Auckland City Break

Monday afternoon, Mr. N and I hopped on the hour-long flight to Auckland to sort out his visa to come back to the US  and have a bit of a mini holiday.  I’d never been in Auckland, outside the airport, so it was nice to have a small visit to the biggest city in New Zealand, especially as we squeezed in visits to two yarn shops in as many days!

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Paekakariki Escarpment and Nut Hap Progress

It’s hard to believe that I only have a week left in beautiful New Zealand!  This weekend, we did a walk that we’ve been hoping to do since we first arrived.  The Paekakariki Escarpment is a 10K trail that runs between Pukerua Bay and Paekak, a part of the longer Te Araroa trail system that stretch along the country.  We had a gorgeous day Saturday, sunny with barely a cloud in the sky — a perfect day for a walk. Continue reading “Paekakariki Escarpment and Nut Hap Progress”


Even though it’s winter here in the Southern Hemipshere, things on our bit of coast are incredibly green.  In addition to all the gorgeous driftwood the beach furnishes, there’s a lovely array of plant life on, or near, the beach.

Mr. N enjoys “winter” with the dogs.  

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Rain, rain, go away

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It’s our second day of solid rain here on Kapiti Coast.  But I can’t complain too much.  It’s easier to spend the days inside working when it’s dreary out.  And I get to wear my Baffies around the house!

I made these back in October.  They were the only project I managed to complete (or even cast on, for that matter!) from Kate Davies Seven Skeins Club, which culminated in the wonderful Buachaille book.  Not because I didn’t want to make the rest, but other projects got in the way.  Hopefully this fall, I’ll make more of the projects from the book.  The Buachaille yarn is a joy to knit with — gorgeous colors, sproingy and sheepy, but not too coarse to wear next to the skin — a very special yarn indeed. (There’s even a song about it!)

Wherever you are, I hope your week’s going well.  Clear skies are in the forecast for tomorrow.  The rain’s not so bad, but I’m looking forward to the return of beach combing and blue skies.

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Monday morning, you could see Kapiti Island so clearly from the beach!

Happy Thursday!



At least once a day, and most often quite more, I walk the twenty steps it takes to get to the beach and wander along for a bit.  It’s a very quiet beach — a “busy” day consists of seeing more than a person or two on your ramble.  Even though I never get very far, every day the bit of beach I wander along has something new to admire.  P6192462.JPG Continue reading “Driftwood!”

Knitting in N-Zed

Well, we made it and are happily ensconced at Mr. N’s parents on New Zealand’s Kapiti Coast.  We had a bit of a luggage scare — my precious bag of yarn (along with, less importantly, the entirety of our checked luggage) was lost for our first evening in New Zealand, but, much to my relief, all the bags made it to us the next day with nary a ball of wool harmed. Continue reading “Knitting in N-Zed”

I’m going on a trip…

I’m packing my bag, and in my bag I’m packing…

  • 4 skeins Ysolda Blend No. 1
  • 2 skeins Jill Draper Esposus
  • 1 giant skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts BFL Sport (split into two cakes)
  • 3 skeins Kettle Yarn Co Heath Fingering
  • Mystery sock yarn
  • 1/2 Julie Asselin Leizu fingering (for my Marigoldjen sock heels)
  • And 6 skeins Zealana Heron

This is my kind of suitcase!