Wednesday

Professional Penny?

On Tuesday I went to a Arts and Older People's networking event. I am currently running a community quilting project in conjunction with the Courtyard and this was my first event in this role. I was pretty nervous. This whole project has been an amazing opportunity for me but it is still the first time I have done anything like this. I had that all too familiar worry that someone was going to figure out I didn't really know what I was doing and kick me out. The first dilemma was clothes. In my old grown up life, my job was centred around problem solving, meeting people and persuading them that change was a good thing (even if it wasn't 100% what they wanted). Lots and lots of networking. I was good at it and I needed a bit of that Professional Penny yesterday. I went for a classic work PP look, in fact so classic I don't think I have ever worn this outfit outside a work setting


I put this outfit on, looked in the mirror and I felt like a professional. I felt like I was ready to discuss process and implement change. The trouble is that isn't who Professional Penny is any more. When I graduate I am going to be in the Arts. I left that process & project life behind when I ran away to art school. I came away from the networking event full of ideas and plans for the project, but also with the distinct feeling that as I approach this last semester of college and the Real World is getting closer I need to readjust my ideas of Professional Penny so I don't find myself falling back where I was 3 years ago. Maybe next time I'll rock something a bit more like this:

Thursday

I ♥ Daiso


On his way home from Singapore I set my big brother a challenge. He had $10 to spend in Daiso. Daiso is a Japanese 100Yen store that BS and I discovered when in Malaysia a few years ago. It's brilliant, full of super cute things covered in bonkers English. Last time we went there I spent a fortune (okay not an actual fortune only about £10) on Bento supplies and for about a month our food came in the strangest shapes....


This time I let my brother have free rein, and I got some amazing things. The new oven timer is already being used. There are some excellent translations:



and I even got Shrinky dink plastic!!! I have wanted to play with this stuff for ages and now I have my very own Daiso shrinkies.


Nothing quite cheers my day up like odd items from far away places.

Monday

Week in pictures #5







Research desk/I'm late to the Downton craze/weekend snapping/getting final project inspiration/dinner en famille

Week in pictures #4

oooops. Already I am running late with this feature. I am blaming my end of semester one deadlines and my previously discussed inability to stick to anything!





Posing for pictures/I think the neighbours are stealing my snow/sampling sampling sampling/goodbye Berlin washi tape, our time together has been precious



Friday

I'm in love with a Russian.

In one of my much needed dissertation breaks I rediscovered Pinterest. I heard about Pinterest back in it's beta days but never really got into it. I am never sure where the line between inspiration and copying is so I tend to steer away from it when I am in the middle of design work. I also get dreafully addicted to things and Pinterest is one of things people seem to lose hours and hours to. What better time to re-invigorate my distraction tendencies than during my writing time?!?!

I am so glad I did. I have pages of new ideas to pour into my sketchbook as soon as I can get it back from assessment. I also discovered this:


I hate weaving in the ends of yarn when I'm knitting so I steer away from knitting anything with stripes like the plague. Which is really annoying because my go to outfits all involve a lot of stripes. Despite this personal hatred of end weaving I recently started what has been affectionately termed my Mr. Bump scarf. It is striped. And long. And full of ends that need to woven in. But it's not finished yet. This mythical god like solution to end weaving which seemed to good to be true came at the perfect time.


I gave it a go. I wove the needle through the ply of the yarn and then joined the yarn in (if you click the link above the lion brand site has all the details!)


And Oh. My. God. It only bloody works. Look no ends to weave in!!


The only problem I have with it at the moment is getting the right length of yarn in the join so the colour change is right at the beginning of the row. Lucking with the uneven nature of this wool you don't really notice that the row starts a stitch or too early.


I am getting the hang of it quickly and love it. LOVE IT. I'll have to see how well the join holds up but at the moment it looks much sturdier than my lack lustre woven in ends generally are. For any knitters or crocheters out there who also hate the weaving in I urge you to give this a go. It's amazing.

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