Why I love Pinterest

Okay, it won’t surprise anyone to find out I have a Pinterest, and am a semi-active pinner.

When I first started pinning regularly my partner made comment on the fact that I was turning into one of those pinterest people (yes, he spoke out loud in italics. He is a very clever man.) I did laugh, because if I wasn’t a pinterest person, our house would be a LOT messier.
I’ve always been a cut-and-paste kinda gal. I used to cut out pictures from magazines and stick them in notebooks. I had piles and piles of notebooks with pictures stuck in them – things I wanted, things I liked, things I wanted to do, the list goes on! So when I discovered pinterest, I was immediately hooked. No more scissors and glue to remember things I want to make and do!!

My most populated boards are my wedding board (turns out, when you’re crafty, you spend half your time gathering ideas for a wedding – which you haven’t been proposed to for mind you – in an effort to do a completely DIY wedding), my crafting/sewing boards, and my healthy lifestyle board.

It is also amusing when people say “I wonder if there’s a way to do _____” and I can say “Hey! I’ve pinned that!”

What do you like about pinterest? Or do you prefer the old scissors and glue method?

New Year, New Project

Okay, I’ll be honest – I technically started this project before the new year. But since 90% of it will be done in the new year, I’m calling it a new year project!!

I’ve adored Andi Satterlund’s patterns ever since I first found Ravelry. Miette was my first ever saved pattern. So when I chose my first non-accessory project, I always knew it’d be one of her patterns. I actually ended up choosing a fairly new pattern from her, Myrna.

Isn’t she gorgeous! Photo belongs to Andi Satterlund

The perfect just-on-the-waist length, the just long enough to stop me getting burnt sleeves, and the classy-yet-just-enough cleavage? That’s my kind of cardigan!

I ordered my yarn from Knit Picks when I bought some interchangeable needles. I chose Wool Of The Andes in Cranberry (I also got enough for a second cardigan in Spruce), and the colour is just what I had hoped. A beautiful, warm red, and the yarn is lovely and soft.

I started the day after my order arrived, and just on a week later I have completed the upper back!

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I am really pleased with it – the keyhole needs a little tidying up – but other than that I am pretty happy. I’m about to pick up and start the right upper front. Wish me luck, I’ll share my progress with you once I’ve made some!

What project is currently on your needles?

New Year, New Blog

Happy 2015 everyone!

This year has the chance of being freaking awesome in the world of Heather.

This will be the first full year where I have a full time, professional job. James and I have been together for SIX YEARS this month (seriously!). I turn a quarter century this year. James turns a quarter century this year. If all things go to plan, we’ll be looking at buying or building a house this year. (Can someone tell me when we became adults? Last I remember we were having icecream for dinner…wait, that was last night…hmmm…pseudo-adults?)

And on top of all that, I’m going to actually start blogging properly.

Hey! Stop laughing! I know, I know, you’ve seen this post before. Several times. But the one bonus of having a full time job is that everything is scheduled pretty well, so adding in blog scheduling won’t be a big leap.

I signed up for the Blogging 101 course through WordPress, that starts in a couple of days, and with any luck will take my blogging skills to new heights (or at least mean I can work the site a little better!).

I’m also really wanting to make more practical clothes so I can participate in Me Made May ’15. Rochelle got me inspired with her 4 months, 17 weeks, 120 days post, and I am going to work hard this year on sewing things I will actually wear. Sure, I love party dresses. I adore them. But I don’t wear them nearly enough, so I’ve got to stop sewing them so often!!

So, there’s a lot of things I’m looking forward to for 2015, blogging and craft-wise as well as real life-wise. What’re you looking forward to this year?

First stranded knitting project

So lately I have really enjoyed knitting. A lot of what I was knitting was sometimes just for the act of knitting. I love working with the wool, and the satisfaction of making things. But, with my growing collection of single fingerless mitts (“Oh hey, that pattern looks fun to make”), some oddly coloured hats, and a cowl, I reached the point where sewing for other people was a great option. I got the action of knitting without the product.

Father’s day here is the first Sunday in September, and I jumped at the chance to knit something for my dad. Of course, that’s when I was stumped. Dad is practical. He doesn’t really go for things that are aesthetic without being functional. So a hat was a great choice – he plays tennis, golf, goes fishing, as well as owning a convertible car. But I really didn’t want to just knit a plain beanie. Sure, he’d love it! But I wanted to challenge myself as well as get a fantastic gift made.

When I found the Owl Service Hat by Archives and Old Lace, I knew I had found my pattern. Dad loved that book when he was a kid, and he got me to read it when I was young too; I then studied it at University and gained even more love for it. So of course, I was going to make this pattern up! One problem – it was for a tam. Okay, yep, I’d wear that. I’d wear that in a heart-beat. But I don’t think I’ve ever seen my father in a hat that wasn’t a cap or a beanie. EVER. And I’m 24. My mother probably hasn’t seen him in anything else and they’ve been married for 30 years!!

So I set about making the pattern fit a beanie, and with my father having a big head (which I inherited to a point, curses), I didn’t need to do much! Take out the increases, do a plain band of ribbing, and add one extra stitch at the beginning and end of each round, and it turned out beautifully.

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As you can see it is long enough for the end of it to be folded up, which I like, and the owls are really very visible, if only entirely upside down!

The best thing for me is that Dad loves it – that’s him modelling it at our bach, where he was about to head to the golf course.

A non-sewing update

I know there hasn’t been a lot of noise from me of late – full time work has me run ragged!! At least it means I have lots of sewing funding hehe.

Anyway, I do have an update of sorts. I’ve taken charge of nutrition and health of late. And I’m feeling fantastic!

My favourite breakfast is a green smoothie. Here’s todays:

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Thismorning I have banana, spinach, and peach with coconut almond milk for the liquid. And it’s damn good! (And yes, I even got myself a special blender for them)

Since starting my green smoothie journey about a week ago, I’ve felt far more refreshed and energised; it is the most fantastic feeling, as I haven’t felt this good for a long, long time. And, as a bonus, they are delicious as well as portable and quick to make, so I dont have to faff around with breakfast anymore!

Hopefully over the weekend I get some crafting done so I can share it.

Have you got any favourite green smoothie recipes? I’d love to try them!