Tuesday, 27 September 2011


 I love Rotorua, smell and all. Where else would you have a hot stream running between the houses and a boiling spring in your backyard? I love the softness and drama of all steam rising on a grey day.

I don't have any active thermal stuff just where I live, and it is only a wee bit smelly, and only then when the wind is blowing from a particular direction. But I have the lake. There is a lovely walk along the lakeside and back along the boardwalk through a lovely bit of wetland which is cared for by a group of locals, the Hannah's Bay Community Restoration Trust.

My sock is growing -- slowly. Even I couldn't knit through the RWC game on Saturday night - the All Blacks against France game was riveting (can't believe I'm saying that!).

Tuesday, 20 September 2011


I have started making these Cherry Swirl Socks with yarn I bought in Dunedin

Socks are like a knitting tutorial - for these I have learned to do a Left Twist stitch. In between rows, I'm listening to Beck, musing about gardens with Vita Sackville-West, sipping tea, doing a bit of weeding and keeping an eye on the chooks so they don't scritch in the wrong places. Oh, and enjoying the sun.

Saturday, 17 September 2011

On the needles

 This from the viewing platform at the Rotorua Museum. A new wing has just been opened with a permanent exhibition on the history of the Te Arawa peoples. I went on a guided tour with the local Creative Fibres group.

Nothing very exciting coming off the needles at the moment - I have been making basic dishcloths in cotton.

Sunday, 11 September 2011

When not on the sofa...

 I finished a jacket (Vogue 2911) that I had cut out several years ago. Don't know where I will ever wear it though - is anyone getting married soon? It is made in a boiled wool so please make it a winter wedding. When cutting out the pattern, I added a bit of length in the waist, but I don't think I needed to. The peplum sits a bit low. Still, with the right skirt, it might be wearable.

 I also finished a useful thing to hang by the sewing station. This uses one of my "antique batik" (hmmm, really?) pieces that I bought in Solo years ago.

This next photo is just to show that we are having lovely spring days.
The chooks have been scratching in the neighbour's border, here is Madge trying to escape being put back into the coop. 

Finally today, this is the latest hat I made at work. It is in Zara Plus, a lovely soft yarn to work with.

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Projects in mind

Some yarns from the shop that I'd like to be getting on with. I love the organic cottons, in the centre above.
What I have been knitting for the shop is hats. The kids jester hat is not something I'd have chosen, but it is fun and I liked it when it was finished. The red hat in Zara I'm loving. So soft to knit with. Would like to do this beret MCI for myself - shown here from Ravelry