I can knit!

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So as you know I knitted the hubby a scarf and beanie for his cold winter in Chch last year, decided that as we have moved down I could knit myself a jersey, I got some beautiful soft alpaca wool on sale and started.  Now this project has taken approximately 10 months but is now complete, the wool was confusing it was thick in spots then super thin in others, not sure why this was but it has added texture to the jersey.  Jumping in at the deep end my pattern was straight knitting and purling but had two pictures knitted into the front and one on the back.  They were hard work the wool kept tangling and the chart was hard too follow!  The top flower was unpicked numerous times as I also had to shape the armhole, so following the pattern the first time I only did one armhole, then figured I would need to shape the other side – first unpicking- then I read the pattern and the armhole shaping started before the chart showed it – second unpicking.  The shaping at the neck is not centred and I unpicked this trying to figure out why it was so uneven then gave up and decided the pattern must be right, still not sure about it though!

Front flower

Front flower

Back view with flower up the top

Back view with flower up the top

Front butterfly - it looks very deformed!

Front butterfly – it looks very deformed!

It fits!

It fits!

Side view

Side view

Back view

Back view

I was very worried when putting it on that it would all fall apart on me or not fit, but it fits and has not fallen apart yet!  By the way I blocked the sleeves then gave up not sure that blocking is my thing!

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Rakaia

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Pablo and I went out for a drive to Rakaia, we discovered Salmon world there, it has a beautiful cafe set over a lake with waterfall and salmon in it, we watched the 4d movie, was pretty cool the seats moved!

We both caught a giant salmon, but threw it back!

Pablo hanging n to his fish

Pablo hanging on to his fish

editedWe also went into town a different way (can’t remember where it was!) and found this old church they were trying to keep the steeple intact, I do hope they get to repair it

Church and it's steeple

Church and it’s steeple

 

 

My new quilt

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My wonderful Aunt made me a gorgeous purple quilt, she flew over from Australia to deliver it to me, thanks Aunty Margaret!  I have had it in my lounge, but worried about people sitting on it and making it dirty so have popped it on my bed for now, only trouble with it on the bed is no-one can see it, I wonder if I could put a huge empty wall to hang it on into my list of essential things to have in my new house…

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I’m a cowgirl baby!

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We went to the Rodeo last weekend, a first for all of us!  It was very hot so we bought some hats, but the rodeo itself was fantastic, can’t describe it so am showing it in pictures…

Just out of  the gate

Just out of the gate

Kicking away

Kicking away

Kicking again

Kicking again

Going down

Going down

All the under 10's dancing to Gangnum Style

All the under 10’s dancing to Gangnum Style

Calf wrestling

Calf wrestling

Me as a cowgirl...

Me as a cowgirl…

Day 3 Repetition

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Day 3 Repetition

I spotted these containers and thought that is my repetition shot as containers are a repetitive sight after the earthquakes here, holding up buildings, being used as housing or as shops, we even have a place called container city now, went to grab my camera only to realise it was still at home – a bit more repetition I go out to take photos and the camera has been left behind so I end up using my cell phone!