Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Knit August Nights 2016 (KAN)

Knit August Nights is one of two major knitty retreats held annually in New Zealand. It is held in the stunning art deco city of Napier an hour south by plane.


We won't mention THAT airline who c-a-n-c-e-l-l-e-d my flight on Friday morning, which left me scrambling to get another (and they were all sold out Friday and flights on Saturday would have arrived too late for y classes). So I shelled out $350 odd dollars to fly on a reputable airline to get down there late Friday night and missed my first class. I heard of other women hiring cars and driving 6 hours to get there... and this afternoon I was overweight with my hand luggage, but in their words "we've had a horrible few days, so will let you go"... I informed them that they had cancelled my first flight, so a few kilos overweight was not going to bother me...


It was a wonderful, wonderful weekend, meeting up with someone I didn't know particularly well (I used to frequent a wool shop she worked at years ago) and hanging out with crazy for knitting/yarn buyers just like me (man, I truly think we are like a tribe in how we dress etc too!).


I did a tour of New Zealand's LAST woollen mill - what a fascinating experience! I was totally blown away by the entire process and never knew how much went into producing a ball of wool!! Staggering. They produce most of the brands in the entire country - I thought a job in the labelling room would be fab! I'll show photos another time - I really cannot remember the process but realise even more how important it is to buy New Zealand produced yarn as much as possible. (I do anyway m-o-s-t of the time).


Tonight I'll leave you with my purchases - I have never seen Malabrigo wool before in my life and it is so divine. The rest is all New Zealand producers/independent dyers.













Friday, 26 August 2016

Goodness me!

I really didn't expect to be away from here for a couple of weeks - life gets in the way.
Thank you so much for all the comments on my last post - the child is very resilient and doing okay - nothing usually phases this child and he has carried on with stuff and not letting his mother walk to the train station to meet him etc..


I'm off for 3 days of knitting and wool squishing and buying (I'm going to try and be restrained...) at Knit August Nights in Napier. I need the therapy I think... I have not been to Napier for about 25 years or so! Only a quick one hour flight. Looking forward to a place where it is a lot warmer today and with no rain. Boy have we had a lot of rain this winter!


The house/laundry situation is a tip, but hey, I won't be here, so that is not my problem :)


Have a great weekend everyone. I'll be back soon. xo

Friday, 12 August 2016

trial of a week

Particularly when your 12 year old is attacked coming home from school by a stranger and a (we hope fake!) gun pulled on him. Totally traumatised and we have spent hours spent at the police station (We have kept it out of the news) He is strong and totally insisted on my not meeting him to take him home today... until he walked in the door, I was very, very nervous!


An awesome school librarian I know died suddenly and the above child has also just told me one of his teachers due to give birth in a few weeks with her first child, lost the baby last night. He is very sad about that too.


I'm hoping the next week has a lot better events in it!

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Lately

The husband told me off. I've had 5 packages ready to post since last Monday and today, Saturday, they are still sitting here. Sorry swap partners and winners of giveaways! They will be in the post this weekend or on Monday!


It is taking a bit of organisation/brain sorting out to suss this working week alongside a 25 hour study week. I do like my Fridays off - even as a mental health workout from the previous days of the week!


A new little friend arrived for me - a "Yarndale" sheep - isn't she gorgeous?! More on this later..




Lots has been happening here -
 first university acceptance place for year 13 kid (not first choice - that would be Melbourne University, but due to maths requirements, won't be a happening)
Year 13 kid has worked 40 hours this week alongside school (part time school!)
He and his mates cracked me up yesterday - they went to school for an hour; then went and played pool for an hour; then went back to school for two hours!
Cool school where they only have to be on the grounds for their classes and can leave if no classes. Getting them well and truly ready for university.
Travel for the husband and work.
Which means me being super organised around work and study and supermarket shopping etc!
Has issues as I leave the house at 7.15am, which means the three teens are on their own for getting to school - two are fine; the other one may or may not get to school on time... and when the trip involves a train journey to school....
I've been reading - please read "The Toymaker" by Liam Pieper - Australian; gripping read! ($16 in Australia; $37 dollars in New Zealand. Need I say more about the book price differences between our countries!!!!!)
And I've started Harry Potter -  had only read the first one. I've started again. I won't be buying it for school as no child has ever read the series in its entirety.
Middle kid frustrated with his soccer team - ditching school team next year.
Don't think the Olympics will rate that highly in this house. The boys had no idea it even started today and there is zero emphasis on it at their schools too. I had a good argument with a friend who could not believe that my children had no idea - well we don't watch tv; do not listen to the radio; boys do not read newspapers on line - sport just is not really in our lives apart from soccer!
(man really though I had to justify myself in that argument - I know hundreds at my school too who have no idea - younger children. Just so remote from their lives)
And it looks like this outside - c-o-l-d and wet. I can count 4-5 dry days in the last month...
The tulips and daffodils have gone vroompf!!






Saturday, 30 July 2016

Adelaide City

A few more pics of the gorgeous city Adelaide - loved the architecture. Such a divine city to walk around and everything seemed so close. It was designed on a grid system. Little traffic to us Aucklanders and I loved that part of Rundle Street Mall had been pedestrianized. A total surprise and delight to see a pelican in the city too. Beautiful buildings in the University of Adelaide too. We really did not have enough time to see everything - I can walk and walk in a city like this!


































Monday, 25 July 2016

Winners of the giveaway

Linny (Down Under) and Ellie (Top of the World) - you lucky two are my winners. Please e-mail me at Kimberley(at)atkinson.org.nz with  - your mailing address and I'll pop the goodies in the post asap.


(might not be this week).


I've just made the horrid discovery of a 1000 word essay due in FOUR days - lecturer e-mailed today with a mistake in the university guide - instead of a 200 word quick paraphrase thing, they want the entire essay. Oh boy!! University only started a week ago!


Very busy at school with new term and dozens more new books arriving today; National Library books; putting old shelving back in and moving half of the library book stock around.. it's all go,go,go. The class has moved into a new classroom - tis very quiet all of a sudden.


Have a great week.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Ooh-er - spoilt!

I've a very good teenager bringing me back divine Liberty of London clothing from Uniqlo and stationery from Muji in Melbourne. I didn't even know there was a Muji in Melb!


The husband and him have been over there for business and the teen looking at Melbourne University (sadly foiled as has not done maths in his last year of high school which he needs for entrance. Australian universities have MUCH higher entrance levels than New Zealand universities - of which only 48% of NZ students achieved NZ entrance last year too!). He adores the city and really wants to move back there after living there as a young child.


Simple little things like this I love and make me happy!