Happy new year to you! I hope you had a relaxing summer break if you're on this side of the world.
I was lucky enough to visit family all over the top of the South Island, and ventured to Golden Bay and the West Coast too. Everywhere was so warm and bright, with sparkling blue sea and sky, people on holiday, berries, stone-fruit and icecream. Idyllic.
Despite the heat I managed to get some knitting done (it was such a luxury to not be working/getting distracted by everyday concerns) - I finally finished the '3-color cowl' I'd started in the spring, with the help of my super-quick-knitting Mum, who knitted the last bit for me (thanks Mum!)
I used leftover yarn from this project for a matching set that I think will be very cosy and useful to wear to work this winter. The original pattern by Joji Locatelli employs acid green to complement two grey shades which I love, but in the end I decided (rather conservatively) to use an ice-blue for the contrasting colour. You can see my Ravelry notes, including yarn used, here.
I'm so happy to be back home and in this online space again. Thanks for your messages over the break! Happy 2016, dear readers.