I feel like it has been simply ages since I last made a post! I moved house and as you will know, it takes a while to get one’s life back together again after such a tumultuous event. I hope you are all well, and enjoying life!
The new house is very different. It was probably built in about the 1950’s, without the beautiful high ceilings that I loved so much in the other house, nor the gorgeous wooden floors. Complaining aside, it will be a fine house to live in, and I am especially happy to hear plenty of native birdlife outside my window, including tuis, bellbirds and morepork! I managed to unpack a lot of boxes today, but there is still a way to go before the house is looking homely. I will show you photos of my surrounds as soon as I get to go and see them myself. I’m very excited to go exploring – we are living close to the Hutt River, and I think it’s going to be rather awesome!
Much knitting has happened, because during this time, I also took two flights up to Auckland, giving me a total of four hours to knit!!! What a lovely luxury. Many things got finished!
This shawl was the one I was working on prior to the move. It had to be finished to get on the plane to go as a gift. I was pleased I made the deadline. It is a quick knit – I finished it in 11 days, and was able to work at it at a leisurely pace.
Here it is, catching the early morning sun:
The shawl is called High Country Crescent, and I knitted it in Spinning a Yarn‘s 4 ply merino silk. It is another stunning design from Mary-Anne Mace. Mary-Anne has generously offered to give one free copy to a lucky reader. If you’d like to go into the draw, please leave a comment about what yarn you would knit this shawl in. I’ll draw the winner next Sunday, 17 April. Good luck!
It was a lovely day to fly, and we got window seats! Doesn’t the coastline look beautiful?
The young boy is now on an epic trip overseas to visit his grandfather and father in turn, which means that I am officially on ‘mumcation’!! Before you say ‘hurrah, knitting time!’, my employer has offered me a lot more hours for the next couple of weeks, which means that the ‘mumcation’ has turned into full-time work ++. Oh well, at least I’m getting paid!
The second trip was for work.
On the plane trips, I was able to finish two pairs of socks:
These are the toe-up version of my Anemone socks. I am planning to amend my original pattern and add the instructions for this version as an update (the pattern will have both toe up and cuff down instructions). If you have bought the pattern, the update will show in your Ravelry library at some point (I am terribly, terribly, behind with pattern writing at the moment). I knitted this pair in Knitsch 100% merino sock in the Arronax colourway. Once I update the pattern, I will be raising the price to reflect the additional effort and to begin to bring my patterns in line with market prices. You can save money by buying the pattern now, and wait for the update if you’d like this version!
These are a pair that I started back on Christmas Day(!) as a pair of ‘waiting socks’, meaning I knit them only when I’m hanging around waiting for something (such as on a plane trip). I’m very pleased I have finally got them off the needles. The socks are knitted in an Opal colourway called the Fireman – this colourway was from a series devoted to representing occupations. I think they did well representing fire and smoke! They are just a plain vanilla cuff down pattern.
I have quite a few things lined up to show you in the next few weeks: a number of patterns are in final/almost final stages, I have drafted a couple of tutorial type posts on socks, and of course, that review on the Naturally yarns needs to be written, in amongst others.
Stay tuned, and thank you for reading!