A road I drive along daily is Tinakori Road, one of the first settlement areas in Wellington and part of the area that was once home to many of the upper-class, including famous New Zealand author Katherine Mansfield. It’s still the official address for the Prime Minister of New Zealand.
It’s a busy, narrow street, and traffic rushes through without pause. Unless you park your car and walk along it, one wouldn’t have much opportunity to notice its historical past or even observe some of the more interesting aspects of architecture in the buildings.
While the road is not a major shopping destination, it is tourist destination for those who are interested in seeing Katherine Mansfield’s birthplace and home. There are also a couple of historical pubs, some galleries, a couple of antique shops, a hairdresser or two, but nothing to give me an excuse to go there. For me, it’s just the road I drive down to get to and from work. I’m usually too busy concentrating on staying in my lane, avoiding oncoming traffic, watching out for pedestrians who seem to enjoy gambling their lives away by stepping out in front of moving cars, or people who have parked and open their doors just as you are driving past…
Until the other day, when I was stuck in a stand-still rush hour traffic jam. Then it dawned on me that here was the perfect the opportunity to take in a more leisurely view of the street front (as I tried not to be too concerned about the time ticking ever nearer to the young boy’s after school care centre close time…)
I particularly enjoyed seeing these:
They are quick snapshots that I took so I could look at the things that interested me at leisure. It’s a funny thing, but newer buildings do not feature interesting enclosures or decorative detailing any more. It’s a feature that I appreciate in older buildings. There’s something very graceful about them, and a lot of it has to do with the beauty added by the decorative (and often functional) features. Perhaps that’s what I quite like about knitting too – being able to add beauty to a functional item of clothing.
My knitter’s brain starting whirring from all that inspiration I was looking at…
Meet my new as yet un-named pattern:
I don’t think I will get enough time to write the pattern and photograph it properly for release at the Wonders of Wool market on Saturday, but it will be out soon as it’s an easy pattern, and I have (I hope!) a small window of head space coming up to give me time to write it and test it.
It takes just under one skein of Maniototo Wool‘s gorgeous worsted-weight yarn to knit this (you’ll need about 90g, or 180m/200yd). Get your skein at the Wonders of Wool market on Saturday if you’re in Wellington! Alternatively, it is the perfect stash buster for that lone 100g skein of worsted-weight yarn floating around…
The pattern will be free with purchase of yarn from Maniototo Wool (leave your email address with her and I’ll give her a code for you to get it free on Ravelry, or it will be emailed to you as a PDF).
I’m very happy with it. It’s so soft and buttery feeling, cushiony and warm. I’m betting it’s going to be a nice insulation against those chill winter winds too. It’s going to be my everyday-wear cowl this winter!