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waiting for my ship to come in

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

We are living small. Our possessions tucked tightly into a container on a ship crossing the Pacific Ocean, we’ve been living out of one suitcase for five months and now realize how much is in that large container and how much of it we really don’t need.

So, here we are in a small apartment in Santa Monica. adjusting to a new kind of life with a bare minimum of stuff and trying not to buy more, even as need arises.

There’s our $5 yard sale chair with a ball of shocking pink Manos Maxima, bought to make a hat I’ll show you soon. …a new design in the works

Our formica table found on Apartment Therapy (love that site) with another new hat-in-progress

our bookshelf

borrowed sofa bed and glamorous bedside table: Miele vacuum cleaner box

knitting news:

I’ll be teaching a class on the Everyday Cardigan in May.

place: Compatto Yarn Salon, 2112 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica. 310.453.2130

time: May 7, 14, 21, & 28 from 6pm-7:45pm.


and more knitting news:

I’ll be showing the projects from my new book, Knitting Gifts for Baby, also at Compatto Saturday afternoon April 13, 2 to 5 pm. If you’re in the area, come and see them in person. The book is due to be released in May, so this will be a preview. I’m quite excited about this book. Love babies, love baby projects. More to come on that.

Oh yes, the book is available to pre-order on Amazon here.

I know, I’ve been a truant blogger of late. My excuse is something to do with upheaval. Thank you to those who have asked me if I’m planning to continue. I am.

first stop, LA

Saturday, December 8th, 2012

Here I am, back to blogging. It’s hard to keep up when you’re on the move, especially when you’re coughing, sneezing and in bed (London) and navigating severe weather (Dorset). At last I’m in one place for a while: Brooklyn, NY, combing through my photos and wondering what anyone might want to see from my travels.

I’ll start with Los Angeles, that much-maligned and misunderstood city. It’s been variously described to me as a place where everyone wears Uggs and short denim skirts over fake-tanned legs, and a “sewer pit – how can you live there?” I’ve come to think that those so opinionated have not spent much time there, or have seen only Disneyland and outlying  outlets stores with a dash of Vegas thrown in. LA fans admire the glitz of “tinseltown” (I’ve never figured out where that place actually is) but there’s more to it than glamor: scratch the surface of LA and you find wonderful people and cultural riches.

This is always the point where I get excited nearing the end of the long flight from NZ: the plane cruises toward the city framed by the grand coastline and the Santa Monica mountains:

and here is where you sigh, and wish it wasn’t quite such a car-dominated place:

But you arrive, the immigration man is very friendly, you spot your first LA icon, the Encounter restaurant, and you’re on your way:

You go directly to Santa Monica beach, and the pretty walk streets dotted with craftsman houses:

cute little rentals and motels where noir novels and screenplays have most certainly been written over full ashtrays:

and it wouldn’t be LA without palm trees and Beverly Hills:

My workshops at the gorgeous Knitculture were very fun.

Here are the knitters at the stranded knitting class, intrepid types all:

and here I am with Allyson, who was knitting the Tangerine Tights in black (!) for her 18-year-old daughter. They’re a little hard to see here, but she was almost to the waist:

I also had a most enjoyable morning meeting knitters and old friends at Compatto Yarn Salon in Santa Monica. No photos from there, but it’s a lovely store with a beautiful selection of yarns and very friendly staff.

In between workshops, David and I drove to some favorite places. Folks, this is not a Prius dealership, it is a parking lot in Topanga Canyon. LA loves the Prius, I’m pleased to say, because I love it too:

One evening we drove up to Santa Barbara to see The Wrecking Crew, a documentary David was itching to see, about the brilliant session musicians who played on most of the hit records of the 60s. I was especially thrilled that it contained interviews with Carol Kaye, the only woman in the bunch, whose bass lines make songs like Sonny and Cher’s The Beat Goes On, the Beach Boys’ Good Vibrations and Help me Rhonda recognizable from the first notes.

The movie screened in a quintessential Santa Barbara Spanish Revival building:

 My next mini adventure was in in England. Coming soon…..

travel plans

Monday, September 3rd, 2012

How sweet is this first sign of spring? I saw it the other day when out for a walk in the park with my photographer friend Helen and her little girl, she of the Isla Cape who you will see (girl, not cape) in my upcoming book of baby gifts, coming out April-ish 2013. There will be a cape, but a new, exciting cabled version.

Things have been a bit topsy turvy here, due to all kinds  of changes. We’ve been getting our home ready for sale, and the FAQ  “where are you going?” is answered by the two of us, in unison: “we don’t know yet!”. It’s true. We don’t.
One short term plan is already in place: at the end of October we’re heading to California, where I’m excited to say I’ll be teaching workshops at Knit Culture Studio,  a lovely knitting shop on 3rd Street  in Los Angeles.

I’m teaching stranded colorwork for the double-layered H@T  November 3rd and 10th, and “finishing Daisy Dachshund” November 4. You can see details here.

Knit Culture are hosting a Daisy knitalong in October, which will culminate in my finishing class.

We’re also planning a knitalong for Daisy on my Ravelry group, beginning mid September. Join us!




After California I’ll be off to London with my lovely daughter to see my gorgeous son. No need to tell you how excited I am about that!

In the meantime, I wanted to share these photos of the Paisley Cuffs from Knitting Everyday Finery. Rebekka, a member of my Ravelry group who lives in Germany, made them for our knitalong. I love her idea of placing the paisley shapes on a striped background, her use of colour, and of course, the matching blue nail polish. How sassy.


And now to what I’ve been knitting lately. As is my habit, I began with a certain yarn, having splurged several years ago on a few hanks of some beautiful hand spun, hand dyed cashmere/silk. I found it  at the Santa Monica Contemporary Craft Market (Hmm, I’ve just discovered in writing this that it will be held the first weekend of Novermber while I’m there….. these are dangerous tidings). It was crafted by talented Lisa Souza.
Because I’ve never known the yardage, only the weight of the hanks, I’ve had a hard time deciding what to make so there it’s been, lingering in my closet for at least 8 years. I’ve now taken the plunge and made myself  Mrs Lovechild, but without the lace edging. It’s a top down shawl and I followed the pattern for the main part but instead of binding off and adding a lace panel, I switched to garter stitch (decreasing 1 in every 10 stitches to change gauge) and worked 18 rows while still increasing. Then I bound off. The neck edging was worked as per the pattern, but without the shawl collar. I’m thrilled with it. The colour reminds me of raspberry ice cream. It’s going to be just right for wearing on my travels.  I can’t wait!