Monday, December 24, 2007

Christmas Eve

The build up to Christmas day is always busy and can be stressful.

But when the supermarket shopping is all done, presents wrapped, mince pies made, all the lists of "things to do" ticked off, house vacuumed and tidied then..
a contented bliss could descend on one, and Christmas anticipation really begin.

Some knitted items got finished in a hurry, this is a little vest handspun and knitted for our Creative Fibre stall that our group has on a Friday night in town. I plan on making a few more of these. They are knitted in one piece, so not much sewing up!

Alexander is home for a few days so I showed him the progress made on his blanket and I plan to do some more when I feel like closeting myself away with my loom.

But for the next few days it is going to be family, food and fun.

A very Merry Christmas to you all and see you in 2008!

Thursday, December 20, 2007

The fruit of my labour

Apricots from the tree, potatoes freshly dug, and a new skein of wool, spun and plyed together and washed in Softly.

Monday, December 17, 2007

A cherry on top

Yesterday we spent the day in Marlborough with some friends. We bought some cherries from a local orchard and had lunch in a nearby cafe.The sun was shining, and we parked the car under the shade of the cherry trees next to a quilt lucky was that!!!

I kept my fingers busy, popping cherries in my mouth and stroking the fabrics and doing a few rows on the Rowan afghan. Blissful day!

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A bamboo blanket for baby

A little bird has whispered of a new baby coming next year, and I am already knitting a merino and angora circular shawl to wrap the newborn in, but have decided to crochet a soft blanket as well for the cot.

I chose a new yarn made of bamboo and cotton, 50% of each from Patons. On the wash label it says that it is made in Romania, and I thought how strange to have the wool processed there.
When I was having my babies in the eighties, there were many orphaned babies living in crowded and very poor conditions in Romanian hospitals. A couple of families I knew from our Montessouri preschool flew to Romania and adopted some children, and brought them back here to live in NZ. I wonder if conditions have changed for homeless infants and children in Romania.

All babies everywhere need a nice soft blanket they can call their own!

Here it is in the making

Yesterday after another gruelling session at the dentist, I arrived home still shaking and feeling very sorry for myself, to find a Christmas parcel in my letterbox.

This was a Christmas treat that I had sent to myself, but it came as an unexpected delight yesterday!

A box of beautiful Rowan DK cottons in my favorite colours....yay!!!!

I sat down immediately with a pot of tea and a pattern in my head, and crocheted quite happily for a couple of hours, forgetting all about the pain in my tooth.until Ian came home and said " have we time for a walk up the hill before tea"?

We have a hill behind our house, which Ian is continually clearing of gorse and thistle. It is his work of a lifetime. Yesterday as we trudged up the hill, Ian was slashing thistle and little gorse bushes as we went, with a few hints to me about doing the same. Pity we only have the one slasher! It makes for a good workout though. Next time I might pop the camera in my pocket and take some pics of the view to post.

Monday, December 10, 2007

A wet and windy wedding day

Ian and I flew to Auckland in the weekend to attend Ian's nephew's wedding.The service was being held in the Parnell Rose gardens( under a marquee ) and the rain poured down, but it didn't dampen the spirits of the happy couple and a great time was had by all.

The flowers were pure white peonies and there were some beautful white water lilies on the tables at the reception.They looked stunning and with the continual rain I thought they made quite a good watery theme.

Earlier we had made a quick visit to the Sky Tower.

This is what we saw inside

Some very colourful creatures.

Downtown Auckland had a few Christmas displays

This huge Christmas bauble was in front of a shopping mall and I came across a few other smaller versions outside shops as we walked back along Queen St.

Hummh, dare I say it.? Auckland I don't think much of your Christmas decorations.

There, I have said it for all the world to see. I was pretty unimpressed.!

Arlo, Keira and Sarah helped me put up our Christmas tree a few days ago.I love the twinkling lights and the old favorite decos.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Fit to ride a bike?

I am on a mission to become fitter this summer, and after purchasing a new bike helmet I rescued my bike from it's home in the garage, sadly discarded for many a year.

With my two little helpers busy with thier brushes and sponges, it was given some TLC and air in the tyres.

Today I thought I would ride down the road and see how far I got before my legs wanted to stop.

It is a little hazardous riding a bike on the road out of our gate. Our farm is right alongside the main highway out of (or into, whichever way you are driving) our little town.The traffic belts along at 100km or more and when a truck drives past, you could be sucked into the down draft and fall off! Fortunately this didn't happen to me today, but it was quite windy and with hay paddocks on both sides of the road, it wasn't long before my eyes were streaming and I was barely taking a breath in between sneezes. My ride cut short by hayfever, oh dear, never mind, better get home for a Telfast pill and a refreshing cup of tea.

Huh, I certainly didn't get very far today but I am not giving up, oh no! It was quite funny really because as I was on my way home, thinking my little thoughts to myself and biking very fast ( or so I thought) , a "proper" cylist shot past me all togged up in special racing bike gear, and I felt quite foolish when I noticed how far he had got ahead in just a couple of seconds.

I played in my workroom this afternoon, cutting aqua coloured fabrics and putting squares together and

I made this little patchwork bib with the bits left over.

Tuesday, December 4, 2007

what a tangled web we weave

I was reminded of a quotation that my Mother once wrote down in my little blue autograph book that I had in the sixties. Why she chose this particular quote I have no idea, but it certainly came to mind this weekend.

"What a tangled web we weave, when we learn how to to deceive".

Now I wasn't planning on any great deception this weekend, but I certainly got myself in a big tangled web!

It took many hours of untangling this mess, but got there in the end.

So I now have the fun part of weaving it into a blanket.I have my measurements right this time and it will be 58'' wide when off the loom. The wool colours are rather Christmassy don't you think?

I had a dramatic flowering happening in my kitchen yesterday, so had to post a picture of this beautiful amaryliss

This is bringing a lot of delight and pleasure...I wonder how long the flower will last?