Creative Chaos

Creative Chaos

Thursday, 19 October 2017

It's like being on a Pacific Island but we're not...

I'm so HAPPY tonight - New Zealand has just ended up with a liberal (Labour with NZ First and Greens) government. We're bucking the trend of the rest of the world! 
National got higher votes as a party in the election, but more people voted for change.
We have to change - we can't continue with $1million being the average price of a house in Auckland, families living in cars, poverty getting worse, the school system failing 20-30 percent of students, low wages, some of the highest food prices in the world etc etc

Let me show you Mangere Town Centre. This was my local shopping centre close to my old school. It's in an area which is one of the poorest in the country. It's a total gem. It's like being in the Pacific Islands, with island food, clothing, culture and people day in day out.

Great clearance prices at the supermarket. Awesome fresh fish and veges. Incredible sushi.
It's always fun to go up at lunchtime, where community exercise is taking part.
The library is ace!

It's not a place where (let me be frank) white people really go, but the Pasifika people are genuine and fun. The school kids love seeing me in the supermarket!
I'll pop in there still.

Here's a few more of me at school before I left.

Sunday, 15 October 2017

A winner and garden progress

The winner of my merino wool giveaway is Christina. I've e-mailed you Christina.

My garden is coming along. The little seedlings are growing fantastically and I've planted the courgettes and cucumbers outside already. I've still a few more little pots to plant.

Blossoms are out on the peach tree.
Cheap potted colour around the bases of all my roses.

Cabbages and broccoli booming!

And the tomatoes already have flowers on them. It is traditional to plant them this coming 3 day long weekend (Labour weekend).
And yay for a yummy cabbage!

Friday, 13 October 2017

Books, books, books

Books and stationery are tow of my most favourite things. I'm in the middle of doing a giant book cull - some are going into a few school libraries, as read once by me and in mint condition and others are going into little street libraries.

These are a few just bought by me still to read (never ending story of my life....)

A couple from Tescos (oi - books are SO CHEAP in England - and Australia! - to me. Lucky ducks!) still to read (or even open - for after exam! I've willpower!!)

School kindly gave me a generous voucher as a going away gift - these 2 are books I've bought with that so far - I adore Pig the Pug and every primary school child in NZ should own Gavin Bishop's Aotearoa - it is a work of art!

And these are gems - I would wear everything in both - just need to learn how to trace patterns and start sewing in November. Picked up from the Book Depository and for the amount of patterns one gets in both books, they are incredible value!

And another leaving gift from an ex workmate - I'm a paper person. I was thrilled with this, as will have a very full on year at university next year and can write all my assignment due dates etc in it! This is an awesome gift for me! The staff member wasn't sure how I'd take such a gift, but it is so me - large and easy to find in a bag! I've never used an electronic diary for my personal life!

And I've a growing pile of Australian book titles to buy in Australia - first trip coming up shortly!

What's on your bought/ to buy/ read lately pile? I'm only reading university stuff at the moment, but keen to get stuck into all of these here! Man will I MISS book buying for a school !!

Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Winter Project Link Party

Well Auckland is attempting to leave winter behind and summer is closely coming. We've had rain, rain, rain all winter and sunnier, warm weather would be welcome. The backyard looks very green. With the rain and sometimes warmer temps, the garden has gone vrompf!

Anyway, today I'm joining up with Jennifer's Winter Project Link Party at her blog ThistleBear.

I've been crafting a lot due to the cousin and I's "let's finish 12 items in 3 months" challenge. Yesterday I finished a top. Today I finished a sock for an old workmate and have yet to knit the mate for it. That will easily be knocked off with exam study and plane travel over the next 7 weeks.

The sock wool blanket is growing - over the last week I've knitted about 26 little squares! I'm on the last row now. It's the ends on the other side that will take weeks I suspect to do...

On the list to do also are 2 more socks for their mates, a quilt to finish, another jersey to finish, ends to sew in on dishcloths...

I'll be busy! One exam to get out of the way though!

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Another tick off the list

Finished and blocked today. Knitted with the Spotlight brand 4 seasons 100% Australian 8ply wool.
(blocked after photo was taken). I actually think I could have gone down a size as well - I could knit a 3rd one.... (the first one turned into a dress HERE) . I really do love the colour though!

Thursday, 5 October 2017

5 days in...

It's the school holidays, so technically, I'm not really unemployed until the new school term starts.
It has been a lazy five days. This morning I woke at nine, sat in bed and ate my lemon honey toast with a cup of tea, knitted and started exam study. I showered at eleven and then jumped straight back into my warm cosy bed, where I still am.
Lovely sunny day, so the windows are wide open, with the laundry on the line outside. The boys are hibernating in their rooms, but I have been a regular taxi driver the past few days too.

I've one more on-line task to do for university, but knitting and exam study appeals more. The exam is not till November 6, so I've plenty of time! I got an A grade for my essay, so am pleased.

I guess it will take some time to unwind from work, but I'll enjoy the time. I love my Wednesday night knitting group once a month, and must get out and meet up with other people and do more stuff. I've a school or two lined up for term 4 to help do volunteer work and sort out their libraries for them.

And I booked another little trip to Australia in November too. Plenty to do at home too.

Scenes from the bedroom this morning...

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Merino wool giveaway

While poking around in my wool stash, I came across this 4ply sock wool which I'm pretty certain I'll never knit. It is 80% merino and 20% nylon, produced here in New Zealand.
Suits a 2.75-3.25 mm needle and is 100 grams, 357 metres long.

Leave me a note in the comments and I'll draw a winner on October 13! Open worldwide.