Jane Dallaway

Jane Dallaway

Often found in front of a computer, loom or sewing machine.

Software developer by trade. Weaver and photographer by hobby. Dog owner by design. This blog has elements of them all.

Maintainer of 30yearsagotoday.com and brightonbloggers.com


Email: jane @ dallaway.com
Twitter: @janedallaway
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  • Bullet Journal 

    At the BrightonRuby conference in July one of the lightning talks was about productivity. In it they mentioned BulletJournal. I liked the simplicity of what I read when I visited the site.

    Ever since Dad died I've been using an analogue diary with a week view and blank page. In it I've generally made a note about the best thing of the day. Sometimes the negatives. But I'm usually a positive person. It has been good to be able to reflect on my week and take some ownership over my time.

    I've also been using AddShareDo as a to do list. This has worked well for the past few years. And still has a lot of shared to do list items on it.

    And I'd been using IDoneThis for work to help me get a feeling of satisfaction at the end of the day. It emails me every afternoon to ask what I've been doing. I quite like the trigger.

    But the BulletJournal intrigued me. And I love stationery. This seemed like a great opportunity. So on the 1st August I started Bullet Journalling using the standard layout. I liked what I experienced. But, the monthly view didn't work for me. I realised that I don't actually do much monthly reviewing. But I do look at things on a weekly basis. So my main deviation is that I have a weekly view. One of the great things about the Bullet Journal is the flexibility. If an aspect doesn't work, then the system won't break if I choose not to use it.

    I am using a Leuchtturm 1917 pocket book with dotted paper. I love Leuchtturm 1917 books as the paper can withstand my fountain pen inks. Something that Moleskine doesn't. Also they come in multiple colours. And even better, they have become the official manufacturer for the Kickstarter campaign. I'm looking forward to getting my Special Edition version next January!

  • Ally Pally 2014 

    I spent Saturday at The Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace. Like last year I had a list of things to look for or at. And like last year I stayed on plan and didn't behave too much like a child in a sweet store. When we arrived at around midday the show seemed busy, but the crowds soon thinned out.

    I like how the weaving part of WP60 looks. It isn't sewn into a finished item yet but when it is it will be another Doni's Deli bag. But I like the pattern and I think it'll work well as a scarf.

    Stylecraft Life DK

    So I thought I'd plan that out and buy some yarn for it. I found some great colours amongst the Stylecraft stand and chose Life DK as it felt a little softer to the touch than the all acrylic option.


    The other collection of things I bought was fabrics. The top left batch of greys and grey with flowers are to be the lining for the Doni's Deli bag I mentioned earlier. I bought the yellow piece at the bottom left to be the reverse of a cushion cover. But I'm not completely sure that the colour is right so I'll take a proper look at the weekend. And finally I bought a collection of fabrics at the top right that I plan to use together in a quilt. I don't know what the pattern of the quilt will be. But I want it to match the Rothko inspired cushion, and the chair back cushion.

    Odds and Ends

    And finally I bought a couple of odds and ends. I almost bought an entire floor lamp but sense got the better of me. My craft space isn't well lit at present. And I'd been considering buying a lamp. But it occurred to me that changing the bulb in the normal light fitting might make a significant difference. Time will tell. The other oddity I bought was a ball of size 40 crochet thread. The plan is to use this for Tenerife Lace. A friend bought me a kit for my birthday and I've almost used up the thread that it came with (although I have no outputs worth sharing yet)

    All in all a grand day out.

  • Identified Flying Object 

    IFO: Information

    I've just started another online course. This time it's from The University of Sheffield and it's called Exploring Play. Last week was the first week and one of the activities was thinking about play in the context of your own childhood. It wasn't a big surprise to see a lot of people mention playing on swings.

    At the weekend I visited my Mum. Doing so involves a fair few train rides and some hanging around at stations. On the last trip I noticed that there was a swing in what looked like a Bird Cage near Kings Cross station. This trip I had a bit longer for my connection. And having been thinking about play and swings I took the chance to investigate.

    FO: Day time. Swing not in use

    It turns out to be an art installation called Identified Flying Object and it is part of the RELAY art programme.

    The IFO itself, often referred to as ‘the birdcage’, due to its domed, cage-like structure, is made up of huge bars standing 9m high, wide enough for visitors to walk through and enjoy the swing, which hangs at its centre.

    IFO: Lit up at night

    It seemed to be well used by children. The seat is wide enough for an adult. And the supports look strong enough to make it safe for young and old alike. I didn't see any adults reclaiming their childhood enjoyment. Maybe next time I go past in daylight I'll give it a go.

  • A second drawstring backpack 

    In use

    I'm still using the drawstring backpack I made last October day in/day out for morning dog walks. I noticed the other week that one of the tab attachments is starting to come unstitched. The one that the treat bag hangs off. I wonder how that happened! Anyway, I could mend it. Or I could make a replacement. I opted for the latter. I bought the fabric for it at the Knitting and Stitching show last year after all. It's just that the original has lasted a lot longer than I'd expected. Which is good. Obviously.

    I decided that I'd like to line this one. And that the only thing missing from my current bag is somewhere to put my keys. So these were the only two design changes to the original.


    When I measured out the fabric I discovered that I couldn't orient the woven fabric quite how I wanted - with lines vertically - so I've aligned them horizontally instead.

    It took a couple of hours to put together and all went according to plan. The only complexity was that the lines look really well defined from a distance. But close up not so much. There was quite a bit of squinting happening.


    All in all though I think it looks good. The lining makes it look more finished. And my keys will be able to hang from cord made using my fringe twister with matching threads. I haven't field tested it yet though - I'm going to wait for the current one to finally collapse first.

  • I see faces... 

    … and so does iPhoto.

    Not just me then

    I like this. Maybe it is not just human's who have pareidolia. Maybe we've taught our software to have it too.