I just noticed I haven’t written anything on here since last spring… I’ve never been able to maintain a blog consistently I’m afraid. So, to update everyone on what keeps me busy (and away from blogging…):
- travel. The past year’s been amazing in terms of traveling and we’ve got a few more city trips coming up in the near future. I love taking photos whenever I’m on holiday, which leads to the second thing that’s been keeping me busy, which is
- editing photos and trying to make albums. It didn’t help that my computer died last summer and I still haven’t merged my Adobe Lightroom 3 data with my new Adobe Lightroom 6 software. I have looked up how it needs to be done, but I’m a bit afraid of losing all my data and edited photos in RAW-format. Might give it a go next weekend. Also, my husband and I agreed making photo albums together, or trying to, is not a very good thing for our marriage, so I’ve been appointed as album maker. Australia 2014 is halfway finished, Australia 2015 and Bonaire still need to be edited.
- knitting. I knitted quite a bit before my new job got so hectic I just didn’t know how to make the time. Now I’m in my third year at my teaching job I’ve been managing to keep my evenings and weekends relatively free of work (although I have to work on Monday and Wednesday nights to teach part-time students). So last autumn I decided to make a quick cowl to see whether I still liked knitting, which I did, and then signed up for a number of knitting workshops at a local yarn shop. I’ve learned how to make new types of stitches and how to ‘read’ my knitting, which has really helped me speed up my knitting. No more counting to see whether a stitch needs to be knitted or purled. I was really looking forward to two workshops last weekend, but those were cancelled unfortunately. Now I have to wait until April to learn some new skills I need to make several projects that have been patiently waiting in my Ravelry queue. Ravelry is an amazing tool for knitters, it’s a very comprehensive website that not only lets you record absolutely everything to do with your knitting, but also has many forums and groups where you can simply meet other knitters or ask technical questions. Which I’ve done in the past and it solved several problems for me. Never underestimate a well-designed, well thought-out website. You can see my project page here.
Unfortunately my teaching schedule means I no longer attend dance classes. It’s impossible to be at dance class at 19:00hrs when you have to teach until 18:40hrs – which my school thinks is a normal time for full-time students and teachers. Hopefully I can persuade my manager and the scheduling department to free my schedule late in the afternoon on Thursdays from September on so I can resume my dance classes. Until then, I’ll just keep knitting and editing photos and traveling!