Reboot: Writing to my Future Self

For the past decade or so, I’ve been posting most of my thoughts, photos and ideas to platforms controlled by mega corporations like Twitter, Facebook and Instagram (also Facebook-owned). Over the years, the Almighty Algorithms mean that content is squeezed, transformed, monetised and only presented to whoever the Megacorps choose.

While posting here is like standing in a forest and shouting my blog posts at the birds, at least, the content’s mine to do with as I wish.

So I’m back to writing on my own blog. Maybe. Hopefully. It feels like when I re-discovered writing on paper a few years ago; An oddly cathartic, familiar-yet-alien feeling I haven’t had in years. πŸ˜€ (And yes, I’m still going to slather my posts in smileys, I’m a child of IRC.)

I have so much to document, but I’ll start with my little Pantone project.

Using cards from a Pantone pack of 100 postcards, I’m hoping to make a small piece of art as frequently as I can. I’m not setting deadlines, not planning 100 days in a row or any other stressful setting-myself-up-for-failure arrangement. Just a bundle of 100 cards to use as a small canvas when I feel like it.

These are the first two:

For the first, I used cut-up packaging paper I’d marbled a few months ago and, for the second, slightly over-enthusiastically applied alcohol inks on a pale lavender background.

I’ll post them to Instagram as they happen, and hopefully pop them here every so often, or when I want to document how I did particular ones.

That’s 2 done, 98 to go! πŸ˜‰

Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017 – Double Video Feature [Ep. 34 & 35]

I never took the time to post last year’s two videos from Edinburgh Yarn Festival 2017 in March last year. It was a fantastic event, where I met so many new people, and got to hang out with loads of old friends.

The first video is a summary of the event, and the second, an interview with the brilliant Karie Westermann, who taught the two-handed colourwork class I attended.

After two years in attendance, I’ve decided not to go to EYF this year.

I have plans to attend a character design and art event later this year instead. I’ll most likely post a vlog of the event too. And who knows, I might start posting videos semi-regularly again!

In the meantime, I decided to revive the blog as my personal space to post some of the new projects I’ve been working on; a mix of drawing, watercolour, airbrushing, and so much other stuff… More on that later πŸ™‚

Got The One I Wanted! [Ep. 33]

YESSSS!!! Booked the class I wanted for Edinburgh Yarn Festival!

So good to be back in the craft room, with lots of great spinning, knitting and giveaway stuff going on πŸ™‚

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Music by
preppeller
TheBeatKnitter on Soundcloud

Peace, love and snuggly shawls,
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Mail Time Edition: Unboxing All The Crafty Things! [Ep. 32]

Let’s do some unboxing & craft haul admiring! I’ve had so much fun these past few months, grabbing lovely things from craft festivals, swapping with fellow handmakers.

What did I share?

My awesome swapee Tracie’s Grocery Girls Podcast:
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsHAwj2jXiwpiYOdYiY3Tgg

Mrs Browns Bags:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/MrsBrownsBags

Cat & Sparrow:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/CatandSparrowUK

Claire from Beautiful Things:
http://www.clairemackaness.com

Pom Pom Magazine (& publisher of Interpretations Vol 3):
pompommag.com

Pop Cardigan by Rachel Atkinson:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/pop-baby-cardigan

Milo by Georgie Hallam:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/milo-3

For the Stephen West super exclusive Fun Squad necklaces giveaway, watch the next episode, where I’ll let you know how you can participate πŸ™‚

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Great London Yarn Crawl 2016 [Ep. 31]

What a fantastic yarn crawl! We visited four fabulous yarn shops, and I chatted with designers, shop owners and happy shoppers!

We visited:
Ray Stitch in Islington, London
http://raystitch.co.uk

Loop Knitting, Islington, London
http://www.loopknittingshop.com

Knit With Attitude, Stoke Newington, London
http://knitwithattitude.com/shop/

Fringe, Muswell Hill, London
http://fringe108.london

I also interviewed the wonderful Susan Cropper at Loop, Tracey at Fringe and Erika Knight, knitwear and crochet designer.

Erika’s beautiful free patterns can be found here:
http://www.erikaknight.co.uk/gossypium-cotton-free-patterns/

Tell me, what painting or work of art would you turn into a knitted version? πŸ™‚

Music by jeff kaale and Dixxy.

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Fibre East 2016 – More yarn than you can shake a spindle at! [Ep. 30]

In July, I headed over to Bedfordshire for Fibre East 2016. I met fellow knitty podcasters Mina from The Knitting Expat and Katie from Inside Number 23.

Join me for lots of gorgeous yarn, a great chat with a local spinners’ guild and a fun sheep shearing show!

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Pizza & Cocktails On A Hot Summer’s Day! [Ep. 29]

This video is about pizzas. And cocktails. And also cats.

I’m a total beginner pizza maker so please bear with my total lack of technique. It was mostly a bit of fun to play with our new camera lens, which gives us that gorgeous low depth of field. πŸ™‚

Tequila cocktail:
– Bashed up lemongrass
– Lime juice
– Mango, passion fruit and orange juice
– Tequila
– Maple syrup
– Soda water
– Ice

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Music by:
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Summer Crafts & Screw-Ups [Ep. 27]

I’m back in the craft room, with new projects, new crafts, a few screw-ups and some fun fix-ups!

Yarn necklaces & progress keepers by HandDrawnYarn on Etsy
https://www.etsy.com/shop/HandDrawnYarn

Ink & Stamp artists I enjoy on Instagram:
https://www.instagram.com/inkprintrepeat/
https://www.instagram.com/lisacongdon/

Netflix recommendations:
Orange is the New Black
iZombie

On YouTube:
Joji Locatelli and Veronica, Las Knitting Amigas
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC-Z_dsvZAG1gyr_w5e6NbQg

Events coming soon:
Fibre East, 30-31st July
http://www.fibre-east.co.uk

Great London Yarn Crawl 2016, 10th September
http://www.yarninthecity.com

Music:
Andrew Applepie on Soundcloud.com
Celadon City on Soundcloud.com

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Giggle Your Heart Away! [Ep. 26]

It’s been a while! Join me on a wonderful weekend away to a gorgeous house, surrounded by amazing greenery.

Come have a giggle with my little nieces Evie, Florence and Daisy.

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Show notes:

What I’m wearing:
Hitofude shawl by Hiroko Fukatsu
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/hitofude-cardigan

What I’m knitting:
Scarfy Thing by Hedgehog Fibres
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/thatcanadiangirl/scarfy-thing
Using various Hedgehog Fibres yarns