Fabulous Forty Basket #3 – for Jane

The top rim of a telephone-wire basket in a chevron pattern of green, black, blue and white

Continuing the zig-zag theme of the Fab 40 series, this basket is for another very special friend, Jane. We met in our first year of boarding school and she has been one of my dearest friends ever since. Wishing you a (very belated, bwaahaahaaa) 40th birthday, Jane! If you're curious to know more, you can read more about my extreme weaving antics. Vital Statistics colours selected and basket started Billy Goat Falls, Kangaroo Island, 20 September 2013. completed at home in Hobart, 13 March 2014. Passport Stamps In the course of its construction, this basket has been to: All over Kangaroo Island, South Australia. Rocky Tom, in the Meehan Ranges near Hobart, Tasmania. Cathedral Rock, Tasmania. The Gingerbread Hut, Mt Rufus, at the southern end ...

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Fabulous Forty Basket #2

Wire basket with chevron pattern in brown, orange, pink and white.

I turned 40 this year. Gasp! Where did the years go? This means that several of my dearest friends also turn 40 this year. To celebrate this rather rattling milestone, I intend to weave each one of them a special "Fab-40" basket and I've just completed the second one. Woo hoo! I daren't count how many more I have to do. I've been twisting strands like a mad thing but at this rate, most of them will end up being Fab-50 gifts instead. As I've previously mentioned in my Extreme Weaving post, the baskets are woven in my spare time, often on mountain-tops during bushwalks in the Tasmanian wilderness or in relaxed moments on holiday. I usually give the baskets as ...

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iMade iPhone Wallpapers

Close-up of a pattern of three rotated clamshells to form a floral shape, in deep inky blue with a linen background

A few days ago my iPhone started to misbehave to such an extent that a reset was required. The reset itself was fairly painless, but I only discovered after a resync that I'd lost most of my wallpapers. And they were the ones I liked, drat it. I tend to prefer non-distracting, dark wallpapers - which are fairly few and far between - so I was pretty miffed to discover I'd completely lost my favourite backgrounds. And I wasn't in the mood for embarking on a forensic dissection of iPhone backups! I've since found some of the lost wallpapers through a bit of search-engine detectivery, but it got me thinking, "why don't I design my own?". And so I ...

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Cross-section of the inside of fibre-optic cable.

For the past fortnight swarms of fluoro-clad cacophonists have been eviscerating the streets of South Hobart to lay optic fibre cable for the National Broadband Network. Last week I caused the crew some amusement when I stopped to ask what the inside of the cable looks like

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