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)   🌀 spinning   💦 wet felting   🗡 needle felting  👩🏻‍🔬 dyeing

🖼 drawing   📷 photography   💎 sea glass

🏕 camping trip   🏡 holiday cottage\B&B   🎫 concert   🎟  show


🧦 Alpaca lace scarf, poncho and red fingerless mittens

📷 3 credits at camera club 

💎 sea glass and Pooh bear pendant


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

🖼 sketch of Ylva

📷 Bolivia Audio Visual show


🧦 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,

📷 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

💎 sea glass pendants


🐈 Dice died aged 16 years and 5 days.

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

💦 dusty pink handbag

💎 sea glass wind chime

👨‍👧Dad visited

🎟 saw Hamilton musical


💎 sea glass pendants

🏕 Dunnet Bay

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

🧦 hitchhiker scarf


🏕 Sango Sands and Clachtoll Beach

🌀 landscape rolags to 2 ply, purple and red scraps

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

💦 rose and blue circular needle case and soap bars


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

💦🗡 highland cow

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

👩🏻‍🔬 British 56s wool

🏡 Met up with Elaine in Kinlochleven


🏕 Orkney camping

🎫 🏕 Belladrum 3 day concert

🌀 samoyed dog hair, ethereal ether, home dyed British 56s

💦 purple wool and silk scarf

🧦 still knitting cardigan

👩🏻‍🔬 cheviot bulky yarn


🎫 🏕 Jocktoberfest 2 day concert

🏡 Loch Sunart holiday cottage

💦 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


🌀 Brit Spin in team ‘more enthusiasm than skill’ Shetland

👫 visit by Annie and Michael

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

💦 green and red wool and silk scarf for Annie

🎫 saw Turin Brakes in concert


💎 sea glass progress markers

💦 suri alpaca and silk scarf, stripe scarf for dad

🌀 finished camel and silk blend

🧦 started Lintilla and dad’s socks

🗡 autumn sparkle fairy

📷 came 2nd in annual Portfolio comp


🌀 poppy corriedale fractal, finished Shetland

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

👩🏻‍🔬 dyed BFL fibre, merino/silk blend and Shetland

🗡 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

Highland Wildlife Park

I really love spending time at Highland Wildlife Park, near Kingussie in the Highlands of Scotland.  It has such a lovely atmosphere, fresh air and looks so different at different times of the year.  I’ve been on days when it has been many feet of snow and roasting hot days.  I took my camera down on Sunday and took some photos, this is a brief selection of some of the photos that I took.

European Bison Hanging out with mum Polar Bear Snow Monkey with Baby

A new attempt at blogging

I have created a blog before, but it was just so disorganised, a random selection of photos I’d taken, some art work I’d drawn and some words about my gardening.  I have decided that this blog will be my travel and photography and my other blog will be an on-line journal for my gardening.

I am new to WordPress, as had been using Blogger before, so it may take a while to get going, but even if no-one else reads this blog it will be nice to have a record of my travels in one place.

Another photo which received a credit!

I very nearly didn’t put the photograph of the Eurasian Thick Knee in the Nature competition, as I wasn’t really sure it was that great a photograph, but it is an unusual bird so thought no harm in popping it in anyway. Judge obviously liked it, although I was away that evening so missed the comments about why this received a credit and not the others.

2010-2011 Dingwall Camera Club– My Photos which received a ‘Credit’


I had been a little bit tempted to call the photo of bees‘Bonking Bees’ but as it was entered into a Natural History Competition, you have to be sensible about your titles and so it was called “Mating Bumble Bees”.  The judge thought that I had used a macro lens when in fact I’d used my 200mm telephoto lens.  The photo was taken on 31st May 2010, in the woods next to Strathpeffer Golf Course.  Allistar spotted the bees and I felt sure by the time I’d be ready for my shot they’d have stopped.  Pretty happy with the results though.

The photo of the Red Squirrel on the feeder was entered into an Open competition.  I took the photo when Allistar and I had travelled to Aberdeen for a weekend for his birthday in July 2010.  We stopped off at the Huntley Peregrine Wild Watch, which is run by the Forestry Commission.  Whilst Allistar was looking through his binoculars at the birds I took dozens of photographs of the red squirrals and birds that were making the most of all the feeders that they’d set up next to the bird hide.  I like this one best though as it is almost like he’s posting a letter.  Very cute.

I entered the photograph of Rust into the Mini Competition where you had to put a photo of Rust, a photo of Rain and a photo of Rubbish in.  This was obviously my Rust picture.  The judge really liked this shot and gave me 19 out of 20 for it!  Unfortunately I hadn’t realised that you were supposed to put all 3 shots in until the night of submitting our entries, so that night I had to take a last minute photo of rubbish, which was literally a rubbish photo, and so that scored only 15 out of 20 and my rain shot scored 17 out of 20.  I think if I’d done a better ‘rubbish’ shot then I could have won the competition, but never mind.  Anyway because the judge was so complementary about the photo, I decided to enter it into one of the  general competition as well and it received a credit.

I haven’t yet chosen my shots for competition entries for 2011-12 season but will post on here any that I receive a credit for.