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There’s no clever way to use Arduino in a title.

There’s no clever way to use Arduino in a title.

Sparkfun Inventors Arduino UnoAt the end of May I attended a course on Arduino basics, run by Little Bird Electronics.  I’ve dabbled with Arduino before, but I wanted a clearer understanding on electric circuits, programming them, and what I can do with them.  I have plans, you see.

It was almost 7 hours of an information barrage!  We started with basic on/off functions, switches.  Moved into colour changes and the and/or scenario.  Resistors, switches, piezo, LEDs, screens, and so much more.  I had a little fun with some of it. The image on the right is a response to the Husband being a bit of a smartass.

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I think I retained about half, which is fine.  I have the Sparkfun Inventors Kit for Arduino Uno, and the learning guide. While I’m certainly not yet confident with the programming, I’m more confident in my thinking about planning the electric circuits and the programming that I want to do.

Learning new things is always fun, and a little exciting when they push your comfort boundaries. Electronics is just one of the things on my list, what’s on yours?

Loopy Looms and Wonderful Weaving

Loopy Looms and Wonderful Weaving

Sometimes nice things happen.  Such a thing happened to me.  A gift of an Ashford Knitters Loom & Stand.  I’ve been wanting to try weaving for a couple of years now, and now I’m off and flying with it!

I started small, a little scarf which I gave to the Father in Law.  Made with Tekapo Yarn.  It came up lovely.

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He’s thrilled with it, so that’s always a good sign.

I quickly warped up a second scarf for the Husband.  Cleckheaton Country yarn, in 8ply, black and white.  I got a little fancier with this one, and added a second colour.

Second Scarf

 

This one finished up about 24cm wide, and 230cm long (plus fringe).  It suits Husband, and he loves it.  This in itself makes me happy.

I am thoroughly enjoying weaving.  I see a lot of it in my future.

Inspired Organisation

Inspired Organisation

In the spirit of bringing all of my things into place, I thought I’d put together a blog & project organiser. I have seen other bloggers use them with some success. Given the small financial investment needed to set one up, I have decided to give it a go.  I thought about using my tablet to do this, but I just couldn’t find a decent solution.  While I love my technology, sometimes things just need to be done with pen and paper.

Pretty FolderTaking inspiration from Wrapped up in Rainbows organiser,  I rummaged through my existing stationery before outlaying for new gear. Luckily I had an A5 folder and some A5 card in the study, I added the lined notepaper and created the sections that would suit me.

Folder Interior

Because I love my things looking pretty, I also grabbed some “spare” fabric from my stash, and covered the folder. The folder itself is still a bit of a work in progress, but I think it has started being effective already.

My goal is to use this tool to help me keep my projects in line, and my blog posts rolling with a little more frequency.