Friday, 7 January 2011


I'm appallingly bad at remembering to take photos, but I did manage to get a few of our holiday in Napier, and the trip home.

Visiting with Wellington school friends at the Napier aquarium

Deane being all 'manly' and tending the fire/cooking dinner on our anniversary

Marshmallows prepped and ready for toasting over the coals

One of the many stops on the drive home to Auckland - Castle Pamela in Tirau

Half of the pair of fingerless mitts (Rav link) I knit while in Napier (yes, I finished the pair) - using a 40g sample of yarn from Flagstaff Alpacas, which was in the latest Blendy Sampler Box I bought at the Auckland Art & Craft Fair just before Christmas. If I'd known I'd have heaps of yarn left, I would've made them longer. Oh well.

My other holiday knit, a baktus (Rav link) scarf made with my Summervilla Blue handspun (fibre originally purchased from Anna Gratton)

Turns out, two small knitting projects and three books is a good amount to take on a not-quite-two-week holiday. I finished both the knits, and most of the books - Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte (which I'd started reading before Christmas), A Quick Bite by Lynsay Sands, and How to Kill Your Husband (and other handy household hints) by Kathy Lette, which I finished just the other day. So all up, I read a total of 40 books in 2010. Not bad. Now to start the new, 2011 list!!

Since we got back on Tuesday, I've managed a 5km run without killing myself (yay!) and knit one sock (in a day and a half - bless the rain and XBox!) and 1/4 of a Thorpe hat.

Here's a pic of the lone sock:

And just in case you can't see it, a close up of the pattern:

The pattern is Leyburn Socks , knit in Three Irish Girls Arboretum on Beckon Stretch Merino sock base. This yarn (which is out of my usual price range) was kindly given to me by my favourite fibre dyer, miss tracee, of maude & me. fame. She is a special one, that girl.

Now, since it's raining and Deane's gone to work, I shall carry on catching up with washing, tidying up the miniscule apartment, and knitting up a storm ;-) Have a good day!!

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