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Monday, January 14, 2013

Im back .....

I have been away for a month... we home for a just a few days to repack and head off again.
The first trip was to beautiful Queenstown, in the South Island of New Zealand, the second trip was on a boat sailing to the Bay of Islands in the north of the North Island.

I decided to take a small suitcase with me full of my crafty items... mainly consisting of knitting needles, crochet hooks, wool, pens, pencils and drawing paper. I used nearly everything I took... a small miracle. :-)

The above photo is of a little bunny I knitted... I so enjoyed making her.. Lily is her name.
I had limited colours of wool on board so I used what I had. The pattern was for DK.. I used 4 ply doubled - Merino. So the bunny is soft and warm to cuddle.

Lily needed a companion so I am now making  Samuel. He is nearly finished. 

Lily's boots 

Also, I purchased just before I went away, some hand dyed yarn..
I my gosh, I fell in love with this yarn and it was a must have.
I created this little blanket. 
It was a design as I went blanket. The variegated wool is the hand dyed yarn. 
A closer look.

I took part in the Christmas Santa Sack Swap
I have not had an opportunity to take photos and upload until now.
Here is my Santa Sack above

Here are my wonderful goodies!! 
Tilda fabric.. which I LOVE and many other lovely treasures.

Thank you so much Michell

PS... I have just realised I forgot to photograph the cushion Michell gave me.. Sorry!

and just a small glimpse of some pics from my trip away.
 Queenstown is a very beautiful place.
The snow on the mountains was so beautiful to see... a peaceful, tranquil place

The boat.
A friend kindly lets us use his boat. My husband a yachty from his childhood loves a holiday on the water

Me, haha, in my snorkel gear.. what a sight to behold!
This is the first time I have ever purchased a wetsuit in my live and I enjoyed every single minute of being in the water.

We went fishing and I caught two sharks.. which thankfully jumped off the hook... 

 And a touch of Kiwiana

Our native Puhutakawa tree
These are like the New Zealand Christmas tree. They have a mass of red flowers. The come out around Christmas time every year. This one was particularly red I saw.

This is an old house on an island in the harbour of Auckland.
It was built by the USA Army in the war. This island is just a mass of lava rock from the explosion that took place many years ago.

This is the island we climbed. It is all lava rock and gets very hot and the black rock attracts the heat. The view from the top is well worth the 1 1/2 hour walk to the top. I always thought it was an island the erupted but I found out the other day that this island came from an eruption under the sea... the amount of lava that came out is an incredible sight.

So that is a bit about me... I have other creations that I have made just yet to photograph them. 

I have plans for my blog and website this year... plans are there lets hope they happened.

Have a great day


Wendy said...

Looks and sounds like a fantastic holiday. Your knitting and crochet is gorgeous.

Leonie said...

Yay! looks like an amazing trip and your creations are stunning! Cant wait to catch up! x

Michelle said...

Looks like you've had a fun holiday adventure, nothing like a holiday to revitalize your mojo! Love the bunnies and rug, very sweet.

Annie said...

Lovely goodies Lisa. Bay of Islands is one of my favourite places in the world! We have lots of pohutukawa tree's on the NW coast of Tassie where I now live - love seeing them out in flower...reminds me of summer in Whangaparaoa where I grew up...don't have many sandstone cliff's though on our coastline! Mind you, we did have a tiny earth tremor Sunday....brought back memories of primary school earthquake drills ;-)

Quilt Kitty said...

Your travel pics make me long for home.... I love the knitting & the crochet blanket in that variegated yearn is beautiful. Tracee xx

Anonymous said...

All the tips you shared are adorable !!! Thank you.

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