Thank goodness we had some rain this weekend. It has been so, so dry, one wonders how the farmers are coping without the precious stuff, not to mention the gardens that are now brown husks and the impending water shortages for residential areas. Hopefully there will be more to follow – we need much more to fill the rivers and reservoirs again.
Before it rained, the boy and I visited the Martinborough Fair (held every year on the first Saturday of February and March). It’s a major fund-raising event that hosts craft stalls from all over the country.
Martinborough is the major wine-producing area for this region. It’s a great experience to drive down the roads and see vineyards everywhere you look. Very temptingly, most of these vineyards do have cellar doors and wine tasting. The vines were tented with nets as the grapes are nearing readiness for picking – don’t they look delicious! I think these ones are pinot noir – it’s the popular red variety for this area. The pinot noir wines from the Wairarapa are particularly delicious – the climate suits this grape very well.
Of course, I had to visit Anna Gratton’s stall at the fair…
Such a vibrant, citrusy green had to come home with me! This is the merino/mohair 4 ply in a garment lot (400g) in the Lime colourway.
Then there was this.
A 200g skein of 100% wool in Chilli Chocolate. I just cannot resist this colourway. I now have some in both the wool and merino/mohair blend.
I think the best thing about the fair (apart from the yarn) was the artisan and local food produce – honey, handmade, freshly baked sourdough bread and Easter buns, artisan cheese, preserves and new season apples came home with us. Simple food, but made the way it is meant to be – super delicious! As you can see, by the time I thought about taking a photograph, there wasn’t a lot left…
The rain was a good excuse to sit inside and do some knitting during the afternoon. I managed to finish the Falls of Rauros! It’s socks like these that really fire up the sock knitting mojo!
Looking at my queue to choose the next project, I want to cast on all the things! I think in addition to casting on the March Claire Ellen sock (In the Golden Hall), I am also going to do a bit of Cookie A knitting. I’ve had Clandestine in my queue for simply ages – and it’s time to knit it! I also recently caved and bought knit.sock.love, so you are going to see a few more Cookie A designs coming off my needles in the next few months (it was that Twisted Flower sock that did it, but having bought the book, I can see myself knitting every single sock in it!)
I am very close to finishing the Mattingley Jumper. Just a sleeve and the neck to do, and it is finished. I guess I should be disciplined and finish that up this week so I can tidy one more WIP off my list.
I have a feeling that this year is going to be an interesting one. Having moved, and found to our delight that our new environs are everything we wanted them to be, I have managed to add the final piece to the puzzle, with the appointment to a new job that begins at the end of this month. I’m hoping it won’t put too much of a crimp into the knitting as it is a full-time job, but I am really looking forward to applying my skills to this new position. Best of all, it is based here in the Wairarapa, so I will no longer have to do the hour-long drive to work every day, and I will have the peace of mind of being closer to the young boy. In this land of earthquakes and unpredictable weather, being so far from him was weighing on my mind.
The events of last year will go down in my memory as a definite annus horribilis. They weren’t really things I wanted to talk about on this blog, being my place of happy knitting and the celebration of the good things about life. It will be nice to have an annus mirabilis for a change. Here’s hoping!