My crochet in the wild

Roseanne's Shop at CCMA Craft Fair

Roseanne’s Shop at CCMA Craft Fair

There wasn’t much demand for my crochet and handsewn homewares at the recent CCMA Craft fair which was very disappointing for me after all the work I put in since January, especially with everything else that has been going on. (We moved! Same area, much more house to keep!) However my motivation for taking a stall wasn’t purely profit: the centre is just down the road and I thought it was a good way to get involved in the community. I was really impressed with the number and variety of craftspeople based in the area. It was also a challenge for me to push my creations out into the world. I even created a pattern which I will post anon – it’s kind of an Ikea hack too! I’m also considering setting up an Etsy shop or taking a stall at another market. So onwards and upwards.

The only thing that sold like hot cakes were my vintage knitting patterns. I have a large collection thanks to my godmother and great aunt (below, on her wedding day :) but as I don’t knit myself I’m willling to part with them.

Some of the pieces I crocheted for  have been repurposed as gifts and I’ve been delighted to see them in use! My mum (one of the three people who bought something) has been using the coin purse she bought: the bright yellow zip makes it easy to find in the dark recesses of her handbag. We all know that feeling!

I think the bunting above will likely make an appearance at the school family fun day too!

Coasters in Cork

Coasters in Cork

Doily with Rosemary's arrangement atop

Doily with Rosemary’s arrangement atop

Date set for Congregation 2014 #cong14

I posted last December about a great event I was at in November called Congregation. I recently got an email from the organiser, Eoin Kennedy, to let me know that the date is set for Congregation 2014: November 29th. If you are interested in attending this unique event you should express your interest via this handy wee form.

Eoin is also pulling together the social media hacks we shared on the day at #cong13 in an eBook so keep your eyes peeled for that one as well. This is my contribution:

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I have been using Buffer on my desktop browser, my phone browser and through it’s native app and lovely integration with Feed.ly for over a year now (https://bufferapp.com/extras). I would highly recommend it if you are responsible for pages on social networks including Google+ (a premium service). Their blog is a wealth of social media and time management information and advice too. If their own extensions aren’t enough for you you can set up your own bookmarklet for iPad too.

 

Ar dTús, bhí an Clódóir – Beo mí an Mheithimh

My article this month for Beo! focusses on 3D printing. While it was an article about an arrest in Japan that got me thinking about this burgeoning technology, it was the development in the 3D printing of food that really amazed me.

This may well be my last artcile for Beo! as it is among the organisations that have had their funding cut entirely by Foras na Gaeilge. (English)

Le tamall de bhlianta anuas, bhí mé nach mór cinnte dearfa go raibh scaireanna ag an irisleabhar ‘The Economist’ i gcomhlacht cló 3D. Ní raibh mí ann nach raibh alt san iris seachtainiúil sin faoin teicneolaíocht úrnua seo. Nach mise a bhí tuartha de agus, go pointe, mícheart is mé ag caitheamh anuas orthu im’ intinn? Tá ré na clódóireachta 3D linn.

Tarraingíodh m’aird ar an réimse teicneolaíochta seo arís le déanaí nuair a ghabh póilíní sa tSeapáin Yoshitomo Imura toisc go raibh 5 gunna clóite aige sa bhaile. Tá dlithe na Seapáine an-ghéar ar ghunnaí, rud a chiallaíonn go bhfuil baol ann go gcaithfidh Imura roinnt ama i ngéibheann. Chraol Imura físeáin dó féin lena chuid gunnaí ar YouTube agus dá bharr thug na póilíní aghaidh ar a theach. Dúirt Imura, atá 27, nár thuig sé go raibh aon ní mídhleathach déanta aige. Ritheann sé liom go bhfuil an ceart ag údaráis na Seapáine a bheith dian ó thaobh gunnaí mar gheall ar a leithéid de ráiteas. Bí ag caint ar easpa stuaime.

Fuair Imura na dearthaí do na gunnaí ó shuíomh ar líne. Ina measc bhí an dearadh ‘The Liberator’ a chruthaigh conspóid do Cody Wilson anuraidh nuair a rinne sé é agus nuair a scaoil sé é ar cheamara. B’é seo an chéad ghunna a clódh le clódóir 3D agus ar ndóigh chruthaigh seo raic mhór ag an am. Ar ndóigh toisc gur dearadh agus gur clódh é sna Stáit Aontaithe raic as cuimse a bhí ann tharla go bhfuil deighilt as cuimse ann idir iad siúd atá i gcoinne agus ar son smacht ar ghunnaí. Ar ndóigh ní bhfuair na guthanna ciallmhara an chluas éisteachta chéanna le linn na raice seo.

An Oibríonn Sé?

Bhí saineolaí armlóin ann a mhínigh cén fáth nach mbeadh mórán úsáide i ngunnaí clóite as plaisteach mar seo. Go bunúsach, theipfeadh ar an bplaisteach an phléasc a choimeád taobh istigh do bhairille an ghunna agus, mar sin, ní bheadh an chumhacht chuí taobh thiar don urchar chun é a chasadh is a chaitheamh leis an neart ceart.w

Mar sin féin, tá comhlacht clódóireachta 3D amháin nach bhfuil ag gabháil sa seans. Tá bogearra cruthaithe ag an gcomhlacht Create It Real dá gclódóir a aithníonn nuair a chuirtear dearadh gunna ann agus a chuireann ceal lena chló ar a chuid uirlísí. N’fheadar cad a tharlódh dá mbeifeá ag cló banana?

Is ag caint ar bhananaí, tá neart comhlachtaí atá ag díríú ar na féidearachtaí a tharlaíonn nuair a mheasctar bia le clódóireacht 3D. Fuair Anjan Contractor ó Systems and Materials Research $125,000 ó NASA chun Pizza Inchlóite a chruthú anuraidh agus d’éirigh leis. Ag úsáid a mheaisín foinse oscailte RepRap (.i. meaisín déanta ó dhearadh saor in aisce atá in ann a pháirteanna féin a chló chun é féin a atáirgeadh) chlóigh sé amach an taos, an t-anlann agus ansin an “protein layer”. NOM! Cé is moite de Heston Blumenthal, ní dóigh liom go mbeidh a leithéid á thairgeadh i bpríomhbhialann na cruinne go luath! Sin ráite tuigim go maith cén fáth gur thug NASA faoina leithéid de thaighde: éiríonn na spásairí braon den ghnáthbhia spáis. Más mian leat a leadrán a thuiscint is féidir bia spáis a cheannach ar líne http://www.thespacestore.com/spacefood.html agus bhí sé ar fáil ó Easons thart fán Nollaig. Fuair mé uachtar reoite Neapolitan ó Dheaidí na Nollag anuraidh. Ní mholfainn é.

Bíonn Blas ar an mBréagán

Comhlacht eile atá ag déanamh rudaí spéisiúla le cló 3D agus bia ná NaturalMachines.com atá ag cruthú clódóir bia 3D don ghnáthchistin. Beidh praghas timpeall €1000 ar an meaisín: mar sin ní gnáthchistin mar is eol dúinn atá i gceist. Ligfidh a mheaisín don úsáideoir saghasanna bia atá deacair a chruthú a dhéanamh sa bhaile cosúil le ravioli, pizza nó roisíní. N’fheadar conas mar a d’éirigh leis na céadta mamaithe Iodáileacha go dtí seo? An difríocht is mó idir an Foodini s’acu (atá fós le seoladh) ná gur cruthaíodh mar uirlis cistine é agus is féidir do rogha bia a chur ann.

3D Systems mar shampla ag díriú ar chruthanna clóite as siúcra amháin in ionad raon bia agus feicfidh tú leis na pictiúir thíos go bhfuil siad ag cruthú rudaí áille ar fad.


Cinnte, níl anseo ach cleas nuair a thuigeann tú an obair eile atá ar siúl ag 3D Systems. Lena chumasc leis an gcomhlacht Medical Modelling, beidh borradh mór faoin obair ag cruthú próistéitic agus eisichreatlach. Is féidir leo cló le titanium agus mar sin is féidir leo ionchlannán uathúil a chruthú leis an ábhar sin agus le hábhair eile bio-comhoiriúnach.

Tá físeáin ar a suíomh a thaispeánann Amanda Boxtel ag siúl tar éis dhá bhliain déag a chaitheamh i gcathaoir rotha. Murach scanadh 3D agus cló 3D, ní bheadh 3D Systems in ann an eisichreatlach uathúil a dhéanamh a lig di siúl. Tá teicneolaíocht ag ligint di an leaba a sraideog a chrochadh den talamh agus siúl léi.

Craft like a fox

So it’s official: I can no longer use our recent house move as an excuse. With the housewarming well and truly over we are settled in and then some into our fabulous new home.

Those of you who follow me on Instagram/ Facebook may have seen me posting that I was feeling all Maria Von Trapp after taking down all the curtains in our house. (This was after the installation of our new blinds from Square Blinds on the Long Mile who I am very happy to recommend.)

So even though those curtains were no longer needed to dress my window I did feel a mega pang of guilt about the concept of chucking all that polycotton in a bin, even a recycling one. One curtain was immediately put to use as floor protection as I painted the kitchen. Like a complete amateur I forgot to do a before and after so I won’t be regaling you with carefully styled interior shots.

Handmade fabric box
Then I remembered this tutorial on UCreate for making fabric baskets and I thought, “It’s not curtains for these curtains after all.” I had visions of converting all that curtain into basket, forgetting it was neither today nor yesterday that I sat at my machine. Bits of three days later (I had to do a LOT of practising,  particularly the curvy bits) I am quite proud of the finished article (as long as I don’t look at the cut-out handles. At all. So I learnt something too, right?

Part of my motivation for making this was that I needed some way to display my wares at the upcoming St. Agnes CCMA Craft Fair on May 15th at which I will have a stall. My first craft fair! It popped up in my Facebook feed back in January while we were waiting to get our keys for the house and I figured I might have time. The centre is just down the road from the new gaff so I thought it might be a way to meet some folk too.  It is being run by a very interesting local organisation. They are most famous for their initiative for creating a community orchestra where both children and parents learn instruments from scratch at the same time. So if you are anywhere in the neighbourhood between 12 and 5 on Thursday 15th May pop in and have a gander. In the box above you can see a sample of my Granny square coaster and my Granny Bunting but I (will!!) have lots more bits and bobs on the day.

Hope to see you there!

Congregation Social Media Gathering 2013: Unique

I have just spent the weekend in a tiny wee place in the west or Ireland called Cong. Population 35 (apparently) and setting for The Quiet Man (famously). As mentioned in a previous post I was headed there to take part in Congregation Social Media Gathering, an unconference on the theme of social media. I would highly recommend perusing some of the blog papers submitted as entries to the unconference because you will definitely learn something new and at the very least you will get an understanding of how unique an event Congregation was.


While there was a certain amount of trepidation around the format (4 rotating huddles with 2 different speakers at each throughout the day) it actually worked splendidly. With 50 attendees I think there was only maybe one or two present that I didn’t interact with in this quasi-formal setting but tried to catch up with them during the even more social aspects of the weekend.

I heard presentations about affiliate marketing, about why the digital native/ migrant nomenclature is all wrong, about questioning Google’s omnipotence, about using social media in the classroom (my favourite in fact), about online donations and about developing content strategies. My own presentation is below which was developed from this article I wrote for Pixel Design about making the most of sponsored stories on Facebook, promoted tweets on Twitter and promoted posts on LinkedIn.

UPDATE June 2014: The organisers are now calling for Expressions of Interest for #Cong14 so get in touch with them ASAP. I reckon there will be huge interest this year after the success of last year.