Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Cottage Flair visit & old wips


As I mentioned yesterday, I visited Cottage Flair in Rotorua last week. This was the first time I'd been to shop where it is based now, in Fenton Street, the previous times the shop was in Ngongotaha. 

It's always been a favourite of mine, years ago this shop was pretty much the only one in NZ that sold any Shepherd's Bush stitching charts & kits :)

Now this lovely shop is filled with gorgeous fabrics and lots of knitting yarn and supplies. I can never resist Christmas fabrics and stitchery patterns!


I'm still working away on some secret Christmas stitching projects but nearing the end of these, I thought it was time to bring out some of my projects that need to be finished.

I last knitted on these socks back in May!


Yuletide Welcome has been an ongoing wip for several years now, every now and then it comes out for a few stitches to go into.


I last stitched on this back in January!  There's not actually that much more to stitch, just the bottom left hand corner and finish the banner part. I have several other little projects that need some attention too and of course, lots of new charts waiting in my stitching basket.

See you soon xx

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Midweek Break

Last week I headed away for a couple of days on a work trip to Taupo.

Apart from one morning of very heavy rain, the weather was just perfect to take in some of the sights.



Huka Falls





                                    

Spotted a tui in a kowhai tree


 Serene Lake Taupo


There was even time for a spot of shopping on Wednesday morning when we headed over to Rotorua  - I may have even done some secret Christmas shopping. We also found the gorgeous patchwork and sewing shop, Cottage Flair. It's been some years since I last shopped there, and I'll share next time the goodies I bought.





I'm already looking forward to our next visit there, in January for our annual summer holiday.

See you soon x

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Knitting for a Friend

A friend asked me a few months ago if I could do some baby knitting to gift to a work friend having twin girls. How could I say no, I love knitting baby items :)

I used double knit 100% pure New Zealand wool for both sets.

This is the Utiku Corriedale yarn from the Wool Company in the Blush colourway.




This is Woolly Jack & Jill, Cloud colour way.



Cardigan and baby hat patterns are found here and here.

Bonnet and booties pattern are here and here.

See you soon xx

Friday, November 10, 2017

The Carolers

I recently finished another red work stitchery  - this is the Carolers, designed by Natalie Bird of the Birdhouse Patchwork Designs.




All ready for the pressie box.

See you soon x

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Latest Stitching and Long Weekend Celebrations

Part 1 of the Spirit of Christmas sampler, this year's mystery sampler by Lizzie Kate, was finished last week. My supplies took a little while to arrive here in NZ so by the time I got to start part 1, many other stitchers around the world were already finishing Part 2!

I'm going to leave attaching the embellishments until all the stitching is completed.


A small parcel arrived last week containing some newly released charts and a few threads.
I love the saying on the Lizzie Kate chart, I'll be kitting this one up soon!


Last weekend we enjoyed a long weekend, with public holidays both Friday and Monday for us, Hawkes Bay Anniversary and then Labour Day. As well as catching up on some much needed gardening jobs, we had family visit us and a few catch ups with friends. Glenn and I also celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

It was a weekend of celebrations around our small town too, as well as our town commemorating 150 years, Hannah's primary school had their 150 years birthday celebrations.



It was a beautiful morning to watch a parade in our main street.






Then we spent an enjoyable afternoon at Hannah's school for a welcome by current pupils, a cake cutting ceremony and then afternoon tea.



There have been several other events run in conjunction with the 150 years of Waipukurau, including a major exhibition at our local museum. I went along to check this out a few weeks ago.

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It was incredibly interesting checking out the displays and seeing all the old photos.

Lastly for today, our beautiful snow ball, or pom pom trees, have been out in bloom. I think a bit earlier this year. I just love watching how they turn from lime green to white.



See you soon x

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Lots of Books


Time for bit of a round up of what I've been reading over our winter months,during my holidays and just recently.

Quite a mixture of different genres and some new to me authors.











All of these I thoroughly enjoyed reading. What have you been reading lately?

Thursday, October 19, 2017

2017 Lizzie Kate Tiny Tidings

One of my most favourite stitching charts to get each year is the Tiny Tidings series by Lizzie Kate.

I loved stitching these little cuties.


Stitched with the recommended threads and on 32 count mocha Belfast linen, I found some candy striped fabric in my stash and made them into flat ornaments for the tree.

See you soon x


Monday, October 16, 2017

She Sights a Bird

I finished Part 3 of the For the Birds series before we went on holiday.

Stitched with the recommended threads on 36ct Oaken linen.


I've loved stitching this series so far.


I'm still unsure how I'll finish these, maybe into small frames?

See you soon x

Friday, October 13, 2017

A Stitching Catch Up

I've been stitching on a few Christmas gifts and some of my 2017 Family & Friends ornaments so can't share any pics yet but I recently started two new stitching projects including:

Feliz Navidad by Blackbird Designs


While we were away, the supplies arrived for the latest Lizzie Kate Christmas Mystery Sampler.


This has been my stitching piece over the past few evenings so I hope to get Part 1 finished soon as Part 2 is now on its way.

See you soon xx
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