Hello NZ

Stash Love


Would it be so terrible if my stash of yarn was the first thing I unpack on Friday when we move into our new house? I'm sorely tempted because I'm missing it rather a lot. What is it about a stash of yarn? Is it simply the touch and smell of delicious yarn that is so comforting? Or, the thrill of what each skein promises to become? I don't know. Whatever, I can't wait to get my hands on my stash again at the end of the week.

Excitingly, I had a little splurge on yarn and fibre as I left the UK, quickly packing it away before I'd had much time to enjoy it properly. It'll be a little like Christmas when I get my hands on it all again.

Whilst I've been patiently waiting for our moving in day and for our container to be delivered, I've been collecting a few lovely (nearly all local) skeins. I've thought a little about what I might make with each and although nothing is set in stone, at this stage it's all destined for things for me ...

So far, I've squirrelled yarns from New Zealand indie dyers Soft Like Kittens, Happy Go Knitty and Spinning a Yarn. The creamy yarn to the left of the picture is also a New Zealand yarn, a merino/possum mix from Naturally Yarns but the pale blue lace is from Peruvian company Misti Alpaca

Are there any other New Zealand dyers I just have to try? Do tell. I may even brave a sale on Facebook if you tell me it's worth it!

I'm Back


I've written you dozens of posts over the past couple of months but they've all been in my head. I've thought about you and missed "chatting" with you but somehow, the longer I didn't post, the harder it became ... 

Anyway, I'm back. There is so much to tell you! But, I'm about to start dinner, so I'll have to be quick and pop back again really soon.

  • We've bought a house with enough land for a big vege garden, an orchard, some animals and Mr Myrtle's beehives and we move in next week. It'll be fun showing you around;
  •  Summer is STILL going and it's only getting warmer. I'd really forgotten how long and how hot summer is here and I'm in desperate need of some new lightweight, cool things to wear. Won't it be fun to get my sewing machine out of our container next week?
  • I've been knitting, albeit a bit more slowly than usual. My sore shoulder seems to have come right and I've got a few new (finished!) bits to show you;
  • There's even been a bit of crochet;
  • My stash of NZ yarn is slowly growing although I'm quite daunted by the prospect of desperately trying to buy yarn on Facebook at the same time as a gazillion other keen knitters. From what I can gather, you have to be in the right place at the right time and quickly slap a "SOLD" comment on the yarn you like when its photo pops up. My heart stops in panic just at the thought of it. So far I've stuck to my comfort zone - quietly browsing and buying from local on-line and real life stores - although, if you're reading this Sarah, GOSH I MISS THE SHEEP SHOP!
  • The new school year began this week in New Zealand and on Monday three of my four kids had their first day at the little country school near our new house. My nearly four year old "baby" is off to the local Playcentre with me two mornings a week. I suspect things might be a bit up and down while everyone settles in but I'm hoping their daily swim in the school pool will help smooth the road.

So, there you have it. A snippet of where I"m at. Thank you so much for your kind messages wondering where I was and if I was ok, I'm touched that you missed me too.

If you're wondering about my photo - I was inspired to post today whilst trying to untangle my handspun skein. I'm not sure how it happened but it's a huge, tight mess and I seem to be turning it into some sort of boucle yarn trying to sort it out.  It's destined to be a lovely wrap because, I am absolutely thrilled to tell you, sometimes it's cool here in the evenings! 

Despite my worst fears, It looks certain that I'll still need knitwear. Phew.

Back real soon. X

Hello NZ - Enjoying The View

Hello NZ - Enjoying The View
Hello NZ - Enjoying The View
Hello NZ - Enjoying The View

It's exceptionally hard to capture how an amazing view makes you feel. These shots are taken from our back door and the sky is vast, the air is clear and the colours have a magical pull that makes it hard to tear your eyes away. It feels good. Really good.

We're here, in New Zealand, over our jet-lag and settling into our new lives.

To be honest, not a lot of knitting has been done. No sewing (although a quick trip to the local fabric shop had me salivating and dying for my machine to arrive) and only a teensy bit of spinning just to show my sister how a spindle works. My sister and I have eight kids between us. That's right. Eight. We're all staying together for the time being and between making food, cleaning up and sorting out squabbles there hasn't been much time to sit and make stuff. It might help if I could keep my eyes open in the evening and not tiptoe off to bed with the kids ... 

Hello NZ - Enjoying The View

I'm finally warm after a whole week of being freezing cold. 

I'm not sure if it was tiredness or getting used to breezy homes after living with central heating for so long. At least I was reassured that I'll still need knitwear in NZ - I was pretty panicked about that. 

Hello NZ - Enjoying The View

Anyway, it hit 25C today and my Liberty Washi dress was perfect. I teamed it with my new red birthday jandals.

I promise, there'll be knitting real soon.