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Archive for October, 2009

Maungatautari

Such a beautiful spring day that we went for a walk on Mount Maungatautari. The song birds were in full throat even though I only managed to snap the kakapo and stitch bird.

kakapo at a distance

kakapo at a distance

Kakapo up close near the feeding station

Kakapo up close near the feeding station

From the platform you can look into tree tops

From the platform you can look into tree tops

 

Jason & Abby out for a walk too!

Jason & Abby out for a walk too!

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Labour Weekend

The sun is out today so I went to plant some broccoli. Looks like I’ll haveto “fell” my silverbeet tree soon! Stan just can’t keep up with eating it all…

Are they meant to look like this?

Are they meant to look like this?

Have made a hanging for one of the conservatories at the Home, there’s a closeup of the tui…
garden hanging
Well it's meant to look like a tui!

Well it's meant to look like a tui!

Stan’s out getting ready to put maize in so I took a picnic out to the block and took a photo of the new house site being prepared…
Amazing views!

Amazing views!

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I’ve been trying to learn to knit ‘continental style.’ It’s apparently much quicker than the English style most Kiwis use, although the speed must come with lots of practice! In the meantime I finished knitting this big rectangle which after some felting, crochet and lining, has turned into a handbag for someone at work.

doesn't look like much yet!

doesn't look like much yet!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now a felted and lined handbag.

Now a felted and lined handbag.

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My sewing machine took a break in the sewing machine hospital but it’s back now enabling the finishing of this project. I took some photos of the itajime process so you can see how much like making mud pies it is!

plunging suares into bleach then vinegar

plunging suares into bleach then vinegar

coming out of the dye bath

coming out of the dye bath

dyed squares drying

dyed squares drying

Finished Christmas hanging

Finished Christmas hanging

Close up of the quilted itajime suares

Close up of the quilted itajime suares

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