Hello you lovely things!
Thank you soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo so much for all the well wishes for my exam today! You sure are just the kindest and I am pleased to say that it is OVER! It went OK…. it was harder than I expected and it seems that for every one thing I wrote, I left two more things out due to forgetfulness or lack of time, but that’s a pretty standard feeling in an exam isn’t it!
After the frenzy of writing which get progressively messier as time went on, I was feeling quite hyped up and needed some grounding… luckily its another amazingly beautiful day here in Wellington, so KB and I went to the beach again, but this time on the other side of town, to Oriental Bay.
It was just beautiful… this is Wellington harbour. Today the sea was incredible! Turquoise water, blue sky, bright sun….
The perfect type of day to get my feet wet…. some people were game enough to swim, but not me!
And after a while I came back to earth!
This next shot is Wellington City, I’d love to tell you that it is naturally this tropical, but the beaches of Wellington are more like yesterday’s post, rugged and rocky…. these white sand beaches were man-made, well, not so long ago….
Wellington is awesome in that you are generally only a few streets from the waterfront, as you can see!
I’m glad you’re enjoying these posts about where I live… I must say that because I have lived in Wellington all my life apart from two years, it’s worn off and not so exciting, but as I seem to be getting great feedback, here you go!
So we’re home now, enjoying the late afternoon sun, and I’m going to present to you the FO from yesterday, that I made with the wool my Mum spun! I bought a big pile of hand dyed knots in August from a local trader which of course I can’t spin because I’ve not yet had a go at that! So my lovely Mum had a little job given to her!
A few weeks ago I was heartily inspired by Kate from Dash Robin who hooked up some beautiful bunting from organic wool. Click here and a new window will pop up so you can quickly have a peek! I really loved the simplicity of it, and filed it in my brain for later! Instead of hooking it, I decided to have a go at knitting it….
Using some of my “Mum-spun” wool. Using beautiful wool is such an experience for the senses…. this one is 100% merino, so it is soooooooooooo soft and flows through my fingers like, well, pure softness! The colours graduate so perfectly, and those colours! My favourite after pink!
I spent all of yesterday morning finishing these…. using the green merino and the blue which is Corridale wool so a bit scratchier but still so unusually exciting.
I love these garter stitch buntings… bunts? What’s the plural of bunting? Garter stitch is just so unassuming… it kind of says yeah… I’m the first thing you learn, I’m simple…. but you just can’t live without me…..
Just in case any of you would like to make your own, I wrote down the pattern I took a few (more than a few) tries to achieve! Remember, to make a lovely smooth edge you need to slip the first stitch of every single row….. I used 4mm needles and this wool is approximately 8ply…
Row 1 knit
Rows 2-3 sl1 knit
Rows 4-5 sl1 k2tog knit
Rows 6-8 sl1 knit
Rows 9-10 sl1 k2tog knit
Rows 11-13 sl1 knit
Rows 14-15 sl1 k2tog knit
Rows 16-18 sl1 knit
Rows 19-20 sl1 k2tog knit
Rows 21-23 sl1 knit
Rows 24-25 sl1 k2tog knit
Rows 26-28 sl1 knit
Rows 29-30 sl1 k2tog knit
Rows 31-33 sl1 knit
Rows 34-35 sl1 k2tog knit
Rows 36-38 sl1 knit
Rows 39-40 sl1 k2tog knit
Rows 41-43 sl1 knit
Rows 44-45 sl1 k2tog knit
Rows 46-48 sl1 knit
Rows 49-50 sl1 k2tog knit
Rows 51-53 sl1 knit
Rows 54-55 sl1 k2tog knit
Row 56 sl1 k2tog Cast off and weave in loose ends
I hope that worked out mathematically! On the paper I wrote it down on I had missed one row so I’m hoping fingers crossed it’s all right… let me know if you try one!
I hooked them together by chaining enough length to hang them, then sc into the first stitch, ch2, skip 2 stitched sc into next stitch and so on…..
These lovelies are hanging in my kitchen window brightening the place considerably with Rick, Dick and Prick.
It’s good stuff! We (I) love them!
Allright! I’m going to grab my iPod and go for a walk in this beautiful evening sunshine…. and make sure I manage to have a catch up with all of my beautiful blog friends and see what you’ve been up to.
Sending you lots of loving happiness, I hope life is beautiful wherever you are…………..