The shot above of that beautiful rugged beach was taken by KB today at Makara, a tiny rural area a 20 minute drive from the city centre… I grew up in the next valley and tiny rural settlement over, so Makara Beach has been a well-frequented place in my life! Makara Beach is gorgeous, today it was so windy there we could barely stand up, on a perfectly still day the ocean is turquoise, on a stormy day the waves are ridiculously big… no matter what the weather, it’s always a beautiful spot to visit and recharge…..
The grey skies in these photos are lying, it was another lovely day mostly… the weather here right now is just perfection…. yesterday it was overcast but still warm, and I wonder if you will hate me for saying that it was nice to have a break from the fierce sunshine??!!! He he he!
So I thought today I’d show you my latest pair of arm warmers…. remember I’m addicted to knitting on my DPN’s now, my latest trick…. although, I’ve actually knitted myself out for a while and this will be my last pair for a bit! Sensible being that we’re on our way into summer!
I knitted these, as I said before, in the round! (I can’t stopp saying it, such is the deep excitement of learning a new skill!!!) Also, this time, I did little stripes without cutting the wool each time I changed colour, but instead twisting it up the back….. I think I did a reasonable job, at least for a first time…. shall I show you the inside???
OK then…. I’ll lay it all out there for the world to see!!!
It seems ok, but I’m no expert, so have no idea if this is how it is supposed to look!!!! Despite having no seam, it does still have a distinct line where the colour changes…
So, like I say, not bad for a first try!!!! And as per usual, they are my favourite pair ever! Perfectly matching my pink clothing!
So back to Makara…. KB and I went to a market there which turned into a total non-event….
But it was a great excuse to hit the beach…..
Plus there was a lady there (at the market not the beach..) selling wool…… And not just any wool…..
Reeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeally lovely wool!
My wallet is empty until payday but that’s ok because I am on a wool-buying high….
This lovely lady sells NZ wool which is just amazing… let’s face it… NZ is a sheep country and I’ve rambled on about how wonderful sheep are in many a post, but despite all this, it is difficult to get your hands on the best, most deliciously perfect NZ wool as most of it is sold on the internet and not in the shops! So when she pulled out these big juicy 200gm (yes… 200gm!!!) hanks of wool I just about fainted…. I was throwing my money at her before I’d even picked my colours!
This colourway is called Sunset and is perfection in pink and purple….
This is Perendale wool… I love Perendale wool, I think if I remember correctly that Mum told me Perendale sheep were bred by Lord Perendale and they’re naughty sheep, they are good jumpers and jump out of their paddocks…. nevertheless, they produce amazing wool which I’ve bought when I can find it and love using!
So all these hanks of Perendale has me on a fibre-high….
The next colourway is called Bazaar…
Teal, coral and lilac are not a colour combination one comes across frequently, but I quite liked it and am quite keen to knit it up just to see what it looks like!
The last one is watermelon (oh how I love this one!!!)
Just look at how the colour changes in that bottom pink section! Amazing!
So that was our Sunday! It’s actually the last day of my holidays as I’m starting summer school tomorrow…. I’m only doing one paper, my first third year paper in fact… apparently third year papers are hard… well that sounds great seeing as first and second year papers were not what I’d describe as easy!!!!!!! It’s called “intimate relationships” so is set to be fantastically confronting! Bring on the self-awareness and personal growth! I can take it!
Thank you for stopping by today!!! I hope you’ve had a fun visit and potentially have an itch that only some beautiful new wool will scratch…. I give you permission to indulge!!!
I have to go… I have wool that needs to be lovingly stroked urgently!!
Blessings and love to all of you, from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX