The Wedding Blankets

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Today’s post is fiction. It first appeared in Yarn Magazine, the magazine that I now edit (from the December issue onwards.) The Wedding Blankets It’s summer again. Nan used to love summer. I have this indelible memory of her knitting

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How to get rid of a client


How do you decide to get rid of a client or turn down work? Some clients are just no good for you. When you start a business, you take everybody who comes. You don’t vet them in any way—you’re just

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Why my husband doesn’t help me


These last few weeks have been hectic. I’ve been preparing for our Spinners and Weavers annual exhibition and sale, and also for our trip overseas. I wanted to clear a lot of my writing work before I go—and I’ve had

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Do you always plan the same way?


Experimentation v Planning v Emergent Strategy Experimenting isn’t something I usually enjoy, but sometimes you just have to go against everything that you’ve learned and experience something new! I’m an organiser. I enjoy planning and I enjoy taking steps one by

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Problem solving—the easy way


Things are never too hard For a few seconds, it all seemed too hard. I had five articles to write last week, none of which I’d started, and it was clear that I should fly down to Melbourne and spend

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Relax to improve your business and your life


The other day I converted my downstairs fishtank into a light. All the fish had died long ago, and it was just sitting there, doing nothing. I enjoyed making the felt and I enjoyed the feeling of achievement when it

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When writing is stressful…


Taking the stress out of writing. Rie’s Stress-free Writing System Do you find writing stressful? “I want to write a blog but when I sit down to do it, I can’t start.” “Whenever I write something, I find myself going

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Declutter your work life


From time to time in our lives, we feel like things aren’t working, that the time we’re spending doing things isn’t worth the results. It’s time to declutter! Clutter, both physical and mental (and virtual), has been linked to depression,

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Light on the Water


We have recently returned from Guatemala, where we visited the orphanage in which Alex, my son, has been volunteering. It was an experience full of contrasts and revelation. Contrasted against the beauty of Lake Atitlan, I saw the orphanage for

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Saying Goodbye


This week I had to write the final newsletter to the people who have been part of my census team for the past few months. Their contract will be finishing soon, and mine will be over at the end of

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