More Arran photos. It’s taking me ages to sort through them all. this batch is from our walk to the King’s caves, the caves where legend has it Robert the Bruce was hiding and saw a spider restart it’s web which inspired the ‘try, try again’ speech to his troops which ultimately won them the Battle of Banockburn. This is just one of the caves that lay the claim to this story and there doesn’t seem to be any evidence that this was it or even that the 3 months hiding even happened. They don’t make a thing about it anyway, there’s no signage or explanation or anything on them, just a very weathered spider puppet, and the caves really just look like any other caves. But the round trip walk to them is lovely, going through forests, fields, along the cliffs and on the beach. It’s just such a beautiful landscape! It was a 2 and a half hour walk and Ellis walked maybe about 20 minutes of it. Dave was a champ with the shoulder carrying!
We had planned to go to Jupiter Artland on Saturday, but the weather had other ideas so we went to the National Museum instead. Not the most exciting pictures, as we were with friends who don’t really know about the whole blog thing so I didn’t want to have my big camera out the whole time. By the time we sat down for coffee and snack Ellis was pretty tired/grumpy, he’s getting his final teeth and it not having a good time with it, poor baby. I like the one of Milo though, I feel it should be in a caption competition.
The second step of the curated closet (after the first one) is setting your style goals with three more questions
What do you like about your style and current wardrobe?
It’s mostly well-fitting, completely comfortable and suitable to my lifestyle. And I like all pieces individually.
Which aspects of your style and wardrobe need work?
I would like everything to be more coherent and also more recognisable. I think because my wardrobe is such a mish mash of recently bought and sewn, and some stuff from a long time ago when I had a very different body, and a much more vintage style, it’s just not very consistent. I guess it would be easy enough to go down the basics route for consistency l, and I do love my Breton tops, but then so does everyone else. I would like my clothes to be in a recognizable style even to people who don’t think about clothes.
Re the sewing, at the moment I’m still trying to sew down my stash which is mostly acquired from swaps and some purchases for things I didn’t then get round to actually making. I need to be more selective in my fabric choices when sewing and not be seduced by stuff that looks oh so cute on the roll but maybe doesn’t fit in my wardrobe.
What new skills do you want to learn?
Also on sewing, I need to build up my skills a bit. I gravitate to things that only need fitting in one place, because honestly the thought of doing all these adjustments at the same time slightly gives me the fear. But if I really want to build my wardrobe I’m gonna have to learn!
The other thing is to figure out my body shape. I used to be an hourglass and on paper have gone to being something like a pear based on my measurements (I know the whole idea of standard body shapes is ridiculous, but you know what I mean). But still sometimes I see pictures of myself and I look so chesty, and sometimes even top heavy. So if I could get a better idea of what is flattering (even if flattering sometimes isn’t the aim) that would be great.
Next up is collecting photos of stuff I like!
I completely forgot I still had all these photos from the art college degree show to share! Illustration is always our favourite bit and this year I really liked lots of stuff. I tried to link all the artists so you can check them out – annoyingly
not all are most are not on the degree show website and I’ve thrown the catalogue away now. It took me ages to track all the ones down that I have and it should not be that hard! Any intel on the others gratefully received.
This is Laura Jenkinson. we would have bought that fox if it had been in the shop, but there was only black and white prints by her left.
India Pearce – lovely little papercuts and these two way images (I’m sure there is a technical term?)
Laura Sayers. All papercuts! Also picture at top of post.
Victoria Chu/Larkadelic You were meant to take a selfie with the cardboard cutout
Hannah Sneddon. The second picture is the print we bought, which weirdly wasn’t in her actual show!
That’s it, hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!
HOW are we already halfway through the year? Mental!
Last weekend, we went to Dunbar to pick strawberries at Belhaven Fruit farm, but the strawberries were closed as they were all green. I had checked on the Thursday, but the message went up on the Friday. Lesson learnt! We just went on the playpark for a bit and had some cake. The pictures are inside the climbing frame which has these chalk walls. Milo had his hair cut the day before, how crazy grown up does he look?
Back when I did the Fibreshare yarn parcel thing, I bought some stuff for my partner from the ravelry destash pages, and since I was on a roll, I also got a skein of Mothy and the Squid yarn. I’ve admired her super fun yarns for a long time, so was delighted to find it a bit cheaper. This is what it looked like in skein form, the shade is Industrial Accident.
The things is though (and obviously I did know this on a rational level, but it still sort of surprised me), once that’s wound up, it looks completely different. There’s no areas of similar colours, it’s all fleckled pretty much consistently everywhere. And the problem with that sort of yarn is that it makes most interesting patterns completely disappear. So I searched for AGES for a suitable pattern for that sort of yarn, and eventually settled on this, the Frisson shawl.
In the end it turned out to be a pretty perfect pattern for this, it’s simple enough that there’s nothing being hidden by the fleckles, but also does have an interesting construction. And its suitable for summer, which is great! It’s really more of a scarf than a shawl. I did make a mistake at one of the later points and did an eyelet row too many, so the step is bigger than it should be. I really need to learn not to try and guess from the way it looks where I am, but RECORD EVERYTHING. I haven’t learnt this of course, I just had to rip back a huge chunk of my current project for the same reason. But it doesn’t really matter, you can only tell the mistake when it’s lying flat, so who cares? I’m very happy with this shawl and would make again.
A nice walk through some fields to several prehistoric stone circles at Machrie Moor. The interestingly/randomly angled photos are by Milo by the way!
Every January, I print out all the Project 52 photos to make into an album. This year I printed them out and then promptly forgot about it, only picking it up again when my rsi flared up and I couldn’t knit. So I only just managed to fit it in before the start of July. Makes it extra fun going through all the pictures when he was so wee, now that the oldest ones are a year and a half old. I went pretty minimalist/lazy this time, no numbers or descriptions or anything, so I could get this done. I should go back and do a cover page too, but I’ll do Milo’s album first, he’s well jealous!