It’s lovely to have you pop by today! I was wondering if I’d have the Pixie Jacket in its completion to ‘voila’ today, but it’s taking a lot longer and a lot more Noro than expected, and a small hood malfunction slowed the process down considerably! I’m nearly there, but it is going to be a sleeveless jacket because otherwise it will need 7-8 balls of Noro…. Noro Kureyon is $16.95/50gm ball here, how much does it cost where you live? I’m quite fascinated by the difference in prices of wool in different countries, so might one day do a post on how much it costs here and then translate it into UK and Aussie prices. Not for any reason really, just because it will be interesting….!
Another thing that slowed me down on the knitting front was the beginning of my third year at polytech… yes… mixed feelings about that one from pretty much everyone in my class, it’s lovely to see each other and be together again, but we’re all in agreeance that we are veeeeeeeery sick of assessments, of which there are many in third year, and a lot harder! I’ve only got four days of class for the next 6 weeks (yay, summer school has given me a break!) as well as my practical work which never ends (!) so I’m easing into it nicely, and this year working hard on managing my time effectively. Goal for the year. Make life easier than it was last year.
I think that’s achievable!
So being that I only JUST finished summer school, and only officially began my summer holiday on Thursday at lunchtime, then worked on Friday and Saturday, Sunday was the day that I officially had no commitments or anything to do/read/write and it was lovely! KB was at work, so I rang my Mum and asked her if she wanted to go and check out our new LYS which opened last week in Petone called the Holland Road Yarn Company. Because lets face it, the only thing to do on your single day of true summer holiday is go yarn shopping.
The Holland Road Yarn Company is a boutique yarn/wool shop owned by a lovely, lovely lady named Tash, aka Knitsch who among many other things creates beautifully dyed sock wool… be careful clicking on that link there, their online shop is lovely and you may end up poorer!! The shop is full of gorgeous things and beautiful bright colours which of course I have problems not buying because I looooooooooooooove bright colours…. so ended up buying…..
Some Knitch 4ply merino sock wool, which I’m not going to knit socks with of course, I’m going to knit something else from it when I decide what that is!
Also, as she stocks yarn from other New Zealand dyers, I couldn’t leave behind this beautiful 100gm superwash 4ply in colourway “Jack in the Beanstalk” (how cute is that!?)
This is dyed by Red Riding Hood Yarns, which you can read about and visit here at her blog! Once again it’s 4ply sock wool, so I’m going to have a read of Mum’s new book, something or other “one skein sock wool wonder” I’ve had a brief look at it, but it is suddenly quite relevent!
And you can’t have missed the spiral of unspun loveliness at the beginning of this post….
She has swirls and swirls of this in the most incredible colours and I couldn’t resist getting this one calles Carnival….. Remember the only problem is that I don’t YET spin (please don’t tell me to learn to spin, it’s on the agenda, I promise!!!!!) and I can tell that my Mum is getting a liiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiittle bit pissed off with me buying unspun wool for her to spin for me. (What? You mean you have your OWN projects to work on Mum?!) I picked that up when she said “Well, as long as you’re not in a hurry for it” and “well that’s going to take twice as long as the 50gm balls for me to spin” Oh Mum. The thing is, your spinning is so amazing I LOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOVE putting it on my blog!!! I can’t help and am addicted to your lovely wool! *****THANK YOU MUM!!!!******** He he he he he he.
So there we have it, a successful trip for both Tash and myself, and yay for yet another LYS! Would you like me to take you to visit my other LYS’s and introduce you to them with photos? Let me know!
So it has been one week today since the Christchurch earthquake and for the first time since it happened, I haven’t googled it before I check my e-mails. I heard a happy story last night of someone’s father being found alive after 6 days missing, and was once again blown away by how much this has affected us and continues to. I was asked if there was anywhere to send granny squares and am currently negotiating with a lovely Wellington crafter who is keen to do something along those lines, so once I have set it all up with her I will be putting out the word! I’m bundling up all of my knitted items to send down with the Red Cross (hats, mitts, arm warmers that I made and haven’t even worn) because it is freezing in Christchurch in winter and so many people have lost so much, and of course there is the financial side of giving too… I know that there is a worldwide appeal out there to donate to the Red Cross, and what an amazing job they are doing, they are just incredible. You can click here to donate to them. KB and I have donated to the Red Cross but are also hunting down a way to donate to other amazing organisations such as the Women’s Refuge which will be stretched to bursting point right now, with Domestic Violence increasing since the quake by ridiculous, sickening amounts. The Refuge’s in New Zealand are always on a ridiculously tight budget despite the amazing, life-changing, selfless work they do in society, so I can imagine they could do with a cash injection to help them through this time… I’m hunting down how to donate to that specific refuge, even though they would all benefit from donations of course, so if anyone would like to know where to go to do that, please let me know.
Alright then… I’m off to finish the Pixie Hood and then graft those shoulders and I’m done! I’m going to the Tawa Spin-In tomorrow, which is set to be a fun day and I’ll take my camera to show you what goes on at one of these events!
Wishing you a beautiful day!
Love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX