30 things to do before I’m 30

I turned 29 in the beginning of July, and now I am approaching the big 30. I don’t want to be the kind of person who will be bothered by no longer being a 20-something, as if 30 is somehow waaaaay older. But I find that I do care. So when I saw that Kathleen is working on a 30 before 30 goals list, it made me feel like that is an excellent way to mark the occasion in a positive way. There are a lot of things I want to do! And some things I need to do. And also some that will be fun and easy. All in all, putting a list together like this and pushing myself seems like a good way to give myself some focus and hopefully, a sense of accomplishment.

So here is my 30 before 30 list!
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Busy busy summer

You would not believe how busy I have been this summer. How busy I still am. My time is mostly filled with fun and interesting stuff, but it does lead to less blogging then I would have liked. Anywhoo, here’s to more updates again. 🙂

Fun news, my stepbrother is getting married this weekend, and I have dyed my hair again in celebration:

I am very excited for the wedding, so I felt I needed an explosion of colour to signify that. I’m not going to re-bleach my roots, I like that my natural colour is coming out again. I still have more than enough bleached hairs that I can colour and re-colour in all of the pastels and extreme tints.

I made a communte drawing again! In a facebook conversation that turned to who of us would be which avenger I said I was the Hulk, and a friend of mine said someone else had already claimed that role. I responded thusly:

Me: WE CAN HAVE MORE THAN ONE HULK, YOU HULK-BIGOT

Me: ARMY OF HULKS

Me: HULK AND THE HULKETTES

Me: Whoop lost my cool there for a moment.

Sometimes I do things just to amuse myself. I think I myself laughed the hardest. In the train I then drew this:

Eefje-Hulk! I still need to learn how to do patterned clothing better, so that’s a thing I want to improve. I enjoyed drawing in the train again. I’ve lately been knitting and crocheting and sometimes reading, and my commute is not endless. (Thank God.)
But I will start drawing again now.

I’m also thinking about resurrecting the I found a bookmark project, since I did really enjoy it even though I was sad all the bookmarks went missing and that I didn’t get much response. I’m thinking of changing the workflow a little though. I have such a large to read pile at home that adding library books to that would not be smart. So I will just check which of the books I’m going to read are also in the library and put the bookmark in there. And perhaps start with making a couple of bookmarks for books I’ve recently read, so that I can start with a bang and not have the readers of the blog (few though they might be) having to wait ages between posts.

In which I talk about what I’ve been doing lately

Did you guys miss me? I was out and about in the world! I went to St. Petersburg for a week of vacation and to get my tattoo (it’s real! it’s on my arm!), and then I went to the Dutch island Texel with my family for a second vacation. In the mean time I was lazy and took an unanounced vacation from posting here. But I’m back now! I took a lot of photos and some video on my trip, but I’ve yet to edit everything so it’ll be a while until I can share it all with you. I did keep posting on Instagram about my life, so you still get to see some pictures now. 🙂

The photo of my tattoo the day after I got it! I got a lot of very lovely reactions from people on instagram and facebook. It’s been such a big thing in my life to get this tattoo, and the people in my life have been sort of living it along with me. Getting to show the result to them and getting such happy responses is very rewarding. I’m still very careful with it until it is fully healed, I don’t want to mess it up by doing something stupid like going swimming too soon. When it’s been a month I’ll take some new photos to share with everyone.

This is the photo the tattoo artist put on her instagram, taking right after we were done.

In the mean time I have finished the shawl I was knitting.

It’s a bit warm for summer, but in autumn I’m going to wear it a lot! I had to bind of a little earlier then I had hoped, because I ran out of yarn. But the end result is pretty and I’m happy about it.

My next craft project is two crocheted dollies! I’m working on the second one now. The first one is done, but when I was putting her together she took a dive into my tea… I rinsed her off and pressed as much of the water out as I could and let her dry overnight. Thankfully there is almost no staining from the tea. One of her white legs is a little grubbier now, but I think I’m the only one who will notice that.

The second dollie will get a head full of curls.

In which we discuss my current creative pursuits

There are two commute drawings that I haven’t shared here yet. Some water colour buildings (and a little bit of white acrylic pen) and an imaginary polaroid.

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Todays #commutedrawing. Imaginary polaroid.

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But then I sort of stopped making them. A couple of times because the train was really full or I was really tired because I’ve been very busy at work. But lately also because I’ve started focusing on a different creative pursuit. Knitting! I occasionally love knitting and crocheting, it’s a very calming activitiy to make something stitch by stitch. To be able to figure out a pattern after reading it ten times and to actually make a usefull or cute thing.

I had gotten this awesome yarn a while back in a yarn store in Haarlem, not knowing what I would do with it but loving it enough to just buy it and think of a project later. So I spend a couple of hours browsing Ravelry for a cool pattern to use it for. In the end I settled on this shawl.

This was around the point when it became difficult to keep the entire project on the needles, so I bought a round knitting needle that is large enough for it. I am liking how it is turning out. When it is done I’ll have to wet block it to make the stiches settle well, which I haven’t done very often (I’m lazy) but it does improve the prettiness of finished projects so I will have to start doing it. This morning I discovered that I made a little mistake early on in the project, it’s a small thing and nobody will see it unless they hunt for it, but now I know it’s there and that sucks. It’s too far behind me to undo all my work to fix it however.

In the process of this all I’ve actually started using my ravelry account! I made it a while back but didn’t really do anything with it, but now I’ve added my current and some previous projects and I’m happily shelving a lot of patterns in my library for the future. You can find me here, add me as a friend if you’re active on ravelry too!

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