My family reunion has come and gone, and what a lovely weekend it was!
We drove up to the Central Plateau in driving rain and in the dark. Not my favourite driving weather. Four hours later we arrived, very glad to still be in one piece.
The next day dawned a brilliant Autumn day. One of those warm, sunny, still days where you couldn’t ask for more perfect weather.
We decided to go up the mountain (Mt Ruapehu – Tongariro National Park) and take the chair lift to see the view.
No snow yet, but it was nice. It was crisp, and the perfect temperature for me. I’d love to do more walking there one day – the Tongariro Crossing in particular looks very inviting.
For those who don’t know, Tongariro National Park features three volcanoes. The one we were on is Mt Ruapehu, where most of the ski action in the North Island takes place in winter.
It was so wonderful reconnect with family whom I hadn’t seen in over 10 years, and catch up with family whom I don’t see nearly often enough.
In the end, I never got to do a ‘pile’ pic, so I’ve done a collage instead:
It doesn’t really seem that much put together. I blame going to work for not getting more knitting time to reknit the cardigan and the pullover I was planning.
Cadeau turned into a cadeau for my sister, instead of the cardigan. I got her to try Gemma on and it’s too tight across her shoulders, even though the rest of it fits perfectly. I’m glad I didn’t go to the trouble of finishing it. I’ll knit it for her again in a different yarn and with modifications to fit her measurements.)
I have a small confession: I lost track of the time, and got distracted by the lovely Prairie Rose Shawl. As a result, one brother got one sock, and the twin is still 2/3 complete (as in pic!) I’ll send them to him in the post when they’re done.
By the way, I’ve restored Cadeau into a free pattern. I haven’t sold a single copy of this, so I figured I may as well just make it available to those who’d like to knit it, rather than have it sitting there, a wasted effort of design.
I’ll finish with some of my favourite pics from the weekend:
(Some of us were most used to the temperatures than others…)
Isn’t he just the cutest baby?
One of the best things about going up to the Central Plateau is that you go right past the “Temple of Yarn” (aka The Wool Company). Of course I had to do homage on the way home:
The finishing touch to a perfect weekend. I had to include a purring Roly in the pic. He was so pleased to see us home that he hasn’t left my side for a minute since we got in the door!