Sunday, 30 May 2010
These garments are all knitted from hand-spun and hand dyed wools. The red tunic looked wonderful when modelled - the reds glowed, and it hung beautifully.
I like the bit of embroidery on the lapel of the stripey cardigan in the last image.
Need to get going on my moasic shapes so I can start something else!
There was almost a frost last night and I spread my jumpers out over the top of my sleeping bag. Despite the pile I woke up with icy cold feet, but it was only an arm's reach to get hold of a pair of tramping socks. That's a good thing about living in a small space. Everthing is close to hand.
Had to buy a cigarette lighter phone charger as it is quite hard to find cafes where there are accessible power points and the Blackberry is such a power-hungry phone.
Saturday, 29 May 2010
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
The virgin bush is lovely, with mostly rewarewa and tawa and some huge rimus.
Tom and Vern are pretty much working on their own up there these days. Jenny and I went in with Tom on Sunday. Testament to the steady work these boys have been doing, we saw lots of robins and kereru. There were three dead rats along Line 16. Vern says he usually gets about 8 or nine on his lines, which he says is because he adds aniseed to the peanut butter.
Even on a cold, wet Sunday, there were lots of people, including families, out walking the Otanewainuku Track. At the carpark in Mountain Road, a little band of 3 local folk take turns to be on duty between 10 and 3 to prevent break-ins. Sad that it has to be like this.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
The Erupt Lake Taupo Festival is in full swing this week.
At the Museum, a group of ladies from Auckland called the Knitterati are making a map of the lake from recycled materials. Old t-shirts, plastic bags, string and buttons; and much more. Visitors are encouraged to take up needles or a crochet hook and add to the map. Hills, paddocks, roads and rivers are spreading out from around the lake. There is even a little knitted plane on a bit wire, taking off from the airport.
Interesting how readily women take up the tools. "I haven't done this for years", "I had forgotten how nice it is to knit", common comments.
I heard one lady saying "I don't know which way to go, have I gone wrong?"
"No, no," her friend says, just make it up." Then, "you need to do it THIS WAY".
Little voice back "You always tell me what to do".
A little eruption?
I bought some wonderful gluten free bread at an organic shop in Taupo. It's made by Rebecca Rolls, and what a treat it is. Probably the best GF bread I have ever had! It is called ThoroughBread, and she does a wide range of different varieties. Rosemary and olive; walnut; sesame and linseed; lots more.
I stayed overnight at Tokaanu and enjoyed a soak in the thermal pools. Little changed from when I was a kid. We used to have annual holidays at Turangi. Us two kids would play most of the day somewhere beside the river, making fairy gardens in the black sand with river stones and pumice and whatever else we could find. The smell of the autumn foliage brings it all back. "One last cast," Lou would say, and we knew that meant another hour or so before we would be leaving.
Once on the open road I found driving to be more enjoyable than I expected. Sitting so high is very cool. I confess that I am unable to completely renounce cafe culture. How could you drive through Kaikoura and not take a break at Hislops? GF Banana cake to die for!
The Store at Kekerengu is one of my favourite places. This time instead of just stopping for refreshments, I got to stay over.
Dixie was the only vehicle in the car park by the beach. No excuse to go out for a cup of tea when you have a view like this from your own kitchen.
Early dawn over the Kaikoura coast bloomed with a delicate pink, but by the time I grabbed the camera and my shoes, it had faded. Still beautiful though. The drive up to Picton was a treat. The colours of the vineyards against that brown landscape - so unexpected and so stunning.
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Tile designer, Sally Griggs, works from a little studio with a window to Peterborough St. She told me she trained as a rug designer, but has now moved from textiles to ceramics. She screen prints an outline to each tile, and then applies colours by hand. The glaze is fired for 4 days. She usually works to commission, often custom-designing to suit someone's home. I bought three of the over-run tiles at $1 each. I could have taken so many more had I anywhere to put them.
Bolt of Cloth
The yarns are from the window display in the Hands Craft Shop in
Sunday, 2 May 2010
I have just bought a camper van. It is an ex-rental from Kea. Looks like this. Can't wait to unpack the Polo and drive off in my new home. What an extravagance. I'll be looking for options to exchange it for either similar in the UK or perhaps plum house-sitting opportunities. It is fully certified for freedom camping and I'll have my bike on the back.
One week on the road and I have not even reached Christchurch yet. I stopped at the Ashford Mill House cafe and sat in the sun with a cup of tea. And this Noro yarn -- I couldn't resist.
The weaving area is being renovated, so the shop was in a bit of a state. I missed the sofa that was piled with knitted cushions and throws.
I'm using child-size needles, which are easier to hold, and take up less space when knitting in cafes! Well, that's what it feels like.
What a lovely little public library in Wanaka. To get to it you go over a little stream. It has been beautifully landscaped. I found a sunny sheltered spot to sit and knit, amongst the falling autum leaves and filled with the sound of the water.