Well, we're all settling in here slowly. We're still waiting for our belongings (currently sailing round China and due in about another month), so it's still a bit weird. We have a sofa bed, two desks, a chair, and kitchen basics. This often means taking it in turns to eat breakfast if one bowl is full of leftovers from dinner the night before, and I had to eat soup from the saucepan the other day!
Days are fairly quiet. We're setting up our websites and I have some studying to do. The last week has been especially quiet as it's rained, and rained, and rained.... After a month of sunshine we needed the rain, but not quite that much all at once!
We wondered why there was a drain in the lawn and we found out!
Sarah was happy to sit on the windowsill and watch the weather (she LOVES the windows and windowsills in this house!)
And I almost finished my crochet blanket. Just the edging to go...
This means I've almost used all the yarn I brought with me. Just a sock and a bit left to knit and leftovers to use up. I'm stretching out the sock knitting as long as I can!
Once that's done all I have left to do craft-wise is the cross stitch I brought along. I'll share that another day.
It's been a very long time since I felt like blogging, but things have changed dramatically for the Plush household and I felt now was the time to restart.
First - we moved. And not just any move. Once again we packed everything up (well, the shippers packed everything to be exact), and departed for the opposite side of the world. We are now living in Napier, New Zealand.
4 weeks ago I left my job, waved Sarah off on her trip (she went first and had 10 days in quarantine), threw a farewell party for close friends and neighbours, sat in a corner while the house was packed around me, and then got on a plane.
So far, it's definitely been a good move. Things feel familiar and there's absolutely no sign of any homesickness. Napier is great and apart from missing friends it looks as if it might all go well.
Accompanying me on the trip was Martin and a large bag of yarn (only one suitcase each but who needs that many clothes...)
The yarn has steadily grown from its humble beginnings. It's the Attic 24 Cosy Stripe Blanket, which I've been wanting to do for a while (in fact, having started this I now want to make all of Lucy's blankets!)
It was started while I sat on a wrapped chair while the house was being packed.
It got worked on when we arrived in Auckland, and then when we arrived in Napier and were staying in a hotel for a couple of nights.
It's grown steadily ever since...
And it's now two-thirds done.
It was a good thing to choose to bring because although today is lovely the rental house we've got gets really cold at night at the moment and our furniture (with extra bedding and blankets!) is still 6-7 weeks away.
Well, I did do some quilting, but I didn't get round to working on the older projects I dragged out of the cupboard because I worked a bit on newer ones instead. I actually finished a block from the Farmer's Wife quilt, so that's two new ones and a total of 21 so far.
I have got another block almost done, but I've lost a piece of fabric and need to replace it or unpick. And another two blocks I want to redo completely as I don't like one of the fabrics at all.
And I stitched a little more on my Teresa Wentzler. It's slow but effective.
There's a long weekend coming up, and it looks as if it's going to be nice, which is a pretty unusual event in Britain! I thought I might dig out some old projects and see what I could get done.
This is my Antique Flower Garden quilt. I couldn't remember when I last worked on it, so I checked and it was summer 2009! In fact, looking at my old blog posts reminded me that the last time I did anything on this was the day Lulu came back after she went missing. I was sitting in the garden stitching when she reappeared. It's hard to believe that was almost 4 years ago and it's 9 months since she died. We miss her still.
I need to get this done - I think I only have a couple of flower blocks to do.
The plain blocks are machine stitched and this was back when I didn't know what I was doing. Some of the blocks aren't so great but I do love the fabrics and I'm sure it'll look passable when it's all together. I even have the wadding and backing, so there's no excuse!
And I also found my Leanne's House quilt. I got this in NZ, so it's even older. I started it on the machine, switched to hand piecing and then went back to the machine. I need to measure the blocks I've done and see if anything needs picking apart - I really didn't have a clue on this one and some stuff definitely isn't lining up properly!
Nic - I know I should be working on Farmer's Wife too. I've done a little. Will hopefully post a photo later this weekend :)
Once upon a time, in a far away land (New Zealand), I got a kit of Teresa Wentzler's first Fruit and Floral Wreath and started stitching. I got about a quarter of the way through the wreath before I decided that I really, really didn't like the plain evenweave that had come in the kit. So in the bin it went. In the meantime I had also got hold of the booklet with both Floral Wreaths and I realised I wanted both to be on the same fabric.
Fast forward several years and I feel the need to start this over again. I dug through the stash and found some Lakeside Linens 32ct in Exemplar. Luckily, a fat quarter seems plenty to do both wreaths, so I cut it in half and here we go again...
Nic and Anne - this is mainly your faults for digging out your TWs!
So, what else was I doing over the last month or so? Well, I got some other knitting and quilting done as well. I'll be taking my quilting to my Tuesday afternoon craft group today, so I'll do an updated photo later this week, but here's the latest knitting finish.
It's called Fragile Heart and it's knitted in Old Maiden Aunt merino in the colourway Greige.
And speaking of fragile things, I decided to widen the flower bed last week and dig up and divide the hardy geraniums that were taking over. And the garden spade that has barely been used and is only a year old decided to snap right in two!
It wasn't until later that I realised how lucky I'd been. I obviously was putting a lot of pressure on it when it snapped and I fell into the flower bed. If I'd fallen onto the broken end I could have impaled myself. Thankfully no damage was done!