Today is the first day of the winter school holidays here in New Zealand. I can literally feel the change of atomosphere in my home. It’s a good 20mins since we finished dinner, and my two teenagers are still sitting at the table laughing and making up crazy ideas and enjoying each other’s company. They always do… but there’s the freedom to enjoy the evening without the pressure of knowing there are pressing homework issues to deal with, or deadlines to meet.
We’re heading over to beautiful Golden Bay during the week for a glorious relax. I love it when I can spend time with my family without media being such a ubiquitous presence. The home we stay in over there has no internet and it is bliss! We all read books, eat comforting food, walk on the beach and in the bush, take naps, sit by the fire and I knit. Last year I spent the week making my daughter a jumper – she’s wearing it today incidentally – I couldn’t believe I made a whole jumper in a week!
This year I’m going to be casting on Slade, By Michelle Wang.
https://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/slade. It’s a shawl collared mens cardigan that is going to be for my husband.. the last of my immediate family to have a sweater knitted for him. I’m using a fabulous Polwarth/Possum DK blend from Wild Earth Yarns in Christchurch. My yarn hasn’t arrived yet but I’m expecting it first thing Monday when I will wash and hang it up to dry.. its direct from the mill in an unbulked state so it will need a soak to get to the right gauge.
I’m a little terrified of the required seaming – and its also the first garment I’ve ever knit flat rather than in the round.. I hope its finished before winter is! Happy Holidays!