Here I am, back a few days later than I said I would be! Thank you so much for your loving and kind messages that I have been flooded with here, on Ravelry and in my e-mail, I feel so blessed to have so many wonderful and caring people in my life, you really are so sweet. It has been one enormously sad week here in New Zealand, well, actually, only five days, and I haven’t really felt like bouncing back onto my blog, full of excitement and rainbow happiness, rescue and recovery is still in process in Christchurch, and the whole country is feeling it…
I wanted to share some of the comments I got on my last post, I reeeeeeeally hope the commenters don’t mind! But I wanted to share with you some of the love that was sent my way… The comments I’m cutting and pasting, by the way, are not more special in any way than other comments of course, and some of them echo lots of other comments, so please know, all of you, how much I appreciated each and every one of them.
Lovely Sarah (and many others too) wrote: “Whew……..I am so glad that you posted because I was very worried about you and your family, including the furred one” WOW, I was bowled over by how many people thought of me and were glad to hear that we were OK…. ********THANK YOU********
Alyson’s comment made me smile, because how could it not…. “Yes, the news is most definitely tragic, and my heart goes out to everyone in Christchurch. I am thankful you and your loved ones (including sweet Raymond!) are safe. My husband was watching the news with me this morning before work, and he said, “I hope Raymond’s okay”. I told him you were in Wellington, and were most likely unharmed. Take care!” Awwwww…. Everybody loves Raymond! I can guarantee people, he is indestructible!
And Penelope’s comment made me think…. “It’s just unbelievable that you are always living and adjusting to the threat of such huge natural disasters.” And do you know what? I don’t think about it hugely, because that’s what I’ve been raised with, but often I have thought over my life, what it would be like to live in a country without volcanic activity and know that it would never shake, I think it would be nice!!!!!
The damage is unbelievable, I’ve been obsessively googling “Christchurch Earthquake latest updates” and found some before and after pictures here…. the last I read, the death toll had risen to 145 and there are still so many people missing and bodies being recovered, it’s so desperately sad.
So like I said, I’m not quite ready to blog about much right now because all of this is on my mind, and I don’t want to put it out of my mind and act like life is full of sunshine until the emergency side of things has passed, maybe. However, I will tell you about my knitting. That I almost finished knitting my first ever garment… Oh yes, a weeks worth of solid knitting….. I got to the shoulders and messed it up so horrendously by executing a dodgy three-needle bind-off then weaving in the ends (far too many of them, don’t ask) then trying to unpick it and I just couldn’t! I got veeeeeeeeeeery upset and do you know what I did?
I cut it apart.
My Mum was horrified, she was on the phone to me saying “no, don’t cut it! Bring it over and I’ll help you” as the scissors sliced through 30-something stitches and made me feel a lot better. (insert evil snigger here)
So I’m quite “off” knitting right now, and have been hooking some lovely things which brighten my day considerably which I’ll share soon. However, despite saying I’m off knitting, I am knitting.
Your eyes do not deceive you. That is indeed Noro Kureyon, colour 254, dye lot E to be precise…. Five lovely balls of it. This stash doesn’t belong to me, it belongs to my dear friend Sandra who you met in this post who is expecting her first two grand-babies *yaaaaaaaaay* She bought this wool to knit a hooded Pixie Jacket which we were both going to knit together but I got side-tracked with tea cozies and granny square cushions and a me-sized jumper (grrrr). However, Sandra became disillusioned with the Pixie jacket when she discovered that sometimes Noro is not what it seems and it got a bit ‘breaky’ on her, and I noticed that the five balls of Noro and 10% completed Pixie jacket were staying in her knitting bag and not being knitted. I noticed as well that she had started on another project which meant one thing…. that the Noro Pixie Jacket was being “forgotten” and I could not let that happen.
At work one day I casually said to her: “Sooooo… you know the Pixie Jacket…. well…. I don’t mind knitting it for you if you’re not enjoying that Noro….(!)” (Imagine me saying that like I’m doing her a favour, not desperately wanting to knit the jacket on her behalf….!!!)
“YYYOOOOOOOOOOOOOUUUUUUUUUU ARE AMMMMMAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZZZZZZZZZZINGGGGGGGGGGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!”””” She cries! “I would sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo appreciate that!!!!! What a WONDERFUL friend you are!!!”
My dear friend, I love how she appreciates me knitting it for her and I love that she is letting me knit her gorgeously delicious amazing wool, how lucky am I???!!!! ***Thank you Sandra!!!!*****
It’s not often we get the opportunity to knit a garment with Noro, so I’m savouring the experience! And do you know what…. I have knit Noro in stocking stitch before, but never in garter and I think that I will only ever knit Noro Kureyon in garter from now on, it suits it perfectly and enhances all that chunky goodness… I’m envisioning knitting myself this hat out of it, after seeing it on Yarn Harlot’s blog, because it would be delish in Noro goodness.
So I’m only at the very beginning, and in no hurry, because the baby is only five months along, and who wants to rush a lovely knitting experience!
Well, there we have it, I was just going to pop in and say hello, but I feel like I’ve had a catch up with friends now, I’d love to her what you’ve been up to, and what are you hooking/knitting at the moment?
I’m off, back to the Noro and a nice pile of red wool in lots of different shades that I have big plans for….
Wishing you a beautiful day,
Love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX