Last month I did a little swap with my friend Amiria who just happens to be a very talented musician.
I knitted her a hat for the South Island winter and she sent me some new music - her latest album Autumn and a recording of her duo The Swan Sisters. Amiria has a beautiful voice and I love her songs - you can find her on Bandcamp here.
(There's also a great feature about her music on Radio NZ which you can find here).
Amiria chose the yarn from a photo of what I had in my knitting basket - and the 'Jul' pattern, which is now my all-time favourite hat to knit. (Here are my Ravelry notes.)
Amiria lives in Lyttelton but used to live near me in Wellington. When I was doing my journalism training a few years ago, she kindly let me practice my (rather fledgling) interview, shorthand and feature-writing skills on her. She was patient and open-hearted.