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And, Home Again

Wow! Its been too long; but we had an amazing journey in New Zealand. We arrived home two weeks ago and its been pure craziness adjusting back to real life, the holidays, etc. I am planning on sorting through some pictures this week and will have more to show soon, but for now, a mosaic:

nzmosaic

And, believe it or not, I have some knitting to show you! I found my knitting mojo in New Zealand (maybe it was all the sheep rubbing off on me) and I have some baby pants, a hat and some fingerless mitts almost ready to go! Happy holidays :)

Kiwi Style

We got off the plane, and boom, free Samsung computers to use! We got into Auckland after a long 13 hour flight from LA. We watched the sunrise this morning as we flew across the Ireland-like-green hills of the nothern island…. Its so beautiful and I can tell already that we won’t want to leave!

Okay, rental car check, bags check and we are off! I’ll try to post pictures here, or on my flickr. Will be in touch soon!!!

Fall to Winter

In Colorado, you can go from Fall to Winter in a heartbeat. A couple of weekends ago we were amongst the gorgeous Aspens up in the mountains —

Colorado Aspens

Now, today we are getting our first snow of the season!

First Snow 2009

I love how quickly things can change around here, though I have to admit, my dye pots weren’t quite ready. We have been picking the last of the garden recently too. We had a couple nights of frost last weekend, and many of our plants took a hit. So, I’m home dyeing yarn and making pesto with the end of our summer basil. You’ll have to see the last couple weeks of gardening — though, I’ll save that for another day. Stay warm if its cold where you are!

Keeping Amelia Warm

I have had so few opportunities to knit lately — the smaller the project the better! That’s why I decided to knit Ms. Amelia a new handspun hat and mitten set this year. She had this one from last year, and it looked so cute on her.

A new hat for 2009/2010, with some matching mittens!

Amelia's New Set
Amelia's new mittens

Pattern: The hat was based on Susan B. Anderson’s Football Hat out of Itty Bitty Hats, and the mittens were from her book, Itty Bitty Nursery
Yarn: Aloft Fibers Handspun; Scrappy skein
Needles: Addi 16″ and 40″ US 7, DPN’s US7
Measurements: 1-2 year size
Started: September, 2009
Finished: September, 2009
Other Details: Can you tell I’m a Susan B. junkie?!

Don’t the colors remind you of Anthropologie?? I hope it fits Amelia well, and keeps her warm this winter!

September Reading

I hardly read at all this summer and am now back on the wagon! With some travels and another move, it pretty much got away from me. I started up again in September, which is a good thing (if I hope to get 52 in this year)!

September books:
1. Dewey: The Small Town Library Cat Who Touched the World, by Vicki Myron
2. Julie & Julia, by Julie Powell
3. The Lightning Thief (book 1), by Rick Riordan
4. The Sea of Monsters (book 2), by Rick Riordan
5. The Titan’s Curse (book 3), by Rick Riordan
6. The Battle of the Labyrinth (book 4), by Rick Riordan

The never logged the few books I read in June either, so here they are!

June books:
1. From Dead to Worse (book 8), by Charlaine Harris
2. Dead and Gone (book 9), by Charlaine Harris

I’ve really enjoyed all of my September books so far. If you love cats and non-fiction, definitely check out Dewey. I didn’t love, love Julie & Julia – I thought it was going to be way more about cooking. But, it was still a funny and good read. The Rick Riordan series kind of catches you, but its very basic middle school reading. The adventures are fun and so I decided to stick through them. I’m currently reading my 34th and 35th book for the year. Yahoo!