I am now over half way on Hannah's Cupcake blanket - averaging a couple of rows per week, it should be done by spring!
Hannah carried out a "snuggle" test - it got a big thumbs up!
I've so enjoyed working on this blanket over the past few weeks I've decided to order another couple of the blanket kits from the Wool Warehouse sometime, with the exchange rate it works out really good value.
The Silver Needle is once again offering the " A Little Help from Our Friends Stitching Circle".
Beginning in August 2016, the second collection is going to feature designers Plum Street Sampler, La D Da, the Drawn Thread, Erica Michaels and the Cricket Collection. I have decided to sign up again for another year of fun projects and goodies.
I recently finished the fourth kit I received in the last round, Heart of my Heart by Shepherd's Bush.
I made my little kit into a small pin cushion, using the supplied silk ribbon for the edging.
The last kit arrived recently and this time Lizzie Kate was the chosen designer.
This will be a great summer project to work on.
We also received the lovely crocheted tape measure in the photo and the final gift was a mug, featuring all the designs from the Stitching Circle. How cool!
Gosh, has it been a month since my last post? Where did those weeks go to? Back in late June I got sick with a viral infection and it seemed to linger for ages, the usual winter bugs doing the rounds at my work and Hannah got a mild version too.
My stitching mojo has also disappeared so it has been a few weeks since I picked up any stitching but I've been doing plenty of knitting and crochet in the meantime, and have a couple of small projects made up to share later in the week. I've also been working on some birthday gifts too.
It's the school holidays here at the moment so Mum and I took Hannah and Zoe to Wellington last week for a few days. Its been some time since Mum was last there so we had lots of sight seeing and shopping planned!
Hannah was very excited for our girls trip!
We stayed at the Ibis, which is located near Lambton Quay, and easy walking distance to all the local attractions we wanted to check out.
We were very lucky with the weather with a couple of days of winter sunshine and it didn't turn really cold and windy until the afternoon we were heading home.
I would definitely recommend a visit for Kiwis and tourists alike. The attention to detail was incredible, and all the information and interactive displays made for very emotional viewing.
If you are planning to go, allow yourself plenty of time and I'd recommend booking a tour online which means you gain entry before the rest of Te Papa opens and avoid the queues.
We did lots of walking around the water front.
One night we went to the movies to see the BFG, which we loved.
Hannah and Zoe wanted to visit the Beehive, part of the New Zealand Parliament Buildings.
You can do guided tours here, most days the tours run on the hour, and are an hour long.
Hannah's highlight of our trip was her first ice skating experience! All her dreams came true that's for sure.
We actually went twice, once during the day and once in the evening. Boy, did it get chilly in there! I would have loved to have given it a try myself but because I have a weak right ankle from too many sprains playing many years of netball so it probably wasn't a good idea.
The girls had so much fun! The rink is set up on the waterfront just along from Te Papa until the end of July.
One day we chanced upon the Wellington City Library, which blew Hannah away. Our little town library would probably fit into just the children's section! lol.
We were also able to meet up with our friend Georgia for lunch one day. Georgia is currently studying at the University of Victoria in Wellington.
Of course a trip to Wellington for us always involves a bit of shopping and I was able to visit a few of my favourite shops, having tucked away a bit of spending money over the past few weeks.
These new teas from T2 are absolutely delicious, especially Jaffalicious.
We also got to spend a bit of time relaxing back at the hotel and I had taken some knitting with me, finishing two projects over a couple of evenings. So in all, a wonderful few days away, just what we needed in the middle of winter, to have a change of scenery, and spend some time together.
Last winter I worked on this lovely stitchery pattern by Gail Pan Designs. One of my NZ friends, Elizabeth (hi Elizabeth!) kindly sent me the dyed fabric, the buttons, trims and vintage threads to use to accessorize the finished collage.
Recently I bought the right sized frame for it and spent a few hours over the weekend putting it all together.
A close up of the stitched piece, I used a Cottage Garden thread, Latte I think it was.
Here's my current stack of library books to make my way through over the next few weeks.
I loved the latest book by Nicky Pellegrino, Under Italian Skies, another wonderful read by the NZ author, which transports you to a small town in Italy.
I have been reading Fall of Giants on my Kindle on and off again all year but I'm nearing the end of the 1000 pages! This book follows the lives of several families in the lead up to the first World War and the aftermath.
One of my favourite books so far this year has been The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley. This is the first book in a seven book series, each story focusing on one of the daughters adopted by a mysterious billionaire. This book has two story lines set in Rio de Janerio and Paris eighty years apart.
Another recent read, Memory Man by David Baldacci, is action packed and once I started I couldn't put it down. I'm looking forward to the next in the series of this one.