These are a few things I’ve found interesting, hope you do too.

A selection of MotoGP photographs by Gigi Soldano

My favourite motorsport photographer, Gigi Soldano

I’m a bit of a motorsport fan, and one of the things I really enjoy is the amazing images captured by the professional photographers. Motorsport is full of action, colour, passion and personalities so makes a great subject. Getting a really good shot of a fast moving bike or car is hard, trying to capture the sense of its speed and the precision with which it’s ridden or driven. The professionals also get behind the scenes – up close with the riders, drivers and their teams – giving us a sense of the mood and the stresses of the work involved. One of my favourite photographers is Gigi Soldano. He is a professional photographer from Italy and he captures the MotoGP world brilliantly, take a look at some of his images here. Don’t miss the navigation buttons at the bottom of the page, I didn’t spot them at first.

His photography is not just limited to bikes. I have shown a few of his MotoGP images here, but his portfolio is definitely worth a look, it’s fabulous. Again, don’t miss the navigation buttons.

Crocheted amigurumi

Crocheted amigurumi – characters based on the Totoro in the Japanese animation My Neighbour Totoro

Amigurumi

Ok, this includes a bit of showing off. I’ve done a lot of knitting over the past couple of years, but there are only so many people you can gift a knitted cushion to, and since my sister refuses to grow a second head (along with the threat of warmer weather), my woolly hat making has also come to a natural conclusion.

In looking for another project that I could pick up while relaxing in the evening (and which didn’t require lots of table space and getting messy), I came across crocheted amigurumi. I seem to remember having a go at crochet when I was younger, but as the 70s started to fade, the desire for crocheted waistcoats and bags faded with it. 

Amigurumi is the Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small, stuffed yarn creatures, Wikipedia link. On the left are the Totoro I made (this is the showing off bit!). They are created using patterns by Lucy Collin which I downloaded from www.lovecrochet.com They are based on the characters in the enchanting Japanese animation My Neighbour Totoro from Studio Ghibli, Wikipedia link.

These are lots of patterns for quirky and adorable creatures out there on the net, I may need to make a few more – just need to find good homes for them all!

More to follow…

Early days yet, but I will be adding more articles!