A podcast for people who love knitting, Dorset Buttons, creativity & Scotland, especially the Highlands & Islands.
Welcome to the 34th episode of my podcast – Opening Up
Thank you for listening again or welcome if you are a first time listener.
It’s another episode nigh on a month after the last one! Yay!
It’s certainly been more settled than last episode. We’ve had some amazing clear skies albeit cold which was great for our travels around the island recording footage for the Spring Skye Woolly Meander.
I chat about noticing the weather and in particular some rain which brought back a nostalgic memory.
This week is Mental Health Awareness in the UK and they have a theme of nature, focusing on taking time to notice details of nature around us.
I recall a memory from a holiday in Wales waking up to the sound of sheep. I include below a recording I made on 11 May 2020 and I woke to just the same sounds this morning. Enjoy listening to this nature.
I talk about a night away at Gairloch and my love for a long sandy beach and being in the elements.
I go through all my neglected projects – my NPs – and categorise them. You’ll have to listen in to hear all the detail and the categories they fall in! They include:
(all links are non Ravelry sites)
7. a bag
8. a hat
10. various workshop projects
- cushion from trip to India 2018
- Gansey Squares from trip to Spain 2020
Finally I talk about Creative Thinking and a couple of courses I’ve done this year with Tony Robbins The first was a New You New World Challenge in January and I followed this by attending one of his long standing events – UPW – Unleash the Power Within. A fully immersive virtual event over 4 days, approximately 12 hours a day it was exhausting, thought provoking and just what I needed both personally and professionally. It’s given me a lot to think about and it was good to challenge my mind again which I’ve not done to this depth for a long time.
Dorset Buttons & wider news from the TJFrog pad
We had the Spring Skye Woolly Meander which was a sell out event and we received fantastic feedback from it. Keep an eye out for details about another virtual trip to Skye later in the year.
I’ve just taken part in a Vogue Virtual Knitting LIVE! & Unravel cross-pond collaboration. We were given the opportunity to have a one-hour marketplace slot to showcase our products and do a demo for the Super Pass ticket holders. The recordings are available to those ticket holders this weekend as part of the 13 – 16 May VKL event.
Unravel takes place next week! 21 – 23 May. This will be my first time at this show and I will be there in person! The Unravel team have put together a hybrid event so there will be a virtual show too which includes virtual talks, workshops and a marketplace and if you are coming to the in-person show your ticket gets you in to the virtual show too. There are still tickets available which can be found here.
I give you an update on our local community shop which after spending over a year in a container while the original one was rebuilt is now open for custom and is a great asset for residents and visitors.
I visit Bev owner of Handspinner Having Fun in Broadford.