I wanted to show you some of the treasures that came home with me from our recent trip away. As you know I love to check out second-hand and antique shops, especially in small towns. The kids don't love it so much - but they had books and their phones, so didn't seem to mind waiting around for me.
In a small East Coast town I found the a copy of The Loving Stitch which is all about the history of knitting in NZ. It's a great read - the author has a good sense of humour and there are lots of beautiful old photos of garments, trends and the people involved. My favourite page features the Silver Ferns (our national netball team) knitting mohair jumpers together between games in the 1990's.
In the same part of the country I also found some beautiful printed linen and a little coffee mug which is now known as my 'butter cup cup.'
As we neared Napier I remembered about the knitting shop Skeinz, and while I was deliberating on what to buy, Tom bought me a wooden swift and ball winder set for my birthday, which was a few days later. Such a treat! I feel like I might nearly be a proper knitter soon. I'm also hoping my neighbouring knitting friends will come over to use it so we can drink coffee and chat about our projects.
And lastly, you can see some yarn I bought from Skeinz, which is such a good little shop, by the way. It stocks a lot of NZ yarn and some from Europe too. I bought some 'orb DK' which is a high-twist merino and very soft. I'm working on a simple bias baby blanket (similar to this one I made last year) for a friend who is expecting a baby. It made the perfect car-knitting project on the way home, too.
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