Monday, August 15, 2011


I'll let my photos speak for me - and Wellingtonians will understand how special this is as I think it's been something like 50 years since Wellington has had a decent smattering of snow!

The view from my living room window at about 9am

At about 11:30am

And now we're in the middle of a full scale storm - lightning, thunder, hail, gale force winds, power outages in some parts of Wellington. And it was sunny this morning!!

Today was also the day I started my new job - that is a new role in the private hospital I work at. I am now working as an administration assistant in the Operating Theatres with a fabulous team of staff. Today was an orientation day and despite the fact I've worked at the hospital for eight years now there are so many places I've never been before - it was really interesting. And of course, we spent a decent amount of time just gazing out at the snow, haha!

Of course, every momentous day has it's disasters - I managed to leave my car lights on when I parked at work. I *may* have been so excited by playing in the snow that I didn't notice the car's wee alarm beep, indicating the lights have been left on, as I closed the driver's door ;).  Anyhoo, when I got back (just before school pick up) the car was dead. Panic stations!! No-one at work had jumper leads - not even the maintenance men (what's with that? Surely all self respecting maintenance men have flipping jumper leads at the ready??!!). So I raced over to Ollie's school (next door to where I work) and got him, while Kim rang kindy to get them to hold onto Tess and Izzy (Izzy's school is right next door to the kindy and she meets me there). Luckily another mother at Ollie's school had jumper leads and she came and rescued me - phew!

So eventually we got home and have been all cuddled up with the woodburner doing its thing and keeping us all cosy while the storm rages outside. I ♥ that woodburner!!

Enough from me - I'm going to knit for the rest of my evening. I hope everyone in New Zealand is staying cosy and warm inside. xx

Sunday, August 14, 2011

New Look!

Welcome to my new look blog - I have been playing around as I was getting very bored with my previous design. Anyway, I like the new one as it's bright and cheerful - and looking at some of my gorgeous yarn makes me happy!

I've been in a major knitting lull recently, but have been chipping away at a few projects. I can't show a couple of them yet, mainly because I haven't yet blocked them so can't take pics - oops! I did try my hand at something new last weekend, which was fun and I'm quite happy with the result.

This purse was for my mother's birthday and luckily she loves it. I followed this tutorial, but had to modify it significantly to factor in the fact that my purse had a double opening frame, so I needed to put a divider between the two sides and I wanted to add card slots as well.

I love the size of this - it will take at least 10 cards as they can fit in the slots two deep and it also fits my iphone, which is very handy. I need to make one of these for me now - and I did learn a lot from this one.

I have recently also whipped up a hat for Kim - although I upsized my needles from the last one I knitted (for Fin's friend who shaved his head for cancer research fundraising) so it's slightly bigger than he'd like.

The hat for Fin's friend
Kim's hat

I also haven't shown a recent custom knit either, so here's a cute wee Teacher's Pet I knitted for a wee four year old girl.

And a dress I sewed for Tessa using a vintage sheet and from a combination of this tutorial and this one.

Anyway, thats all for now - more next time. Take care all New Zealanders and stay warm - for all those non New Zealanders who may be reading this, we're having a major cold snap here at the moment and have actually had snow in Wellington!!!