Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Teddy Knows Best.

For 5 days last week we had the pleasure of looking after our friends dog Ted. He's a 9 year old Bouvier de Flanders. Ted is a real gentleman, a lovely boy. He's great mates with Max, so a complete joy to have. The best part is, Ted's Dad's know me oh so well, so as a thank-you for having Teddy they bought me a book I have been coveting for such a long time - Really Wild Teas Cosies by Loani Prior. There were greats scenes of jubilation - thanks guys!

Ted (in foreground) & Max

the obsession with the slippers continues - these are the latest installment "Lellow Slippers" for Louis.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Slipper-y Slope

I am prone to knit related obsessions. recently there has been the Sunday Market Shawl obsession, the Fingerless Mitts obsession & the forever ongoing Milo obsession. I now have a new obsession - Norwegian Felted House Slippers.

Like all projects I covet, it has the three elements to secure obsessive status: Simplicity, Cleaver design & the ability to be knitted quickly whilst consuming an evening glass or two (or three or four) of fine wine.

I have now completed a pair for myself, a pair for Louis are drying as I type & I have done a couple of sample slippers to show off at Skeinz. I can see these knatty slippers becoming a ideal quick Christmas gift.

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Postcards from Paradise

Following the whirlwind that was KAN, Dr. Phil & I coerced Nana to stay on another week & we escaped to our favourite perfect paradise, Rarotonga. We stay at Te Manava Villas in Muri Beach. Situated on this stunning lagoon, they are full self contained, perfect for us as we enjoying cooking easy relaxed meals making the most of the abundant (and cheap) local produce. A huge thank you to the Te Manava team (managed by Pacific Resort) especially the lovely Elaine, who always welcomes us back with a huge smile & infectious enthusiasm. So enjoy this selection of pictures & share a little bit of our tropical wonderland with us.

Images from Te Punanga-nui Market

We had a great room with a view...

And when you needed a change of scene you went into town.
Whale photographed whilst having a beer at Trader Jacks.

And yes, I did find time to do a little knitting!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010


I have survived! All the hard work by James, myself & our wonderful workshop tutors all came together to make the inaugreal Knit August Nights a huge success.
I have now escaped to a tropical island for some R&R (also my back up plan if the entire event turned to shit!), so my post will be brief, but I thought I would post a few photo's of the event to whet your apetities for next year. If you think you would like to attend KAN:2, email me at & I will add you to the mailing list. In the meantime - Kia Orana!