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:
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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

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.

episode 2 along the lanes

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!

LiveScribe Pulse pen: Where were you all my life!?

As an early birthday present to myself, I bought a Livescribe Pulse Smartpen earlier this week. It arrived yesterday and I’ve just been blown away by it so far.

The pen improves on regular pens in two key ways:

  1. It registers anything that is written on paper, effectively scanning my handwriting as I go, which means that as soon as I get back to the computer, the pen transfers it to the LiveScribe software for future reference.
  2. It records all audio in the room, which means I can take a few headline notes without writing down every single piece of information.

Back in university, I had some form of RSI in my right wrist, so I made it a habit to record lessons on tape so that I didn’t need to write everything. In reality, I could never find the time or energy to dig through the 3-hour lecture recording to find the 5-minute segment that interested me, so it was pretty much a pointless exercise.

With the LiveScribe, it all becomes much easier: Tap the pen on the headline note relating to the audio clip you need, whether it’s a title or a graph, the recording will automatically go back to that point and start playing.

Normally, I’d shrug and say that this is a gadget for geeks and will never reach into the real world. Past similar gadgets have existed and gone nowhere fast. The biggest difference? This one prices its accessories reasonably.

The pen itself is £120-£150 so it’s a small initial investment, but Moleskine-style notebooks cost about £1 more per unit than their traditional Moleskine counterparts, and the A4-sized school notebooks are £16.99 for a pack of 4. The paper is thicker than with the Moleskine, which makes me happy as I’m a heavy-handed writer. Next time I need to get some notebooks, I think I’ll get a 4-pack of the pink flip notepad which is far cheaper than Moleskine journalist flip notepads. (Plus it’s pink, wayhey!) The ink isn’t overpriced either, and in a pinch, since it writes like a normal pen, it’s possible to use the pen without the fancy paper (unlike stylus-based systems).

The pen does raise some interesting ethical and legal questions: What if I forgot to mention to someone that I’m recording our conversation? Or maliciously chose to record a private conversation? Of course, I have no intention of doing that, but the technology is now becoming available and affordable to people who aren’t MI5 or hired spies (albeit in a pen the size of a large cigar!) so we’ll undoubtedly be seeing these issues show up on the Information Commissioner’s agenda in the future.

As far as I’m concerned, this is a great new addition to my arsenal of tools to support my sieve-like memory and no one needs to worry about me using it stealthily. I’ll be too busy showing off the piano party trick it can do!

Now you can watch my first pencast below…

My cats’ routine
brought to you by Livescribe

[Note: Before you ask, this isn’t a sponsored post and LiveScribe didn’t give me a free pen. I just am that much of a geek that I get excited over pens.]

Where creativity comes from

It’s Friday, you’ve been giving it the beans all week, working that little brain of yours to the bone (figuratively, let’s hope). You need a boost for that last mile before this evening’s G&T while watching mindless TV (or maybe your evening is more exciting than mine…)

Don’t tell everyone, but I’ve found one of the best sources of creative juices out there…

Alright, fine, it’s a campaign for the South West Regional Development Agency, created by Rubber Republic. It arrived in my inbox last week, with a subject line containing “Viral Campaign”*, so it was within an inch of getting deleted without a second look. Being the end of the day, I was looking for distraction, so I had a look at the video, to find myself delighted by how silly it turned out to be. I love organisations with a sense of humour, and this one’s just wonderfully twisted.

I wonder what would happen if you squeezed Silicon Fen/Cambridge creatives? You’d probably get a CAMRA-approved fermented beverage that knocks your socks off. 😉

[* On the “Viral Campaign” note, I hope agencies will realise that, while it’s fine to call it a viral campaign on your marketing strategy plan internally, a video doesn’t go viral until the viewers make it so. Create something fantastic, give people the tools to share it easily, but don’t tell us it’s a viral. That’s for us to decide.]

My Omni and me

A few weeks ago, Andrew and I wanted to get a couple of beanbags so that we could slouch right in front of the TV to play Lego Indiana Jones (which was a rocking game, btw!). We ended up ordering a couple of pear shaped brown leatherette bean bags.

But by some most bizarre coincidence, two days later, via fellow blogger Tom, Andrew from Sumo Lounge offered to send me a monster-sized Sumo Omni beanbag. It was delivered to the office, leaving most of my work colleagues puzzled when I shoved this big blue bag into the back of my tiny car. (we usually carpool with a friend, but that day, he walked home…)

So this is what it’s like these days in the Pepperrell lounge. A husband, two cats, and a big momma of a mmmm… cozy beanbag.

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