Another chapter begins

Hello my wonderful knitting friends.

The last time you saw a post from me it appeared that I was riding off into the sunset with the man whom I had chosen to share my life with. Well, life as we know has good bits and bad bits, and it turned out that 2018 ended on one of the most horrible notes I have ever experienced. My relationship came to a sudden and shocking ending and I found myself heading once again back to Wellington, where it was possible for me to get a job that allowed me to be self-sufficient. That’s about it in a nutshell. My Instagram account has detailed some of the general happenings of the last year, so let’s fast forward get to something more positive.

2019 has begun with us once again back in Wellington. After house hunting, new job starting, new school searches and unpacking our lives from storage, life has begun to settle into a semblance of normality, for which I am very grateful.  

Much to my relief, the boy is enjoying his new school. He is in no mood to move again, which I fully appreciate! This year is his first year of senior school, and we have agreed that it would be a good idea to stay in one place for the next couple of years until he graduates.

The good thing for me is that I have knitting time again, my creative pressure valve which keeps me sane and connects me to my wonderful tribe of like-minded people.


This is the Suburban Wrap by Joji Locatelli. I’d like to thank the very lovely Jose for the gift of this pattern. I like it so much that I’m tempted to knit another.img_20190330_144244

I used a merino/silk/yak single base for this pattern. Two skeins were from Happy-go-knitty, in Sikkim, and a third from Circus Tonic Handmade in the Hojtid base. I love the drape and warmth of this wrap. As you can see, it’s a little shorter than the shawls I usually knit. If I did work this again, I think I’d add another lace panel repeat. I certainly had enough yarn left over to do that.

I have also finished the Maniototo Sweater using the very wonderful Maniototo Wool. This is the DK woollen spun version in Blackberry. So cosy and warm – it has served me well in the first days of winter experienced this week.

I’d like to also talk about another good thing that happened. During the move from Wellington, I lost our dear and wonderful kitty, Roly. He has always had a horror of the cat carrier, change and the car, and in the attempt to move him into the car on the day of the shift, he ran away in fright, and I was unable to catch him in time to come with me to Nelson. Despite frantic notices on lost pet sites, and friends looking for him at our old house, I heard nothing for six months. Then one day, the phone rang, and it was the vet, telling me that the neighbour had found him!

By that stage, it was unclear which direction life was going in, so I arranged for him to go into a cattery until life became more certain.

And now, he is home. I am so very, very happy that we have him with us again. He has settled back into his old routines as if nothing has ever changed. This is a blessing for which I am also very grateful.

I have to say that I am not at all comfortable with this new format that WordPress has developed for blog entries… I’m really struggling with getting the look right, and time is precious.

So, a brief’ish note from me today. I am not sure if I will be able to continue writing here, but it seemed wrong to end this blog on the previous entry, which is so not my life any more.

Writing a blog takes a very large investment in time, and a strong desire to share in a personal way. Life events of the past six months have left me feeling more than a little broken. Culminating on top of years that have mostly felt like a struggle, my mojo to blog is at an all-time low.

I’m hoping that with time as my healer, my desire to share all the goodness that the knitting world has to offer will resurface. In the meantime, you can find me on Instagram, where it is easier to put little snippets and moments of life. Happy knitting, and may good karma be with you always.

18 thoughts on “Another chapter begins

  1. I hope knitting provides some respite from sorrows for you. Your work is always inspiring and I will miss your posts. You are so talented, never let that go.

  2. Welcome back. I have missed your posts (not being on Instagram). So sorry to hear that things haven;t worked out as you have hoped. I know how demoralising and depressing that can be, but I am sure things will work out for you. If Instagram is the only way to keep in touch then it looks like I will have to bite the bullet. Take care!

  3. I’ve missed your posts! Seeing your knitted projects has always been a shot in the arm to up my game. Commiserations on the end of your relationship, but what joy for you to have your Roly back!

  4. Welcome back. No trite words will ease the sorrow of your past few months – only time can do that. Just know that you were missed & it is a gift to have you back sharing to our worlds. And what an absolute JOY to have your precious feline home 🙂

  5. Am so happy as is well now for you, your son, and Roly. Sending you much good energy, and wishes for all the best for the three of you!

  6. What a roller coaster you have been on. I’m so sorry for the bad bits, and happy for the good. I love the wrap too and will be hunting for that pattern. I do hope that the rest of the year goes well for you and yours. Happy knitting and a hug to Roly!

  7. I wanted to cry reading this. So lovely to have you back albeit just for occasional post.
    Deeply sorry things didn’t work.
    Fabulous new though about the boy and the feline.
    And you knitting…
    Much love
    Heal well.

  8. Lovely to have you back but I am very sorry that the return was bought on by bad experiences. Hoping that the rest of the year is much happier. Take care

  9. Sometimes life doesn’t play nice, I’m so sorry to hear about your hard times and sorrows.
    Now you’re back on your feet and finding your bearings, which is great news.
    All the best, hope life will bring good vibes for you & your family!

  10. Quite the story, your past year… I do wish you will have a nice and quiet time now, maybe things even settling further and hopefully enough breathing space for you and your son !

  11. So glad to hear from you again. I was just thinking about you just the other day and wondering how you are. Very sorry for you difficult times and happy to hear you have landed once again on firm ground with the boy and Roly!

    I started following you on Instagram today (don’t think I had even signed up last time I read one of your posts…lol) Please let us know if you change blogging platforms

    Knitting can be a great refuge in times of stress. Know that you are supported by your knitting community near and far!

    All the Best!

  12. What a treasure to hear from you!! Glad you are back where you ‘belong’ and with Roly!!! Glad school is also working out, VERY important!

  13. Man girl, you are a warrior. I’m sorry the relationship was a bust; screw that BS if you weren’t appreciated and it wasn’t realized you are diamond. Love the pic of you in that scarved shawl. You look damn fierce. I’m not on IG anymore so I’m out of touch with the usuals. I hope stick around here. I always use the old editor for WP; I do not like that block system or even the one before it.

  14. I love the colors you chose for your wrap and how you worked it up. Stunning!! Its wonderful to hear from you and get an update. Glad you are in a good place for mind and body now. No fun going thru stressful times. Yes, blogging takes time and time is precious. Thanks for letting us know this might be your last blog post. I found you on Instagram and will follow you there. Glad your boy is enjoying his new school and Roley is back. Much happiness to you all!!!

  15. Things happen for a reason and it is usually for the best. You end up so much better. The fact you landed back on your feet indicates you can take care of yourself. Now Roly is back means your family is complete, you have a home and can move forward once again. You are self-sufficient and don’t forget that. Look forward to more knitting projects!

  16. Oh life is full of u expected ups and downs isn’t it. I’m glad you are well and getting back to yourself and how lucky to have found your ginger ninja again. I love seeing what creativity you have been up to and I have to say I have no blog time these days and hardly any IG or FB time either but it will return when the time is right. Hang in there friend we missed you xx

  17. You’re such an awesome woman – I love that you switch towns with all that stuff going on and get a new job where you’re self sufficient. Like a rock.

  18. you’ve got beautiful knit! we use to move around quite bit, now we are settled in one place for about nine years now and kids are graduated, made new friends and happy.

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