 May 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/05/adelaide-stitches-craft-show.html
Lupey Loops, "Poppy Patterns", blog entry, 20 April 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/poppy-patterns.html
Lupey Loops, "Shocking News on the Radar", blog entry, 10 February 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/shocking-news-on-radar.html
Lupey Loops, "A Stolen Scarf", blog entry, 26 June 2014: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2014/06/a-stolen-scarf.html
Lupey Loops, "WIP Project Bag: Project Photos At Last", blog entry, 17 September 2015: http://lupeyloops.blogspot.com.au/2015/09/wip-project-bag-progress-photos-at-last.html
Mapstone, Prudence, "Horizontal Striped Scarf Created Using a Double-ended Hook", workshop pattern, Knot Just Knitting 2014: www.knotjustknitting.com