They can’t all be winners – Burda 6798

I don’t often see a lot of sewing failures posted online. Perhaps we’re more inclined to share successes, or maybe others don’t create quite as many wadders as I do. I certainly make my share of sucky garments, and this post is about one of them: Burda 6798 boyfriend jeans.

An image of a woman wearing baggy, unflattering jeans and a grey t-shirt.
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“Chronic fatigue” vs chronic fatigue syndrome

May 12 is International ME/CFS and FM Awareness Day, and throughout the month I am sharing posts which shed a bit more light on these misunderstood illnesses. For more, check out #May12BlogBomb, #MEAwarenessDay and #MillionsMissing on Twitter and Instagram.


One of the most common misconceptions about ME/CFS is the difference between the specific illness, chronic fatigue syndrome (myalgic encephalomyelitis) and other types of fatigue. This simple misunderstanding snowballs into real challenges for ME/CFS sufferers, who have to contend with people’s assumptions that they are not seriously unwell, but just tired. Continue reading ““Chronic fatigue” vs chronic fatigue syndrome”

#May12BlogBomb – Heartbroken

A painting of a woman's head. She looks down with her eyes closed.
Artwork by Beth Raven.

May 12 is International ME/CFS and FM Awareness Day, and today bloggers are joining together in a #May12BlogBomb to raise awareness of these illnesses. I should be writing about the what ME/CFS really is, the debilitating symptoms, the research. I should be valiantly trying to raise awareness for this condition that has ruined my life, and many others. But I am heartbroken and cannot.

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Late to the party take two: Ginger Jeans

Closet Case Ginger Jeans – we’ve made them, we’ve blogged them, we’ve read the reviews. Now that I’ve finally caught up to the rest of the sewing world, I can reflect on what I like and don’t like so much about jeansmaking.

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Solving problems I didn’t know I had #2: biased knitting

In the process of swatching for the Armande Cardigan, I learnt that my tension problems were due to rowing out, and could be solved by slightly modifying my knitting technique. When it came to knitting the cardigan itself, I came across another curiosity I’d never encountered before in all my years of knitting.

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Solving problems I didn’t know I had #1: rowing out

One of my favourite things about craft is problem solving. There is always a new technique to try, and challenges to puzzle my way through.* Even though I’ve been knitting for 13 years, and feel confident in tackling most projects, there is always something new to learn. In the process of knitting the Armande Cardigan by Andi Satterlund (still on the needles), I’ve encountered a few challenges and learnt more about knitting along the way.

An image of a woman posing in front of a metal wall. She wears retro styled makeup, headscarf, and yellow cardigan. She is smiling.
The Armande Cardigan, courtesy of Knitty.

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Betrayed – a brief summary of the PACE trial

2016 brought exciting news for ME/CFS patients. The researchers behind the PACE trials were finally forced to release their raw data, which revealed that their initial conclusions – that graded exercise therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy were the only effective interventions for ME/CFS – were unsubstantiated.

Usually the retraction of positive results would not be cause for celebration. But the PACE trial was not only unethically conducted, it contained numerous methodological errors, drew conclusions which were not supported by the evidence, and promoted therapies which are greatly harmful to ME/CFS patients. It was only due to those same patients’ dogged research and tenacity in the face of abuse that the truth was revealed. Here’s how it happened.

An ink sketch and painting of a seated woman. She looks down pensively. Red flames appear to emerge from her back.
Artwork by Beth Raven

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