2018 Summary

I started 2018 on sabbatical from work and finished the year having resigned, so I haven’t done any paid work all year.  But what I have done is work on my creativity and what a wide range of projects I have done!

So this post is a summary of the things I achieved this year (and some memorable highlights).

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🧦 knitting (unless noted as crochet)   πŸŒ€ spinning   πŸ’¦ wet felting   πŸ—‘ needle felting  πŸ‘©πŸ»‍πŸ”¬ dyeing

πŸ–Ό drawing   πŸ“· photography   πŸ’Ž sea glass

πŸ• camping trip   🏑 holiday cottage\B&B   🎫 concert   🎟  show

January

🧦 Alpaca lace scarf, poncho and red fingerless mittens

πŸ“· 3 credits at camera club 

πŸ’Ž sea glass and Pooh bear pendant

February

🧦 arm knit throw and finger knit cushions (with mahoosive acrylic), Crazy sexy wool hat

πŸ–Ό sketch of Ylva

πŸ“· Bolivia Audio Visual show

March

🧦 really warm hat, quick and bulky mittens, Allistar’s alpaca hat, purple fingerless mittens, big wool colour hat for Elaine, 2 x cable headbands, rasta fasta hat, swirly squishy hat,

πŸ“· came 4th in Annual Mini Comp., 3 acceptances in Annual projected image and 2 acceptances in Annual Print comps and Flamingo on Salar de Uyuni included in Club’s submission in Highland Challenge.

🏑 Isle of Skye holiday cottage and day trip to Raasay

πŸ’Ž sea glass pendants

April

🐈 Dice died aged 16 years and 5 days.

🧦 chunky basket (crochet), cat hats for Merri and friend, drinks cosy and cathedral hat

πŸ’¦ dusty pink handbag

πŸ’Ž sea glass wind chime

πŸ‘¨‍πŸ‘§Dad visited

🎟 saw Hamilton musical

May

πŸ’Ž sea glass pendants

πŸ• Dunnet Bay

πŸŒ€ bought spinning wheel, carders, niddy-noddy and fibre stash and acid dyes

🧦 hitchhiker scarf

June

πŸ• Sango Sands and Clachtoll Beach

πŸŒ€ landscape rolags to 2 ply, purple and red scraps

🧦 my 1st socks, ipad cover, business card holder and 2nd hitchhiker, dog poop bag holder

πŸ’¦ rose and blue circular needle case and soap bars

July

πŸŒ€ Tour de Fleece spinning purple merino and gold bamboo, ethereal ether, some British 56s, perpetual purple

πŸ’¦πŸ—‘ highland cow

🧦 fair isle hat, 3rd hitchhiker, started chimney fire cardigan, alpaca cowl for Allistar, coffee cup cosy

πŸ‘©πŸ»‍πŸ”¬ British 56s wool

🏑 Met up with Elaine in Kinlochleven

August

πŸ• Orkney camping

🎫 πŸ• Belladrum 3 day concert

πŸŒ€ samoyed dog hair, ethereal ether, home dyed British 56s

πŸ’¦ purple wool and silk scarf

🧦 still knitting cardigan

πŸ‘©πŸ»‍πŸ”¬ cheviot bulky yarn

September

🎫 πŸ• Jocktoberfest 2 day concert

🏑 Loch Sunart holiday cottage

πŸ’¦ turquoise wool and silk scarf and tiny purse for sister, rose and blue double pointed needle roll case, attempt at nuno felting

🧦 glasses case, crochet dog poop bag holder and finished Chimney Fire cardigan

October

πŸŒ€ Brit Spin in team ‘more enthusiasm than skill’ Shetland

πŸ‘« visit by Annie and Michael

🧦 Allistar’s socks, cheviot 3 set (hat, cowl & mittens), 2 at a time fingerless mittens

πŸ’¦ green and red wool and silk scarf for Annie

🎫 saw Turin Brakes in concert

November

πŸ’Ž sea glass progress markers

πŸ’¦ suri alpaca and silk scarf, stripe scarf for dad

πŸŒ€ finished camel and silk blend

🧦 started Lintilla and dad’s socks

πŸ—‘ autumn sparkle fairy

πŸ“· came 2nd in annual Portfolio comp

December

πŸŒ€ poppy corriedale fractal, finished Shetland

🧦 finished Dad’s socks, poppy fractal hat for husband, started Void shawl

πŸ‘©πŸ»‍πŸ”¬ dyed BFL fibre, merino/silk blend and Shetland

πŸ—‘ Christmas bauble, mouse pictures and Christmas pudding

(I don’t remember which month but I also sewed a project bag.)

Selection of 2018 completed objects






Sea glass creations

I love to collect sea glass from Rosemarkie Beach on the Black Isle, Highlands of Scotland. I have been collecting it for years, with no clue what I’d do with it.Β  I used to come home and just split the colours into different pots and shove them in a drawer!

And so I thought I would finally get around to doing something with them, a way of going cold turkey on the knitting addiction for a few days.

With the smaller pieces I have made some jewellery.

With larger pieces I have made a wind-chime which hangs from some driftwood found on Findhorn Beach, Morayshire.Β  It is surprisingly difficult to photograph, but perhaps because it is such a dull day.Β  (Basically it looks better in real life.)Β  I drilled holes using my Dremel.Β  (I put a small block of wood in a bowl, put some water in enough to cover the wood and the sea glass on top.Β  This helps prevent glass dust getting in the air and keeps it cooler, and reduces the risk of shattering pieces.)Β  Then I just threaded them on some fishing line with knots to stop them all sliding down.

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The rest I have put in a glass dish with a candle in.Β  So hopefully that will look pretty when it goes dark and I can light it.

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