Yarn Love: Zealana Air



I recently had the opportunity to knit with a yarn I've never tried before – Zealana Air chunky weight, part of Zealana's Luxuria Series. And it truly is light as air! It feels special. Extra soft, pill-resistant, durable and it's lighter and warmer than 100% cashmere. And it's made in New Zealand.

 

Zealana Air is made of 40% cashmere, 20% mulberry silk and 40% brushtail possum down. Possum down, you say!? Yes. But not your typical North American possum. 

 

Since its introduction to New Zealand by fur traders in the late 19th century, the non-native brushtail possum population has reached staggering proportions largely due to the lack of natural predators that would otherwise maintain an ecological balance. The consequences of their rapidly increasing numbers are many, including damaging impacts on New Zealand’s native plant and animal life. Zealana is committed to the responsible management of the brushtail possum in New Zealand, and when you knit with Zealana you are choosing to be a part of their sustainability story. Read more about Zealana's conservation efforts here.
 

You've probably seen Zealana's gorgeous patterns everywhere, from luxury designer pattern books to Vogue Knitting magazine. (They also offer free patterns on their website – scroll down to check them out here.) 



I decided to knit a quick one-skein cowl with the ball of Zealana Air in L09/Emerald, which is the perfect shade of teal/green for spring. The stitches are soft, it's lovely to hold while you knit and the drape is perfection. 

 

I'm so glad I decided to knit something I'll wear around my neck with Zealana Air because the softness is unbelievable. Even if you have sensitive skin like me. There is absolutely zero scratchiness with this yarn. I'd love to knit an entire sweater with Zealana – their yarns are something extraordinary.

Check out all of Zealana's yarn offerings on their website. Beautiful.

45 pep talks


My friend Kara wrote herself a pep talk each day for 45 days. And then made them into a book. You most definitely need her perfect words in your life. I just bought my copy. Get yours here.

Music Monday: Warpaint




I haven't posted about music in awhile, but I had to share this double feature video by the girls of Warpaint. Here's 8 minutes of "Disco/Very" and "Keep It Healthy." I'm loving their style. Loving the skateboarding, too. Enjoy.

Project Life: tackling vacation photos


Last October, I went on an amazing trip with friends to NYC. We try to get together every year if we can, and our adventures almost always seem to happen in the fall. I actually have three piles of photos from our other NYC trips from various years going back to 2010. Piles of gorgeous photos + ephemera that are begging to be displayed somehow. They're honestly too pretty to be sitting in a box.



Last weekend, my whole family was sick. Everyone except for me. So late one night after everyone was finally in bed, I grabbed a stack of NYC photos and boom. I busted out 10 scrapbook pages. It felt so good!


And let me tell you – the way I go about putting these pages together is 100% non-stressful. I laid out my favorite photos in front of me. Vertical and horizontal, big and small. I grabbed photos that went together (either chronologically or subject-wise) and threw the pics in the photo pockets. I cut some photos in half to make best use of the smaller pockets. I threw in maps and postcards and matchbooks and coasters from the places we visited. I jotted down quick notes and memories on journaling cards.
 


I encourage you not to be intimidated or discouraged about tackling a project from a few months ago or many years ago. Project Life honestly makes it simple and doable to get an entire vacation into a scrapbook in a day or two. I finished 10 pages in one night ... which is approximately half an album. I covered a lot of ground with the photos on these pages. (And you definitely don't have to use every single photo that you take. Pick your very favorites!) If I spend just one more night making a few more pages, I'll have this trip completely documented. Two nights is so worth it.



What's better than photos sitting in a box? THIS. I will look back on these pages with a smile on my face for years to come. Memory keeping = done.





Products + supplies I use:

12 X 12 D-ring Album - Classic Faux Leather - Grey

Project Life Core Kit-Sunshine Edition

Becky Higgins Amy Tangerine Plus One Mini Kit

Photo Pocket Pages - Big Variety Pack 3 (60 Pages)

Project Life Corner Rounder

Canon SELPHY CP910 White Portable Wireless Compact Photo Color Printer

Canon Selphy Color Ink Paper Set