Do you have any resolutions or goals for the new year? One of my goals for 2016 is learning how to knit. This has been on my list for a long time but life was too hectic the past years that I just could not find the time to do it. But lately I have been seen some cool designs and I can’t wait to knit these myself. I did some research on where to start and I found Wool and the Gang. This ground-breaking fashion company, which has started a knitting revolution, offers some very cool patterns and beautiful yarn. You can buy a kit that has everything in it and these are available for various levels. Even if you are completely new to knitting (like me) there is a knit is suitable. Thick wool and needles are used in most of their pattern which makes knitting easy to learn and you don’t have to spend days to finish your design. Wool and the Gang also offers some online (free) tutorials which are very easy to follow. For those who don’t have the time to knit, you can also buy the finished piece that has been hand-knitted by what they call one of their gang members. Good to know, Wool and the Gang ships world-wide and you now get a 15% discount on a first order if you sign up to their newsletter.
I am starting with the Foxy Roxy scarf (the red one pictured above) and the Zion Lion hat (red hat in the image above and the black one in the image below) and then I will move on to the Love U beanie (the hat with the heart – above). When I have mastered the basics and want to make a jacket/cardigan like the one in the top image. I will keep you posted about my knitting progress in 2016!
One more day to go until Christmas! Here is some last minute Christmas inspiration to get in the festive mood. Happy Holidays! PS, you can find links to credits and instruction at the end of this post.
Recording moments in life that are precious has never been so simple, yet despite this, the reality is most of us store our photos away online or just leave them on our cameras or phones and do nothing with them. Photos of loved ones, important milestones and memorable holiday adventures should be treasured and are the perfect way make a space truly your own. Together with Canon I have created some tips on how to make the most of your post–summer holiday photos and how to give them a well-deserved place in your home:
Tip 1: Organising and selecting your photos
There are many simple, yet appealing ways to get creative with your printed photos but first you will need to organise them. An easy way to manage this is to upload your photos from your camera or phone on a regular basis, deleting the bad ones as you go, to a cloud service such as irista from Canon. Not only will your images be safely stored but irista will group your favourite photos each time you upload a batch, making it much easier to find your best shots later. Choose rich, vibrant and imaginative images and think about the story you want to tell and express these with the images you select. Irista not only lets you store and protect your photos in an online cloud but also lets you group your photos into collections that you access at any time, from anywhere on any device.
Tip 2: Choosing your frames
The type of frame you choose is another way of bringing character to your photo display. Photo walls are more pleasing to the eye when the frames complement each other and the easiest way to do this is by sticking to one colour or texture. For example, you may decide to use all black frames or just wooden ones. My favourite photo frame at the moment is one from Danish label Moebe. Their minimalistic style frames consist of four pieces of oak wood and two pieces of plexi-glass which means you don’t have to worry about cutting your photos in the exact size of the frame.
Having a printer at home means you can easily try out different photo sizes and still achieve professional standard prints, so if you change your mind about what photo you would like to put in a frame, selecting and printing replacements is convenient. I am using the Canon PIXMA MG7750, which produces high quality prints in a variety of sizes (A4, A5, 20x25cm, 10x15cm, 13x18cm) at high speed.