Friday, February 17, 2017

Sock Knitting

I finally finished this pair of socks, which I started way back in November last year. Quite a bit of these were knitted while we were on holiday at Taupo. and then at the beach earlier in January.  These were made for one of my auntie's 60th birthday and she was thrilled with them. She couldn't quite fathom how I'd used 5 knitting needles to make them, lol. 


Pattern:Vanilla Latte Sock (free pattern)
Yarn: Drops Fabel 159 Red Chili
Needles: 2.5mm
Size: M

Late last year I lost one of my Knit Pro zing double pointed needles down the side of the couch, never to be seen again, boo hoo, so I placed an order for a new set as well as a couple of other sets to add to my collection. I ordered these through Vintage Purls, based in Dunedin, and they were here in a couple of days. I have some gorgeous Vintage Purls hand dyed yarn which I bought last year, you can check out the lovely yarn here.

I've got some more socks underway, using some Opal sock yarn, I just love the colours and how the pattern is forming.

This is some of my sock knitting yarn, all ready for the year ahead. Most of these are Drops Fabel and also a couple of Opal sock yarns.

See you soon x

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stitching in January

As I mentioned in a previous post, I'm going to work on some of my unfinished projects from 2016 before starting anything new.

Last month I stitched quite a bit on the Lizzie Kate Jingles, finishing parts 6, 7 & 8.

The whole sampler, please excuse the wrinkles.

I also finished up a small section on Yuletide Welcome by Plum Street Samplers.

I really hope to get this lovely piece finished soon but my stitching has been put away for now while I get some knitting and crochet gifts made.

See you soon xx

Monday, February 13, 2017

Catching Up

It's been a few weeks since my last post and what a whirl wind they have been!  We've had three trips away from home as well as visitors one weeknd, all good fun, so today is a bit of this and that, to catch up on the happenings around here.

A good friend of mine is due to have a baby very soon so I have a small crochet baby blanket underway using these gorgeous colours from the Stylecraft Special DK range.  Progress pic to come.

Hannah has started a new year at school, Year 4. She has the same lovely teacher from last year.

A few weekends ago now, one of my aunties celebrated her 70th birthday and we surprised her with an afternoon tea. I'd been wanting to try out this Mint Slice recipe and it was a real hit with everyone, I've made it several times since.

The delicious hummingbird cake was made by my cousin Donna:

On a rainy Thursday evening recently Glenn and I went to the Guns n Roses concert in Wellington. Asides from getting quite wet, we had a blast, reliving our teenage years bopping away. Awesome concert!

Then it was home from Wellington to pack up again and head out to spend the long Waitangi Weekend at the beach with family and friends. This time the weather was great, and HOT!!

Hannah had a blast with her friends over the weekend, boogie boarding, swimming, and going for lots of walks along the beach.  We're heading back out later in the month so fingers crossed for some great weather then too!

See you soonxx

Wednesday, February 01, 2017

New Goodies

My local sewing and wool shop had a selection of Quilt Dots Needle minders come in before Christmas, I couldn't resist this one featuring a snippet of a Blackbird Designs pattern. They are really strong magnets too, no chance of it falling off the fabric at anytime lol.

Another part in the Silver Needle's Stitching Circle club arrived a few weeks ago, this time a lovely design by Erica Michaels.

As well as the strawberries, there is also an option to to stitch a small pillow, which I think it I'll do.

Also included was a lovely beaded scissor fob.

See you soon xx

Thursday, January 26, 2017

First Finish 2017

I started this lovely design late last year but then it got put to the side so I could work on the last of my Christmas gifts. I think I'll make this into a project bag of some sort.

Heaven and Nature Sing - With Thy Needle and Thread
32ct belfast linen, mostly recommended threads

I think I'll make this into a project bag of some sort.

See you soon xx

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Family Beach Weekend

Our favourite beach is only just over 30 minutes from home, Blackhead Beach, and we recently spent a few days out there celebrating my Dad's 65th birthday.

We stay on Dad's friends' farm, only a few minutes walk down to the beach.

Donna made a delicious cake to celebrate on Friday night.


The weather at the start of our stay was a bit cool and cloudy but we still made the most of the sea air by going for long walks on the beach and braving the cold water!

Friends of ours were also staying at the beach for the week so we spent a lot of time with them swimming, going on walks, surf cast fishing and enjoying meals together.

It's a long weekend coming up in early February so we've booked to return there again for some more beach fun in the sun!

See you soon xx

Friday, January 13, 2017

Two Finishes from 2016

Later today we are heading off on the second part of our summer holiday, a few days away with my parents, niece Zoe and my cousin Donna and her boyfriend at one of the local beaches. It's my lovely Dad's 65th birthday today so there will be celebrations tonight with a nice dinner, a few glasses of bubbles and of course, birthday cake. I've packed plenty of books, magazines, some stitching and knitting as there's no TV or internet, so its going to be a very relaxing and chilled out few days. If it stays hot like it has been this week then most of the days will be spent on the beach, swimming and exploring the rock pools.

I've spent a bit of time this week sorting through some patterns, threads, etc trying to make a plan for the next few months with my stitching projects and other crafts. Stitching wise, as much as I'd like to get on with some new projects I do have a few that need to be finished from last year, the Lizzie Kate Jingles, and one that has been on the go for a few years now, Yuletide Welcome by Plum Street Samplers. 2017 Christmas ornaments will be started in February.  

For my knitting plans, I have a pair of socks on the go from the end of last year, these are to be a birthday gift in early February. Due to a bit of a splurge from the Wool Warehouse in the UK, I have several skeins of lovely sock yarn that I'm intending to knit up this year. I also purchased another one of Lucy Attic 24's colour packs to make myself a crochet blanket, will probably start this at the beginning of our autumn, and some more Stylecraft yarn to make a crochet blanket for a friend's new baby.

As I was putting away some threads and patterns from last year's stitching I realised that I hadn't shared a pic of this Lizzie Kate I stitched back in October.

I'm planning to make this into a project bag of some sort.

Another recent finish, just before the end of 2016, was this lovely stitch by Country Cottage Needleworks.

I loved stitching this cute design - this will probably be make into a little Christmas pillow.

See you soon x

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Summer Holidays

Every year, just after New Year's, we head north to one of our favourite NZ holiday destinations, Taupo. We stay at a lake front hotel, nothing flash, but it has everything we need, including great views of the lake and close to town.

This year the weather wasn't as good, or as warm as previous years, we arrived to rain and a cold wind, but we did get one or two nice days. There are so many activities to do and attractions to see in Taupo, many we have done on previous holidays. 

This time some of the things we did were: visited the Prawn Park for an afternoon of prawn fishing, played mini putt by the lake, went to the night carnival, had Chinese takeaways by the lake, and spent an afternoon at Kinloch but I didn't brave a swim in the lake, it was far too chilly for me!


We also tripped over to Rotorua for the day, its just under an hours drive further north and went for a ride on the Skyline Gondolas.

Fabulous views out over Rotorua everywhere you looked.

At the top of the Gondolas there is a Jelly Belly shop, where Hannah got a few treats.

The rest of our time was spent swimming at the AC Baths, eating out at some of our favourite restaurants, browsing the shops, and relaxing at our motel unit.

We are already looking forward our next holiday there in 2018!

See you soon xx

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