Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"Is wool your dirty little secret, too?"

I forgot to show you my new money box. I couldn't resist!

"I need a half gram of wool and quick! I'm starting to come down..."

And Hubby even popped Yarn Cash in there for me. Maybe I can buy ME some of the Noro Silk Garden I bought for a friend this week;-)


I'm in denial about the fact that Winter will eventually arrive. This Indian summer we're enjoying is superb. I'm going to crash hard when the weather gets cold and miserable.
I'm easing myself into it by knitting a couple of winter hats from 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. For once, I even have the exact yarn required in my stash!
I'm doing the New Directions Hat in Noro Kureyon. The colours are not really "me" but they are so stunning I am loving it! Later today I'll cast on the Lavender Lace Beanie in Naturally Sensation - the same yarn as my Cable Footies.
Two simple projects to take away on my long weekend sans enfants;-)
Like my new stitch markers? Thanks, Christine, for letting me have the Coffee Break ones - so glad we didn't have to have a fight to the death in the new Knit World Studio...not a good look! I've got a bad urge to break out the Shrinky Dinks and do myself another set.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Sock it to me!

Cable Footies from One Skein

Handpaint Highlights Socks from One Skein Wonders

I really need to learn how to knit two socks at once. These have been cursed by Second Sock Syndrome for far too long but I triumphed over them during Easter.

Coals to Millerton

Earlier this year my grandmother sent me this necklace that has very interesting origins to me. It was made by my great-great uncle for my great-great grandmother out of cut and polished COAL! I believe it's West Coast coal, and not from Scotland, where they emigrated from, but sometimes it's a little difficult to get the full facts.
Sandra was able to go to the Blackball Strike centennial this Easter weekend which further sparked the urge to make a pilgrimage to the place where my maternal family started their New Zealand life.

Friday, March 21, 2008


My current favourite tea, White Peony from T Leaf, in my new teapot from my Mum, sitting on my tea trolley...ready for my afternoon tea break to read World Sweet World. Small pleasures...

Sunday, March 16, 2008


I've enjoyed knitting teeny tiny baby items for three little girls. All power to you, Nina and family, as you await these extraordinary additions.

Thursday, March 13, 2008


Daddy: "M, why do you always wake up Dad in the night, instead of Mum?"
M8: "Because Mum is special."
Daddy: "I know. Why do you think she's special?"
M8: "Because she pushed us all out of her tummy so we love her the most."

M8: "But don't worry. We love you too, Dad."

Monday, March 10, 2008


Last week Hubby and I attended our town's first Transition Town's meeting. We're buzzing about the potential this brings to our suburban existence.

A few weeks earlier we committed our family to our gathered church's community garden. Hubby was sent off this Saturday morning to dig up the plots and plant them in lupin for the winter. I'm keen to document the process of this exciting development in our community life.

In our continued focus to reduce our car usage we bought a kid's bike seat for A (nearly)3 so we can now ride as a family.

Our next step will be to buy a bike trailer sold by the Cycling Church guy in Christchurch.

This all fits in nicely with my current read: "Everything Must Change" by Brian McLaren. I'd been put off reading his earlier stuff because it wasn't about home-learning;-) But dude...mind blowing and so relevant to where our family is at. I cannot tell you how refreshing it is to hear a Christian talking about the same issues as we are.