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Sometimes all I want to do is stay at home and play around with my new Macbook Pro. :) I’ve been thinking about making a little knitting pattern trailer for a while, and the new iLife proved to be the catalyst. Hopefully one day soon I’ll be able to shoot a proper trailer with an actual camera, and pretty models who bother to brush their hair. A location slightly more stimulating than my bedroom would also be most welcome. In the meantime, the video for Cherry Blossom Girl’s Etam collection is magnifique & very inspiring!

macbook pro

This is my first new computer in 5 years, so please excuse me while I am absent a little, delighting in the sudden brightness of my photos, the fulfilment of my HDM obsession (snow leopard!), and the smugness that comes from knowing that for a month or so at least, I am UP TO DATE!

3rd June, 2011  // Inspiration // tags: , , .

Unveiling

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pink swatch

The Parasol Knitalong (for the Parasol Stole & Parasol Shawlette) starts tomorrow! Are you in? You can join anytime in May! And don’t forget to grab a button for your blog:

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I worked up some quick swatches yesterday, to decide which yarn to use. The first one is in pink Feza Angora using 4.5mm (US 7) needles.

white swatch

The second one is in white Alize 3 Mevsim, again with 4.5mm (US 7) needles. Which do you like best? At first I was rather in favour of the pink, but watching the Royal Wedding has swayed me in favour of white, I think.

swatches

Normally I have a great distaste for ceremonies & formality; weddings just feel hollow and sordid and… commonplace. But as one commentator remarked, it was nice to “suspend cynicism” for once & enjoy the Royal Wedding as a celebration of beauty and purity. The pomp & pageantry, the wide-angle shots of the Abbey accompanied by the swell of music from the orchestra, and the clockwork organisation were impressive in a way that few things are, anymore. (On the other hand, the Twitter commentary & live internet feed were impressive in a way few things ever were.) I found the prayers moving & nearly missed class just to see the kiss. Surely the sheer number of people who watched all around the world is an indication of just how deeply we long for grace and beauty and spiritual depth, and not only elitism, money and power? I like to think so, at least.

white mohair

So fairytale-wedding-white it is. :)

30th April, 2011  // 5 O'Clock, Inspiration //

Printable Quotes

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i do believe i am a glow-worm.

Plan of Action:

1. Print out this PDF.
2. Cut out the quotation cards (I recommend a ruler & craft knife).
3. String up some ribbon on your wall or corkboard.
4. Peg the cards onto the string.
5. Be inspired!

So here is my slightly Victorian motivation wall with a preponderance of Thoreau and Gibran. This is a project I’ve had in mind for such a long time & it’s almost embarrassingly easy to execute. I just pasted a few quotes into a Pages template et voila!

Sometimes a sentence is all it takes TO DO IT.

26th April, 2011  // Inspiration // tags: , , , , .
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