Where on earth did January go? As this is my end of the month post, which means my Monthly Mosaic post, I realised there are still a lot of photos sitting in my January file which haven’t been posted yet, and if I don’t get on with it, I’ll never get around to it.
A few of said nearly forgotten photos are of this gorgeous sunset… We are sooooooooooo spoiled at my house with sunsets, and this one we had last week was incREDible. It started all yellowey and turned into a bright blazing orange…
As you can see, it was one of those amazing sunsets that covers the whole sky. Completely breathtaking. We watched it fade and get smaller…
Until it was almost gone….
A total blessing in sunset form.
Happy Sunday to you by the way! It is a long weekend here, so another day off is stretching ahead of me and I plan to do nothing but make stuff and bake delicious things and lie around in the sun practicing “relaxing” something I am not very good at but need to learn how to do. As is becoming a weekend tradition here in the Far North, I have another gorgeous beach to show you! I really want to make the most of Summer, and make the most of living in a beaaaaaaaaautiful part of New Zealand by exploring some part of my new world each week. This weekend, one of my awesome friends invited us up to spend some time with her and her family in a place called Oakura. Of course we went, and in the middle of the day went for a little drive to see the local beaches.
We found Taupiri Bay. (Pronounced toe-piddy)
We sat on the beach and ate our lunch, but didn’t brave the water today, it’s a bit cold here at the moment! Nevertheless, left the beach feeling well recharged and full of beachy goodness.
We travelled further around and found some beautiful views of other beaches and bays, amazed at how this coastline is so similar to the coastline right down the East Coast of the North Island, all beautiful rugged, jaggedy rocks and gorgeous turquoise water… so different to the West.
I would have, without a doubt braved the chilly water for a swim in this bay… the colour of the water took my breath away. However, from what I could see, it was mountain goat or boat access only… bliss!
I hope you enjoyed that little peek into a corner of my world! In my yarn world I’ve been making some happy little objects of instant gratification…. ooooh I’m on a new jag, making Mischievous Mice from the book I showed you in my last post.
I am having soooooooooo much fun knitting these and whipped up two during a movie last night. Do you ever get on jags? I do all the time… some last for hours, some for days and some for months and months (think socks) but my jag of right now is mice. I keep planning in my head new colours and who I am going to give them to as micey gifts….
It turns out, that this pattern is available for free, not just in the book, click here to whizz to the website where you can download the pattern for a Miscievious Mouse.
Raymond is slightly interested in the mice, but they are too big and not realistic enough for him to play with them, which is lucky because I wasn’t going to give him one anyway.
I love this pattern, it is so easy and fun to make. Something I’m loving about the patterns from this book are that they are not only awesome and original, but easy to make. As I’ve said before, I have no aspirations to be the most amazing knitter in the world or know everything about it, I just like to knit. I like to make things I love at the end of a long day at work that fill me with joy rather than stress me out, and save the more challenging patterns for times I’m feeling adventurous, so having a book full of patterns I can actually make makes me quite excited! I’m also excited to hear that many of you have purchased the book and are getting a thrill from it too.
I’ll leave you with my January mosaic.
Theme colours for January 2012? Blue and green, I just can not get enough of these colours right now. My Ocean Ripple Blanket is nearing the halfway point, I’ll show you that soon, it’s a morning only project as it is now too big and gets me too hot sitting in the sun hooking it on my lap! KB and I have been all about beaches this month, and sunsets…. nature all the way. And food, January has been about food here at Crochet with Raymond too, more so than ever before!
February is only two sleeps away, which means I am legally allowed to start my next pair of socks.
What has January been like for you? What good things have happened for you? I’d love to hear some happy thoughts, happy creates happy after all, so share away.
I’m off, Mischievous Mice aren’t going to knit themselves…
have an ace day,
love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX