Completing another Knit August Nights is a little bit like the days and weeks that follow after your wedding. So much work and anticipation building up to the event and then 'poof' it's all over. This years event was epic. The expansion at the venue cope beautifully in the expansion of the event, Ahuriri put it's best foot forward with stunning weather and the KAN-nanites made the most of their time away and had a great time. The best way to share with you what transpired is to show you a snippet of the main Instagram feed from the event #knitaugustnights2015 - also check out #kan2015
Monday, July 27, 2015
|The brilliant Ruth Pretty wearing her new Herb Garden gloves knitted by me|
|It's been nice to knit from my Unwind/KAN stash - Zauberball from Vintage Purls|
I have also been getting through a tremendous amount of knitting over recent weeks. As the temperature plummeted in Napier, but knitting output has shot up. I have also been tinkering with some hand dying as an experiment for work, it is so much fun! If you haven't tried your own dying at home, you must, it's brilliant. For me it's a little like "Coals to Newcastle", but I had a whale of a time, following a simple You Tube tutorial & letting my imagination run wild. Check out my Yarn Kitchen Blog for full details of how I got on.
|One of skeins dyed during my "Home Dye" experiemnt|
I also upgraded my de-piller. I found a larger version in Briscoes ($19 when not on special & lets face it they are always in Sale) and this gadget is my new favourite knit toy. I have given all my woolies the once over & what a brilliant way to freshen up your wardrobe. It is like getting a new garment all over again.
|My new favorite battery operated device!|
|Pilled on the left and depilled on the right - I love this gadget!|
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
|I really miss this view!|
|What more can you want - Good friends, good food, good wine!|
This trip was the first time that we travelled with friends. It was great to be able to share our favourite spot, hang out, eat & chill. Rarotonga is a foodies paradise & ironically I cook more when I am on holiday than I do when I am at home. This is because time pressure is non existent, the fresh ingredients are incredible and there is something about creating a meal that speaks to the place you are in.
|The awesome Te Manava - worth every penny|
|Just a few canapes with drinks|
In between all this cooking, eating, foraging and coffee drinking I also managed to get heaps of knitting done - this year was a collection of baby jackets, so quick, colouful and fun to knit up.
So as I sit here and shiver now, I can only daydream of trying to get back to island time... maybe next year eh?
|Just a sample of the island themed knitting|
|The mouthwatering cabinet at Cafe LBV Muri|
|Just don't count calories! LBV Muri|
Monday, May 11, 2015
|Renly out at Pakowhai Country Park - Just stunning this time of year.|
The Knit August Nights registrations opened this month. Friday May 1st saw a frenzy of knitters all hit my registration page, at exactly the same time, for the same class and the servers just tossed their ones and zeros up in the air and packed a sad in protest. I had worked very hard to improve some of the kinks from last year and reduce the stress I place myself under with KAN and here I was at 10.10am on Friday the 1st with heart palpitations, sweaty palms and a desire to dive under the duvet to escape the constantly chiming telephone, email alerts and calls.
|I was so excited - then KANnannites broke the internet!|
But that's why you hire professionals. Those incredible people who leap into the pool with those ones and zeros and start making sense, rebuilding and regathering some order to the chaos. It was the most incredible thing, the minute the problem rectified the mobile fell silent and and the email started chiming with the sound of successful registrations and I could breathe a sigh of relief.
|It takes a LOT of good beer to make great knitting|
The new registration system (which really is brilliant - I am such a convert to Lil Regie) has meant that instead of being strapped to my laptop wading through the classes and numbers and trying to sort all of them out, I have had time to spend with the family and get into the Autumnal groove.
|The MacBuscke Slow Roasted Lamb|
Getting into that groove for me means plenty of knitting, spinning, slow cooking and walks with the family. Hawkes Bay at this time of year really is stunning. Warm sunny days, cool evenings, rich colours and fabulous harvest food everywhere. I have been knitting with the three new yarns we now have at Skeinz and I have just started a series of baby knits. It's weird knitting something so small after knitting for myself and even the boys, it's just so.... quick.
|The improvised baby cardigan - that's just one afternoons knitting!|
In typical MacBuscke fashion I browse the hundreds of baby patterns I own and the end up casting on and free forming a germ of an idea. Will it end up being written down and published? Probably not. Do I care? Definitely not! So where's my wine and my knitting.....
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
|Lifou - our last shore day.|
I have never been on a cruise before, but recently the opportunity presented itself to try a cruising as a family holiday. The logic was trying to find a family holiday where "Mum" actually got a break - let's face it, all those mothers out there know, when you head away as a family, it is very rarely a break away for us.
|Hugo managed to break his elbow a week out from sailing!|
What could go wrong? My chronic motion sickness? The Ginger's autistic sensitivities? Hugo breaking his elbow badly a week from the trip?
Well none of the above. The combination of Scopoderm patches, Sealegs and Chardonnay worked a treat on any queasiness I may have had, the Ginger coped incredibly well - relishing his independence and once Hugo accepted that swimming was a no go because he did indeed break his elbow a week before the holiday, all was good - scratch that - great!
|Both boys LOVED Sydney - so much for them to do & see|
|The knitting started on the plane and continued throughout the cruise|
|Isle of Pines - our favourite shore stop|
|Selfie with the Ging!|
|We even got to see the Sydney Easter Parade.|
|Dreadful picture (taken by Hugo) but proof that I completed my project!|
Monday, March 16, 2015
|Some of the yarns Skeinz had available at Unwind|
|I was desperate to scan the QR code on this shawl at Unwind!|
|The stunning Sue Schreuder - She taught at Unwind and is also taking a class at KAN 2015|
|The efforts from my woven Crochet class - so much fun.|
|Creative Fibre HB Retreat - I so wanted to abscond with this wheel!|
|Its compulsory to celebrate a birthday with Champagne!|
Monday, March 2, 2015
|Louis first time in a yacht - he was transfixed!|
Today marks the first day of Autumn & it leaves you pondering where on earth did Summer go. This Summer has been stunning and it has been great to be able to get out with the boys and soak up all that the good weather has to offer, but also our wonderful Ahuriri play ground
|Hugo takes the plunge|
Both boys were fortunate enough to go to a birthday party last week of a school friend. So what do you do when you have a party with over a dozen boisterous boys? You get our in the sunshine & get wet! This family are incredible, with eight sons of their own (yes I did say 8), they put on the perfect boys adventure with all sorts of water activities, laughter, games and all finished off with homemade pizza and ice cream birthday cake.
|Louis even had time to make a splash!|
For me, the end of Summer signifies it is time to head south to Unwind in Dunedin. KAN's sister event, Unwind is so much fun. Similar, yet quite different - I love it. I will be there with Skeinz yarns & I have also taken some time to take a class, something I never get to do at KAN, so I can't wait. Dunedin has a fabulous energy, perfect for setting the vibe for my yarn based endeavours over the Winter months & also a mini break away from all thing motherly!
|Renly attacks Summer like he does each day, each week & each month!|