Tuesday, 26 January 2016

Aran knit cowl


Mum asked me to make this for her for when she's out walking the dog. I put together rib, honeycomb and open diamond knits for it. It's big enough to double up.

I'd like to do more with aran knitting - mix and matching stitches to make some more scarfs, cowls, blankets and cushions!


Monday, 25 January 2016

Watching, reading, listening

Watching

Saturday night two of my friends made me watch John Carter. It is so strange. At times they repeatedly explain things (Barsoom is Mars if you watched the film and didn't pick up on that at all), at others they conveniently leave out important bits, like you know, how he gets to Barsoom (thats what they call Mars). Its pretty... the guys power is jumping high, did I mention that? Anyway, it left me laughing hysterically and questioning life on Jasoom (Earth, Barsoom is Mars).

I also watched Me, Earl and the Dying Girl again which is so so good! Watch this instead.

Reading

Middlesex is a beautifully written book about identity. Cal was born a female and then again later as a male. The narrator intertwines his current complicated love life with how he became who he is. The book takes place across Europe and America, through wars and riots and different generations but still feels personal.

Listening

Here's the Thing with Alec Baldwin is back! Alec is a pretty good interviewer and has such an amazing voice (and giggle). I've also been listening to more Dan Savage's Savage Love podcast and got one of my housemates into it too.

Mystery Jets have a new album out so I've given that a go. It's good but I still love this song best:

and this one...
Thursday, 21 January 2016

Experiments in blogging: writing


I've been thinking more about writing, I sit next to an aspiring playwright now so it was always going to happen a bit.

This being a craft blog, I've focused more on pictures. They're fast and speak a thousand words, but I would like to improve my writing. I don't want to be write a novel or a play or a film - I just want to be better at sharing things with anyone that happens to be reading this blog. Even if it is just so old lady me doesn't read this and think 'I such was a dickhead'...

Style

Writing this I have become more and more aware of how often I use certain sentence structures, and you know I love an ellipsis! I try to write how I speak but it would be great if writing more helps me to find my style more.

Post length

I'd like some of my posts to be a bit longer because it can take me a while to 'warm up' to writing and I think it it'll help be to share more information. I don't think I'll be doing long form just yet though!


Sharing

I'm still trying to figure out what I do and don't want to share on here but I know I'd like to share a bit more. I'm not going to share information every time I do anything. I know I won't be sharing friends and family's stories on here and I expect I won't share much about my love life on here anytime soon. 


Resources:

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

Crochet cat


There was a halloween cat pattern in Mollie Makes a while ago but it was pretty neat so I substituted the yarn for Bouffle which as well as having an awesome name is super fluffy. Its not the easiest to use (the fluff gets in the way a bit) but the effect is worth it. I wanted it to look like my friends kitten which hasn't quite worked but I think he's still adorable.


Sunday, 17 January 2016

Watching, reading, listening


If weekends were a competition I think I won the 30+ category this weekend when someone thought I was 24 years old. Not that youth is everything mind! I also got to spend time with lots of my favourite people and be by the seaaaaa.

Watching:
Slow West is on Netflix at the moment and you should watch it. A young Scottish man arrives in America and is heading to meet the girl he's in love with and hires a man to get him there alive. It's a beautiful film and worth trying even if you are put off by westerns because it's probably not what you think. Plus -

I've also been watching Travel Man, the funniest travel programme ever. Richard Ayoade takes a friend to a near by travel destination to fit as much sightseeing as possible into 48 hours on a budget. You can watch it on 4oD (or whatever it's called now).

Reading:
I got around to reading Not That Kind of Girl this week. Obviously Lena is an over sharer and had a very particular kind of upbringing (one pretty different from my own) but I still found a lot of the essays relatable and interesting.

Listening:
like everyone else in the world a little Bowie but also some Kat Edmonson because her voice is so beautiful.
Thursday, 14 January 2016

Goals


Last year I set myself some work style SMART goals and it went pretty well so I've gone and done it again. I think it helps because it's about having things to aim for rather than giving things up or trying to change your lifestyle all in one go (both of which just lead to failure).

My goals for 2016 include:
  • Buying a new bed and mattress
  • Going down another dress size
  • Running 10k
  • Selling something I've made
  • Buying 0 ebooks (not because I disagree with them, but because I have a ton I haven't read yet and because I do disagree with Amazon)
  • Reading at least 65 books (includes comics and graphic novels)
If you know me in real life you'll know I don't start doing any of this stuff until February, January is a crazy month normally and I've already drunk more so far than I did over Christmas.


I'd also like to go on a couple of courses:
  • dress making
  • next level modern calligraphy 
  • brush lettering
Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Chalk painting before and after

Sorry for the rubbish pictures here - the lighting was not my friend.
I bought the furniture in my room from the girl who rented it before me and I've been gradually replacing bits. All that's left at the moment is my ugly bed frame which I want to replace this year, and the wardrobe. 

It's from Ikea and a great size but it doesn't go with anything else I have. 

Soooo I've used 3 coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in Pure and then coated in Annie Sloan Clear Soft Wax. It's all easy to use the only thing I'd say is with Pure do lots of thin coats because its so light.
The weird shadows are from my light fitting.

I finished it up with some knobs from Anthropologie 

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Watching, reading, listening



Because I've been off work and that Christmas holiday period I've got more recommendations than usual this week.

Watching

TV:

  • Making a Murderer - just like everyone else in the world
  • And Then There Were None - it was on between Christmas and New Year and I was particularly impressed by Aidan Turner's outfit in episode 2
  • War and Peace - not sure about this version so far but we'll see
Film:
  • Star Wars - loved it. Especially Oscar Isaac's hair and that lip bite...
  • The Revenant - all the bad things happening in lovely looking dangerous places
  • Love is Strange - beautiful film which is on Netflix now
  • Dear White People - also on Netflix now, interesting and funny
Reading:
  • The Finkler Question - it won the Booker in 2010 and some of the language use is good but the topic and characters felt odd and unrelatable (for me at least)
  • The Master Magician - third and final book in the Paper Magician series. The first is the best one but they are easy and fun reads - also what other book mentions Waterlooville?! 
Listening:
  • Johnny Flynn - A Larum is one of my favourite albums so I've been revisiting that and some of his other stuff after seeing him in Hangmen (which he was brilliant in)
  • Bombay Bicycle Club - I haven't been going for new songs much over the last few weeks, always nice to listen to your favourite band and these are probably mine
Saturday, 9 January 2016

January in London


If you follow me on social media you'll know that I decided to cope with January and recover from the holidays by taking a week off work. It's been pretty great doing some touristy bits. As well as crafting and doing some housework I did fun things (all of which i recommend) such as: