Thursday, October 13, 2011

Books and Knitting.

Thank you so much for all of your lovely and heart felt wishes (not heart welt fishes as I went to write) for our little corner of the world. It does mean so much. Now, as promised yesterday, I have lots of beautiful things for you today. First of all, some snippets from my garden. Above is my Dogwood (what a name) that flowers and flowers and flowers by our front door. It's autumnal foliage is spectacular as well.
And as for my giant 'Awanui' blossom tree, it has had it's best year ever and is only now beginning to lose its petals. This is the first time that rather than mourn the passing of the blossom, I have instead reveled in it. My garden is coated in a thick carpet of pink petals and even my car looks as though it has been part of bridal procession and is covered with confetti. When the wind blows, our tree makes it look as though it is snowing.
These photos were taken at the very beginning of the petals' fall so imagine it even more pink now than this.

I've been making new pillow cases which we have been in dire need of. I bought some 100% cotton japara from Spotlight and they have made the most deliciously crisp pillowcases. Of course... a bit of crochet around the edge made it more fun.
And I have been knitting a new jumper from the book featured below. It is such a wonderful pattern that I almost feel I am reading a great book as I can't what happens next with each new row. This book is the best knitting book I have read in ages, it is very, very rare to find myself desperate to knit most patterns in it.
It's quite hard to make out the authors, they are Cecily Glowick MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre.

The buttons in the cardi above are covered in fabric - couldn't you imagine using a Liberty cotton...

My mother-in-law gave me a gift voucher to my favourite wool shop and these are some of my purchases. I do love circus colours at the moment.
And this is what Jonno gave to me - or should I say made for my birthday on Monday. It is the most brilliant present I could ever ask for, a pergola (or as I call it, my outside garden room). When the weather clears up - it has been raining constantly since Monday - I will take some more photos but this will do for the moment. There are blueberry bushes planted along both sides with wisteria vines to eventually grow over it. I will also plant one of my favourite roses, Pierre de Ronsard at the front... wahooooooooo!!!!!!!!
Lots and lots of love,
Kate xxooxxooxx.


  1. Wonderful array of colors... all suited to add joy to my color tank!

    Loved those crocheted pillow slips (or do you say pillow cases?).

    I'm in dire need of some new ones too, you inspire me to work on some with crocheted edges... haven't done that in years!

  2. hey kate, I've got that book too, I agree it's lovely, haven't made anything from it yet, must get struck into it! loving the circus colours, right up my alley! Lucky you getting a pergola, hope the weather clears up and you vcan enjoy it. Have a great day:) julie

  3. I have a Pierre de Ronsard growing all over my pergola, it's just so pretty.

  4. Your knitting book seems really nice.
    Your pergola is a beautiful birthday gift: "Mignonne, allons voir si la rose"

  5. Those blossom photos are just so pretty, but it was you crocheted pillow slips that really captured my imagination today. They'll be going on my Christmas gift making list!

  6. What a wonderful post Kate full of beautiful things to make a heart very glad and happy.
    I am very sorry about what has happened to your lovely part of the world. New Zealand has certainly taken a battering this past year or so. There is something about oil spills that makes me so angry and I just hate to see how the birds suffer.
    Enjoy your wondeful birthday present and a belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY for Monday.
    Anne xx

  7. Congratulations for your birthday, Kate!!
    Beautiful images and gorgeous book this one!! I´m totally in Lo.vE with the cardigans!! :)

  8. Your cheery post is so welcome as I was just watching the news...a feature about what's happening on your beautiful beaches and I felt so sad and angry. I'm glad you have beautiful things to comfort you. Much love to you and your boys..Amanda xxxx

  9. We are heading into fall here in NY so I enjoyed your photos entirely!

  10. How do you make the holes so that you can crochet the edges of the pillowcases???

    Your garden looks enchanting btw.



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