Te Kopahou: Another Enjoyable Failure

Last Sunday I again tried to reach the top of Te Kopahou Hill – and I again failed. It was an enjoyable failure – a nice day’s walk, I got a little bit further than last time, and think I now know the best route. At the time, of course, I didn’t think that and wanted to scream at the hill path I was attempting.

But hey I still got some nice photos.  Continue reading

Yarnalong: February

IMG_3596I’m a few days late for Yarnalong, but better late than never right?

I still haven’t got much to show on the knitting front, as I’m designing stuff that’s not ready to release yet, but I have cast on a Hello Kimono baby cardigan for a friend.

But there’s much more to report on the book front:  Continue reading

Yarnalong: Quicksilver & Matters of the Heart


Knitting: Quicksilver by Melanie Berg in Habu Textiles XS-45 20/3 Bamboo

I started this shawl in April of last year. It’s what I knit when I’m between other projects, but more and more I think I should just finish the darned thing. I’m not a huge fan of knitting with bamboo, but the drape it has is amazing.

Reading: Matters of the Heart by Angela Wanhalla

This is a history of intimate relations between Māori and Pākehā, from the early 1800s through to the 1970s. It’s a very tricky topic over a truly ambitious time frame, but Wanhalla is doing an admirable job at the moment (I’m about halfway through).

I did get rather outraged in the chapter about missionaries, who seemingly charged up and down the country, telling everyone they had to have a ‘regular marriage’. It all seemed so absurd, that a few words and the ‘right’ ceremony by the ‘right’ person was the only way to live a decent life. Thankfully that’s all in the past – right?

See what everyone else is knitting and reading over on the original Yarnalong.

At The Beach

Being summer and all, you’d think this was a post about going to the beach. But this is Wellington. Between December first and last weekend, we’ve had about five days of summer and Saturday was no exception – dark, rainy and cold.

Fortunately, The Dowse Art Museum had the antidote: the ‘At The Beach’ exhibition from the New Zealand Fashion Museum. The NZFM is an online museum, which also has exhibitions at museums and other venues, in addition to its website. Continue reading