Like a girl. 

I am a girl. I was born a girl and I identify as a girl. 

Over the weekend there were a couple of notable events in the AFL. 

The first involved Adam Goodes an indigenous spokesperson who made a statement on the weekend which as I’m not indigenous myself, I don’t feel qualified to comment on (except to mention a couple of tweets about how excited their kids got when seeing Adam Goodes seeing their tribal dance on TV which I thought was really cool – every kid should grow up seeing themselves in at least one person on TV.)

The second was Ollie Wines (who plays for my beloved Port Adelaide) making a statement at quarter time saying that “we’re playing like a bunch of girls.”

Firstly I want to say that I’m not offended by this. I don’t wake up on a Sunday morning, read the paper and wonder what to be offended about today. But I am frustrated and pissed off. 

I hear this type of comment way too often to not be annoyed by it. 

And I continue to ponder how is being like a girl an insult?
So why, when watching a game of football does ‘oh you’re playing like a girl’ get said so often. 

Mythbusters has proven that “throw like a girl” has no scientific merit. 

I doubt there is a single category of thing where you could have everyone in the world in a row from best to worst and there would be a distinctive line between men and woman (and this who identify as neither). 

I confronted a male friend about this last weekend and eventually said “if you use being a girl as an insult then we can’t be friends.” 

Because we can’t. If you think that my gender is inferior to yours then no we can’t be friends. That’s a deal breaker to me. 

But interestingly no one had ever called him on it before. No one had ever pointed out that by calling a football players lack of commitment ‘girly’ he was saying that being a girl was somehow worse than being a boy. 

I love being a girl. Sometimes it sucks (eg finding the right hormonal birth control), but you know what? being a girl is awesome. And no worse than being a boy. 

So stop saying ‘girl’ as though it’s an insult or somehow worse than being a boy. Because it’s not. 

You can now knit some of my original designs!!

I have now got a pattern shop!

I designed some patterns for my week as the Cut Out and Keep Superstar and yesterday I loaded them into ravelry on a bit of a whim really.

Well I published them and already this morning I have 5 comments (yes 5 individual people who are not members of my family or my twitter friends*) from people liking my shawl pattern!!!! I’m just a little gobsmacked

Please let me officially present the first (hopefully of many) Rebekah Liddicoat Designs**
Lovely Ruffly Shawl

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My Summer Sky Slouch
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A Chevron PomPom Bookmark
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A cabled tea cozy (with cable tutorial)

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*A special shoutout to Shay who is not a knitter, but still retweets and comments on all of my knitting posts. I appreciate the support mate🙂

**Just a note for those curious about my Designer Name. That is not my real name, however Ravelry requires me to have a credible sounding First & Last name so I chose one that I know is unique and does’t appear anywhere else on the internet (except for birth records from the 1800s).

#KCBWDAY7 – Your Time, Your Place

I knit while waiting for the train,
I will knit whilst on a plane.
I will knit curled on my couch,
with cats at my feet about to pounce.

Sunny crafternoons knitting on the grass,
If I was in school I’d knit in class.
I can knit whilst walking home,
I will knit when on the phone.

Knitting is crucial when watching sport
Especially this year watching Port!
Knitting in public haters beware,
You’ll see me knitting everywhere.

*this is a post for the 6th annual knitting & crochet blog week hosted by ekimimi makes. To see other posts on this topic search #6KCBWDAY7

#6KCBWDAY6 – polls apart

If you could only knit one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?


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#6KCBWDAY5 – and now for something completely different 


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** yes this is the extent of my drawing skills. This was drawn by a 30 year old, not a 7 year old. 

#6KCBWDAY4 – Bags of Fun

Bag number 1 – Editors 

Contents: hand dyed yarn, 31 rows of  cold pine on 5mm Hiya Hiya circular needles  

Bag number 2 – Two Door Cinema Club

Contents:  scissors, yarn needle, yarnvszombies fingering weight yarn, Baba Yaga socks on addi turbo 2.5mm circular needles

Bag number 3 – Tangerine Designs 

Contents:  yarnvszombies doctor who collection tags, one geek to craft them all doctor who collection stitch markers,  snakeld scarf on birch circular needles in yarnvszombies 7th doctor colour way, home made lip balm from Twitter lovely Rocky, crochet hook, penguin tape measure from ravelry swap box, pen, nail clippers, bottle cap, cocoa butter lip balm, yarn needles, scrap yarn, carabena and stitch marker. 



Bag number 4 – The Shins

Contents: blanket inspired by grandmothers favourite dishcloth on birch needles. 8 ply marvel soft yarn in 4 colours. Curious Tina-cat


Bag number 5 – Typo flip out case

Contents:  carabena with handmade stitch markers, scissors, scrap yarn, pens, crochet hooks, pencil sharpener, sharpie, yarn needle, ruler/needle gauge, assorted double pointed needles, assorted short circular needles, modcloth measuring tape, Tina-cat. 

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**I am in no way sponsored by yarnvszombies. I am however putting her cat through college. 

#6KCBWDAY3 – experimental photography or knitting photos with song lyrics

Editors – Papillon

Phantogram – Black Out Days


The National – Runaway

Blood Red Shoes – In Time To Voices

Neutral Milk Hotel – In The Aeroplane Over The Sea

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#6KCBWDAY2 – all about me

Knitting saved my life. 

I believe this to be true. 

My brain tells me lies. 

It tells me that I’m not good enough, that no one wants me, no one could ever love me, the whole world is against me and I am stupid and ugly and mean and cruel and a terrible person.

My brain tells me these things daily. 

I take medication to make me remember that my brain isn’t working properly. Most people don’t have their brain constantly telling them that they’re worthless and everything would be better off without them. Most days it works and these thoughts don’t consume me like they did before I found the right medication. Then there are other days when the lies my brain tells me get through to me and I have to be strong enough to not believe them. And I’m not always that strong. 

Knitting helps me not believe the lies. 

It shuts down my brain. I can knit and make things and my brain can’t lie to me because I can see it with my own eyes that I can knit. I can make things. I can make fucking awesome things! 

Having something tangible that I can hold makes some of those lies go away. 

Not always, but some of those days where I’m in a depressive state and all my strength is taken up by moving from the bed to the couch, I can pick up some knitting and make something. I can knit. 

I can knit. My brain can’t tell me that what I make doesn’t exist. 

That’s why I think knitting saved my life. If I didn’t have that crutch to fall back on, that tangible evidence that makes me realise that my brain lies to me……. 


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#6KCBWDAY1 – if I were yarn


If I were yarn I’d be bright, cheery, and colourful. 

If I were yarn I’d be soft and squishy. 

If I were yarn I’d be durable and tough 

If I were yarn I’d be kind when you needed me to but challenging when I knew you could cope. 

If I were yarn I’d like to make you feel better when you see me. 

If I were yarn I’d let you know what I wanted to become. And the pattern would be well structured, well written and clear. 

If I were yarn I’d be clever and springy and accomodating. 

If I were yarn I’d be reliable and always practical. 

If I were yarn I’d like to be petted all the time. 

That’s the kind of yarn I’d like to be.

*this is a post for the 6th annual knitting & crochet blog week hosted by ekimimi makes. To see other posts on this topic search #6KCBWDAY1 

Knit & crochet superstar! 

I didn’t think I’d be able to keep this a secret, but I have!

I am this weeks featured blogger on Cut Out and Keep!!!! 

If you’ve never visited before it’s chock full of patterns and tutorials of everything from knitting and crochet to jewellery making, embroidery, and sewing. 

This week will feature some of my patterns and a couple of tutorials as well!! 

My first pattern is a cabled tea cozy so go and check it out.