Archive for October, 2010

#30 Giveaway Winner

And the winner is…

Julia aka J.J.

Congratulations Julia, drew your number, so you are the winner of this lovely prize 🙂


Dreamy Knitting


I’m loving knitting with my Dream in Color Smooshy.  The colour is called Pansy Golightly, and it is such a lovely subtle variegate. The yarn is so and, well, smooshy.

As far as I know you there aren’t any suppliers of Dream in Color in NZ – I got mine from WEBS, and I’m super glad I moved it from my stash to my needles 🙂

And speaking of needles, I bought myself some new sock needles too. I decided to try some Addi Turbos in the sock sizes – I broke one Knitpro too many, so I wanted to try a different option. What are your favourite sock needles?

Weekend away

Sorry folks for my recent disappearance!  We had planned a weekend away, and while we managed this, I had also planned to post before I left, and to write and schedule  posts for while I was gone so you would never know the difference. Except I’d look as if I were ignoring your comments. 

But rest assured we had a terrific time while we were gone. It was a long weekend here in NZ – Labour weekend.  Coming in Spring, it can be unpredictable weather-wise, and we have traditionally stayed at home. But this time we planned another jaunt to Foxton Beach, and invited my sister and her son to join us. We planned to leave Saturday morning but the weather was so awesome on Friday we came home, packed up quickly and hopped in the car. It was great to wake up on Saturday morning already ‘there’, and it was a terrific start to a relaxing weekend away. 

Saturday the weather wasn’t quite beach weather – it was a walk to the local park first up, and then  back for fresh bread rolls for lunch – I decided to take my breadmaker with me as it seems like you have more time for baking on a weekend away.  Miss 4 had a trip to the beach before dinner, and was satisfied with that.  Beautiful weather on Sunday afternoon saw us enjoying a lovely beach afternoon, and then the final trip to the beach on Monday was great – the kids had gained so much more confidence with the beach, and Miss 4 raced in and out of the waves, whereas she has had a petrified fear of the water in the past. It was cute seeing her little sister copying her and gaining in confidence too. 

I’d love to share some piccies with you, however I really need to work out how to send myself pictures from my cell phone as I forgot my camera and I haven’t a clue how to share them here. 

The cat was delighted to see us arrive home and we have managed to slot back into the working week with the added bonus of it being a short week. Two days down, two to go 🙂

125 today!

This weekend saw the 125th Jubilee celebrations of the school I teach at, New Plymouth Girls’ High School.  I had the pleasure of attending three of the events held to mark the occasion – the Founders Assembly, where Old Girls and current students both attended to look back at the history of the school and learn about what it is like to study at NPGHS now.

I also snuck into the former staff and BOT get together. I hadn’t booked, so just chatted rather than participated in the afternoon tea. It was lovely to meet with former colleagues, and to meet people whose names I had heard but never met.  One of these people was the lovely Ida Gaskin, who was the HOD English more than 35 years ago when *my* former HOD first began teaching. Ida is a legend around these parts, so it was great to meet her.

The final event I attended was an art exhibition by current and former Art teachers, and former students.  There was much to enjoy there, and I was seriously tempted by several of the paintings.  One by former colleague Sarah Sampson, who went on maternity leave a little after me with Miss 4, is really calling to me. I wonder if it sold?  It was lovely seeing one of the Performing Arts rooms transformed into a gallery space – what a great idea.


I hope that the 500 or so Old Girls enjoyed their jubilee weekend! It was lovely sharing some of the events with them.

At long last – a giveaway

The promised giveaway is finally here.  Apologies for making promises and then leaving on holiday before organising it! 

Annnnyway, I want to celebrate Blogtober, which clearly I didn’t manage to post every day for, since we ran away to a place without computer access.  However with lots more to celebrate, and no need for more chocolate, I need to share the blog-love with you all. After all, without all of you I would never had hit 100,000 views this past week. Especially because your own visits to the site don’t count (hehe!)

So, up for grabs is this wee parcel – a (lightly used) copy of Kate Davies’  Friday Night Knitting Club, some yummy Lindor milk chocolate, and a 100g skein of 4ply Touch Yarns 100% NZ wool. 

To enter, simply reply to this post J Best of luck everyone. I’ll close entries at 10pm Friday, NZ time.

#21 oops!!

It’s one minute past midnight and I forgot to post yesterday. Do you think anyone noticed?

I guess that means the giveaway will be tomorrow instead 🙂

Day #20 Countdown

I’m watching my site stats ticker.

As I post this it reads

Visits: 99, 932

Posts: 289

Comments: 1,838

I think tomorrow will be giveaway day, as 100, 000 hits must be something to celebrate, right?

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