Pumpkin Chevrons

One of my go-tos when I’m stuck between knitting projects is a hat. They take very little time and yarn to knit, and I can usually squeeze one out from leftover yarn from a cardi or jumper. The yarn in this particular project (Heirloom Easy Care 8ply) was leftover from my Pumpkin Vianne cardigan, and because I’m an unimaginative clod, it’s called Pumpkin Chevrons.

A close-up image of a young woman against a blue weatherboard wall. She wears large glasses, purple lipstick, an orange hand-knitted hat and a white tee. She is smiling.

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More “Othering”, Media Representation and Cripping Up

Last week, I talked about how people with disabilities can be “othered” and presented as different to, and therefore less than, the rest of society. Othering – the characterisation of a certain group of people as intrinsically unlike the “rest of us” – can occur in a myriad of ways, but perhaps the most obvious example is media representation.

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Simplicity 1873 Sun Jacket

One of the strategies I use to maintain my current level of activity is have my dad take me for a drive in the afternoon. It gets me out of the house at a time I’d really rather be sleeping, and ensures I stay accustomed to the (horrible!) motion of the car. The sun has been so hot this summer that I can feel it burning me through the windscreen (sunscreen or no), and I’ve been covering up with a multitude of scarves.

A woman stands in front of a fence and greenery. She wears a blue and white polka dot sun jacket, yellow shirt, and red floral print skirt. She is smiling.

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Story published on The Mighty – A Grief That Never Ends

Hi folks! Just an update that I’ve had another story published on The Mighty. It is about the continual process of grieving through chronic illness, and how so few people can really cope with others’ grief.

You can read more on: The Ongoing Process of Grief When You Have a Chronic Illness.

On Burdens, Othering, and the Social Model of Disability

One of the greatest burdens of having a disability is the oft-repeated myth that in being disabled, we are ourselves a burden. That the lives of the disabled are by definition, less worthy than those of able-bodied people, and that any attempt to accomodate us is a praise-worthy deviation from the norm, rather than a basic standard of behaviour.

An image of a tweet by Australia Social Services Minister Christian Porter (@cporterwa). Tweet reads, Disability burden $17bn a year, followed by a partial link. Stephen Koukoulas (@TheKouk) replies, @cporterwa "burden"?

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The Adeline Top and Sewing Machine Drama

This is another in a series of summer tops I’ve been sewing. The fabric is a gorgeous rayon from the Spotlight $2/m clearance table. I usually don’t wear much black, but the gem-like colours in the pattern were too entrancing to resist.

An image of a woman in a garden, wearing a black kimono sleeve top with colourful gem floral pattern, black pants and red shoes.
Worn with some hand-me-down (or up, considering how much shorter my auntie is than me) Gordon Smith pants and Mel moon bow loafers.

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When Deconditioning Becomes a Distraction

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You can’t go very long living with a chronic illness without hearing the word “deconditioning” whispered in your ear: by doctors, physios, and society at large. “You MUST exercise,” they say, “or your muscles will waste away to nothing. Don’t you want to get better?” However, as important a role exercise plays in chronic illness management – and I do not deny it has a role to play – I believe that an overemphasis on exercise and deconditioning can be a distraction from seeking real treatment and places the onus of illness squarely on the patient.

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