Random Acts of Kindness + Giveaway! [Ep 19, Along The Lanes]

Random acts of kindness make the world go ’round.

Leave a comment once you’ve done your good deed to be in with a chance to win one of the lovely giveaway prizes to celebrate Along The Lanes reaching the 2000 subscribers milestone. (Before 20th March 2016)

Subscribe and say hi on Twitter/Rav/Instagram:
https://twitter.com/vero/
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http://www.ravelry.com/groups/along-the-lanes-podcast

Peace, love and random acts of kindness,
Vero

Show notes

Thank you to Skein Queen, Fripperies & Bibelots and Pom Pom for their generous giveaway goodies!

Skein Queen
http://skeinqueenyarns.com

Fripperies & Bibelots stitch markers
https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/fripperiesnbibelots

Take Heart by Fiona Alice, in collaboration with Pom Pom Magazine
http://www.pompommag.com/books/

FreeAgent Accounting Software
http://fre.ag/3wpeqsah
(This is a referral link: you get 10% off, I get 10% off, we’re all happy and more productive!)

Inventables X-Carve
https://www.inventables.com/technologies/x-carve

Tikki Knits
http://www.tikkiknits.com/blog/small-circumference-knitting

VeryPinkKnits

Edinburgh Yarn Festival
http://www.edinyarnfest.com

Gemini by Jane Richmond
http://www.knitty.com/ISSUEss12/PATTgemini.php

Hedgehog Fibres
http://hedgehogfibres.com

Knitlandia by Clara Parkes
http://www.abramsbooks.com/product/knitlandia_9781617691904/

Echo Beach by Kieran Foley
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/echo-beach

Music by preppeller

Along The Lanes: Episode 2 – Time Travel

Last night, I published Episode 2 of Along The Lanes, my new podcast about knitting, crafts and fluffy things. This week, I’m sharing some progress updates, the story of my most worn and least worn Finished Objects, and opening some exciting post.

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You can watch it now on my new YouTube channel.

As I’ve moved to a new channel, please re-subscribe to be notified when I add new videos! I already can’t wait to record the next one, and I suspect I’ll have some great stash acquisition to share in the next few days.

And THANK YOU for watching! 😀

Show notes

My Hitofude project page:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/thatcanadiangirl/hitofude-cardigan

Trillian by Martina Behm:
http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/trillian-2

Alegria by Manos del Uruguay:
http://www.ravelry.com/yarns/library/manos-del-uruguay-alegria

Strokkur project page:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/thatcanadiangirl/strokkur

Hogwarts Express project page:
http://www.ravelry.com/projects/thatcanadiangirl/hogwarts-express

Pompom magazine:
http://pompommag.com

Along The Lanes: Episode 1 – New knitting podcast

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After talking about it for… months? or years? I’ve finally got my act together and recorded my first podcast / vlog about knitting, crafts and squishy yarny things.

I had so much fun recording and editing the first one that it’ll hopefully become a regular thing. It’s a good chance to play with video editing in ways that wouldn’t necessarily be suitable for work-related videos, and I get to waffle on about my favourite new yarns, patterns and projects – and anyone who’s ever got me started on those will know I’ve got a lot of love for the wonderful designs that are being created in recent years!

There are about a million crafty podcasts out there, so I won’t be the first or the last, but I hope I can make mine a fun and bright place for viewers to spend a few minutes with me in their week. I promise an avalanche of wildly colourful yarn, tales of WIPs, frogged projects and beautiful FOs. 😀

If you enjoy the video, don’t forget to subscribe and give it thumbs up!

Andrew & Roy in Antigua

Last week was pure bliss. A week away from work (almost), cooking and cleaning.​

​As the wonderful Antiguan resort staff said, “the only lifting you should be doing this week is lifting your cocktail glass or your fork!”

Andrew took Roy out on a Hobie Wave little sailing boat and filmed their outing. Looks like fun, doesn’t it?​

Immortalising the Alfred logo in Minecraft

In recent months, we’ve printed the Alfred logo on stickers, handy little keyboard brushes and we’ve made our own bowler hats to wear at SXSW Interactive in March.

Yet, I think this trumps them all; Alfred user and good friend Zettt created a giant bowler hat in Minecraft and shows it off on video. Even as a Glitch early adopter, I don’t quite “get” Minecraft but the walkthrough is hilarious nonetheless.

I have to admit, I never imagined I’d see our Alfred logo immortalised this way 🙂

For Zettt’s whole post, check out his Mac OS X Tumblr.

Why I'm in love with IKEA's "Cat herding" campaign

In case the news hasn’t made it to your corner of the office yet, here’s a YouTube video perfect for a Friday.

IKEA’s campaign involved releasing 100 cats into a London IKEA store and letting them roam free. Whoddathunk hanging halogen light fittings made such great cat runs…

Aside from the fact that I’m a total cat lover (an anomaly in my family), the reason I’m head over heels for this campaign is that, for once, Marketing doesn’t take itself seriously. Sure, IKEA isn’t at the awareness-building stage of its business lifespan and can afford to do some pretty creative marketing, as they did with their Facebook campaign in 2009.

It’s refreshing to see a campaign that’s purely done for fun, an idea that doesn’t make any sense and doesn’t try to preach or sell us anything. Have a laugh, spend Friday afternoon spreading the video around and gain that little bit more love for the almighty brand that is IKEA. “Simples!”, as Aleksandr Orlov would say.

I wonder if they just shook the box of Whiskas biscuits to call all the cats back at the end?

Happy Friday!