Tag Archives: New Zealand

10 places I would be inspired to knit…(or not knit)

Nuwara Eliya, Sri Lanka

I’ve always wanted to visit a tea plantation and why not here…in Sri Lanka?!

Nuwara Eliya

 Île de Ré, France

Lighthouses and the views that surround them.

Île de Ré


Ever since I thought I had won a trip to Micronesia, I’ve wanted to visit this incredibly gorgeous archipelago.



Pretty much anywhere in Indonesia would be fine by me.



Same as Cambodia…I would love to visit any part of it.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia

Northwest Territories, Canada

In discovering more of my homeland, I’ve still got to visit the north…

Yellowknife Area, Canada

Maritimes, Canada

…and the east.

Peggy’s Cove


I never really thought of Denmark as a place I’d like to visit until I moved to Europe.

I’m starting to notice a distinct WATER theme to these places that I want to visit.

Copenhagen, Denmark

New Zealand

I’d go back there anytime! What a gloriously diverse country NZ is from its rain forests and beautiful towns and its beaches and mountains.

Lake Tekapo, New Zealand


My biggest desire is to spend a LOT of time in this mesmerizing country: Its colors, vegetarianism, people, spirit, landscapes, food…


Knitting sweaters

I am embarking on a whole new sweater project. As of yet, I have never finished an article of clothing that isn’t a scarf or a hat. I have attempted two other sweaters, but felt the patterns weren’t so great and aborted the projects. I have two half-sweaters lurking in my Unfinished drawer. Good grief.

This new one gets me excited because I can see within the pattern that I can make adjustments that won’t cause too much havoc on the final outcome, i.e., longer sleeves, torso and neckband. I’m tall. I like things to be longer; otherwise, garments tend to look like I’m wearing something that has shrunk. Not pleasant.

Which brings me around to a memory I have of when I was living in New Zealand. I became friends with a girl introduced to me through a mutual friend. She taught me how to do some basic knitting. (It didn’t stick. And the lessons were over quite quickly.) My scarves were ridiculous. Around that same time, she had loaned me an angora sweater of hers, “It will look nice on you”. I washed it before I returned it. I was 18. I did not know what I know now about washing wool. It shrunk…like doll-size-shrunk. The friendship was lost even though I tried several things to rectify the sweater issue. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has reduced a woolen article to belong in a doll’s wardrobe.

So, here’s to hoping this sweater gets finished!

tourist sweater

I have learned a few new knitting techniques and have now managed to get most of the body and kangaroo pocket done. It’s really taking shape. I must say Joji’s pattern is very easy to follow.

Almost finished the body

17 March : DONE!

Sweater finished!