Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Another hand towel for my kitchen

I recently finished this hand towel which I'll be using in my kitchen. I now have two WIP's, a feather and fan shawl and an Irish Hiking Scarf neck warmer.
I made a lightweight version of the shawl several years ago and the yarn I used was a 4 ply cotton, but for this shawl I am using 8 ply yarn, which is made in New Zealand and is a blend of alpaca and merino, which makes it deliciously soft and squishy. The yarn I am using for my neck warmer is an Italian yarn called Adriafil Zebrino, which is 53% wool and 47% acrylic.

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Teal blue dishcloth

The yarn I used for this dishcloth is Moda Vera Ombre Delights ; it's a double knit cotton and is very soft, so is ideal for washcloths or dishcloths. I bought four skeins and each is a different shade of blue. I am now using two of the skeins in contrasting shades, and am making a hand towel for my kitchen. The basket weave pattern is very easy, so I have been working on this project on both my morning and late afternoon commutes to and from work.

At the moment I am at home, having a long overdue break from work. The past month has been vey tiring, as I have been training a new staff member and it has been difficult to say the least! I was not very happy about having to do it in the first place and it has proved to be too much for me, given my current emotional and mental state. The first anniversary of my husband's death is fast approaching and  for the past weeks  I have been overwhelmed with sadness. I went to see my doctor, who told me that in her opinion I am significantly depressed and experiencing intense delayed grief. I have been taking antidepressant medication for the past 18 months, but was on a low dose, so my doctor has increased my dosage and will also be giving me a referral for counselling, which she and I both agree will be beneficial at this stage.

I am at home today, just taking it easy, or " chilling", as my younger son would say. I had an easy morning and will be taking a nap after lunch, as I am feeling tired and later this afternoon will spend some time watching something on Netflix and doing some knitting. I plan to go down to the local shopping centre tomorrow morning and as there is a knitting group which meets at the library, I think I will go and join them for an hour or two of knitting and conversation. Several of the public libraries in Auckland have knitting groups which meet on weekday mornings when I am normally at work, so I thought that as I am at home for a short time, it would be good for me to go along to a couple of them and make some new friends.

Friday, 27 April 2018

Blue Bedsocks

I have just finished off these socks while listening to the latest Very Pink Knits podcast. I love audio knitting podcasts, but don't seem to have much time to listen to them all that often, which is a pity. I did get into the habit of listening to them at work, but training a new staff member for the past six weeks has put paid to that.
The socks are a lovely shade of blue, but for some reason they look almost grey in this photo. I like to take photos in daylight, but today is a dark and rainy day, which could explain why the colour looks a bit different.

Friday, 20 April 2018

April update

This is my first post for the month and the month is almost over! As I have been incredibly busy at work, training a new staff member and trying to cope with my own work, I have not had the time to post here.
After I had finished my crochet blanket, I cast on a pair of bed socks. I am using the  Blueberry Waffle Sock pattern, one I have used before and find very easy to follow. The pattern calls for 8ply/ DK yarn , which I have used previously, but this time I am using Regia 6 ply sock yarn in a lovely shade of blue. The first sock is done and I am now knitting the heel on the second sock.

I have also cast on a shawl, but have only worked a few rows, so have not as yet taken any photos of it. The yarn I am using for my shawl is Skeinz Heritage Alpaca, which is made right here in New Zealand and the pattern I'm using is the Easy Peazy Shawl, a free pattern which I downloaded from Ravelry.

Saturday, 24 March 2018

My crochet blanket

I started this project in September 2017 and have just finished it, so it has taken me about six months to finish. I worked on it quite consistently, but also took a couple of breaks to work on a few small knitting projects.
The completion of the project, which was quite time-consuming, involved joining squares together to form rows and then joining the rows together. At the moment the weather isn't cold enough for the blanket, but I couldn't resist putting it on my bed and taking a couple of photos.

Friday, 2 March 2018

February / March update

 The 2nd February was my late husband's birthday, the first one since he passed away and I marked the day by memorialising his Facebook page. I posted a short message, saying that he had celebrated his 60th birthday last year and that a few short months later he passed away, having lost his battle with cancer. DH's eldest brother and his wife rang me from South Africa that evening and it was lovely to talk to them and remember my DH together.

I have been very busy at work, as usual, but on Saturday I enjoyed a day out with some of my work friends. We all travelled by train to central Auckland and then boarded the ferry to Waiheke Island. It was a glorious late summer day, so there was a long queue of people waiting to get on to the ferry, but after waiting patiently, we boarded as well and sat up on the top deck in the fresh air. The ferry was very full and the trip took about 45 minutes. Once we arrived on the island we took a bus out to one of the vineyards. It has a restaurant, but as the tables were all booked, we could not have lunch there, but were able to get some light snacks and drinks, which were rather overpriced, I thought.

After spending some time relaxing under the trees, we then walked back to the bus stop and waited for the bus which would take us back to the ferry terminal. As we hadn't eaten much at lunchtime and were all quite hungry, we decided that we would have a late lunch at one of the restaurants on the wharf. The place we chose is called The Crab Shack and we found the food very good. I had fish and chips aka 'fush 'n chups", which is the way many Kiwis say it!

I enjoyed spending the day with my colleagues, but I was disappointed that I didn't get to see more of Waiheke Island, given that it was my first visit. I would like to go to the island again and would like to use the Explorer Bus, which is a hop on/ hop off service and I am sure that I would get to see much more of all that Waiheke has to offer.

It's now early March and the weather is still warm during the day, but the early mornings and late evenings are cooler and it is less humid, which is a relief, as the humidity was very high in January and February. I am still working away at my crochet blanket and am hoping to finish it within the next few weeks. Easter weekend is in another four weeks and I have set myself a bit of a goal; my aim is to get my blanket finished and then start on some winter knitting.

I recently bought some Regia 6ply yarn online from the Loveknitting website; I have cast on the first sock, but have only completed a few rounds thus far. I have a fair amount of yarn in my stash at the moment, including some Heritage Alpaca yarn, which is made in New Zealand and is beautifully soft and squishy! I originally bought it intending to use it for a sweater; I did actually start the sweater and got as far as completing the back and starting one sleeve, when I frogged it and put the yarn back in my stash until I could decide what I wanted to do with it. I did think of using it for a shawl, as it is so soft but now I am more inclined to want to use it for a sleeveless vest/ waistcoat which I could wear as an extra layer over my long sleeved tees when the weather is cold, but not cold enough for a long sleeved jumper or cardigan.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Another dishcloth

I recently completed this dishcloth to match the hand towel I made for my kitchen.